Bernice Chan

Hong Kong

Bernice Chan

Senior Writer on the Culture Desk

Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the Culture desk. She samples more than her share of dishes around Hong Kong and writes about people and issues that make an impact on the city.

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New Chinese New Year pudding flavours: healthy, low-sugar, vegan, gingery – we put them to the test

From Lung King Heen’s burdock and snow fungus pudding with red dates and jasmine to Cuisine Cuisine’s ginger honey and sea coconut pudding, here are some of the newest Chinese New Year puddings available in Hong Kong.

17 Jan 2020 - 12:15PM

From Lung King Heen’s burdock and snow fungus pudding with red dates and jasmine to Cuisine Cuisine’s ginger honey and sea coconut pudding, here are some of the newest Chinese New Year puddings available in Hong Kong.

New Chinese New Year pudding flavours: healthy, low-sugar, vegan, gingery – we put them to the test
‘Us women need to make some noise,’ says chef Valeria Piccini, of two-Michelin star Italian restaurant

Valeria Piccini, the chef-owner of Michelin two-star Caino, in Tuscany, grew up around food and has always loved cooking.

14 Jan 2020 - 3:00PM

Valeria Piccini, the chef-owner of Michelin two-star Caino, in Tuscany, grew up around food and has always loved cooking.

‘Us women need to make some noise,’ says chef Valeria Piccini, of two-Michelin star Italian restaurant
Wagyumafia chef Hisato Hamada on how he befriended David Beckham, Jack Dorsey

Hisato Hamada, the chef and co-founder of the Tokyo and Hong Kong restaurants, talks about his circuitous route to cooking.

9 Jan 2020 - 12:56PM

Hisato Hamada, the chef and co-founder of the Tokyo and Hong Kong restaurants, talks about his circuitous route to cooking.

Wagyumafia chef Hisato Hamada on how he befriended David Beckham, Jack Dorsey
‘Long hours, yelling and bad salary’ almost made Dutch chef quit his career

Eelke Plasmeijer, the chef and co-owner of Locavore, in Ubud, has found his happy place in Bali.

30 Dec 2019 - 3:43PM

Eelke Plasmeijer, the chef and co-owner of Locavore, in Ubud, has found his happy place in Bali.

‘Long hours, yelling and bad salary’ almost made Dutch chef quit his career
Chinese food isn’t fried rice and chow mein – or is it? The stories behind Chinese-Canadian cuisine and the people who sell it

Chinatown restaurants in Canada sell fried rice, chow mein and chop suey – dishes with a long and rich history behind them, even if they aren’t authentically Chinese.

27 Dec 2019 - 5:54PM

Chinatown restaurants in Canada sell fried rice, chow mein and chop suey – dishes with a long and rich history behind them, even if they aren’t authentically Chinese.

Chinese food isn’t fried rice and chow mein – or is it? The stories behind Chinese-Canadian cuisine and the people who sell it
How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

Chef Nate Green was drinking heavily to deal with the stress of owning a restaurant in Hong Kong. Since he closed Rhoda and started working for other restaurants, Green is drinking less, working out, and eating and sleeping better.

21 Dec 2019 - 7:43PM

Chef Nate Green was drinking heavily to deal with the stress of owning a restaurant in Hong Kong. Since he closed Rhoda and started working for other restaurants, Green is drinking less, working out, and eating and sleeping better.

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life
Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau awards first stars to newcomers Louise, Rùn, Roganic, L’Envol and Andre Chiang’s Sichuan Moon

Five restaurants that opened in 2019 – Louise at PMQ, Roganic, and L’Envol and Run at the St Regis in Hong Kong, each with one star, and Andre Chiang’s Sichuan Moon in Macau, with two – win recognition in new Michelin Guide, while Uwe Opocensky earns Petrus first star.

17 Dec 2019 - 11:16PM

Five restaurants that opened in 2019 – Louise at PMQ, Roganic, and L’Envol and Run at the St Regis in Hong Kong, each with one star, and Andre Chiang’s Sichuan Moon in Macau, with two – win recognition in new Michelin Guide, while Uwe Opocensky earns Petrus first star.

Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau awards first stars to newcomers Louise, Rùn, Roganic, L’Envol and Andre Chiang’s Sichuan Moon
Censored by China, deleted social media posts live on in Hong Kong

Online censorship is rife on Chinese social media platforms like Weibo and WeChat, but one University of Hong Kong team is tracking deleted posts, preserving them and looking for patterns to determine why they were removed.

15 Dec 2019 - 7:00PM

Online censorship is rife on Chinese social media platforms like Weibo and WeChat, but one University of Hong Kong team is tracking deleted posts, preserving them and looking for patterns to determine why they were removed.

Censored by China, deleted social media posts live on in Hong Kong
From a giant rubber duck and Kaws’ Companion to 1,600 papier mache pandas: this man knows what Hong Kong people like

Lam Shu-kam, founder of design studio AllRightsReserved, brought Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck to Hong Kong, as well as Kaws’ Companion and Paulo Grangeon’s 1,600 pandas. More recently he has turned to Japanese artists.

11 Dec 2019 - 6:39PM

Lam Shu-kam, founder of design studio AllRightsReserved, brought Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck to Hong Kong, as well as Kaws’ Companion and Paulo Grangeon’s 1,600 pandas. More recently he has turned to Japanese artists.

From a giant rubber duck and Kaws’ Companion to 1,600 papier mache pandas: this man knows what Hong Kong people like
How Korean fried chicken – the other KFC – became a huge hit in South Korea and then the world

South Korea is widely known for having one of the best and most crispy versions of fried chicken, a dish enjoyed the world over that was first introduced to the country by US troops during the Korean war.

8 Dec 2019 - 2:30PM

South Korea is widely known for having one of the best and most crispy versions of fried chicken, a dish enjoyed the world over that was first introduced to the country by US troops during the Korean war.

How Korean fried chicken – the other KFC – became a huge hit in South Korea and then the world
Hong Kong seafood’s quality ‘the same as in a Japanese fish market’, globetrotting Japanese chef Mitsuhiro Araki says

After cooking up a storm in Tokyo and London, itinerant sushi chef Mitsuhiro Araki has opened a branch of his eponymous restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Heritage 1881.

6 Dec 2019 - 6:00PM

After cooking up a storm in Tokyo and London, itinerant sushi chef Mitsuhiro Araki has opened a branch of his eponymous restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Heritage 1881.

Hong Kong seafood’s quality ‘the same as in a Japanese fish market’, globetrotting Japanese chef Mitsuhiro Araki says
Diner’s Diary | Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says

Barrie Ho talks about his Italian restaurant Crit Room in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan area and how he is diversifying his business interests, explaining things are slowing down in Hong Kong and mainland China.

6 Dec 2019 - 11:30AM

Barrie Ho talks about his Italian restaurant Crit Room in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan area and how he is diversifying his business interests, explaining things are slowing down in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says
Italian chef Igles Corelli, the master of crispy lasagne, on his creative roots

Corelli has several Michelin stars under his belt and tattooed on his arm.

3 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM

Corelli has several Michelin stars under his belt and tattooed on his arm.

Italian chef Igles Corelli, the master of crispy lasagne, on his creative roots
Michelin Guide Beijing gives three stars to Xin Rong Ji in inaugural list of city’s best restaurants

Xin Rong Ji was the only restaurant to be awarded three stars by the prestigious guide in its first edition for Beijing. Vegetarian restaurant King’s Joy and Wulixiang Shanghai Cuisine each received two stars, while 20 restaurants were awarded one star.

29 Nov 2019 - 12:24AM

Xin Rong Ji was the only restaurant to be awarded three stars by the prestigious guide in its first edition for Beijing. Vegetarian restaurant King’s Joy and Wulixiang Shanghai Cuisine each received two stars, while 20 restaurants were awarded one star.

Michelin Guide Beijing gives three stars to Xin Rong Ji in inaugural list of city’s best restaurants
Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Literary Festival: politics and social issues take centre stage at ‘uniquely charming’ event

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Myanmar’s second largest city Mandalay gave writers, academics, filmmakers and local and foreign guests unfettered space to freely discuss sensitive political and social issues.

