A tale of brown rice and dragon boats

With Tuen Ng, or the Dragon Boat Festival, approaching in a couple of weeks, glutinous rice dumplings are in season. Here's a healthier take on the traditional treat contributed by QQ Rice, a Taiwanese fast food chain that sells rice balls.

Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am

Tong yuen

Today is the winter solstice, a day when Chinese families get together to share a meal. It's traditional to eat tong yuen, round balls made of glutinous rice flour, because they represent harmony and togetherness.

They're sometimes tinted with food colouring, and they can be filled with mixtures such as sweet sesame paste or peanut brittle.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese cargo ships return to Mekong

China resumed cargo ship traffic on the Mekong River for the first time since the killing of 13 Chinese sailors last month.

Ten cargo ships, escorted by patrol vessels, entered the Thai section of the river yesterday afternoon.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Armed Chinese force set to patrol Mekong

China will station up to 1,000 armed officers to patrol the Mekong River as it prepares for the resumption of navigation by its ships on the waterway following the killing of 13 mainland sailors last month.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Chuan Shang Long

3/F Zhongda Building 38-40 Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Tel: 2377 4567 Open: noon-3.30pm, 6-11pm Cuisine: Sichuan and Shanghainese

Price: about HK$250 without drinks and the service charge

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Casino blamed for violence on Mekong River

A casino operated in the Golden Triangle by a Chinese businessman praised by official media has disrupted the balance of power among gangsters in the region, leading to the brutal killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River, mainland media reported yesterday.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Northern exposure

SIX O' CLOCK is cocktail hour on the Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O). Most nights, guests gather in the elegant bar car, where a pianist trots out the tunes while the uniformed staff serve G&Ts. Tonight, however, something different is planned.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Sino-Laos-Thai rail project still expected to go ahead

The election in Thailand and the recent downfall of former Chinese minister of railways Liu Zhijun may be causing a temporary setback to a multibillion-dollar high-speed railway aimed at linking China, Laos and Thailand, but the setback is unlikely to prevent the project from becoming a reality.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Internet abuzz with all-star Asian film project - but it's only a dream

There's not a shred of truth anywhere, but that hasn't stopped a proposed all-star Asian film project from generating a buzz in the geeky blogosphere of online movie forums.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Plea over Mekong River dams falls on deaf ears

Asean leaders have failed to respond to the plea of thousands of Mekong Delta residents urging them to forego plans to build a further 11 hydropower dams along the river, devastating livelihoods and endangered species, an NGO said yesterday.

26 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Swing into action

4 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Peace in our time

At the breach of the Tad Yuang waterfall, rose-tinted light from the setting sun has drenched the swirling white foam in pink, so that it looks like a vanilla milkshake topped with cherry sauce. As it nears the drop, the soft-hued froth rises up over huge boulders and changes shape.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Go with the flow

China says it remains a developing country despite an impressively rapid rise in the league of global power. By some measures, it is now the world's third-biggest economy and second-largest exporter. However gauged, China is clearly a nation with increasing impact and influence, especially if you live in nearby Southeast Asia.

1 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Mekong a hot topic at regional summit

Premier hopes to strengthen ties but divvying up river likely to stay a sticking point

When Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in Laos today for the third summit of the Great Mekong Subregion (GMS), he will discuss China's willingness to bring the region closer though transport links and by tackling environmental, health, energy and infrastructure difficulties.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Laos' sleepy capital takes its name from the Indochina era, although the city has been important to the area since at least the 14th century.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am