Sustainability rating scheme encourages restaurants to source responsibly, treat staff and environment better

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Many Hong Kong restaurants have embraced sustainability – not using straws, for example, and shunning fish and shellfish that isn’t on an approved list of sustainably sourced seafood.The average diner appears oblivious to their efforts.“To be honest, guests mostly only care about the price and if it tastes good – and that’s fine with […]

Ex-bankers plough their money into vineyards in England, hoping to beat Champagne at its own game

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nicholas Coates does not miss the commute. In the latter years of his investment banking career, which he left at the age of 47 after working at Royal Bank of Scotland and ING Barings, he’d catch the 5.41am train to London and arrive back at his manor house in the Hampshire countryside in the […]

Ex-bankers plough their money into vineyards in England, hoping to beat Champagne at its own game

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nicholas Coates does not miss the commute. In the latter years of his investment banking career, which he left at the age of 47 after working at Royal Bank of Scotland and ING Barings, he’d catch the 5.41am train to London and arrive back at his manor house in the Hampshire countryside in the […]

Ex-bankers plough their money into vineyards in England, hoping to beat Champagne at its own game

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nicholas Coates does not miss the commute. In the latter years of his investment banking career, which he left at the age of 47 after working at Royal Bank of Scotland and ING Barings, he’d catch the 5.41am train to London and arrive back at his manor house in the Hampshire countryside in the […]

Red Lobster joins Five Guys and The Cheesecake Factory in Hong Kong – but should we even care?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The Red invasion is here! That is, the American casual dining chain Red Lobster that opened in December in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay shopping and dining neighbourhood.I admit I was quite interested in its arrival. In the United States, the chain is hugely popular, including with singer Beyoncé, who name-dropped the restaurant in her […]

Chinese food isn’t fried rice and chow mein – or is it? The stories behind Chinese-Canadian cuisine and the people who sell it

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chop suey, chow mein, egg foo yong, deep-fried lemon chicken, spring rolls, and stir-fried beef and broccoli. These are all dishes typically found on the menu of a Chinese-Canadian restaurant.They may not be authentically Chinese, but they are culturally distinct. Vancouver-born journalist Ann Hui, 36, took an interest in the culinary curiosities after learning […]

How to make Cantonese lobster with ginger and spring onions, ideal for a luxurious festive meal

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Not everyone celebrates the holidays with a big family feast; some people like to have a more intimate meal, or even spend the time alone. Served with steamed rice and champagne, this Cantonese dish of lobster with ginger and spring onion is the perfect celebratory meal for two (or one, if you’re a big […]

Tips for a foodie adventure in Hong Kong from a sommelier, and where she goes to drink and eat

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Sommelier Olivia Lee is the founder of online artisanal wine importer and retailer Penticton (pentictonpacific.com), which has a store in The Mills, Tsuen Wan I am definitely a street food person. To me, street food is one of the most authentic representations of any city. It is a snapshot of history, culture and lifestyle – […]

Dear dairy: why is cheese in Hong Kong so expensive, especially when prices elsewhere have fallen?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J One aspect of Hong Kong life newcomers immediately remark upon is the inflated price of certain perishable foods, even taking into account the sometimes vast distances between the point of production and local retailers. Cheese is one commodity that is needlessly expensive in our supermarkets, even though prices elsewhere have fallen dramatically in recent […]

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

Restaurant review: The Common Room in Sai Wan – ‘gastropub’ dishes generous and full of flavour

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J My guest and I were sceptical when we arrived at The Common Room in Sai Wan, in Hong Kong’s Western District. The menu calls its a gastropub, but it lacks the warm, convivial buzz of the gastropubs we’ve visited, and seemed more like a rather generic restaurant in a hotel – which, in fact, […]

Restaurant review: The Common Room in Sai Wan – ‘gastropub’ dishes generous and full of flavour

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J My guest and I were sceptical when we arrived at The Common Room in Sai Wan, in Hong Kong’s Western District. The menu calls its a gastropub, but it lacks the warm, convivial buzz of the gastropubs we’ve visited, and seemed more like a rather generic restaurant in a hotel – which, in fact, […]

The six airlines serving the best Christmas in-flight meals – think roast turkey and goose, plum liqueur and, for Japanese, New Year lucky noodles

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The holiday season is in full swing and, just like your neighbourhood stores, shopping malls and car dealerships, airlines are getting into the festive spirit.Beyond the in-flight entertainment systems featuring films like Elf, the good cheer is popping up on-board in the form of food and drink offerings.While no one appears to be serving […]

