Bernice Chan

Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the culture desk of the Post, which she joined in 2010. Originally from Vancouver, she has been a journalist for more than 20 years. She has previously worked for the Hong Kong Standard and at CBC Radio Vancouver.
Bernice Chan
Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the culture desk of the Post, which she joined in 2010. Originally from Vancouver, she has been a journalist for more than 20 years. She has previously worked for the Hong Kong Standard and at CBC Radio Vancouver.

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Diner’s Diary | Avocado with everything at Avobar, new in Hong Kong – mashed, smashed, sliced, diced, or halved, it’s all here

From a burger where avocado halves replace the bun, to delicious avocado toast, to avocado smashed with chilli, we sample the menu at new restaurant in K11 Musea mall.

15 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

From a burger where avocado halves replace the bun, to delicious avocado toast, to avocado smashed with chilli, we sample the menu at new restaurant in K11 Musea mall.

Avocado with everything at Avobar, new in Hong Kong – mashed, smashed, sliced, diced, or halved, it’s all here
Hong Kong chef’s dream of a scalable plant-based fast food concept takes root at Treehouse

The menu at chef-entrepreneur Christian Mongendre’s new Central restaurant includes flatbreads, raw vegan cakes and customisable grain bowls; diners will be able to order by tablet or QR code and AI will suggest dishes to them.

9 Sep 2019 - 8:54PM

The menu at chef-entrepreneur Christian Mongendre’s new Central restaurant includes flatbreads, raw vegan cakes and customisable grain bowls; diners will be able to order by tablet or QR code and AI will suggest dishes to them.

Hong Kong chef’s dream of a scalable plant-based fast food concept takes root at Treehouse
Global volunteer movement repairs home appliances free of charge for needy, and with smiles all round

Repair Cafe is a global movement that recruits volunteers to fix things like electric fans, rice cookers – even watches; launched in Hong Kong in 2018, it operates once a month and helps the needy, most of them elderly.

9 Sep 2019 - 8:15AM

Repair Cafe is a global movement that recruits volunteers to fix things like electric fans, rice cookers – even watches; launched in Hong Kong in 2018, it operates once a month and helps the needy, most of them elderly.

Global volunteer movement repairs home appliances free of charge for needy, and with smiles all round
Duck & Waffle Hong Kong first impressions: dishes burst with flavour at outpost of hip London restaurant

Irish crab, Hokkaido scallops, ox cheek doughnut and three Hong Kong-only desserts were among our favourites from the menu at restaurant in IFC Mall.

6 Sep 2019 - 4:30PM

Irish crab, Hokkaido scallops, ox cheek doughnut and three Hong Kong-only desserts were among our favourites from the menu at restaurant in IFC Mall.

Duck & Waffle Hong Kong first impressions: dishes burst with flavour at outpost of hip London restaurant
What made French chef Vincent Thierry leave Hong Kong for Bangkok

‘After three years of three Michelin stars at Caprice, I became bored doing the same thing’

5 Sep 2019 - 6:00PM

‘After three years of three Michelin stars at Caprice, I became bored doing the same thing’

What made French chef Vincent Thierry leave Hong Kong for Bangkok
Diner’s Diary | We tried a US$215 afternoon tea at K11 – is this what protest-hit Hong Kong really needs just now?

Artisan Lounge’s all-day afternoon tea in the K11 Musea shopping mall is the place to be seen – if that’s your thing – but we struggle to see how they can justify charging US$215.

4 Sep 2019 - 1:33PM

Artisan Lounge’s all-day afternoon tea in the K11 Musea shopping mall is the place to be seen – if that’s your thing – but we struggle to see how they can justify charging US$215.

We tried a US$215 afternoon tea at K11 – is this what protest-hit Hong Kong really needs just now?
Mooncake makeover: from anti-extradition-bill delights to KFC spicy chicken bites

Many different flavours will be available for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 13 this year, including egg custard with walnut. Modern twists on the traditional festive treats mean they are in demand more than ever.

1 Sep 2019 - 2:15PM

Many different flavours will be available for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 13 this year, including egg custard with walnut. Modern twists on the traditional festive treats mean they are in demand more than ever.

Mooncake makeover: from anti-extradition-bill delights to KFC spicy chicken bites
Eat Drink Asia: Mooncakes then and now

We tried KFC’s spicy chicken mooncakes so you don’t have to.From the end of the Yuan Dynasty to modern Hong Kong, mooncakes have been the bearers of political messages.

