City's best hotpot spots

It has become a year-round treat, but the hotpot is most satisfying when there is a chill in the air. Photo: Warton Li

Once a seasonal treat, Hong Kong restaurants now offer hotpot all year round. But the dish is at its most gratifying on a cold winter's night.

Thursday, 8 November, 2012, 9:48am 1 comment

Chilled tomato soup

This is an easy dish that doesn't require any cooking, other than toasting the cumin seeds. It can be served as soon as you make it, but if you have the time it's even better if you chill the soup for about an hour, so the flavours have time to blend and develop. You need to use really sweet, ripe tomatoes or the soup will be tasteless.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Compliments of the season

Before supermarkets ruled the gastronomic world, before produce was available any time, anywhere, and before food miles had ever been heard of, the world ate seasonally.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ridge pickings

Sze gwa goes by various names, such as angled loofah, ridged gourd and Chinese okra (it does resemble a large version of Western okra, aka lady fingers, although they're not related). It doesn't look the most enticing of vegetables - it's long, tapered (and sometimes curved) and the skin is (or should be) dull with a slightly rough texture.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Private pleasures

The Ritz-Carlton's Chef's Table has been set.

In a private dining room on the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Centre, Kowloon, executive chef Peter Find and his team will be serving customised dinners of up to 12 courses featuring seasonal produce.

'Guests are booking a unique experience - and everything is personalised,' Find says.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

It was incorrectly stated in CitySeen yesterday that shark's fin soup was served at a party hosted by Lancome at The Ritz-Carlton hotel. Shark's fin soup is not on any menu at The Ritz-Carlton. We apologise for the error.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Heartbeat Again (CD) Supper Moment

Talk of Hong Kong's music industry struggling to produce good new releases has been proved wrong by Supper Moment's debut album, Heartbeat Again. The group's release is full of vitality - all fresh, nice-sounding songs.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bowlful to warm the soul

Minestrone is a tomato-based soup with lots of vegetables and rice or pasta. It comes from Italy and makes a filling meal.

You can use whatever vegetables you have sitting in your fridge.

Equipment you will need

Large saucepan with lid

Chopping board


Vegetable peeler

Wooden spoon

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The stars come out to see dancers in the soup

At the Beyond Miraculous cocktail party La Mer threw for special guests at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom, the brand reiterated its founding scientist's exploration of marine nutrients - over the course of 6,000 experiments - to achieve a patented Miracle Broth with regenerative properties for the skin.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A place where East meets West Africa

Much has been written about Guangzhou's African community, which numbers anywhere between 30,000 and 200,000, depending on your source.

Sino-African trade volumes exceeded US$110 billion last year, and much of that trade seems to happen in part of the bustling metropolis commonly referred to by monikers such as 'Little Africa'.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Home-style, souped up and hot to pot

Standout restaurants in the main hotpot categories:


9 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

If the cap fits ...

I love mushrooms but I know many people who can't stand them, primarily because of their slippery texture. These people are missing out, though, because mushrooms are versatile, adding their own taste to a dish and absorbing the flavour of whatever ingredients they're cooked with.

Mushroom soup with truffle oil and mushroom toast (pictured)

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

A better carrot

The taste and texture of a slim, young carrot, eaten within minutes of being plucked, is different from that of a thick, dried-out vegetable that has been kept in cold storage for months. It's something I've experienced only once, a long time ago, but I still remember how delicate and tender it was.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

Sticky rice cakes are OK, but no yummy devil's food for Jessica

It was another test of willpower for American-Chinese model Jessica Cambensy when she was invited as guest of honour to help launch a range of traditional Chinese desserts at Starbucks' retro-themed outlet in Central.

7 May 2010 - 12:00am

Spoonfuls of comfort

Que Vinh Dang, who worked in Hong Kong with the Duke's Group (Duke's Burger and Duke's Deli) and Elite Concepts (as executive pastry chef), has opened his own restaurant.

7 Mar 2010 - 12:00am