The rise and shine of artisanal bread

Bread is cooled on racks at Po's Atelier. Photos: Edmond So

The city's lack of good bread is a frequent topic of conversation among Hong Kong foodies. Not even fine dining establishments can guarantee a good roll. Simply finding a decent baguette to go with your home-cooked feast can be a chore. Those who appreciate a freshly baked loaf say they've had little choice when choosing their daily bread

Thursday, 8 November, 2012, 2:48pm

He is a good bread and butter horse, says in-form Ferraris

The winning run of the David Ferraris stable continued when Darpana snatched a well-deserved win in the shadows of the post in the all-weather Class Four sprint. 'He jumped better today and that meant he didn't leave himself with as much to do in the straight,' said jockey Zac Purton, who was confident Darpana had arrived when it mattered.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rising to the occasion

I first heard of gateau battu ('beaten cake') when it was being sold at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. I met Ansel, the owner and pastry chef (who formerly worked in the Michelin three-star restaurant Daniel, also in New York), when he came to Hong Kong.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Knead for speed: why flat out is a good place to start for beginners

Home-made bread is nutritious, tastes better, and doesn't have the preservatives found in store-bought versions. But the hours of kneading and proofing can be intimidating for some. Here's a simple flatbread recipe that any beginner can try. It takes just a bit of elbow grease and a short time in the oven. Pair it with an equally speedy chicken stir-fry for a tasty, nutritious meal.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Brownie mixes

Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Soul of Bread (Film)

Twenty-something Ping (Michelle Chen Yan-hsi) has always dreamed of visiting France. Yet she's stuck working at her father's bakery with long-time boyfriend Gao-bing (Chen Han-dian), who's ready to settle down.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Love triangle with a sweet taste

Fresh off her acclaimed performance in You Are the Apple of My Eye, Michelle Chen Yan-hsi takes centre stage as an immature girl in the Taiwanese rom-com The Soul of Bread.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Black Bread

Poor Agust? Villaronga. Having dominated his country's premier movie awards last year, his latest film, Black Bread, is now mostly known outside Spain for having kept Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In from getting a surefire best-foreign-language-film nomination at this year's Academy Awards.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pleasure trip

I've never been to Brittany, France, but it's a place I plan to visit. Although the region looks beautiful, I'm attracted more by the food than by anything else. Brittany is known for its seafood, butter (and salted butter caramels), cider, savoury buckwheat flour crepes (called galettes) and desserts, such as these two.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A plain reminder of life's home-baked pleasures

Made with eggs, flour, sugar and oil or lard, the pale, round cakes called gwong so beng are believed to have been invented by Fang Xianfu, a high-ranking official in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Make a romantic dinner and dessert for two

Prawn salad with passion-fruit dressing

Going out on Valentine's Day is overrated. Cooking something for that special person - or friends or family - is far more impressive. Try this light and refreshing salad, which paves the way for a decadent dessert later on.


(Serves two as a main course)

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'He is on the improve and looks a nice bread-and-butter horse'

It was a tough day at the office for Douglas Whyte, with a number of expected winners not quite materialising, however there was a turning point for long-suffering supporters of the John Size-trained Right Timing, who got to cash a ticket.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Gifts good enough to eat

With Christmas just round the corner, surprise your friends and family this year with some delicious home-made edible gifts.

Christmas choco-nut fudge

This home-made fudge makes a great indulgent present for chocoholics. If people don't like nuts or have a allergy, replace with an equal quantity of mixed dried fruits.


4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Organic fruit has natural taste that canned filling can't match

Local pumpkins share a similar flavour and texture to some of their popular American cousins. The local version is great for making a classic pumpkin pie.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Dough it yourself

Making perfect pizza dough is my latest obsession. The recipes I used to use were fine for when I was baking pizzas in the oven, but not with my latest purchase: a machine that reaches 470 degrees Celsius and cooks a pizza in less than five minutes, compared with 10 or more before.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am