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 | 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
Bangkok chef on bringing back forgotten flavours and proving his parents wrong

Chalee Kader, owner of Bangkok restaurants 100 Mahaseth and Surface, is on a mission to ensure Thai produce gets respect. He talks about quitting the University of California to become a chef, and proving his parents wrong.

5 Jul 2019 - 9:00AM

Chalee Kader, owner of Bangkok restaurants 100 Mahaseth and Surface, is on a mission to ensure Thai produce gets respect. He talks about quitting the University of California to become a chef, and proving his parents wrong.

Bangkok chef on bringing back forgotten flavours and proving his parents wrong
Sushi is not from Japan: how raw fish and rice became a world favourite

Sushi reached China, then Japan from the Mekong River, and was later exported to the US and the rest of the world. Originally a dish of fermented whole fish preserved with inedible salted rice, it has evolved with technology into what we know today.

30 Jun 2019 - 8:30AM

Sushi reached China, then Japan from the Mekong River, and was later exported to the US and the rest of the world. Originally a dish of fermented whole fish preserved with inedible salted rice, it has evolved with technology into what we know today.

Sushi is not from Japan: how raw fish and rice became a world favourite
Best places to eat in Hong Kong’s Kowloon City district – a Mecca for Thai and Chiu Chow food

The next stop on our food tour of Hong Kong neighbourhoods takes us to Kowloon City. Once home to the city’s airport and the notorious Kowloon Walled City enclave, it is now a Mecca for Thai and Chiu Chow food.

28 Jun 2019 - 12:30PM

The next stop on our food tour of Hong Kong neighbourhoods takes us to Kowloon City. Once home to the city’s airport and the notorious Kowloon Walled City enclave, it is now a Mecca for Thai and Chiu Chow food.

Best places to eat in Hong Kong’s Kowloon City district – a Mecca for Thai and Chiu Chow food
Best places to eat in Hong Kong: cultural cuisines in old Kowloon City

Kowloon City is in the eastern part of Kowloon, Hong Kong, near the old Kai Tak Airport. The district has a long history that dates back to the 13th century. SCMP senior culture writer Bernice Chan followed foodie Chris Leung around his neighbourhood in search of some of the best tasty bites.

28 Jun 2019 - 12:17PM

Kowloon City is in the eastern part of Kowloon, Hong Kong, near the old Kai Tak Airport. The district has a long history that dates back to the 13th century. SCMP senior culture writer Bernice Chan followed foodie Chris Leung around his neighbourhood in search of some of the best tasty bites.

Best places to eat in Hong Kong: cultural cuisines in old Kowloon City
Eat Drink Asia: Why people didn’t always eat the rice in sushi – and how it became what it is today

It turns out that early sushi was not about rice. And it originated from the Mekong, not Japan.

28 Jun 2019 - 2:23PM

It turns out that early sushi was not about rice. And it originated from the Mekong, not Japan.

Eat Drink Asia: Why people didn’t always eat the rice in sushi – and how it became what it is today
Diner’s Diary | Shake Shack, Hong Kong’s ‘best restaurant’ collaborate on burger and shake – a ‘match made in gourmet heaven’

The Chairman, new entry on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and fast-food chain will offer ‘Cantonese inspired’ limited edition burger and shake in July, and promise ‘a match made in gourmet heaven’. We can’t wait.

27 Jun 2019 - 1:51PM

The Chairman, new entry on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and fast-food chain will offer ‘Cantonese inspired’ limited edition burger and shake in July, and promise ‘a match made in gourmet heaven’. We can’t wait.

Shake Shack, Hong Kong’s ‘best restaurant’ collaborate on burger and shake – a ‘match made in gourmet heaven’
Tailor-made shirts for women of all shapes and sizes in Hong Kong – but don’t expect frills or lace

New Hong Kong tailor JSMP in Sheung Wan caters for women of all sizes and body shapes; founder Jasmin Pang says she bases all her designs on real people.

20 Jun 2019 - 6:55PM

New Hong Kong tailor JSMP in Sheung Wan caters for women of all sizes and body shapes; founder Jasmin Pang says she bases all her designs on real people.

Tailor-made shirts for women of all shapes and sizes in Hong Kong – but don’t expect frills or lace
Unpretentious, hearty ... and a bit pricey: Louise at PMQ – first impressions of Odette chef’s Hong Kong restaurant

French restaurant at PMQ is intended to evoke the joy of family meals chef Julien Royer, of Odette in Singapore, enjoyed growing up in France; dishes inspired by his rustic upbringing share the menu with flashier offerings.

19 Jun 2019 - 6:20PM

French restaurant at PMQ is intended to evoke the joy of family meals chef Julien Royer, of Odette in Singapore, enjoyed growing up in France; dishes inspired by his rustic upbringing share the menu with flashier offerings.

Unpretentious, hearty ... and a bit pricey: Louise at PMQ – first impressions of Odette chef’s Hong Kong restaurant
Want British food in Hong Kong? Here are some of your best options

If you’re craving British food in Hong Kong, there is no shortage of options. Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants aside, some of the best fare can be found at The Leah, Brick Lane, The Globe, The Chinnery and Padstow Restaurant.

17 Jun 2019 - 2:00PM

If you’re craving British food in Hong Kong, there is no shortage of options. Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants aside, some of the best fare can be found at The Leah, Brick Lane, The Globe, The Chinnery and Padstow Restaurant.

Want British food in Hong Kong? Here are some of your best options
More than pad thai and tom yum soup: Thai chef’s real food quest, and why it’s hard to find the right recipes

Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, co-founder of the Paste restaurants in Bangkok and Luang Prabang, Laos, and Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2018, and her Australian chef husband, Jason Bailey, are determined to change the image of Thai food.

13 Jun 2019 - 12:45PM

Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, co-founder of the Paste restaurants in Bangkok and Luang Prabang, Laos, and Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2018, and her Australian chef husband, Jason Bailey, are determined to change the image of Thai food.

More than pad thai and tom yum soup: Thai chef’s real food quest, and why it’s hard to find the right recipes
How breathing therapy relieves stress, boosts athletic performance, and helps you meditate

Stuart Sandeman turned breath coach after his girlfriend died of cancer. He helps his clients deal with daily stresses to recharge their body and mind. It also enhances athletic performance.

7 Jun 2019 - 7:00PM

Stuart Sandeman turned breath coach after his girlfriend died of cancer. He helps his clients deal with daily stresses to recharge their body and mind. It also enhances athletic performance.

How breathing therapy relieves stress, boosts athletic performance, and helps you meditate
London restaurant Duck & Waffle to open in Hong Kong at IFC Mall

Eatery best known for its confit duck leg on a bed of waffles topped with a fried egg and maple syrup will open its doors in Hong Kong in the autumn.

4 Jun 2019 - 6:05PM

Eatery best known for its confit duck leg on a bed of waffles topped with a fried egg and maple syrup will open its doors in Hong Kong in the autumn.

London restaurant Duck & Waffle to open in Hong Kong at IFC Mall
‘Fine dining doesn’t have to be overly serious’, says South African chef Chantel Dartnall

The South African owner of Mosaic restaurant in Elandsfontein, near Pretoria, who was named best female chef at the 2017 Best Chef Awards, was forced to stop being vegetarian and tricked into shaving her head.

1 Jun 2019 - 7:15PM

The South African owner of Mosaic restaurant in Elandsfontein, near Pretoria, who was named best female chef at the 2017 Best Chef Awards, was forced to stop being vegetarian and tricked into shaving her head.

‘Fine dining doesn’t have to be overly serious’, says South African chef Chantel Dartnall
Five restaurants serving vegan and vegetarian rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong

Dragon Boat Festival is a time of boat races and eating glutinous rice dumplings. Here are five Hong Kong restaurants offering healthy vegetarian and vegan dumplings.

1 Jun 2019 - 5:15PM

Dragon Boat Festival is a time of boat races and eating glutinous rice dumplings. Here are five Hong Kong restaurants offering healthy vegetarian and vegan dumplings.

Five restaurants serving vegan and vegetarian rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong
The first Chinese film to win an Oscar was lost for decades – along with the story of its feisty Asian-American producer

New film uncovers the forgotten story of Gladys Li Ling-ai, the uncredited Chinese-American producer behind a wartime documentary that received an Oscar nod.

31 May 2019 - 12:34PM

New film uncovers the forgotten story of Gladys Li Ling-ai, the uncredited Chinese-American producer behind a wartime documentary that received an Oscar nod.

The first Chinese film to win an Oscar was lost for decades – along with the story of its feisty Asian-American producer
Maurice Richard Hennessy, of the cognac dynasty, on why rappers are good people

The word ‘Hennessy’ goes well in a song, says Maurice Richard Hennessy, eighth-generation member of cognac making family, of lyrics by the likes of Tupac, Drake and Snoop Dogg. ‘I’ve met quite a few rappers,’ he says.

27 May 2019 - 4:00PM

The word ‘Hennessy’ goes well in a song, says Maurice Richard Hennessy, eighth-generation member of cognac making family, of lyrics by the likes of Tupac, Drake and Snoop Dogg. ‘I’ve met quite a few rappers,’ he says.

Maurice Richard Hennessy, of the cognac dynasty, on why rappers are good people
Diner’s Diary | Shopping with top chef at a Hong Kong wet market, we spot Chow Yun-fat having breakfast

Chinese executive chef of the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel, Daniel Cheung, visits Tai Po market to chat to stallholders and get inspiration. He takes us to his favourite stalls and then back to his kitchen, where he cooks his purchases.

25 May 2019 - 4:00PM

Chinese executive chef of the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel, Daniel Cheung, visits Tai Po market to chat to stallholders and get inspiration. He takes us to his favourite stalls and then back to his kitchen, where he cooks his purchases.

