Simone McCarthy

Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.
Simone McCarthy
Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.

Latest from Simone McCarthy

Tourist busted trying to smuggle orangutan out of Bali
New Zealand bans assault rifles in sweeping overhaul of gun control laws
Russians fight Chinese-funded bottling plant at Siberia’s Lake Baikal
Thailand’s first transgender candidate for prime minister prepares for next week’s elections
Spicy Girl restaurant in Hong Kong wows with authentic Sichuan noodles to suit all spice levels

Authentic, affordable and full of options, Spicy Girl, in the backstreets of Mong Kok, is a winner whether you can handle the heat, or shy away from it. Dishes are inspired by China’s spicy heartland: Sichuan and Chongqing.

21 Mar 2019 - 8:33PM

Authentic, affordable and full of options, Spicy Girl, in the backstreets of Mong Kok, is a winner whether you can handle the heat, or shy away from it. Dishes are inspired by China’s spicy heartland: Sichuan and Chongqing.

Spicy Girl restaurant in Hong Kong wows with authentic Sichuan noodles to suit all spice levels
When a China Airlines plane was almost hijacked by a Taiwanese flight engineer

As the Boeing 737 was making its descent into Hong Kong, Shih Ming-cheng struck the pilot, ordering him to redirect the plane to the mainland

14 Mar 2019 - 9:00PM

As the Boeing 737 was making its descent into Hong Kong, Shih Ming-cheng struck the pilot, ordering him to redirect the plane to the mainland

When a China Airlines plane was almost hijacked by a Taiwanese flight engineer
Classic Mexican dishes in Sai Ying Pun for under US$12 at El Macho

El Macho’s nachos and burritos stand out among the popular quesadillas, tacos and fajitas; there’s also French fries, chicken wings and ceviche

12 Mar 2019 - 6:00PM

El Macho’s nachos and burritos stand out among the popular quesadillas, tacos and fajitas; there’s also French fries, chicken wings and ceviche

Classic Mexican dishes in Sai Ying Pun for under US$12 at El Macho
Kung Fu Panda live show to debut at Venetian Macau later this year

The production will see the worlds of musical theatre, circus and Hollywood come together, helmed by Tony Award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.

14 Mar 2019 - 2:11PM

The production will see the worlds of musical theatre, circus and Hollywood come together, helmed by Tony Award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.

Kung Fu Panda live show to debut at Venetian Macau later this year
How parched 1950s Hong Kong got welcome relief from the new Tai Lam Chung Reservoir

The first reservoir to be built in Hong Kong following the second world war, it was the largest in the colony, and cost HK$130 million.

8 Mar 2019 - 7:48AM

The first reservoir to be built in Hong Kong following the second world war, it was the largest in the colony, and cost HK$130 million.

How parched 1950s Hong Kong got welcome relief from the new Tai Lam Chung Reservoir
Thai and Vietnamese meals for less than US$12 under one roof in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Bangkok Chiminh serves up tasty good quality dishes from Thailand and Vietnam. Classic dishes include spring rolls, Thai shrimp cakes and beef brisket.

7 Mar 2019 - 8:19PM

Bangkok Chiminh serves up tasty good quality dishes from Thailand and Vietnam. Classic dishes include spring rolls, Thai shrimp cakes and beef brisket.

Thai and Vietnamese meals for less than US$12 under one roof in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How Hong Kong census data was gathered in 1961 – with a crime amnesty

‘Heroin factories, Triad lodges, or illegal printing shops’ were off the hook when enumerators came to collect data, while sea-based residents were interviewed just before Lunar New Year, when their numbers were greatest

1 Mar 2019 - 7:18AM

‘Heroin factories, Triad lodges, or illegal printing shops’ were off the hook when enumerators came to collect data, while sea-based residents were interviewed just before Lunar New Year, when their numbers were greatest

How Hong Kong census data was gathered in 1961 – with a crime amnesty
Rendang, laksa: Singapore and Malaysian cuisine for less than US$12 at Malacca Cuisine in Sheung Wan

Malacca Cuisine serves up tasty classics that arrive in minutes, despite being so busy. Also on the menu were Hainanese chicken with bak kut teh, satay dishes and vegetable noodles.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:42AM

Malacca Cuisine serves up tasty classics that arrive in minutes, despite being so busy. Also on the menu were Hainanese chicken with bak kut teh, satay dishes and vegetable noodles.

