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To celebrate the first Hong Kong edition of Art Basel from May 23-26, the Mandarin Oriental in Central is serving an art-inspired menu.

To celebrate the first Hong Kong edition of Art Basel from May 23-26, the Mandarin Oriental in Central is serving an art-inspired menu in the Mandarin Grill + Bar.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 12:59am

Extra help on the way from OpenRice in exploring city's 21,000 eateries

Extra help on the way from OpenRice in exploring city's 21,000 eateries

Founded in 1999, the website enables restaurant-goers to find, rate and leave comments about the city's 21,000 food outlets. It is now ready to upgrade its services and expand coverage to Taiwan, taking the total number of restaurants covered by the guide to 500,000.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Another one bites the dust … Ngau Kee Food Cafe closes after 62 years

Another one bites the dust ... restaurant owner Mak Ping-keung is sad to close his Ngau Kee Food Cafe at 3 Gough Road. Photo: Dickson Lee

Ngau Kee Food Cafe, at 3 Gough Street between Sheung Wan and Central, was forced to close down after its landlord refused to lease the unit out for catering purposes.

22 Apr 2013 - 11:16am 3 comments

Hong Kong's first home-brewing contest held at The Globe in Central

Judges (from left) Clark Hopton, Jonathan So and Jeff Boda taste some of the home-brewed ales on offer at The Globe. Photo: Edward Wong

The event was open to anyone who had brewed beer here since November. Twenty contestants took part - 20 entered beers and one a cider - and samples of each brew were on hand for the public to judge and taste after the judges had made their final decision.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Letters to the Editor, February 8, 2013

People queue outside Lei Yuen before it closes. Photo: May Tse

A priority policy should be in place not just for education, but for other services, including welfare, because people living locally contribute to the government budget as Hong Kong taxpayers.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am

Wealth Blog: How to get yourself a good meal

A few fine dining hints on how to get good food and service. Photo: Oliver Tsang

So it's January 7 and Christmas gorging is over, but there's still six weeks of corporate spring dinners and festive feasts to chomp through. It always surprises me how ill-informed diners are when it comes to getting good food and service, even those paying top whack in posh Western restaurants.

4 Nov 2013 - 9:06am

Short Science, January 6, 2013

El Nino, shown by the white area at the equator. Photo: AFP

The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, US research shows. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:57am

China Digest, December 7, 2012

A head-on collision between a cargo truck and a minibus on Wednesday killed five people and injured 16 in Chengnan town, Liuan city, Xinhua reports.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am

Chef Profile: Will Meyrick

Will Meyrick

It's dinner time, and the kitchen of Will Meyrick's Sarong, his original Bali street-food inspired restaurant, is buzzing. The chefs glide around one another, constructing salads, searing meats and chopping herbs. Meyrick tastes every dish, asking for a little more lime, a touch more sugar, before it's sent out to the restaurant.

2 Dec 2012 - 10:46pm

Foie gras - modern interpretations

Shang Palace's braised South African six-head abalone and pan-fried foie gras in abalone sauce.

Foie gras, the fattened liver of a goose or duck, has had its ups and downs recently. Although France legally protects it as part of the country's cultural and gastronomic heritage, California banned its sale starting from July 1 because it is the product of a traditional feeding method of animals called gavage. Bans of varying degrees also exist in other places, including Australia.

29 Nov 2012 - 12:40pm

'Dough-Stick Brother' bemused by fame

Li Gang fries dough sticks in Chengdu, after improving their recipe. Photo: Chengdu Business Daily

Three years ago, a Sichuan peasant named Li Gang set up an iron skillet and a few tables at an old residential block in Chengdu and started cooking deep-fried dough sticks - one of the most common breakfast foods for Chinese.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Book: Jerusalem

Book: Jerusalem

JerusalemBy Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi


This book is the reason I recently took a trip to Israel. In fact, although I normally pack as lightly as possible (therefore leaving enough space in my bags for foodie souvenirs), I took this hard-cover volume with me, so I could use it as a guide to dishes to try and ingredients to buy.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm close to home close to home

Filipino food has a bad reputation outside the Philippines - most people think of it as being heavy, greasy, garlicky and vinegary. And it can be.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:39pm

Snack attack: once you pop

Photo: Shutterstock

Jalapeno poppers are one of those snacks you might be embarrassed to be seen eating, at least if you have a reputation for enjoying good food. They're kind of trashy, insofar as they're cheese-stuffed (and we're not talking unpasteurised, artisanal cheese) jalapeno chillies that are breaded then deep-fried.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm

Seasons: squash and go

Photo: Shutterstock

The acorn squash got its name because its shape resembles the small nut of the oak tree (although, obviously, it is a lot larger). Usually deep green (but occasionally golden or variegated), it is distinctive for the deep ridges that run from the stem end to the base. As with other types of winter squash, the rind is hard and can be difficult to cut into.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm