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Fang Fang’s Bar Manager and Mixologist, Gagan Gurung, uses the traditional Chinese five elements as inspiration for his creations. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with him and ask him a few questions:
Q1. Where are you from?
G: “I am from Nepal, but have been living in Hong Kong for half my life.”
Q2. When did you become interested in tending a bar?
G: “I started out as a waiter, then became a chef when I grew more interested in working with different flavours. However, people that work in the kitchen are usually individuals with more quiet personalities, which I don’t have. I saw that being behind the bar was my perfect opportunity – I can work with flavours but be a host and chat with diners at the same time.”
Trái DÂt (Left): The combination of pineapple, turmeric and coconut milk is refreshing and a reminder of Southeast Asian flavours.
Omikuji Girl (Right): Made of yuzu, shiso and tequila, this cocktail is sweet and smooth on the palate.
Q3. Can you share with us the most memorable experience in your career?
G: “I once spilt a glass of red wine on a lady who was on her first date. She was wearing a white dress too!”
Q4. What is your current favourite, or go-to cocktail?
G: “Daiquiri – because I have a huge love for rum – and it’s a cocktail which doesn’t have too many ingredients but is still flavourful. It only has rum, lime, and sugar, but it tastes amazing. Give it a try!”
Daiquiri: A classic cocktail with the natural sourness of lime and an astringent spirit.
Q5. Can you name 3 behind the bar essentials you cannot do without?
G: “Music, which sets the vibe and ambience for the night. Then sugar syrup, because it’s hard to create most of the delicious cocktails without it. The last one is sanitizer liquid which plays a vital role because of the importance of hygiene.”
Q6. What is the most frequently requested drink by customers?
G: “The most frequently requested drink is the Old Fashioned, probably because the Hong Kong cocktail culture is still relatively young compared to other big cities. Most customers in other cities go for the drinks they know well, as there’s no risk if you know the flavour. On the other hand, consumers in Hong Kong are very willing to try out different cocktails that they haven’t tasted before.”
Q7. What is the most unusual drink request you have received?
G: “Someone once said to me ‘make me a non-alcoholic margarita, but it has to taste like a margarita’… but margaritas are supposed to taste like tequila. It’s like ordering pizza without dough!”
Q8. What do you think are the qualities of the perfect cocktail?
G: “I would say a balanced proportion of ingredients because if you’re not careful enough with the measurements, you can turn a beautiful drink into a terrible drink. Consistency is also important, as you don’t want your the cocktail tasting different if it was reordered. To ensure this, we need to train our team well.”
South Easterian: A special cocktail made by Gagan, which is sour and complex. Lemongrass is used as a straw, which is interesting and adds another layer to the drink.
Q9. Can you introduce Fang Fang’s features?
G: “Our cocktails are very experimental and a little bit out of the box in terms of flavour, but we also have easy low-risk cocktails too. By risky drinks, I mean we have cocktails featuring kimchi, squid ink and chickpea, so it depends on the guest’s palate and preference. The low-risk cocktails include classic cocktails with a slight twist, such as Garden Old Fashioned, Forgotten Sour (Whiskey Sour) and Fangroni (Negroni). Environment sustainability is also one of Fang Fang’s concerns. Our cocktails are all served with eco-friendly straws made from potato starch, paper or lemongrass.
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【專訪調酒師Gagan Gurung 最尷尬的時刻是什麽？】
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燈紅酒綠的蘭桂坊，是賣醉狂歡的天堂。吧檯後的調酒師，用一杯杯美酒，陪伴客人渡過歡樂與憂傷的時候。這次我們來到蘭桂坊的Fang Fang，專訪酒吧經理Gagan Gurung ，了解他當調酒師的難忘經歷和趣事！
Trái DÂt（左）: 熊貓造型可愛，菠蘿、薑黃、椰奶等的組合味道偏甜，帶東南亞風味。
Omikuji Girl（右） : 柚子、紫蘇葉、龍舌蘭酒的配搭酸中帶甜，容易入口。
G: 最多客人點的是「 Old Fashioned 」，可能因為香港對比其他大城市，雞尾酒的文化還未普及，大家都很樂意嘗試不同口味的雞尾酒，而其他城市的人則偏好經典口味，因為味道熟悉，不會不合口味。
Q9. 你可否介紹一下Fang Fang的特色?
G: 這裡的雞尾酒大致上課分爲兩大類，除了經典雞尾酒的變奏，如Garden Old Fashioned, Forgotten Sour和Fangroni外，當然亦有些非常實驗性的，如加入泡菜、墨汁、鷹嘴豆等等，味道頗為創新，取決於客人的口味和偏好。另外，我們注重環境保護，因此選用以香茅、薯粉及紙製作飲管，天然又環保。
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