Why Hong Kong’s surviving dai pai dongs are still loved, and the owners who just won’t quit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It’s 6pm in Hong Kong and as the last glow of sunlight disappears, it’s time for most people to start winding down. But for Lam Kee-sing, the busiest time of the day is just starting.Lam is the chef-owner of Sing Kee, one of the few remaining dai pai dongs – street food stalls – […]

How United States became world’s top soybean producer, what it does with them, and why US-China trade war makes crop’s future uncertain

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In 1905, the US Department of Agriculture sent Frank Meyer to China to look for interesting seeds. Over the next three years the Netherlands-born plant explorer, who had trained at the famous Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam (and changed his name from Frans Meijer when he emigrated to the United States), would send back thousands […]

Restaurant review: Red Pocket Cafe in Wan Chai – US$9 cart noodles disappoint, but other lunch dishes delicious

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Among the shops and restaurants on bustling Jaffe Road in Wan Chai, Red Pocket Cart Noodles Cafe stands out for its vintage Hong Kong-style storefront.We arrived at noon when the shop only had a few customers, but within half an hour, it was full. The cafe has a nice, homely atmosphere and friendly staff. […]

Latin America’s top chef on cooking in the now – ‘I like to cook the way I live and I live one day at a time’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How was it growing up in a bicultural environ­ment? “My father was Japanese but I was born in Peru. I went to Japan to gain experience working as a chef. At first it was tough. The Japanese expect you to suffer while learning so that you will appreciate success. That is very different from […]

Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau awards first stars to newcomers Louise, Rùn, and Andre Chiang’s Sichuan Moon

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Michelin stars for six-month-old Louise at PMQ, a first star for Petrus, where new executive chef Uwe Opocensky unveiled his first menus in November, and a third star for Forum and Sushi Shikon – these were among the highlights at the unveiling on Tuesday of the 2020 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau.Another newcomer, […]

The fake-meat challenge for US firms in China, where millions aspire to eat real meat and plant-based foods are natural

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the Wangjing neighbourhood of Beijing, ZeroGo is one of the city’s few vegan restaurants. It offers pizza, protein bowls and Asian-fusion fare, and online reviews rave about the menu’s creativity, which includes a vegan Big Mac, complete with vegan cheese and dairy-free special sauce. The “burger” is made from scratch, an original, pea-based recipe.If the American fake-meat […]

Where to eat the best dumplings in Hong Kong, according to a mega fan, and the city’s best coffee

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Public relations executive Ivan Theodoulou is Newell PR’s regional director, and a resident of Sai Kung.My tastes tend to be more Chinese-oriented although there are lapses. I also have an airline mentality, ie, chicken or fish, when it comes to choosing dishes because I’ve never been a big red meat eater. And for lunch, […]

How the ‘hellish cityscape of Beijing’ inspired a cookbook by Taiwanese-Canadian

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwanese-Canadian Mandy Lee’s first attempt at cooking was not a success. In one of the chapters of The Art of Escapism Cooking (2019), she writes that when she was 16 and growing up in Vancouver, her mother and three “aunties” would have all-day sessions of mahjong. Each of the players would pay $5 for […]

Poem in Lan Kwai Fong, Central: new Indonesian restaurant’s dishes inventive and richly flavoured

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I would never have recognised the space occupied by a new Indonesian restaurant, Poem, in LKF Tower in Hong Kong’s Central entertainment district, as that which previously housed Lily & Bloom.The high-ceilinged room has been transformed from a cool and edgy spot to one that’s equally beautiful, but with a tropical, spa-like atmosphere (fortunately, […]

Female brewers hope their pink ale encourages more Hong Kong women to create, and drink, beer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Stella Lo Yin-ting pries the top off an amber bottle, pours a carmine-coloured drink into her beer glass and takes a sip. She examines the label, gazing at her own likeness rendered in cartoon form alongside those of the beer’s other creators.“I’m happy with how this turned out,” she says. Her smile contrasts with […]

The breweries making beers to go with Chinese food in Hong Kong, and how beer pairings with food work

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chef Jowett Yu’s pairing of grilled New Zealand fatty lamb ribs and an especially brewed beer has been years in the making. Years ago in China, the Hong Kong restaurateur had eaten lamb ribs at Guanguanji, a restaurant in Shanghai. The lamb had been slathered in cumin, fennel and chilli powder, and he had […]

Where to find the perfect plant-based festive food and meals in Hong Kong this Christmas

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If you, your friends or loved ones have joined the meat-free masses, you may be wondering how to satisfy holiday hunger on a plant-based diet.Here are some of the tempting festive meals and food gifts on offer in Hong Kong this year.Hampers satisfy traditional cravings, raw hungerPopular meat-free dining and grocery chain Green Common […]

Two quick and easy recipes to get you through the holiday season – no turkey necessary

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead up to the holidays, many of us are busy shopping for gifts, tidying up our homes for visiting friends and family andwrapping things up at work so we can enjoy the break. What that means, however, is we don’t always have time to prepare meals, so we end up getting take­away […]

What to drink with a meal? Wine, beer, soft drinks, juice, milk tea, nut milk – why I can never decide, unless there’s kombucha on the menu

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Some people have trouble deciding what appetiser and main course to order at restaurants. My problem is the drinks list. I never know what to drink with my meal. To be clear, my indecision is quite different from the oenophile who can’t choose between a reasonably priced New World pinot noir that goes with […]

Chinese, Italian Middle Eastern: where a nutrition and fitness coach likes to eat in Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Former lawyer Beth Wright arrived in Hong Kong in 2007 and never looked back, switching careers to become a nutrition and fitness coach, teaching people to become accountable for their own health and life.I am a confessed foodie who believes a healthy diet can incorporate everything in moderation. My favourite restaurants are generally small […]

How Korean fried chicken – the other KFC – became a huge hit in South Korea and then the world

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “Who hates fried chicken? Even a shoe tastes good when you fry it,” chef Yong Soo-do says with a laugh, as he waits for a vat of oil to reach optimal temperature to fry thinly battered pieces of chicken.Like many Koreans, Yong has fond memories of growing up eating fried chicken with his family. […]

Japanese home cooking can be as simple as any other cuisine – Sonoko Sakai makes it easy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For many of us, cooking Japanese food at home seems far beyond our capability. That’s ridiculous, of course – home cooks in Japan aren’t meticulously carving daikon into paper-thin ribbons, cutting 300kg bluefin tuna into sushi or making dashi jelly. They leave that to the professionals. Japanese home cooking can be as simple as […]

Japanese home cooking can be as simple as any other cuisine – Sonoko Sakai makes it easy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For many of us, cooking Japanese food at home seems far beyond our capability. That’s ridiculous, of course – home cooks in Japan aren’t meticulously carving daikon into paper-thin ribbons, cutting 300kg bluefin tuna into sushi or making dashi jelly. They leave that to the professionals. Japanese home cooking can be as simple as […]

Japanese home cooking can be as simple as any other cuisine – Sonoko Sakai makes it easy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For many of us, cooking Japanese food at home seems far beyond our capability. That’s ridiculous, of course – home cooks in Japan aren’t meticulously carving daikon into paper-thin ribbons, cutting 300kg bluefin tuna into sushi or making dashi jelly. They leave that to the professionals. Japanese home cooking can be as simple as […]

Hong Kong seafood’s quality ‘the same as in a Japanese fish market’, globetrotting Japanese chef Mitsuhiro Araki says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How did you get interested in cooking? “After World War II, my grand­parents divorced and my grandmother married again. My step-grandfather knew how to cook Western food and in the 1940s he opened two cafes in Kyushu. He could make simple dishes like omelettes, steak, hamburgers.“Growing up in a small village in Kyushu, Western […]

Review: Zest by Konishi – French-Japanese restaurant close to perfection; no wonder booking a table is difficult

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J We’ve been hearing lots of good things about Zest by Konishi, which is in the two-storey space that once housed modern French fine-dining restaurant ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge, in Hong Kong’s Central district.The French-Japanese restaurant by chef Mitsuru Konishi has, however, always been full when we have tried to book, so we have […]

Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The newest kid on the block in Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan is Crit Room, an Italian restaurant. What does Crit Room mean? I’ll get to that later.Sleek-looking with shiny black walls and tableware to match, the restaurant is diagonally opposite Nordic restaurant Frantzen’s Kitchen in the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood towards the […]

Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The newest kid on the block in Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan is Crit Room, an Italian restaurant. What does Crit Room mean? I’ll get to that later.Sleek-looking with shiny black walls and tableware to match, the restaurant is diagonally opposite Nordic restaurant Frantzen’s Kitchen in the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood towards the […]

Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The newest kid on the block in Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan is Crit Room, an Italian restaurant. What does Crit Room mean? I’ll get to that later.Sleek-looking with shiny black walls and tableware to match, the restaurant is diagonally opposite Nordic restaurant Frantzen’s Kitchen in the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood towards the […]

Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Of the produce most often featured on fine-dining menus in Hong Kong, more is sourced from Hokkaido than anywhere else. So it’s no surprise that taking a five-hour flight from the city to Sapporo is well worth it for the dining.The island’s capital and its largest city, Sapporo entices diners with stellar ingredients, whether […]

Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Of the produce most often featured on fine-dining menus in Hong Kong, more is sourced from Hokkaido than anywhere else. So it’s no surprise that taking a five-hour flight from the city to Sapporo is well worth it for the dining.The island’s capital and its largest city, Sapporo entices diners with stellar ingredients, whether […]

Chinese cabbage, or napa cabbage – one of the most recognisable vegetables in Asian cooking

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Napa cabbage is one of the most recognisable vegetables in Asian cooking. You can find it fermented as kimchi in South Korea, wrapped around larb in Thailand and served in warm broth in southern China.The cabbage is the result of centuries of natural cross-breeding between two popular vegetables: the small green bok choy of […]

How to make fried wontons with sweet-and-sour sauce – a guaranteed crowd pleaser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead-up to the holiday season, friends and family are hosting everything from casual barbecues and BYOB parties to extravagant catered dinners. These fried wontons with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce are delicious and, as finger food, suitable for all but the most formal occasions.Fried wontonsThis recipe makes a lot of wontons, but your guests […]

How to make fried wontons with sweet-and-sour sauce – a guaranteed crowd pleaser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead-up to the holiday season, friends and family are hosting everything from casual barbecues and BYOB parties to extravagant catered dinners. These fried wontons with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce are delicious and, as finger food, suitable for all but the most formal occasions.Fried wontonsThis recipe makes a lot of wontons, but your guests […]

How to make fried wontons with sweet-and-sour sauce – a guaranteed crowd pleaser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead-up to the holiday season, friends and family are hosting everything from casual barbecues and BYOB parties to extravagant catered dinners. These fried wontons with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce are delicious and, as finger food, suitable for all but the most formal occasions.Fried wontonsThis recipe makes a lot of wontons, but your guests […]

AirAsia opens restaurant inspired by its in-flight meals, Santan, in Kuala Lumpur mall

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “I wish I could order this even when I’m not flying,” is probably not what most air travellers think when tucking into their in-flight meal. But AirAsia, a low-cost carrier based in Malaysia, is hoping that’s exactly how its customers feel.This week, the airline opened the first restaurant inspired by its in-flight food offerings […]

AirAsia opens restaurant inspired by its in-flight meals, Santan, in Kuala Lumpur mall

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “I wish I could order this even when I’m not flying,” is probably not what most air travellers think when tucking into their in-flight meal. But AirAsia, a low-cost carrier based in Malaysia, is hoping that’s exactly how its customers feel.This week, the airline opened the first restaurant inspired by its in-flight food offerings […]

AirAsia opens restaurant inspired by its in-flight meals, Santan, in Kuala Lumpur mall

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “I wish I could order this even when I’m not flying,” is probably not what most air travellers think when tucking into their in-flight meal. But AirAsia, a low-cost carrier based in Malaysia, is hoping that’s exactly how its customers feel.This week, the airline opened the first restaurant inspired by its in-flight food offerings […]

The best places to visit in Melbourne: the inside scoop on the culture capital of Australia, and why it (and not Sydney) should be your next destination in 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Despite the pull of Sydney, people in Asia increasingly see Melbourne – with its buzzy, creative vibe – as an attractive place to visit, own a second home, or to live.“There’s an adventure to be had, any day of the week,” says Hong Kong-raised Arthur Gillion, general manager of marketing for the Australian Grand […]

The best places to visit in Melbourne: the inside scoop on the culture capital of Australia, and why it (and not Sydney) should be your next destination in 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Despite the pull of Sydney, people in Asia increasingly see Melbourne – with its buzzy, creative vibe – as an attractive place to visit, own a second home, or to live.“There’s an adventure to be had, any day of the week,” says Hong Kong-raised Arthur Gillion, general manager of marketing for the Australian Grand […]