Uniquely Hong Kong

Uniquely Hong Kong

Uniquely Hong Kong is a series focusing on the things that set the city apart from the rest of the world. From its oldest families to its fascinating trades, South China Morning Post gets to the heart of what makes Hong Kong tick. 

Taking a bite out of two worlds

Luk Yu in Central is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Journalist, cookbook author and restaurant consultant William Mark first ate there 60 years ago. Photo: Dickson Lee

Up until about 20 years ago, Britain had a bad reputation for its food, around the world and at home. Many people considered it stodgy, underseasoned and unimaginative.

Monday, 2 December, 2013, 12:16pm 1 comment

Hong Kong’s handcarts keep the city on a roll

An elderly woman pushes a handcart in Hong Kong Photo: AFP

It’s a simple contraption – an iron frame, foldout handle and four rubber wheels – but in Hong Kong the old-fashioned handcart is what keeps the city rolling.

9 Oct 2013 - 6:04pm 1 comment

When words are not enough: The dying art of professional letter writing

Pun Tse-ching writes letters for people in his neighbourhood.

Professional letter writers were once a common sight on Hong Kong’s streets, but today only a few survive. In the latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, we talk to Pun Tse-ching about the dying art

30 Apr 2013 - 6:10pm

How calorie-counting and supermarkets are hitting Hong Kong's rice shops where it hurts

Wong Tak-kam says in the 1970s there were more rice shops in Hong Kong than banks. Photo: SCMP

In this latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a traditional rice shop owner laments how his business is declining in changing times, but argues it still has a vital role to play

30 Apr 2013 - 6:11pm

Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim

Chef and founder of Tim Ho Wan, one of Hong Kong’s most popular dim sum restaurants, Mak Gui-pui

“Making dim sum isn’t easy," says chef Mak Gui-pui. “There are many factors that can influence the taste. Take barbecued pork buns - even the weather can affect the outcome,” he adds.

16 Sep 2013 - 3:06pm 1 comment

Talking to the dead: the art of making Taoist paper effigies

Au-yeung Wai-kin, 75, owner and founder of Bo Wah Effigies in Sham Shui Po.

In the third episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a design graduate tells of his decision to take up his father’s craft of making Taoist paper effigies used to communicate with the dead.

30 Apr 2013 - 6:12pm

No cutting corners: The artistry of the ancient qipao tailor

Kan Hong-wing in his Sheung Wan shop. Photo: SCMP

In this second episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a third generation tailor tells us the history of qipao, and why the art of Chinese tailoring has a special place in his heart.

21 Mar 2013 - 7:37am 3 comments

Confessions of a 'hit-woman'

The woman known only as Yeung reveals the secrets of her trade. Photo: SCMP

In part one of our series on Hong Kong's oldest trades, SCMP.com spoke to the women who beat out a living performing an old Chinese ritual involving hitting a slipper to put a curse on a 'villain'. 

20 Mar 2013 - 5:40pm 1 comment