A super-convenient, on-the-go lunch option, these thin slices of meat are easily stuffed between bread for a protein-packed, satisfying meal. Here is a list of Hong Kong’s best gourmet cold cuts.
Marcato and Friends
Parma ham shop Marcato and Friends is more than just about cured meat. Although the store carries a range of deli goods, it’s the 18, 20, 24 and 30-month hams which are the reason it’s so popular. And they’re all officially stamped by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma – the authority safe-guarding the quality of parma ham. Marcato sells the hams in heels, small cuts and, of course, slices. The 20-month small cut while flavourful and not too salty is perfect for stir fries, salads or any accompaniment. The sky’s the limit.
Add: 2/F Overseas Building, 417 – 421, Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: 00852 3568 4696
This cute little deli in Kowloon City houses exclusive 36 and 48-month 7 Bellotas ham which is made by a family-run Iberico farm on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. The hams are also naturally air-dried in caves 1,500m above sea level. Rossa Gourmet owner, Henry Law takes things even further by putting the 7 Bellotas ham into his lap cheung and yun cheung (Chinese sausages), giving these traditional home-style staples a beautifully refined spin.
Add: 49 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Phone: 00852 2383 8709
Chez Patrick Deli
Fans of French cured meats love our city’s three Chez Patrick Delis, which offer premium homemade Gallic products over their counters. The imported meats shine at these places – particularly the Bayonne ham and salami rosette de Lyon – but the homemade viandes are also top notch, like the new terrine, jambon persille, which is made with row ham, juniper berries, onions and carrots, all slow-cooked. This is truly a slice of heaven.
Add: 3 Star St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Phone: 00852 2527 1408
Pata Negra House
Dedicated to products from Spain, Pata Negra House has around 12 different brands of iberico in stock. This shop doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk, as the company actually owns a farm in Andalusia, Spain, that only produces a limited run of 200 legs a year. Not too salty, the 36-month bellota iberico’s texture melts at the bite, so your palate can appreciate the full flavour of the ham. While you’re stopping by, also hit up some iberico chorizo, which has been specially smoked in paprika, giving the sausage an extra flavourful kick.
Add: G/F, Tung Cheung Bldg, 1-11 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Phone: 00852 2527 5181
Viva cured meat! Viva Ana! Labelling itself the ‘iberico expert’, this shop not only offers different grades of iberico ham – from recebo to bellota – but it also stocks fresh iberico pork. It sells different cuts of the meat, ranging from pressa and secreto to spare ribs. But of course it’s the classic 48-month bellota that steals the show. Cut with the right amount of fat, the sweet acorn flavours shine through.
Add: Shop 1, G/F, The Garden East, 222 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Phone: 00852 2832 6660