16 Sep 2019 - 2:37PM

We tried KFC’s spicy chicken mooncakes so you don’t have to.From the end of the Yuan Dynasty to modern Hong Kong, mooncakes have been the bearers of political messages.

Eat Drink Asia: Mooncakes then and now
Top Chef contestant Nyesha Arrington on appearing on the show: ‘I didn’t know how to be a TV chef’

The Californian behind the now-closed Los Angeles restaurants Leona and Native reveals why being on Top Chef made her so uncomfortable.

28 Aug 2019 - 1:56AM

The Californian behind the now-closed Los Angeles restaurants Leona and Native reveals why being on Top Chef made her so uncomfortable.

Top Chef contestant Nyesha Arrington on appearing on the show: ‘I didn’t know how to be a TV chef’
Diner’s Diary | ‘Fine dining isn’t popular, hotel buffets don’t work’: Chef Uwe Opocensky prepares to shake up hospitality

Uwe Opocensky, who shut his self-named restaurant to return to hotel trade, says he had ‘an amazing offer’ and was given the chance to ‘grow further’. He drops hint about new role, saying second generation hotel owners see need for change.

20 Aug 2019 - 12:15PM

Uwe Opocensky, who shut his self-named restaurant to return to hotel trade, says he had ‘an amazing offer’ and was given the chance to ‘grow further’. He drops hint about new role, saying second generation hotel owners see need for change.

‘Fine dining isn’t popular, hotel buffets don’t work’: Chef Uwe Opocensky prepares to shake up hospitality
French chef Christophe Hay on working for Paul Bocuse and reducing food waste in his restaurant

Christophe Hay, the chef and owner of the two-Michelin-star La Maison d’à Côté restaurant, in Bois, France, talks about the challenges he faced in America and how earning Michelin stars made him cry.

19 Aug 2019 - 5:30PM

Christophe Hay, the chef and owner of the two-Michelin-star La Maison d’à Côté restaurant, in Bois, France, talks about the challenges he faced in America and how earning Michelin stars made him cry.

French chef Christophe Hay on working for Paul Bocuse and reducing food waste in his restaurant
Chef Uwe Opocensky shuts his restaurant, quits Beef & Liberty, to return to hotel trade he quit in 2016 to be ‘more free’

Surprise announcement that German is closing his eponymous Hong Kong restaurant and ending his role as group executive chef of burger restaurants to return to hotel trade comes three years after he quit Mandarin Oriental.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:27AM

Surprise announcement that German is closing his eponymous Hong Kong restaurant and ending his role as group executive chef of burger restaurants to return to hotel trade comes three years after he quit Mandarin Oriental.

Chef Uwe Opocensky shuts his restaurant, quits Beef & Liberty, to return to hotel trade he quit in 2016 to be ‘more free’
Top Chef winner Stéphanie Le Quellec on how the TV show changed her life

At 37, the Top Chef France winner who previously ran a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, says she is ready for a new challenge

13 Aug 2019 - 4:30PM

At 37, the Top Chef France winner who previously ran a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, says she is ready for a new challenge

Top Chef winner Stéphanie Le Quellec on how the TV show changed her life
From Bob Marley to Peter Tosh: the reggae empire built by a Chinese-Jamaican family

VP Records’ Patricia Chin, born and bred in Jamaica – and whose studio was used by Bob Marley – celebrates the 40th anniversary of her famous reggae record store opening in New York.

12 Aug 2019 - 9:18PM

VP Records’ Patricia Chin, born and bred in Jamaica – and whose studio was used by Bob Marley – celebrates the 40th anniversary of her famous reggae record store opening in New York.

From Bob Marley to Peter Tosh: the reggae empire built by a Chinese-Jamaican family
The 5pm brunch: drag queens, a DJ, and tributes to Quentin Tarantino up the fun factor in Hong Kong

From Jackie Brown to Pulp Fiction to Kill Bill, drag queens strutted their way through costume changes as the music pulsed and the champagne flowed at the W Hotel’s ‘Drag Me to Late Brunch’; the buffet was a tribute to excess too.

11 Aug 2019 - 7:18PM

From Jackie Brown to Pulp Fiction to Kill Bill, drag queens strutted their way through costume changes as the music pulsed and the champagne flowed at the W Hotel’s ‘Drag Me to Late Brunch’; the buffet was a tribute to excess too.