25 Nov 2019 - 6:38PM

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Myanmar’s second largest city Mandalay gave writers, academics, filmmakers and local and foreign guests unfettered space to freely discuss sensitive political and social issues.

Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Literary Festival: politics and social issues take centre stage at ‘uniquely charming’ event
Italian chef behind ‘best roast chicken ever’ almost became a computer engineer

The 37-year-old owner and executive chef of one-Michelin-starred Krèsios, in Campania, Italy, was on the path to becoming a computer engineer, until he realised he could make way more with his culinary skills.

18 Nov 2019 - 6:30PM

The 37-year-old owner and executive chef of one-Michelin-starred Krèsios, in Campania, Italy, was on the path to becoming a computer engineer, until he realised he could make way more with his culinary skills.

Italian chef behind ‘best roast chicken ever’ almost became a computer engineer
Popular US seafood restaurant Red Lobster to open in Hong Kong

Beyoncé sang about it, Nicki Minaj worked there, and now Red Lobster is coming to Hong Kong. The US seafood restaurant promises high-quality, sustainably harvested food at a reasonable price.

15 Nov 2019 - 1:02PM

Beyoncé sang about it, Nicki Minaj worked there, and now Red Lobster is coming to Hong Kong. The US seafood restaurant promises high-quality, sustainably harvested food at a reasonable price.

Popular US seafood restaurant Red Lobster to open in Hong Kong
Alex Fong on how he swam 45km around Hong Kong Island, from pre-race training to smashing the record on the day

From pre-race training to keeping going on the day, Canto-pop star and former Olympic swimmer Alex Fong explains how he got through his gruelling 45km swim around Hong Kong Island in a record-breaking time that raised over US$1 million for charity.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:40PM

From pre-race training to keeping going on the day, Canto-pop star and former Olympic swimmer Alex Fong explains how he got through his gruelling 45km swim around Hong Kong Island in a record-breaking time that raised over US$1 million for charity.

Alex Fong on how he swam 45km around Hong Kong Island, from pre-race training to smashing the record on the day
Diner’s Diary | A first taste of new Petrus menus as Shangri-La hotel fine-dining restaurant moves with the times

Appetisers that are theatrical and almost too pretty to eat, nose-to-tail cooking – German chef Uwe Opocensky has brought his signature style to the fine-dining restaurant at Admiralty hotel.

11 Nov 2019 - 6:45PM

Appetisers that are theatrical and almost too pretty to eat, nose-to-tail cooking – German chef Uwe Opocensky has brought his signature style to the fine-dining restaurant at Admiralty hotel.

A first taste of new Petrus menus as Shangri-La hotel fine-dining restaurant moves with the times
From ‘good for nothing’ to celebrity chef: Wolfgang Puck’s recipe for success

From humble beginnings in Austria where he was slammed as “good for nothing” by one of his first mentors, Wolfgang Puck has risen to become one of the world’s most famous celebrity chefs.

9 Nov 2019 - 5:00PM

From humble beginnings in Austria where he was slammed as “good for nothing” by one of his first mentors, Wolfgang Puck has risen to become one of the world’s most famous celebrity chefs.

From ‘good for nothing’ to celebrity chef: Wolfgang Puck’s recipe for success
How Wolfgang Puck became Hollywood’s chef to the stars – the secrets to his success

Luck, timing, hard work, a little talent and a lot of perseverance – these are the ingredients of his success, says Austrian-born chef who has cooked for a who’s who of stars and royalty since his early 20s in France.

9 Nov 2019 - 5:06PM

Luck, timing, hard work, a little talent and a lot of perseverance – these are the ingredients of his success, says Austrian-born chef who has cooked for a who’s who of stars and royalty since his early 20s in France.

How Wolfgang Puck became Hollywood’s chef to the stars – the secrets to his success
The accidental chef: how Singaporean Nicholas Chew designed a restaurant, ended up in the kitchen and learned fine-dining cuisine

Singaporean Nicholas Chew of Bibo, a French fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong, took an unconventional route into the kitchen. He tells us about learning from Michelin-starred Shane Osborn, and earning his own star.

