For some, the coming together of the words street and food is the gourmet equivalent of pairing car with crash, or drive-by with shooting - it shouldn't happen, it mustn't happen, but on street corners around the world, for reasons beyond our control, it does happen, and all too often too. Indeed, the very concept ...Read More »
Hong Kong may be lacking in some things - space, affordable housing, income equality and competition...
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres a...
So here we are again, back with another quiz (if you can call it that). Another ten Chinese characte...
That’s entertainment! At first, there were just two guys holding a bunch of monkeys attached t...
On sticks or in a pot, in a bag or in the hand, Hong Kong street food is a curious mix of the tradit...
Whether you know them as cooked food centres, dai pai dongs (大牌檔) or still don't yet know them at all, the communal consumption of cheap and tasty Cantonese cuisine in the boisterous setting in which it is enjoyed best, has been part of the Hong Kong eating experience for over a century.Read More »
It always surprises people when I mention the fact that the thing I love most about Hong Kong are the mountains and the hiking. "Hong Kong has mountains?" they say. To which I usually reply with something geeky like quoting the number of country parks and ...Read More »
Where to run in Hong Kong? It's a question that plagued my first few months in the city. When all around it seems that traffic, crowds and concrete have conspired to thwart your desire to run far and run free, Hong Kong can appear as far from a runner's paradise as you can get. In fact, it can seem the very opposite ...Read More »
It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Hong Kong's less glamorous side, but the city isn't all shiny new skyscrapers and bustling humanity. In this city of constant renewal, where land is money and money is everything, not everything conforms to the development free-for-all that seems to be the status quo.Read More »
There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I guess any tunnel worth the digging should strive to make itself at least a little tough to find. The Japanese were evidently pretty busy during their three years and eight months occupation of Hong Kong ...Read More »
The Lion Grove Garden, also known as Shizilin (狮子林园), is one of the nine Classical Gardens of Suzhou. It was built in 1342 during the Yuan Dynasty by a Zen Buddhist monk and is famous for its rock maze and the many strange shaped rocks that decorate the grounds.Read More »
Not usually one for posting photos of myself, I feel a brief exception can be made this time, if only for the sake of spreading a little Buddhist wisdom on a Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure whether the Buddha actually said as much when contemplating the relative merits of the work-shy and the handsome ...Read More »
When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...Read More »
1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...Read More »
With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.Read More »