Food Storage

Building plan may have hid C.Y. structure from view

An unmarked section on the building plan of Leung Chun-ying's house on The Peak could have made it difficult to spot an illegal basement if it was already there when he bought the property 13 years ago, an experienced architect suggests.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012, 12:00am


When I started making ice creams and sorbets at home, my boyfriend (now my husband) got all set to serve them by putting the ice-cream scooper in a pan of hot water. 'What are you doing?' I asked. 'Making it easier to scoop the ice cream,' was his reply. I was insulted and informed him that my ice creams and sorbets are perfectly textured and can be spooned up straight from the freezer.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Police urged to join in probe of Tang's basement

Police are being urged to join the investigation into an illegal basement at the home of chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen after the Buildings Department said it was having serious difficulty collecting evidence.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Police should help any probe, specialists say

Henry Tang Ying-yen and his wife should be criminally investigated, in the light of evidence suggesting they planned their 'underground palace' at a Kowloon Tong house before it was completed in 2007, a legal academic and a building expert say.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang declares basement off limits

Embattled chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen has rejected calls to allow the media to inspect his home's illegal basement, saying it would intrude on his privacy.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang's wife comes under scrutiny over basement

The Buildings Department has launched an investigation into chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife and others over an illegal 'underground palace' at her house in Kowloon Tong.

The investigation may lead to criminal charges, but it is uncertain whether Tang, who co-owned the house at 7 York Road with his wife Lisa Kuo Yu-chin until 2010, is involved in the probe.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Letter to seek demolition of basement

The Buildings Department will issue a letter advising Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife to demolish an illegal basement at her Kowloon Tong house.

Such a letter is one step short of a demolition order.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang's basement no afterthought, experts say

A house jointly owned by Henry Tang Ying-yen until two years ago and suspected to be concealing a large illegal basement was built to make additional excavation possible, Buildings Department records show. It had foundation piles bored deep into the ground.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Staff reaping rewards again

'It's party time again!' Mimi declares on the phone, as she tells Baat Gwaa she no longer dreads going to work in the morning.

'They are bringing back the free snacks and drinks in the pantry, we are getting our birthday day off, free gym and club memberships, and even a Blackberry. We are getting everything back, plus more.'

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

Trash talk

Woe betide any cook who is caught throwing out any usable scrap, or worse, ingredients spoiled from negligence. Letting food go bad is like throwing money straight into the bin.

7 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Pantry predicament

Pantries occupy a conspicuously weird place in offices. By that, I do not mean that they are usually tucked in an awkward space between the ladies' room and the janitor's closet. What I mean is that it seems most companies don't know what to make of them.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

You Are What You Freeze

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You are what you freeze - that is what a group of students from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University discovered eight years ago when on a trip to Singapore. Led by teacher Siu King-chung, they went around several households in the Lion City and took pictures of the contents of people's refrigerators.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Icy treat

Even if you're not in the market for a new refrigerator, it's worth popping into Sub-Zero's new flagship store (5A Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2915 0250) for design inspiration. The work of local architect Norman Chan, the showroom features oak cabinets that rotate 180 degrees to reveal the company's products.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Take Action!

The column for anyone fed up with bureaucracy, frustrated with delays or furious with poor service. Tell us your complaint and we'll try to fix it ...

Internet user Ms Hsu of Yuen Long, a customer of Hutchison Global Communications, asks why she was asked to pay for a broadband service she did not get. In September, the broadband service at Ms Hsu's home broke down.

26 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Tommy Fong

Kitchen designer

'People think kitchen designers are magicians,' laments Tommy Fong, who runs Kitench in Causeway Bay. His clients frequently overestimate what they can fit in. 'They want to have a spacious kitchen, big appliances and a huge worktop at the same time. I tell them to face reality.'

How do you make the most of a small kitchen space?

8 Sep 2006 - 12:00am