Bernice Chan

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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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Self-taught maker of Chinese musical instrument the erhu takes us inside his Hong Kong workshop

Tong Man-hak, 76, taught himself to make the traditional Chinese instrument after his erhu was stolen on a trip to China. More than 10 years later, his erhus can sell for almost US$3,000 and one was used by star player Hsin Hsiao-ling.

11 Jul 2020 - 8:32PM

Tong Man-hak, 76, taught himself to make the traditional Chinese instrument after his erhu was stolen on a trip to China. More than 10 years later, his erhus can sell for almost US$3,000 and one was used by star player Hsin Hsiao-ling.

Self-taught maker of Chinese musical instrument the erhu takes us inside his Hong Kong workshop
Cooking classes, private dining, pop-ups: how three Hong Kong chefs adapted to survive the pandemic

With Hong Kong restaurants going out of business left, right and centre amid the coronavirus pandemic, three chefs adapted to survive with innovative solutions including cooking classes, pop-ups and private dining.

9 Jul 2020 - 11:16AM

With Hong Kong restaurants going out of business left, right and centre amid the coronavirus pandemic, three chefs adapted to survive with innovative solutions including cooking classes, pop-ups and private dining.

Cooking classes, private dining, pop-ups: how three Hong Kong chefs adapted to survive the pandemic
Pastry chef Holger Deh on baking a cake for the king of Malaysia

The German has worked in kitchens around the world before taking the helm at the Rosewood Hong Kong’s patisserie. ‘I sweated blood and tears,’ he says of the time he had to bake a cake for the king’s birthday.

7 Jul 2020 - 8:45AM

The German has worked in kitchens around the world before taking the helm at the Rosewood Hong Kong’s patisserie. ‘I sweated blood and tears,’ he says of the time he had to bake a cake for the king’s birthday.

Pastry chef Holger Deh on baking a cake for the king of Malaysia
Islam for non-Muslims – Chinese imam in Hong Kong on a mission to explain his religion and its history in the city

Hong Kong imam Uthman Yang couldn’t find a book in Chinese that explained Islam, so he’s written one. The son of an imam from eastern China, he reflects on 27 years as a religious leader in the city.

5 Jul 2020 - 1:20PM

Hong Kong imam Uthman Yang couldn’t find a book in Chinese that explained Islam, so he’s written one. The son of an imam from eastern China, he reflects on 27 years as a religious leader in the city.

Islam for non-Muslims – Chinese imam in Hong Kong on a mission to explain his religion and its history in the city
Chom Chom graduate opens his own Vietnamese restaurant, Xuan, in Hong Kong

Seeing chefs in Mexico City cook amazing Mexican food made chef John Nguyen think he could do the same for Vietnamese food. The Vietnamese-American had never cooked it professionally, though – so he set out to learn.

6 Jul 2020 - 9:43AM

Seeing chefs in Mexico City cook amazing Mexican food made chef John Nguyen think he could do the same for Vietnamese food. The Vietnamese-American had never cooked it professionally, though – so he set out to learn.

Chom Chom graduate opens his own Vietnamese restaurant, Xuan, in Hong Kong
New Vancouver Vietnamese restaurant Lunch Lady inspired by one of Anthony Bourdain’s favourite street food stalls in Ho Chi Minh City

When Anthony Bourdain featured a street food stall in Vietnam, it inspired Michael Tran to visit the country of his parents’ birth. He met the stall’s owner, adored her cooking, and has opened a restaurant serving her food in Vancouver.

4 Jul 2020 - 4:47PM

When Anthony Bourdain featured a street food stall in Vietnam, it inspired Michael Tran to visit the country of his parents’ birth. He met the stall’s owner, adored her cooking, and has opened a restaurant serving her food in Vancouver.

New Vancouver Vietnamese restaurant Lunch Lady inspired by one of Anthony Bourdain’s favourite street food stalls in Ho Chi Minh City
Those ram-don noodles from Parasite: a cheap noodle treat popular with students and not usually found on restaurant menus

Ram-don, or jjapaguri, is not typically served with marbled sirloin like it is in the film Parasite, but the dish is common in South Korea, a country that embraces its love of instant noodles.

6 Jul 2020 - 6:10AM

Ram-don, or jjapaguri, is not typically served with marbled sirloin like it is in the film Parasite, but the dish is common in South Korea, a country that embraces its love of instant noodles.