Shopping with top chef at a Hong Kong wet market, we spot Chow Yun-fat having breakfast
Eat Drink Asia: The Sriracha story – an American-made hot sauce with Thai roots

Plot twist: The rooster sauce was created by a Vietnamese refugee, but is American-made, and Thai-inspired.

7 Jun 2019 - 1:01PM

Plot twist: The rooster sauce was created by a Vietnamese refugee, but is American-made, and Thai-inspired.

Eat Drink Asia: The Sriracha story – an American-made hot sauce with Thai roots
‘Love Boat’ summer camps in Taiwan for overseas Chinese recalled in documentary now showing

‘They laughed in the right places’ says filmmaker Valerie Soe of audience at premiere in California of her documentary Love Boat: Taiwan about programme to introduce young Chinese in North America to Taiwan.

18 May 2019 - 7:17AM

‘They laughed in the right places’ says filmmaker Valerie Soe of audience at premiere in California of her documentary Love Boat: Taiwan about programme to introduce young Chinese in North America to Taiwan.

‘Love Boat’ summer camps in Taiwan for overseas Chinese recalled in documentary now showing
Swiss chef André Jaeger on his Hong Kong years and why he had to leave even though he loved it

In 1975, after four years at The Peninsula, in Hong Kong, André Jaeger returned to Switzerland – with his wife-to-be – to take over his parents’ farmhouse restaurant, Fischerzunft. But running his own business was not easy.

17 May 2019 - 12:18PM

In 1975, after four years at The Peninsula, in Hong Kong, André Jaeger returned to Switzerland – with his wife-to-be – to take over his parents’ farmhouse restaurant, Fischerzunft. But running his own business was not easy.

Swiss chef André Jaeger on his Hong Kong years and why he had to leave even though he loved it
Fourfold rent rise in eight years kills Hong Kong steakhouse Blue, formerly Blue Butcher

Sheung Wan restaurant that launched group behind Mott 32, international fine-dining Chinese chain, to close this week, the victim of fourfold rent rise in eight years; chef who launched it back to cook farewell dinner.

15 May 2019 - 5:42PM

Sheung Wan restaurant that launched group behind Mott 32, international fine-dining Chinese chain, to close this week, the victim of fourfold rent rise in eight years; chef who launched it back to cook farewell dinner.

Fourfold rent rise in eight years kills Hong Kong steakhouse Blue, formerly Blue Butcher
Three of the best places to eat in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district – think old-fashioned dishes and value

A 40-minute ride from Central, the town offers old-style dishes made the traditional way; Michelin-garlanded Ho To Tai’s noodles and dumplings are hard to beat, Tai Tung’s cakes are tempting, and there’s a famous herbal jelly shop.

9 May 2019 - 6:24PM

A 40-minute ride from Central, the town offers old-style dishes made the traditional way; Michelin-garlanded Ho To Tai’s noodles and dumplings are hard to beat, Tai Tung’s cakes are tempting, and there’s a famous herbal jelly shop.

Three of the best places to eat in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district – think old-fashioned dishes and value
How an American food writer fell in love with China’s Yunnan province and its cuisine

Georgia Freedman, the California-based former managing editor of Saveur magazine and author of Cooking South of the Clouds talks about going in search of Yunnan’s famous crossing-the-bridge noodles and discovering a different side of China

9 May 2019 - 9:45AM

Georgia Freedman, the California-based former managing editor of Saveur magazine and author of Cooking South of the Clouds talks about going in search of Yunnan’s famous crossing-the-bridge noodles and discovering a different side of China

How an American food writer fell in love with China’s Yunnan province and its cuisine
‘They’re not music videos’: YouTube human rights news channel Just Asia struggles to make a difference

Presented by Hong Kong student volunteers and produced by a skeletal team, weekly video programme shows oppression and state brutality across Asia – but getting audiences to take an interest is not easy.

8 May 2019 - 12:32PM

Presented by Hong Kong student volunteers and produced by a skeletal team, weekly video programme shows oppression and state brutality across Asia – but getting audiences to take an interest is not easy.

‘They’re not music videos’: YouTube human rights news channel Just Asia struggles to make a difference
Meet Mauro Colagreco, the first non-French chef to earn three Michelin stars in France

The Argentinian chefbehindMirazur, in Menton, and Grill 58, in Macau, talks about learning from Bernard Loiseau, Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse.

2 May 2019 - 8:00PM

The Argentinian chefbehindMirazur, in Menton, and Grill 58, in Macau, talks about learning from Bernard Loiseau, Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse.

Meet Mauro Colagreco, the first non-French chef to earn three Michelin stars in France
History of pad Thai: how the stir-fried noodle dish was invented by the Thai government

Its history is as political as it is delicious. Dive into the history of this not-so-Thai noodle dish that was born of politics and nationalism almost 80 years ago.

3 Jul 2019 - 3:19PM

Its history is as political as it is delicious. Dive into the history of this not-so-Thai noodle dish that was born of politics and nationalism almost 80 years ago.

History of pad Thai: how the stir-fried noodle dish was invented by the Thai government