Gustatory System

Taste Matters

Ryan Matthew Smith's photographs (including Orange on Dry Ice, left) of contemporary cuisine, emphasising the freshness of summer ingredients. Daily, 10am-10pm, Chater Bridge and East Bridge, Central. Inquiries: 2801 5311. Ends Aug 14

Monday, 1 August, 2011, 12:00am

Hungry for more

I've only been to Taipei a few times but, being a food lover, my trips have been agonising. It's not that the food is bad; on the contrary, there's more good food than I can possibly sample. I end up having breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and street food - then pack my suitcase with delicacies such as roasted duck tongue, pineapple cake, dried fish roe and bottled sauces.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am


Hong Kong offers a plethora of options for sampling some of the finest cuisines from the East and West. Take your taste buds on a journey across more adventurous parts of Asia to test out some off-the-beaten-track fare.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Puree for the tongue

Western chefs are finally embracing umami. Formerly it was believed the human tongue could only taste four flavours - sweet, salty, sour and bitter. But the Japanese discovered monosodium glutamate and its umami flavour.

18 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Get a taste of the sweet life - miracle berries that take away those bitter edges

The share market may appear to be on the right track, but we all know the actual economy still hasn't caught up with that trend. These are sour times, but luckily some people are still working at spreading a bit of sweetness around town.

22 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Colette Koo

You've been an actress, designer and restaurateur - which do you enjoy most? 'I enjoy all of them in different ways. I enjoy the creative side of designing, for instance, but not the loneliness that comes with it. Everything has its good side and bad side. So I love them all.'

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Remembering Hong Kong by tingling your taste buds

While most nostalgic programmes about collective memory call for the preservation of visual and audio artefacts, a new programme launched by The Commercial Press to cherish bygone days is certain to tingle taste buds.

Those Were the Tastes - Collection of Memories is appealing to the public to submit mementos about food and dining.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


There is a reason why we describe life's painful disappointments as bitter pills. If you have fumbled your way to the medicine cabinet in a pre-hangover state, odds are you know about the bitterness of pills; an aspirin stubbornly lodged in the back of your dry throat is the textbook example of bitterness.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Mother tongue best?

Most educationists have pointed to an improvement in key examination results at Chinese-medium schools over the past three years as vindication of the mother-tongue education policy. What is your view? Write to us

11 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The Best Possible Taste

The Best Possible Taste

by Sam O'Reilly

Penguin $112

9 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Food and thought

Ayurveda states that the different universal elements - vata, pitta and kapha - are strong at different times of the day, so not only do we need to eat foods corresponding to our doshas, but we also need to eat at suitable times.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Desire for freedom

Thank you for running Annie Wong's 'People's Republic of Desire' column each week. Her hilarious 'Syllabus for Citizens' (Sunday Morning Post, May 26) was one of her best pieces. It showed that deep down, Chinese people have Western tastes and propensities.

2 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Ask mr brain...all will be explained

Do flies have tongues for taste? Flies do not have anything that we would call a tongue, but they do have sensory organs. Flies have other mouth parts besides tongues that they use mostly to suck up liquids. The major structure of the mouth part is the labellum, which is a spongy structure.

28 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Putting your senses to the test

Now that tastings are as commonplace in Hong Kong as boutique openings - not to mention full-blown wine-maker's dinners - if you don't want to look as though you have just arrived from another planet, you should know how to act when the wine is poured.

I refer not to a pretentious ritual, but simply to the correct procedure for properly judging wine.

13 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Buds pass on flavour note

HOW many taste buds do we have on our tongue? Humans have about 10,000 taste buds, most of them on the tongue.

There are a few scattered at the back of the throat. The taste buds have little pores all around them.

When chemicals in food or drink are dissolved by saliva, they go into the pores, and surround the taste buds.

14 Apr 1994 - 12:00am