The 5pm brunch: drag queens, a DJ, and tributes to Quentin Tarantino up the fun factor in Hong Kong
How Grassroots Pantry ‘blossomed’ into Nectar fine-dining vegan restaurant in Hong Kong

Nectar, in Sheung Wan, is the next step in Peggy Chan’s plant-based culinary evolution after closing casual vegan eatery Grassroots Pantry in July. The new concept is the first fine-dining vegan restaurant in Hong Kong.

5 Aug 2019 - 7:48PM

Nectar, in Sheung Wan, is the next step in Peggy Chan’s plant-based culinary evolution after closing casual vegan eatery Grassroots Pantry in July. The new concept is the first fine-dining vegan restaurant in Hong Kong.

How Grassroots Pantry ‘blossomed’ into Nectar fine-dining vegan restaurant in Hong Kong
Pino Piano, man behind some of Hong Kong’s best Italian restaurants, on his journey from Naples to Sheung Wan

The owner of Gaia restaurant lived in London and New York before moving to Hong Kong in 1993. He talks about an embarrassing Christina Onassis underwear incident and how attitudes towards homosexuality have changed.

3 Aug 2019 - 7:54PM

The owner of Gaia restaurant lived in London and New York before moving to Hong Kong in 1993. He talks about an embarrassing Christina Onassis underwear incident and how attitudes towards homosexuality have changed.

Pino Piano, man behind some of Hong Kong’s best Italian restaurants, on his journey from Naples to Sheung Wan
Cantonese recipes lost in time: book revives lavish dishes that disappeared from Hong Kong restaurants

Agnes Chee discovers traditional Hong Kong dishes that fell out of fashion because of price and labour, including US$900 wok-fried giant sea conch and double-boiled pig’s stomach stuffed with chicken and bird’s nest.

5 Aug 2019 - 4:00PM

Agnes Chee discovers traditional Hong Kong dishes that fell out of fashion because of price and labour, including US$900 wok-fried giant sea conch and double-boiled pig’s stomach stuffed with chicken and bird’s nest.

Cantonese recipes lost in time: book revives lavish dishes that disappeared from Hong Kong restaurants
Diner’s Diary | Ultimate knife challenge: we try carving soft tofu into a flower using a Chinese chopper, and it isn’t pretty

Chefs are well known for their knife skills, but the Chinese dish chrysanthemum ‘thousand cut’ silken tofu takes them to another level. A Chinese master chef makes the dish in 90 seconds, so how do we shape up? It isn’t pretty.

2 Aug 2019 - 12:15PM

Chefs are well known for their knife skills, but the Chinese dish chrysanthemum ‘thousand cut’ silken tofu takes them to another level. A Chinese master chef makes the dish in 90 seconds, so how do we shape up? It isn’t pretty.

Ultimate knife challenge: we try carving soft tofu into a flower using a Chinese chopper, and it isn’t pretty
Chrysanthemum tofu: cheap Chinese staple gets upgrade into top-tier treat

Chinese cuisine chef Junno Li Zhenlong puts his mastery of intricate knife skills to good use with a series of dishes he has created at The Chinese Library restaurant.  

2 Aug 2019 - 8:00AM

Chinese cuisine chef Junno Li Zhenlong puts his mastery of intricate knife skills to good use with a series of dishes he has created at The Chinese Library restaurant.  

Chrysanthemum tofu: cheap Chinese staple gets upgrade into top-tier treat
‘I ate cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner’, says French affineur Patrice Marchand

Master cheese ager and co-owner of Les Frères Marchand in France, Patrice Marchand, grew up eating cheese with every meal. He almost took a job in Phuket, Thailand, until his brothers made an offer he couldn’t refuse.

2 Aug 2019 - 4:33AM

Master cheese ager and co-owner of Les Frères Marchand in France, Patrice Marchand, grew up eating cheese with every meal. He almost took a job in Phuket, Thailand, until his brothers made an offer he couldn’t refuse.

‘I ate cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner’, says French affineur Patrice Marchand
From Uma Nota to Hutong – five Hong Kong restaurants that have made it overseas

As popular yakitori eatery Yardbird sets to take flight in Los Angeles later this year, here are five other Hong Kong restaurants that have made it abroad.

1 Aug 2019 - 6:59PM

As popular yakitori eatery Yardbird sets to take flight in Los Angeles later this year, here are five other Hong Kong restaurants that have made it abroad.

From Uma Nota to Hutong – five Hong Kong restaurants that have made it overseas
Is this the world’s most expensive tram ride? Circus Tram rolls into Hong Kong

The private members’ club on rails is available to guests enrolled in The Peninsula Academy – at a price: US$6,000 for up to five people; the same journey for five on a regular tram would cost US$1.65.