Rendang, laksa: Singapore and Malaysian cuisine for less than US$12 at Malacca Cuisine in Sheung Wan
Why opera singer Luciano Pavarotti vowed never to return to mainland China

After months of uncer­tainty over whether it would happen at all, the legendary Italian opera tenor gave his Hong Kong audience a taste of why he was nicknamed the ‘King of the High Cs’

22 Feb 2019 - 7:15AM

After months of uncer­tainty over whether it would happen at all, the legendary Italian opera tenor gave his Hong Kong audience a taste of why he was nicknamed the ‘King of the High Cs’

Why opera singer Luciano Pavarotti vowed never to return to mainland China
Tasty Japanese rice and soup bowls for under US$12 at Nijuuichi Don in Central

Part of the Savor Japan culinary space on Stanley Street, Nijuuichi Don serves up satisfying rice and udon soup bowls as well as sushi and sashimi sets.

21 Feb 2019 - 12:19PM

Part of the Savor Japan culinary space on Stanley Street, Nijuuichi Don serves up satisfying rice and udon soup bowls as well as sushi and sashimi sets.

Tasty Japanese rice and soup bowls for under US$12 at Nijuuichi Don in Central
George Michael art collection auction: Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin among works to be sold

Works from the late British pop legend’s private collection going under the hammer include pieces by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas and will be previewed in Hong Kong and Shanghai later this month.

15 Feb 2019 - 3:17PM

Works from the late British pop legend’s private collection going under the hammer include pieces by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas and will be previewed in Hong Kong and Shanghai later this month.

George Michael art collection auction: Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin among works to be sold
The deadly Hong Kong hill fire that claimed the lives of three students and two teachers in 1996

The Pat Sin Leng Country Park fire was sparked by cigarettes or a lighter used by some of the studentsas well as those killed, five survivors suffered severe burns. The 1996 fire prompted a tightening of park safety.

15 Feb 2019 - 10:41AM

The Pat Sin Leng Country Park fire was sparked by cigarettes or a lighter used by some of the studentsas well as those killed, five survivors suffered severe burns. The 1996 fire prompted a tightening of park safety.

The deadly Hong Kong hill fire that claimed the lives of three students and two teachers in 1996
What you can find on the dark web besides drugs and child porn: military secrets, stolen art and much more

From billions of personal records and false identities to military secrets and trafficked animal products, the internet’s netherworld is the perfect place to shop for those wanting to stay below the radar.

13 Feb 2019 - 6:16PM

From billions of personal records and false identities to military secrets and trafficked animal products, the internet’s netherworld is the perfect place to shop for those wanting to stay below the radar.

What you can find on the dark web besides drugs and child porn: military secrets, stolen art and much more
Incredible fresh vegan dishes for less than US$12 at Joie Plant-based Bistro in Tsuen Wan

Restaurant in New Territories industrial building serves up fresh-tasting Hong Kong produce in a trendy arty space. You can mix and match delicious salad ingredients, but the portions are rather small.

12 Feb 2019 - 12:52PM

Restaurant in New Territories industrial building serves up fresh-tasting Hong Kong produce in a trendy arty space. You can mix and match delicious salad ingredients, but the portions are rather small.

Incredible fresh vegan dishes for less than US$12 at Joie Plant-based Bistro in Tsuen Wan
How your stolen personal data is sent to the dark web, and what hackers can do with it

Some 6.5 billion online accounts have already been sold or leaked onto the dark web. Hackers can link disparate bits of leaked data and passwords to extort victims.

10 Feb 2019 - 7:43PM

Some 6.5 billion online accounts have already been sold or leaked onto the dark web. Hackers can link disparate bits of leaked data and passwords to extort victims.

