Tofu master intent on preserving skills

Bill Chan with his son Jonathan (right) wants to keep up food quality. Photo: May Tse

Tofu may still be a popular food in Hongkongers' daily diet, but old-style shops making the bean curd delicacies are on the verge of extinction, despite efforts by the owners to pass on their traditional skills.

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China Digest, September 17, 2012


Tofu festival jazzed up

A 20th annual three-day tofu festival began yesterday in Huainan, which claims to be the birthplace of the food, the Anhui Daily reports. With public interest waning, an agricultural product festival, an international bicycle race and a business forum on cloud computing have been added to this year's event.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:34am

Turning the tables

Do we foodies have a secret dirt fetish? I've met many foodies given to the idea that the smarter the front room of the restaurant, the dirtier the kitchen must be.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bistro Jinli

5 Wai Fung Street, Ap Lei Chau Tel: 2328 2138 Open: Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-11pm Cuisine: Sichuanese

Price: about HK$200 without drinks and the service charge.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fermented tofu

Tsin Tsu Wei Sichuan Soya Beancurd with Chilli and Sesame Oil

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hackers blamed for rude replies on website

The administration of a Jiangxi mountain famous as one of the birthplaces of Taoism says its website has been hacked.

Many rude replies have been posted to nearby residents' queries and complaints since at least July.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Knight saves the day for small eatery

Dried tofu skins are a speciality of Zhejiang province in eastern China, and legend has it that Hangzhou, the capital, once had two restaurants known for dishes made with tofu sheets.

One restaurant was much larger than the other, and the spiteful owner of the larger place was known to bully the smaller one whenever he had the chance.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Dishes to tempt Confucius

No matter how many emperors might call a place home, regardless of how refined and elegant the society might be or how many sages and poets were born, raised or exiled there, it is impossible for a Chinese city not to have a raucous, bustling class-distinction-shattering outdoor food market.

Nanjing has two and they're both famous.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Shanghai Jade

Shop 402, 4/F, Exchange Square Podium, Central Tel: 2180 7288 Open: 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm Cuisine: Shanghainese

Price: about HK$300 without drinks and the service charge.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Dojo Hakata

Shop 312-313, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay Tel: 3691 8735 Open: noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$180 per person before drinks and the service charge.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Summer colours

Entries this week comfort us in our choice of 'colours' as the theme for this summer competition. It is such a pleasure to go through your bright and cheerful artworks. We particularly enjoyed Siu Yau-king's entry for reminding us that food isn't just about taste. Too often we are greedy for food, and it's a shame that we don't pay more attention to the work put into our colourful dishes.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Our city must remain vigilant on food safety

Of all the places to issue an alert over food safety, Germany is surely the least expected. Yet the country's reputation for having the best standards has not prevented high levels of the carcinogen dioxin from being found in eggs. Hong Kong has joined a flurry of governments halting poultry products from Germany, pending tests.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Counterfeiters cook up latest scam - fake tofu

Chinese counterfeiters are going to new lengths in their hunt for riches - fake tofu.

According to mainland media, fake tofu, made with chemicals and cheap starch, is widespread on the mainland, having been found in the central provinces of Hunan and Hubei and the southern province of Hainan .

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

... a name not so inappropriate, considering

Hong Kong has managed to come up with some pretty weird names for companies and people, but that pictured of a boutique in Wan Chai rather takes the cake. However, given its location, it may be argued it's appropriately named.

An alert reader who works in the area walks past it often and took this picture. But she rarely lingers long there. Why?

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Tung Fong Siu Kee Yuen

Fare Chinese vegetarian cuisine.

Ambience To enter this 90-year-old Buddhist institution you must come through their bakery which serves dim sum and dessert items and head up the stairs. Bright lights and pastel furnishings harking back to the 1970s await. The other diners appeared to be regulars who were happy to linger.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am