29 Jul 2019 - 1:28PM

The private members’ club on rails is available to guests enrolled in The Peninsula Academy – at a price: US$6,000 for up to five people; the same journey for five on a regular tram would cost US$1.65.

Is this the world’s most expensive tram ride? Circus Tram rolls into Hong Kong
How Sichuan cuisine conquered the world, from Ming dynasty to McDonald’s sauce that nearly caused a riot

We think of Sichuan food as numbing and super hot, but the cuisine is much more subtle than that, say chefs and fans. Dishes such as mapo tofu and Sichuan hotpot are popular all over the world, but two-thirds of Sichuan dishes aren’t fiery.

28 Jul 2019 - 11:02AM

We think of Sichuan food as numbing and super hot, but the cuisine is much more subtle than that, say chefs and fans. Dishes such as mapo tofu and Sichuan hotpot are popular all over the world, but two-thirds of Sichuan dishes aren’t fiery.

How Sichuan cuisine conquered the world, from Ming dynasty to McDonald’s sauce that nearly caused a riot
Sichuan food history: from Ming to McDonald’s – and Rick and Morty

Bernice Chan and Alkira Reinfrank analyse the cultural appropriation, and fascinating history, of Sichuan cuisine. They delve into the chemistry of the Sichuan pepper and unpack the components of a traditional meal.

31 Jul 2019 - 1:48PM

Bernice Chan and Alkira Reinfrank analyse the cultural appropriation, and fascinating history, of Sichuan cuisine. They delve into the chemistry of the Sichuan pepper and unpack the components of a traditional meal.

Sichuan food history: from Ming to McDonald’s – and Rick and Morty
Junghyun Park of Atomix and Atoboy: the Korean chef changing New York’s perception of his country’s cuisine

Junghyun Park of New York restaurants Atomix and Atoboy reveals how he is elevating Korean food.

19 Jul 2019 - 5:41AM

Junghyun Park of New York restaurants Atomix and Atoboy reveals how he is elevating Korean food.

Junghyun Park of Atomix and Atoboy: the Korean chef changing New York’s perception of his country’s cuisine
Diner’s Diary | KFC unveils chicken mooncakes at new Hong Kong outlet among other new dishes

Just in time for Mid-Autumn Festival on September 13, KFC has launched a “spicy chicken and nuts mooncake” at its new Causeway Bay branch.

17 Jul 2019 - 4:00PM

Just in time for Mid-Autumn Festival on September 13, KFC has launched a “spicy chicken and nuts mooncake” at its new Causeway Bay branch.

KFC unveils chicken mooncakes at new Hong Kong outlet among other new dishes
Appreciate nature more is message for Hong Kong in artist’s mural inspired by Typhoon Mangkhut

American artist James Prosek has painted a mural of Hong Kong’s flora and fauna at the Asia Society headquarters in the hope it will encourage Hongkongers to pay more attention to the natural world around us.

15 Jul 2019 - 7:58PM

American artist James Prosek has painted a mural of Hong Kong’s flora and fauna at the Asia Society headquarters in the hope it will encourage Hongkongers to pay more attention to the natural world around us.

Appreciate nature more is message for Hong Kong in artist’s mural inspired by Typhoon Mangkhut
Diner’s Diary | Shake Shack x The Chairman burger taste test: not enough zing from Sichuan spice, and ox tongue is bland

Limited edition burger features five spice and Sichuan pepper, meant to deliver a hint of the tingling on your tongue that condiment brings. But the effect is too subtle in our opinion. Judge for yourselves – if you can get one on Saturday.

10 Jul 2019 - 4:17PM

Limited edition burger features five spice and Sichuan pepper, meant to deliver a hint of the tingling on your tongue that condiment brings. But the effect is too subtle in our opinion. Judge for yourselves – if you can get one on Saturday.

Shake Shack x The Chairman burger taste test: not enough zing from Sichuan spice, and ox tongue is bland
Diner’s Diary | Breaking Hong Kong egg tart news: Lord Stow’s is back, now at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Hongkongers disappointed at having nowhere to buy Lord Stow’s famed egg tarts since March can now happily head to the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Get there early though – they are normally sold out by midafternoon.

9 Jul 2019 - 4:12PM

Hongkongers disappointed at having nowhere to buy Lord Stow’s famed egg tarts since March can now happily head to the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Get there early though – they are normally sold out by midafternoon.

Breaking Hong Kong egg tart news: Lord Stow’s is back, now at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong