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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‘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.

28 Apr 2019 - 2:34PM

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
Eat Drink Asia: The nationalist politics behind pad Thai

The complex origin and nationalist agenda behind the iconic Thai noodle dish.

23 May 2019 - 8:39AM

The complex origin and nationalist agenda behind the iconic Thai noodle dish.

Eat Drink Asia: The nationalist politics behind pad Thai
Skincare for your armpits? Why underarm whitening is a beauty treatment in Southeast Asia

For celebrities and socialites in the Philippines and Thailand, dark armpits are not sexy, and they’ll pay up to US$479 to get rid of them. The procedure involves using laser treatment, exfoliation and whitening creams.

25 Apr 2019 - 8:02PM

For celebrities and socialites in the Philippines and Thailand, dark armpits are not sexy, and they’ll pay up to US$479 to get rid of them. The procedure involves using laser treatment, exfoliation and whitening creams.

Skincare for your armpits? Why underarm whitening is a beauty treatment in Southeast Asia
Macau’s House of Dancing Water: casino show’s 10 years of success, and how the cast and crew do it

The production at the City of Dreams casino has wowed more than five million fans since it opened almost a decade ago, and is still playing to full houses.

24 Apr 2019 - 10:29AM

The production at the City of Dreams casino has wowed more than five million fans since it opened almost a decade ago, and is still playing to full houses.

Macau’s House of Dancing Water: casino show’s 10 years of success, and how the cast and crew do it
Behind the scenes of Macau’s ‘The House of Dancing Water’, the world’s largest water-based show
How a young Chinese chef beat the world to work in the best restaurants

Andersen Lee, 20, beat 1,200 applicants from 74 countries to win the BBVA scholarship. He will work in Odette in Singapore, Core in London and Quintonil in Mexico City.

23 Apr 2019 - 7:13PM

Andersen Lee, 20, beat 1,200 applicants from 74 countries to win the BBVA scholarship. He will work in Odette in Singapore, Core in London and Quintonil in Mexico City.

How a young Chinese chef beat the world to work in the best restaurants
Seven Easter treats in Hong Kong, from egg hunts to cute dim sum

Celebrate Easter in Hong Kong with amazing activities and Easter-themed treats. Take your children on an Easter egg hunt or make your own decorated egg.

16 Apr 2019 - 1:00PM

Celebrate Easter in Hong Kong with amazing activities and Easter-themed treats. Take your children on an Easter egg hunt or make your own decorated egg.

Seven Easter treats in Hong Kong, from egg hunts to cute dim sum
Diner’s Diary | Why new Netflix series Street Food highlights Asian countries, but ignores Hong Kong

The series visits nine Asian destinations, meeting interesting characters and sampling their street food. Hong Kong isn’t included, is this because of the falling numbers of dai pai dong?

16 Apr 2019 - 12:56PM

The series visits nine Asian destinations, meeting interesting characters and sampling their street food. Hong Kong isn’t included, is this because of the falling numbers of dai pai dong?

Why new Netflix series Street Food highlights Asian countries, but ignores Hong Kong
‘I wanted the abuse, to test myself’: chef Andrew Walsh on working with Tom Aikens

The 36-year-old owner of Singapore restaurants Cure and Butcher Boy talks about becoming head chef at just 25 and what he learned from Jason Atherton and Tom Aikens.

11 Apr 2019 - 4:02PM

The 36-year-old owner of Singapore restaurants Cure and Butcher Boy talks about becoming head chef at just 25 and what he learned from Jason Atherton and Tom Aikens.

‘I wanted the abuse, to test myself’: chef Andrew Walsh on working with Tom Aikens
Hong Kong assistant to visiting chefs gets to present own menu in Test Kitchen pop-up

Devon Hou has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants Amber and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. She normally helps out overseas chefs invited to present menus at Test Kitchen, but now she has a pop-up to showcase her own ideas.

8 Apr 2019 - 6:27PM

Devon Hou has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants Amber and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. She normally helps out overseas chefs invited to present menus at Test Kitchen, but now she has a pop-up to showcase her own ideas.

Hong Kong assistant to visiting chefs gets to present own menu in Test Kitchen pop-up
Georgia Louise facial at Conrad Macao’s Bodhi Spa: multi-step treatment a special treat

Angel Glo at the Conrad Maco’s Bodhi Spa was developed by New York-based celebrity facialist Louise. The treatment uses colour-emitting mask and electrical current to stimulate circulation.

1 Apr 2019 - 6:27PM

Angel Glo at the Conrad Maco’s Bodhi Spa was developed by New York-based celebrity facialist Louise. The treatment uses colour-emitting mask and electrical current to stimulate circulation.

