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 | Top French chef in Singapore, Julien Royer, to open Hong Kong restaurant; Andre Fu to design it

Frenchman who has earned two Michelin stars in Singapore will open Louise, designed by Andre Fu, in the space at PMQ occupied by Jason Atherton’s Aberdeen Street Social.

22 Mar 2019 - 5:40PM

Frenchman who has earned two Michelin stars in Singapore will open Louise, designed by Andre Fu, in the space at PMQ occupied by Jason Atherton’s Aberdeen Street Social.

Top French chef in Singapore, Julien Royer, to open Hong Kong restaurant; Andre Fu to design it
Why water is this French bartender’s must-have ingredient, and the minimal-drinks trend

Remy Savage, head bartender from The Artesian at The Langham, London, talks about his less-is-more philosophy, the power of water, and making cocktails for Oprah and Reese Witherspoon.

22 Mar 2019 - 1:12AM

Remy Savage, head bartender from The Artesian at The Langham, London, talks about his less-is-more philosophy, the power of water, and making cocktails for Oprah and Reese Witherspoon.

Why water is this French bartender’s must-have ingredient, and the minimal-drinks trend
My Balenciaga debut at Paris Fashion Week: first Hong Kong model to walk for label on catwalk nerves and doing as he pleases

Leung Pak-ting has performed a variety of roles in fashion, worked as a waiter, and indulged his other passion: music. ‘I never know what will come next,’ he says of his surprise call-up by the French luxury fashion house.

19 Mar 2019 - 3:00PM

Leung Pak-ting has performed a variety of roles in fashion, worked as a waiter, and indulged his other passion: music. ‘I never know what will come next,’ he says of his surprise call-up by the French luxury fashion house.

My Balenciaga debut at Paris Fashion Week: first Hong Kong model to walk for label on catwalk nerves and doing as he pleases
How Singaporean singer Hanjin Tan beat hearing problems to be a star – and his plans to help others like him

Tan was 12 years old when he was diagnosed with having only half of his hearing in his right ear, and 75 per cent in his left, but still became a success. He is now raising awareness for those with physical and mental disabilities.

17 Mar 2019 - 5:06PM

Tan was 12 years old when he was diagnosed with having only half of his hearing in his right ear, and 75 per cent in his left, but still became a success. He is now raising awareness for those with physical and mental disabilities.

How Singaporean singer Hanjin Tan beat hearing problems to be a star – and his plans to help others like him
Pineapple on pizza? The world’s best pizzaiolo approves – and he’s bringing his creation to Hong Kong and Geneva

For Italians, the thought of putting pineapple on their pizza is sacrilege. That’s what Franco Pepe, known as the world’s best pizza maker, thought, too – at first. He is bringing his take on pineapple pizza to Hong Kong and Geneva.

14 Mar 2019 - 1:35PM

For Italians, the thought of putting pineapple on their pizza is sacrilege. That’s what Franco Pepe, known as the world’s best pizza maker, thought, too – at first. He is bringing his take on pineapple pizza to Hong Kong and Geneva.

Pineapple on pizza? The world’s best pizzaiolo approves – and he’s bringing his creation to Hong Kong and Geneva
How a love of Leslie Cheung helped a Japanese illustrator fall for Hong Kong’s charms

Through food, Mitsuko Onodera also became interested in the history of Hongkongers’ lives and lifestyle. She now comes to the city four times a year. ‘The colours in Hong Kong are very bright, like Paris. I like that,’ she says.

13 Mar 2019 - 7:39PM

Through food, Mitsuko Onodera also became interested in the history of Hongkongers’ lives and lifestyle. She now comes to the city four times a year. ‘The colours in Hong Kong are very bright, like Paris. I like that,’ she says.

How a love of Leslie Cheung helped a Japanese illustrator fall for Hong Kong’s charms
A massage based on your Chinese element at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong’s Melo Spa: rejuvenating treatment that lasts for days

Melo Spa is celebrating its 10th anniversary with spa treatments using Elemental Herbology, a natural body and skincare brand. Oils are based on the five elements in Chinese medicine: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

12 Mar 2019 - 1:00PM

Melo Spa is celebrating its 10th anniversary with spa treatments using Elemental Herbology, a natural body and skincare brand. Oils are based on the five elements in Chinese medicine: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

A massage based on your Chinese element at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong’s Melo Spa: rejuvenating treatment that lasts for days
Memories of The Excelsior, Hong Kong hotel where guests invited staff for meals and holidays

The hotel in Causeway Bay, which closes this month, has a special place in Hong Kong’s history and in the hearts of its many regular guests. From the pub fare at Dickens Bar to the views and vibe of ToTT’s, we look back at its 46 years.

10 Mar 2019 - 3:13PM

The hotel in Causeway Bay, which closes this month, has a special place in Hong Kong’s history and in the hearts of its many regular guests. From the pub fare at Dickens Bar to the views and vibe of ToTT’s, we look back at its 46 years.

Memories of The Excelsior, Hong Kong hotel where guests invited staff for meals and holidays
Taste of Hong Kong festival: chefs tells us what to expect as they rise to challenge of feeding the masses

Rather than making gourmet food in a restaurant kitchen, chefs will be cooking for thousands on Central Harbourfront – but they love the challenge. Look out for dishes by Virgilio Martinez, of Central in Lima, and Frantzen’s Jim Löfdahl.

9 Mar 2019 - 7:37PM

Rather than making gourmet food in a restaurant kitchen, chefs will be cooking for thousands on Central Harbourfront – but they love the challenge. Look out for dishes by Virgilio Martinez, of Central in Lima, and Frantzen’s Jim Löfdahl.

Taste of Hong Kong festival: chefs tells us what to expect as they rise to challenge of feeding the masses
Portuguese celebrity chef Henrique Sá Pessoa opens first restaurant in Asia in Macau

Henrique Sá Pessoa, known for two-Michelin-star restaurant Alma, in Lisbon, talks about Macau’s potential as a foodie destination.

4 Mar 2019 - 10:57AM

Henrique Sá Pessoa, known for two-Michelin-star restaurant Alma, in Lisbon, talks about Macau’s potential as a foodie destination.

Portuguese celebrity chef Henrique Sá Pessoa opens first restaurant in Asia in Macau
Alain Ducasse on the plane crash that changed the course of his life, vegan desserts and Chinese caviar

The French-born Monégasque chef, who was the sole survivor of a 1984 crash, recalls the out-of-body experience as he lay bleeding in the snow, waiting to be rescued.

1 Mar 2019 - 2:33PM

The French-born Monégasque chef, who was the sole survivor of a 1984 crash, recalls the out-of-body experience as he lay bleeding in the snow, waiting to be rescued.

Alain Ducasse on the plane crash that changed the course of his life, vegan desserts and Chinese caviar
From Mao’s Cultural Revolution to managing billions of dollars: how six years stuck in Gobi Desert shaped one man’s life

Weijian Shan was banished to the Gobi Desert as a teen during China’s Cultural Revolution. His memoir, Out of the Gobi, reveals how he went on to get his PhD in the US and manage billions of dollars in private equity.

25 Feb 2019 - 7:16AM

Weijian Shan was banished to the Gobi Desert as a teen during China’s Cultural Revolution. His memoir, Out of the Gobi, reveals how he went on to get his PhD in the US and manage billions of dollars in private equity.

From Mao’s Cultural Revolution to managing billions of dollars: how six years stuck in Gobi Desert shaped one man’s life
History of bubble tea: how boba, born of a staff competition in Taiwan, became a global phenomenon

Created in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea is a mix of milk tea, tapioca pearls and syrup. It spread through Asia, gaining popularity and then exploded across the United States.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:24AM

Created in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea is a mix of milk tea, tapioca pearls and syrup. It spread through Asia, gaining popularity and then exploded across the United States.

History of bubble tea: how boba, born of a staff competition in Taiwan, became a global phenomenon
Diner’s Diary | Hong Kong’s oldest tea house closing: what I will and won’t miss about Lin Heung Tea House

Dim sum spot Lin Heung Tea House, known for its chaotic atmosphere and brusque servers, closes its doors this month. Customers have to wash their own utensils, but it serves old-school dishes not found elsewhere.

23 Feb 2019 - 1:03PM

Dim sum spot Lin Heung Tea House, known for its chaotic atmosphere and brusque servers, closes its doors this month. Customers have to wash their own utensils, but it serves old-school dishes not found elsewhere.

Hong Kong’s oldest tea house closing: what I will and won’t miss about Lin Heung Tea House
Eat Drink Asia: The bubble tea success story

Where did bubble tea begin - and why has it become so popular - are some of the questions the Eat Drink Asia podcast seeks to answer as hosts Alkira Reinfrank and Bernice Chan go in search of the chewy drink made for Instagram.

26 Feb 2019 - 2:16PM

Where did bubble tea begin - and why has it become so popular - are some of the questions the Eat Drink Asia podcast seeks to answer as hosts Alkira Reinfrank and Bernice Chan go in search of the chewy drink made for Instagram.

Eat Drink Asia: The bubble tea success story
How dramatic weight-loss surgery helped roast-pork-loving chef go from fat to fit

Morgan McGlone, the 44-year-old New Zealand-born chef behind Commissary, in Hong Kong, and Belles Hot Chicken, in Australia, talks about his South Carolinian epiphany and shedding 88kg after drastic weight-loss surgery.

15 Feb 2019 - 4:57AM

Morgan McGlone, the 44-year-old New Zealand-born chef behind Commissary, in Hong Kong, and Belles Hot Chicken, in Australia, talks about his South Carolinian epiphany and shedding 88kg after drastic weight-loss surgery.

How dramatic weight-loss surgery helped roast-pork-loving chef go from fat to fit
Diner’s Diary | Instagram-worthy Chinese dessert shop in Hong Kong tucked away near Chinese opera theatre

Hong Kong chef Margaret Xu Yuan prides herself on making beautifully handcrafted Chinese treats with a modern twist for her shop, Go Cakes. The only challenge is that her shop is located in the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon arts hub.

10 Feb 2019 - 3:45PM

Hong Kong chef Margaret Xu Yuan prides herself on making beautifully handcrafted Chinese treats with a modern twist for her shop, Go Cakes. The only challenge is that her shop is located in the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon arts hub.

Instagram-worthy Chinese dessert shop in Hong Kong tucked away near Chinese opera theatre
Five Valentine’s Day dates with a difference: from gin love potions to cooking up some chocolate heaven

If you are sick to death of roses, how about trying a couples gong meditation workshop or sabreing a champagne bottle for fun? Still want a dinner? Spice it up by taking advantage of a special meal deal for threesomes.

8 Feb 2019 - 6:18PM

If you are sick to death of roses, how about trying a couples gong meditation workshop or sabreing a champagne bottle for fun? Still want a dinner? Spice it up by taking advantage of a special meal deal for threesomes.

Five Valentine’s Day dates with a difference: from gin love potions to cooking up some chocolate heaven
Start-up’s online wedding platform to make arranging marriage celebrations in Hong Kong easier

Our Big Day will provide information about venues and service providers to help couples plan their wedding and brush up on Chinese wedding traditions; co-founder spotted gap in the market while planning his own wedding.

9 Feb 2019 - 8:23PM

Our Big Day will provide information about venues and service providers to help couples plan their wedding and brush up on Chinese wedding traditions; co-founder spotted gap in the market while planning his own wedding.

Start-up’s online wedding platform to make arranging marriage celebrations in Hong Kong easier
Best new places to watch Chinese New Year fireworks in Hong Kong – from restaurants to hotels

Whether you are after lavish six-course meal or just a glass of bubbly, we’ve found the best new restaurants and hotels to watch the fireworks display from

4 Feb 2019 - 6:02PM

Whether you are after lavish six-course meal or just a glass of bubbly, we’ve found the best new restaurants and hotels to watch the fireworks display from

Best new places to watch Chinese New Year fireworks in Hong Kong – from restaurants to hotels
Taiwan’s ‘Love Boat’ summer camps for Chinese Americans and Canadians – a lesson in partying and soft power

The Taiwan ‘Love Boat’ was no such thing. It was a summer camp for Chinese-American and Chinese-Canadian youngsters on the island, nicknamed for the romances it could ignite – and a soft power exercise.

4 Feb 2019 - 3:19PM

The Taiwan ‘Love Boat’ was no such thing. It was a summer camp for Chinese-American and Chinese-Canadian youngsters on the island, nicknamed for the romances it could ignite – and a soft power exercise.

Taiwan’s ‘Love Boat’ summer camps for Chinese Americans and Canadians – a lesson in partying and soft power
Chinese New Year in Hong Kong: four Western bakeries creating innovative desserts for Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year isn’t just about traditional turnip cake and sweet puddings made of glutinous rice flour – Western bakeries around Hong Kong are also getting into the spirit with creative cakes and treats

31 Jan 2019 - 6:17PM

Chinese New Year isn’t just about traditional turnip cake and sweet puddings made of glutinous rice flour – Western bakeries around Hong Kong are also getting into the spirit with creative cakes and treats

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong: four Western bakeries creating innovative desserts for Year of the Pig
Four of the best vegetarian and vegan options for celebrating Year of the Pig in Hong Kong

Chinese restaurants are increasingly offering options for diners who want a healthy, cruelty-free Chinese New Year meal; plant-based pork alternative Omnipork features in a number of dishes.

31 Jan 2019 - 2:42PM

Chinese restaurants are increasingly offering options for diners who want a healthy, cruelty-free Chinese New Year meal; plant-based pork alternative Omnipork features in a number of dishes.

Four of the best vegetarian and vegan options for celebrating Year of the Pig in Hong Kong
ON Dining closing after six years in Central; it’s been an incredible journey, chef-owner Philippe Orrico says

French chef-owner Philippe Orrico calls time on Michelin-star French fine-dining restaurant, which shuts tonight after six years in Central; it’s been ‘such an incredible journey’, he writes to customers.

30 Jan 2019 - 4:57PM

French chef-owner Philippe Orrico calls time on Michelin-star French fine-dining restaurant, which shuts tonight after six years in Central; it’s been ‘such an incredible journey’, he writes to customers.

ON Dining closing after six years in Central; it’s been an incredible journey, chef-owner Philippe Orrico says
Diner’s Diary | American chef Anita Lo on life after Annisa and her cookbook for ‘lonely’ people ahead of Hong Kong event
  • The renowned American chef closed her restaurant Annisa in New York after 17 years in 2017, and has since released two successful cookbooks.
28 Jan 2019 - 3:02PM
  • The renowned American chef closed her restaurant Annisa in New York after 17 years in 2017, and has since released two successful cookbooks.
American chef Anita Lo on life after Annisa and her cookbook for ‘lonely’ people ahead of Hong Kong event
Qipology’s Julie Liu on creating affordable qipao dresses for the modern woman

The idea for a line of contemporary Chinese dresses was sparked when Julie Liu attended a wedding with a ‘Shanghai Tang’ theme

24 Jan 2019 - 1:44PM

The idea for a line of contemporary Chinese dresses was sparked when Julie Liu attended a wedding with a ‘Shanghai Tang’ theme

Qipology’s Julie Liu on creating affordable qipao dresses for the modern woman
Diner’s Diary | Why Stone Nullah Tavern had to shut: it wasn’t making enough money, owner says

Fini’s, ‘a brand that everyone loves’ according to owner Todd Darling, will replace Stone Nullah Tavern in Wan Chai; ‘We need to be maximising resources,’ he says of the switch.

25 Jan 2019 - 5:33PM

Fini’s, ‘a brand that everyone loves’ according to owner Todd Darling, will replace Stone Nullah Tavern in Wan Chai; ‘We need to be maximising resources,’ he says of the switch.

Why Stone Nullah Tavern had to shut: it wasn’t making enough money, owner says
Taiwanese chef André Chiang to make Sichuan cuisine ‘shine on world’s stage’ with new Macau restaurant

Opening in spring, Sichuan Moon will ‘break the mould and showcase the essence of Sichuan dishes’ in Macau. Chiang closed his eponymous restaurant last year in Singapore that was No. 2 on the Asia’s 50 Best list in 2017

17 Jan 2019 - 12:26PM

Opening in spring, Sichuan Moon will ‘break the mould and showcase the essence of Sichuan dishes’ in Macau. Chiang closed his eponymous restaurant last year in Singapore that was No. 2 on the Asia’s 50 Best list in 2017

Taiwanese chef André Chiang to make Sichuan cuisine ‘shine on world’s stage’ with new Macau restaurant
How Japanese pastry chef Hironobu Tsujiguchi found his missing father after 15 years

Hironobu Tsujiguchi, who recently launched his Super Sweets Gallery in City’super, Hong Kong – his first overseas venture – reveals how eating a strawberry shortcake at a Grade 3 classmate’s birthday party changed his life

10 Jan 2019 - 10:11AM

Hironobu Tsujiguchi, who recently launched his Super Sweets Gallery in City’super, Hong Kong – his first overseas venture – reveals how eating a strawberry shortcake at a Grade 3 classmate’s birthday party changed his life

How Japanese pastry chef Hironobu Tsujiguchi found his missing father after 15 years
How a backpacking holiday in Marrakech inspired a lifestyle brand

Hongkonger Tiffany Chan was unsure what to expect when she visited Morocco. When she found an artisan making embroidered sandals called babouches it sparked an idea for a business selling the handmade footwear.

9 Jan 2019 - 8:26PM

Hongkonger Tiffany Chan was unsure what to expect when she visited Morocco. When she found an artisan making embroidered sandals called babouches it sparked an idea for a business selling the handmade footwear.

How a backpacking holiday in Marrakech inspired a lifestyle brand