IK Tips and Recipes for the Best Junk Food Snacks
Is there any better way to spend a hot summer’s day than on a boat? Junk boat partieshave become a huge craze in Hong Kong. Your summer is not complete if you have not been on one. AHong Kong junk boat party is the perfect way to chill out, let loose, and have fun with friends. Whether you want to enjoy the thrill of jumping off the boat or you prefer to sit in the sun with a glass of bubbly in your hand, you are bound to have a great time. Check out our previous article on How to plan a prefect junk boat party in Hong Kong.
However, this type of occasion does require careful planning to ensure it is a success, and one thing you will need to consider in advance is the food you are going to serve. Below, we will provide some top tips on finding the best junk food snack options while also giving you two great recipes to use.
Tips on Choosing Boat Party Food
The perfect recipe for a fun junk boat party is good food, drinks, music, and friends. This is the ideal mix for a great time! So, what should you consider when choosing food for a perfect junk boat inHong Kong?
- Consider the weather carefully – It is important to remember that you are going to be out all day in the sun, and the food needs to be stored while you enjoy the water. This is why it is wise to pick food that can be stored in a fridge onboard or in a cool box. When deciding on the dishes to prepare, remember that storage space is going to be fairly limited, and thus you need to choose things that can easily be placed on top of one and other, with sandwiches being a prime example.
- Select simple, satisfying, and filling food – A junk boat party is not the ideal moment to get experimental and show off your cooking skills. You are not hosting a fine dining event. Instead, you should select simple yet tasty and filling dishes, and prepare them well. Remember that you are going to have a variety of people to cater to, and thus it is important to try and keep them all happy. You may also have children onboard too. This is why the likes of sandwiches and pasta salads work well.
- Choose food that is easy to eat – Imagine trying to enjoy a steak on a junk boat with a paper plate and plastic knives and forks. No doubt your knife will either snap or your steak will end up in the sea as a result of trying to cut it. This is why it is important to select food that is easy to eat. Make sure there is a selection of things that can be eaten with fingers, such as cheese, olives, pastry bites, and other snacks.
- Consider getting the food prepared for you – You can make your life a lot easier by getting a catering company to take care of the food preparation for you. The best catering businesses in Hong Kong will have menus available especially for junk boat parties. They will know exactly what type of food suits the event, and how to cater to a diverse crowd that has different tastes. This is the best way to minimise the likelihood of anything going wrong. It also takes the weight off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on enjoying yourself.
Recipes You Should Consider For Your Boat Party
Now you have some top tips on choosing the best food for your boat party, I have a couple of Invisible Kitchen recipes to share. These recipes are perfectly suited to a junk boat party.
PESTO PASTA SALAD
This is a light yet satisfying pasta salad. It is really easy to make too, and it can be prepared up to 24 hours before the event. Firstly, you will need to make the pesto. To do this, you will need one 50g of basil, which you should pick, wash, and then spin in a food processor. After this, warm 85g of olive oil in a pan, then add salt and white pepper to season and the basil. Immediately blitz the mixture and allow it to cool down. Finish off by blending the mixture with 30g of finely grated Parmesan cheese, 30g of pine nuts, a small handful of parsley, and a clove of garlic, which has been finely chopped.
Now you have the pesto, you are ready to make the pasta salad. This recipe should serve approximately eight people. Start by bringing a big pan of salted water to the boil. Add 160g of macaroni and make sure you stir it regularly so that the pasta does not stick. Reduce the heat, and leave the pasta to simmer until it is cooked, which will take about ten to 15 minutes. Once cooked, drain and spread the pasta on a large tray so that it can steam dry. Once the pasta has cooled, mix it together with the pesto in a large bowl. Finish off the dish with a garnish of roasted red pepper, roasted pine nuts, and grated Parmesan. This not only adds some colour, but it provides a delicious finishing touch.
Caesar salad is a classic dish that is bursting with fresh flavours. It is really versatile as well – it can be enjoyed on its own, mixed with pasta for a pasta salad, or served in a sandwich or in a wrap.
So, how do you put together the perfect Caesar salad? Start by creating a balanced dressing made with rich mayonnaise, garlic, Parmesan cheese, anchovies, and lemon juice. You will also want some tasty and crunchy croutons. To create these, sauté stale bread pieces without their crusts in butter and then cook on a low heat with garlic and herbs.
Grab a bowl and add the crunchy centre leaves from a young romaine lettuce heart. It is important to choose a young one, as the older lettuce leaves are less crunchy and greener. Coat the leaves in the dressing. Add some thick-sliced unsmoked streaky bacon and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. Top this off with a chicken breast that has been seared in clarified butter and carefully sliced. Finish off with the garlic and herb croutons. Delicious!
So, if you are planning a perfect junk boat party, don’t overlook the importance of providing scrumptious food for everyone to enjoy. Catering to a boat party is unique when compared with other events. You need food that is easy to store, does not take up a lot of space, and caters to most people’s tastes. Don’t overthink it. Choose simple, filling, and tasty dishes, and cook them well, and you can’t go too wrong.