Masala Chai

When smoke gets in your thighs

It's known by different names throughout the world - chai-yok in Korea, ratus in Indonesia, ganggang in Malaysia, bajos among Mayan healers and Venus smoke in North America.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am


What: Jag cut-glass vases Why: These gorgeous chunky cut-glass vases come in a range of smoky jewel colours How much: From HK$160 Where: Inside, 12/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2873 1795

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Here comes the neighbourhood

Sheung Wan's historic Tai Ping Shan Street is a good place to puzzle over the phrase 'intangible cultural heritage'. Now you can probably find people who will discuss it with you over a really good cup of coffee.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Joyce Cheng offers dietary advice at Starbucks launch

As we enter the hottest, stickiest month of the year, Starbucks has done the cool thing and brought back its chilled coffee jelly beverage.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wake up and smell the coffee - and it won't cost a bean

Small incentive though it is, receiving a free cup of coffee is still not a bad way to go back to work after a long weekend. The Starbucks chain will be handing out a complimentary fresh-brewed 8 ounce (that would be a small) cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll at most of its 90 Hong Kong and Macau outlets tomorrow between 10am and noon.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hot tea is cold comfort for press pack hungry for a scoop on Kwoks

If nothing else, the city's leading tycoons know how to treat the press. They may despise the media with all their heart but they know how to kill them with kindness.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

A coffee culture with a flavour all its own

What people read and talk about is said to tell you a lot about them and their society. If you don't mind a little eavesdropping and peeping over people's shoulders, Hong Kong's booming coffee bars are ideal places for some field research. They are to be found almost everywhere nowadays, and their popularity shows no signs of waning.

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Spices that put pot into noodles taken off supermarket shelves

Tainted spices for noodles have been removed from shelves by supermarkets, and some noodle restaurants have stopped serving them after traces of the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis were found in several food products sampled.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Java giveaway at Starbucks

Perhaps it's Starbucks' chairman Howard Schultz's way of thanking everyone for putting him on the recent Forbes billionaire list, but the coffee chain is offering a free cup of fresh brew for all its customers tomorrow from 10am to noon.

15 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Exhibition nurtures sense of community

Wan Chai's Blue House has come to symbolise the growing nostalgia for simpler times.

And a group of volunteers hopes a collection of 70 items from Hong Kong's past being showcased in the building will help the city return to its close-knit community roots.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Blue House families in final fight to stay

Residents of the historic Blue House in Wan Chai are fighting a last-ditch battle for the right to stay in their homes.

Together with social workers, they mounted a protest yesterday in front of the building on Stone Nullah Lane against the government's redevelopment plan for the area, proposed earlier this year.

8 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Yan Chai Hospital Social Services Department

Where: 8/F, Yan Chai Hospital Multi-Services Complex, 18 Yan Chai Street, Tsuen Wan

What: The hospital, established in 1973, extended its services to include social welfare in the late 1970s. It now operates over 40 units in Hong Kong, providing elderly, youth, rehabilitation and childcare services for the community.

18 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The heat is on

It's finally here. Three years after its prototype excited imaginations worldwide, Joris Laarman's Droog Design Radiator Heat Wave (below) is available to consumers warmed by its baroque design. Although apparently functionless, the decorative item is a modular heater that can be enlarged to meet needs and suit tastes.

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Harbourside options

What are your thoughts on the three options for a harbourfront highway in Wan Chai displayed on our front page yesterday? The concepts provide for reclamations of 10, 23 and 25 hectares. Share your views: write to us

25 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

The food

The interview took place at Eden, a French restaurant in Wan Chai with a lovely view of Victoria Harbour.

Pan-fried Foie Gras with port-wine sauce ($88)

Rating: 4.5/5

11 Jun 2004 - 12:00am