Those ram-don noodles from Parasite: a cheap noodle treat popular with students and not usually found on restaurant menus
XO sauce: why a Finnish chef in Hong Kong has his own recipe for the luxurious condiment

Chef of the two-Michelin-star Arbor restaurant in Hong Kong became curious about XO sauce after moving to the city, and began making his own version.

22 Jun 2020 - 2:45PM

Chef of the two-Michelin-star Arbor restaurant in Hong Kong became curious about XO sauce after moving to the city, and began making his own version.

XO sauce: why a Finnish chef in Hong Kong has his own recipe for the luxurious condiment
Diner’s Diary | ‘Hong Kong is safest place in the world,’ says chef who left Bangkok fearing for his safety amid coronavirus

Roland Schuller was supposed to be going to South America, but the Zika virus stopped that. Now the coronavirus has prompted his return to Hong Kong, ‘the safest place in the world’.

16 Jun 2020 - 2:56PM

Roland Schuller was supposed to be going to South America, but the Zika virus stopped that. Now the coronavirus has prompted his return to Hong Kong, ‘the safest place in the world’.

‘Hong Kong is safest place in the world,’ says chef who left Bangkok fearing for his safety amid coronavirus
Chef Smita Grosse on why she had to adjust a recipe 20 times to cater to a Macanese palate

The Mauritian executive pastry chef at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong talks about what it’s like to cook for 3,500 cruise ship passengers and how she adapts desserts to her guests’ tastes.

15 Jun 2020 - 3:00PM

The Mauritian executive pastry chef at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong talks about what it’s like to cook for 3,500 cruise ship passengers and how she adapts desserts to her guests’ tastes.

Chef Smita Grosse on why she had to adjust a recipe 20 times to cater to a Macanese palate
The story behind Oscar-winning film Parasite’s ram-don noodles
Healthy vegan private chef was a junk food addict until his teens – now he has a kids’ plant-based cookbook out

A seizure at 19 years old left Anthony Thomas needing a 13-hour operation on his brain. He took up a plant-based diet and, 14 years on, is a private chef and writes cookery books. His latest is a kids’ vegan cookbook.

15 Jun 2020 - 6:15PM

A seizure at 19 years old left Anthony Thomas needing a 13-hour operation on his brain. He took up a plant-based diet and, 14 years on, is a private chef and writes cookery books. His latest is a kids’ vegan cookbook.

Healthy vegan private chef was a junk food addict until his teens – now he has a kids’ plant-based cookbook out
Hong Kong chef Menex Cheung almost gave it all up to become an insurance salesman

Menex Cheung worked his way up from washing vegetables to cooking for China’s leaders. He now heads the kitchen at Hong Kong’s China Tang, but he almost gave it all up at an early age.

9 Jun 2020 - 11:30AM

Menex Cheung worked his way up from washing vegetables to cooking for China’s leaders. He now heads the kitchen at Hong Kong’s China Tang, but he almost gave it all up at an early age.

Hong Kong chef Menex Cheung almost gave it all up to become an insurance salesman
Acai, cupuacu, soursop: superfoods from the Amazon sold in Hong Kong that are supporting rainforest villages

Raised in a village in the Amazon rainforest, Wendell Paulus gave up a promising career in the oil industry and now supports his native community by importing superfoods like acai, graviola and soursop to Hong Kong.

8 Jun 2020 - 9:03AM

Raised in a village in the Amazon rainforest, Wendell Paulus gave up a promising career in the oil industry and now supports his native community by importing superfoods like acai, graviola and soursop to Hong Kong.

Acai, cupuacu, soursop: superfoods from the Amazon sold in Hong Kong that are supporting rainforest villages
Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong to close after 14 years of fine dining. Restaurant offers special menus for its last few weeks and gifts on the final day

The restaurant on the top floor of the Mandarin closes in July, to make way for a new concept. The restaurant is offering various multi course menus in its final weeks and diners on the last day will receive a gift.

2 Jun 2020 - 1:11PM

The restaurant on the top floor of the Mandarin closes in July, to make way for a new concept. The restaurant is offering various multi course menus in its final weeks and diners on the last day will receive a gift.

Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong to close after 14 years of fine dining. Restaurant offers special menus for its last few weeks and gifts on the final day
Vegan launches healthy version of his childhood favourite: ‘luncheon meat’ that almost made him cry

A vegan has launched a ‘less evil’ version of his childhood favourite: luncheon meat. Hongkonger David Yeung’s Omnipork Luncheon is lower in salt, fat and calories and has no preservatives, nitrates or cholesterol.

27 May 2020 - 8:30PM

A vegan has launched a ‘less evil’ version of his childhood favourite: luncheon meat. Hongkonger David Yeung’s Omnipork Luncheon is lower in salt, fat and calories and has no preservatives, nitrates or cholesterol.

Vegan launches healthy version of his childhood favourite: ‘luncheon meat’ that almost made him cry
‘Nobody gave me a chance’: how chef Uwe Opocensky eventually succeeded in Hong Kong

The globetrotting German chef almost didn’t make it to Asia, but was given a chance by the Aberdeen Marina Club, in Hong Kong.

26 May 2020 - 12:51PM

The globetrotting German chef almost didn’t make it to Asia, but was given a chance by the Aberdeen Marina Club, in Hong Kong.

‘Nobody gave me a chance’: how chef Uwe Opocensky eventually succeeded in Hong Kong
It’s butter chicken — not curry
Hong Kong protest-inspired ‘tear gas’ ice cream packs some heat and leaves a lingering aftertaste

After trying mustard and wasabi to recreate the ‘flavour’ of tear gas, the owners of Sogno Gelato in Hong Kong decided on peppercorns. The pepper looks like vanilla, but carries some heat that lingers in the throat.

22 May 2020 - 4:32PM

After trying mustard and wasabi to recreate the ‘flavour’ of tear gas, the owners of Sogno Gelato in Hong Kong decided on peppercorns. The pepper looks like vanilla, but carries some heat that lingers in the throat.

Hong Kong protest-inspired ‘tear gas’ ice cream packs some heat and leaves a lingering aftertaste
‘If it wasn’t for them I would be dead’: tributes to US missionary who helped drug addicts in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City by speaking in tongues

Jean Willans, a US missionary, helped addicts from Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City quit drugs through the power of prayer. Following her death at 95, one man she helped, and fellow missionaries, pay tribute to her.

19 May 2020 - 12:15PM

Jean Willans, a US missionary, helped addicts from Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City quit drugs through the power of prayer. Following her death at 95, one man she helped, and fellow missionaries, pay tribute to her.

‘If it wasn’t for them I would be dead’: tributes to US missionary who helped drug addicts in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City by speaking in tongues
Rubber Duck artist on his next project, a selfie-taking panda 26 metres long: ‘Why just do a panda? I want an extra element’

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant yellow rubber duck installation made waves in Hong Kong. He talks about his next major work – a selfie-taking giant panda in Sichuan, China. ‘I want people who travel there to touch it,’ he says.

17 May 2020 - 4:47PM

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant yellow rubber duck installation made waves in Hong Kong. He talks about his next major work – a selfie-taking giant panda in Sichuan, China. ‘I want people who travel there to touch it,’ he says.

Rubber Duck artist on his next project, a selfie-taking  panda 26 metres long: ‘Why just do a panda? I want an extra element’
Hong Kong’s ‘abalone king’, chef Yeung Koon-yat, on working his way up from sleeping on tablecloths

Chef Yeung Koon-yat, of the three-Michelin-starred Forum Restaurant, traces his path from Guangdong province during the Sino-Japanese war to cooking his signature dish for presidents and royalty.

15 May 2020 - 1:07PM

Chef Yeung Koon-yat, of the three-Michelin-starred Forum Restaurant, traces his path from Guangdong province during the Sino-Japanese war to cooking his signature dish for presidents and royalty.

Hong Kong’s ‘abalone king’, chef Yeung Koon-yat, on working his way up from sleeping on tablecloths
Asian-American students in New York respond to racist abuse with help of mentors and advice from non-profit

Jason, 16, was subjected to a racist taunt at school in New York, one of many young Asian-Americans there to suffer abuse amid the coronavirus crisis.

8 May 2020 - 10:04AM

Jason, 16, was subjected to a racist taunt at school in New York, one of many young Asian-Americans there to suffer abuse amid the coronavirus crisis.

Asian-American students in New York respond to racist abuse with help of mentors and advice from non-profit
Forgotten Filipinos: the 100 history makers most Filipinos, and the world, are ignorant of, and the book to put that right

History has some outstanding Filipinos, but today’s celebrity-obsessed generation knows nothing of them. From the first woman in Harvard Medical School to figures after whom major roads and buildings are named, a new book puts that right.

3 May 2020 - 6:05PM

History has some outstanding Filipinos, but today’s celebrity-obsessed generation knows nothing of them. From the first woman in Harvard Medical School to figures after whom major roads and buildings are named, a new book puts that right.

Forgotten Filipinos: the 100 history makers most Filipinos, and the world, are ignorant of, and the book to put that right
Campaign to send thank you cakes to Hong Kong medical staff fighting coronavirus crowdfunds HK$30,000 in 3 weeks. You can donate to send more

A charity organiser enlisted social enterprise The Nest Bakery to bake cakes and biscuits to send as thank yous to hospital staff treating Covid-19 patients. Having crowdfunded HK$30,000 in three weeks, more donations are now being sought.

2 May 2020 - 4:56PM

A charity organiser enlisted social enterprise The Nest Bakery to bake cakes and biscuits to send as thank yous to hospital staff treating Covid-19 patients. Having crowdfunded HK$30,000 in three weeks, more donations are now being sought.

Campaign to send thank you cakes to Hong Kong medical staff fighting coronavirus crowdfunds HK$30,000 in 3 weeks. You can donate to send more
Hong Kong chef Ray Choi uses his fine dining experience to experiment with local ingredients

Stints at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the Mandarin Grill and Tate Dining Room led chef Ray Choi to his position at high-end catering company Butler.

28 Apr 2020 - 3:00PM

Stints at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the Mandarin Grill and Tate Dining Room led chef Ray Choi to his position at high-end catering company Butler.

Hong Kong chef Ray Choi uses his fine dining experience to experiment with local ingredients
Hong Kong beef noodle shop the latest victim of protests, coronavirus, and an inflexible landlord

The coronavirus has finished off a popular Kwun Tong noodle shop that has been in business for almost 50 years. Unable to secure a rent reduction, owner Ma Kar-for is shutting down Hop Hing Noodle Ka.

29 Apr 2020 - 1:05PM

The coronavirus has finished off a popular Kwun Tong noodle shop that has been in business for almost 50 years. Unable to secure a rent reduction, owner Ma Kar-for is shutting down Hop Hing Noodle Ka.

Hong Kong beef noodle shop the latest victim of protests, coronavirus, and an inflexible landlord
How Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and Singapore’s national service helped Barry Quek find his calling

Barry Quek, the chef behind Hong Kong’s Beet restaurant, recalls his time in the army, during which he lost 12kg and found his feet.

22 Apr 2020 - 3:06PM

Barry Quek, the chef behind Hong Kong’s Beet restaurant, recalls his time in the army, during which he lost 12kg and found his feet.

How Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and Singapore’s national service helped Barry Quek find his calling
How Hong Kong’s Michelin-star and high-end restaurants took on the takeaway challenge amid coronavirus pandemic

Want Peking duck and pancakes delivered to your door? Here’s how three top Hong Kong restaurants, two with Michelin stars, took on the challenge of creating high-end takeaway meals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

17 Apr 2020 - 12:15PM

Want Peking duck and pancakes delivered to your door? Here’s how three top Hong Kong restaurants, two with Michelin stars, took on the challenge of creating high-end takeaway meals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

How Hong Kong’s Michelin-star and high-end restaurants took on the takeaway challenge amid coronavirus pandemic
‘They saw this as a life-and-death struggle’: Hong Kong protests author on the moment he grasped the desperation of 2019 anti-extradition demonstrators

Lawyer and author Antony Dapiran recalls the moment he realised anti-government activists ‘saw this as a life-and-death struggle’, and looks ahead to another battle.

17 Apr 2020 - 3:16PM

Lawyer and author Antony Dapiran recalls the moment he realised anti-government activists ‘saw this as a life-and-death struggle’, and looks ahead to another battle.

‘They saw this as a life-and-death struggle’: Hong Kong protests author on the moment he grasped the desperation of 2019 anti-extradition demonstrators