The term “Hakka” refers to the people who have migrated from the southeastern provinces of China, adopting their food culture wherever they landed. Hakka fare isn’t fancy, but rather homey and comforting, as befitting the food of a people who are thousands of miles from home. You may know some Hakka dishes from Cantonese restaurants, such as salt-baked chicken or stuffed tofu, but Hakkasan’s winning Hakka dish is its braised pork belly served in a clay pot. This normally rustic recipe has been upgraded with leeks, cloud ear mushrooms and fried garlic to better fit the restaurant’s style and sophistication. Coating the pork belly is a combination of oyster sauce and preserved red-bean curd seasoned with sugar, soy and five spices for a deep, earthy sauce. $21, in MGM Grand, 891-7888.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.