6 Nov 2019 - 5:12PM

Singaporean Nicholas Chew of Bibo, a French fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong, took an unconventional route into the kitchen. He tells us about learning from Michelin-starred Shane Osborn, and earning his own star.

The accidental chef: how Singaporean Nicholas Chew designed a restaurant, ended up in the kitchen and learned fine-dining cuisine
American author and bartender Dale DeGroff on the tools and temperaments of the mixology trade

He wrote the book on bartending and counts Rupert Murdoch and Madonna among those he has served, but DeGroff originally wanted to be an actor, only giving up on that dream when he realised his talents lay elsewhere.

30 Oct 2019 - 9:00PM

He wrote the book on bartending and counts Rupert Murdoch and Madonna among those he has served, but DeGroff originally wanted to be an actor, only giving up on that dream when he realised his talents lay elsewhere.

American author and bartender Dale DeGroff on the tools and temperaments of the mixology trade
Cathay Pacific offers a flavour upgrade in economy class via meals developed with Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep Restaurants

Chefs from several of Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep’s wide range of restaurants worked for a year with Cathay chefs to develop Vietnamese, Thai, Sri Lankan, Mexican, and French dishes for long-haul flights.

30 Oct 2019 - 3:59PM

Chefs from several of Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep’s wide range of restaurants worked for a year with Cathay chefs to develop Vietnamese, Thai, Sri Lankan, Mexican, and French dishes for long-haul flights.

Cathay Pacific offers a flavour upgrade in economy class via meals developed with Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep Restaurants
Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world

Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes. Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but can now also be found around the world.

27 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes. Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but can now also be found around the world.

Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world
Eat Drink Asia: Banh mi-where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide

The dish was born in a time when Vietnamese weren’t even allowed access to wheat flour, making it hard to imagine the sandwich would become world famous.

25 Oct 2019 - 4:38PM

The dish was born in a time when Vietnamese weren’t even allowed access to wheat flour, making it hard to imagine the sandwich would become world famous.

Eat Drink Asia: Banh mi-where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide
Chef Que Vinh Dang recalls fleeing Vietnam, finding his fine-dining feet, and going casual in Hong Kong

‘I rediscovered the joy of cooking’ - chef recalls having career-defining moment while on a break to look after his daughters.

30 Oct 2019 - 11:44AM

‘I rediscovered the joy of cooking’ - chef recalls having career-defining moment while on a break to look after his daughters.

Chef Que Vinh Dang recalls fleeing Vietnam, finding his fine-dining feet, and going casual in Hong Kong
Chef Kirk Westaway on bringing modern British cuisine to Singapore

Kirk Westaway, of Singapore’s one-Michelin-star Jaan, recalls learning the value of hard work.

22 Oct 2019 - 8:45AM

Kirk Westaway, of Singapore’s one-Michelin-star Jaan, recalls learning the value of hard work.

Chef Kirk Westaway on bringing modern British cuisine to Singapore
First aid workers from Hong Kong 2014 protests front lines have stories told in new documentary

In Mong Kok First Aid, filmmaker Mavis Siu documents the experiences of voluntary first aid workers from the front lines during the violent street protests that erupted in Mong Kok during Hong Kong’s 2014 umbrella movement.

24 Oct 2019 - 12:17PM

In Mong Kok First Aid, filmmaker Mavis Siu documents the experiences of voluntary first aid workers from the front lines during the violent street protests that erupted in Mong Kok during Hong Kong’s 2014 umbrella movement.

First aid workers from Hong Kong 2014 protests front lines have stories told in new documentary
Nigerian-American chef on making a movie of his life, aged 29, and his book exposing racism in food industry

Kwame Onwuachi, in Hong Kong to give diners a taste of dishes from his soon-to-open Afro-Caribbean restaurant, talks about opening his first restaurant at 27 and his second a year later, and his memoir, now being made into a film.

16 Oct 2019 - 6:40PM

Kwame Onwuachi, in Hong Kong to give diners a taste of dishes from his soon-to-open Afro-Caribbean restaurant, talks about opening his first restaurant at 27 and his second a year later, and his memoir, now being made into a film.

Nigerian-American chef on making a movie of his life, aged 29, and his book exposing racism in food industry