Georgia Louise facial at Conrad Macao’s Bodhi Spa: multi-step treatment a special treat
Hong Kong chef gets a taste for strongman competitions and aims to be best in the world

Rhodes opens a restaurant in Hong Kong in two months and competes in a strongman world championship in Australia in June. In 13 years he’s gone from 58kg to 94kg through eating up to eight meals a day.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

Rhodes opens a restaurant in Hong Kong in two months and competes in a strongman world championship in Australia in June. In 13 years he’s gone from 58kg to 94kg through eating up to eight meals a day.

Hong Kong chef gets a taste for strongman competitions and aims to be best in the world
Eat Drink Asia: Your ultimate guide to dim sum

A journey into the history and culture of dim sum – why it’s served on trolleys, what the path to becoming a dim sum chef is like, and the painstaking work behind a simple har gau.

23 May 2019 - 8:37AM

A journey into the history and culture of dim sum – why it’s served on trolleys, what the path to becoming a dim sum chef is like, and the painstaking work behind a simple har gau.

Eat Drink Asia: Your ultimate guide to dim sum
Mad Max revisited: Macau car show with stunts galore is electrifying visitors

Studio City’s thrilling, stunt-packed show Elekron appeals to car fanatics but is not for petrol-heads – the cars and bikes all have electric motors.

29 Mar 2019 - 6:11PM

Studio City’s thrilling, stunt-packed show Elekron appeals to car fanatics but is not for petrol-heads – the cars and bikes all have electric motors.

Mad Max revisited: Macau car show with stunts galore is electrifying visitors
From Vietnamese refugee to co-owner of acclaimed Chicago restaurant HaiSous

Chef Thai Dang’s journey – from a refugee camp in the Philippines to the top of his profession – has encompassed heartbreak and homely Vietnamese cuisine.

29 Mar 2019 - 3:44AM

Chef Thai Dang’s journey – from a refugee camp in the Philippines to the top of his profession – has encompassed heartbreak and homely Vietnamese cuisine.

From Vietnamese refugee to co-owner of acclaimed Chicago restaurant HaiSous
Best places to eat in Sham Shui Po: traditional dishes from an old Hong Kong district

Kwan Kee Store first opened in the 1960s as a street stall, while Sun Hang Yuen is a cha chaan teng that’s been going since 1968. Black sesame pudding, steamed sponge cake and spicy beef with egg toast are some of the delicacies.

29 Mar 2019 - 10:06AM

Kwan Kee Store first opened in the 1960s as a street stall, while Sun Hang Yuen is a cha chaan teng that’s been going since 1968. Black sesame pudding, steamed sponge cake and spicy beef with egg toast are some of the delicacies.

Best places to eat in Sham Shui Po: traditional dishes from an old Hong Kong district
The best laksa in Hong Kong: a Malaysian and a Singaporean go on a spicy noodle soup hunt

Laksa comes in several varieties, but our experts confine their quest to curry laksa, or nyonya laksa. They look for how springy the noodles are, the balance of spices and herbs, and how well cooked and flavourful the ingredients are.

25 Mar 2019 - 7:17PM

Laksa comes in several varieties, but our experts confine their quest to curry laksa, or nyonya laksa. They look for how springy the noodles are, the balance of spices and herbs, and how well cooked and flavourful the ingredients are.

The best laksa in Hong Kong: a Malaysian and a  Singaporean go on a spicy noodle soup hunt
Diner’s Diary | Plant-based Impossible Burger 2.0 now in Hong Kong. We give it a taste

The new version is said to be juicier and more beef-tasting than the original, uses soybeans instead of wheat to allay gluten concerns, and contains 30 per cent less sodium and 40 per cent less saturated fat than before.

24 Mar 2019 - 1:45PM

The new version is said to be juicier and more beef-tasting than the original, uses soybeans instead of wheat to allay gluten concerns, and contains 30 per cent less sodium and 40 per cent less saturated fat than before.

Plant-based Impossible Burger 2.0 now in Hong Kong. We give it a taste
Diner’s Diary | Top French chef in Singapore, Julien Royer, to open Hong Kong restaurant; Andre Fu to design it

Frenchman whose Singapore restaurant Odette is No 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list and has two Michelin stars will open Louise, designed by Andre Fu, in space at PMQ occupied by Jason Atherton’s Aberdeen Street Social.

27 Mar 2019 - 10:22AM

Frenchman whose Singapore restaurant Odette is No 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list and has two Michelin stars will open Louise, designed by Andre Fu, in 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