How your stolen personal data is sent to the dark web, and what hackers can do with it
Global tour by emerging designers projects China’s soft power through fashion

Fashion showcase that brought together 13 young designers from four continents was an eye-opener, with those new to China grasping its manufacturing potential, and Hongkongers realising they are too business-oriented.

9 Feb 2019 - 8:23PM

Fashion showcase that brought together 13 young designers from four continents was an eye-opener, with those new to China grasping its manufacturing potential, and Hongkongers realising they are too business-oriented.

Global tour by emerging designers projects China’s soft power through fashion
A taste of Paris in Hong Kong: lunch options for under US$8 at Maison Eric Kayser in Tsim Sha Tsui

We tried the newest outlet of the famous Parisian boulangerie-patisserie chain; our build-your-own lunch set of two sandwiches, a coffee and a cookie, cost HK$150, but you needn’t spend that much.

6 Feb 2019 - 5:35PM

We tried the newest outlet of the famous Parisian boulangerie-patisserie chain; our build-your-own lunch set of two sandwiches, a coffee and a cookie, cost HK$150, but you needn’t spend that much.

A taste of Paris in Hong Kong: lunch options for under US$8 at Maison Eric Kayser in Tsim Sha Tsui
Visa restrictions for HIV-positive immigrants still in place in dozens of countries

Recent leak in Singapore of data of HIV-positive people renewed attention on its curbs on long-term stays by those who have the virus, and similar curbs elsewhere.

5 Feb 2019 - 6:43PM

Recent leak in Singapore of data of HIV-positive people renewed attention on its curbs on long-term stays by those who have the virus, and similar curbs elsewhere.

Visa restrictions for HIV-positive immigrants still in place in dozens of countries
Contagious Cities exhibition in Hong Kong captures fear and paranoia evoked by diseases like Sars

New exhibition at Tai Kwun is part of an international project that examines the relationship between “microbes, migration and the metropolis”, with the Hong Kong initiative inspired by the impact of the deadly Sars epidemic.

1 Feb 2019 - 8:00PM

New exhibition at Tai Kwun is part of an international project that examines the relationship between “microbes, migration and the metropolis”, with the Hong Kong initiative inspired by the impact of the deadly Sars epidemic.

Contagious Cities exhibition in Hong Kong captures fear and paranoia evoked by diseases like Sars
A bloody Chinese New Year: when street battle between bank robbers and Hong Kong police left a teenager dead

Ahead of Spring Festival in 1984, five heavily armed men went on the run with a lockbox containing 138.4 million Japanese yen, then engaged in a street battle with police in which a stray bullet killed a teenage waitress.

1 Feb 2019 - 10:34AM

Ahead of Spring Festival in 1984, five heavily armed men went on the run with a lockbox containing 138.4 million Japanese yen, then engaged in a street battle with police in which a stray bullet killed a teenage waitress.

A bloody Chinese New Year: when street battle between bank robbers and Hong Kong police left a teenager dead
A Thai fusion lunch for less than US$12 at Clicked in Sheung Wan

Clicked combines East and West on its menu: the highlight was the pad Thai. The bland decor is offset by the flavourful dishes and the potential for people-watching.

31 Jan 2019 - 7:05PM

Clicked combines East and West on its menu: the highlight was the pad Thai. The bland decor is offset by the flavourful dishes and the potential for people-watching.

A Thai fusion lunch for less than US$12 at Clicked in Sheung Wan
The tourists in Asia who crowdfund to pay crippling medical bills

As more tourists take extended overseas trips, the risks are rising for those who have a health emergency but are not covered by insurance; online appeals for help are working for many, but will the public’s goodwill run out?

2 Feb 2019 - 1:47PM

As more tourists take extended overseas trips, the risks are rising for those who have a health emergency but are not covered by insurance; online appeals for help are working for many, but will the public’s goodwill run out?

The tourists in Asia who crowdfund to pay crippling medical bills
When new Hong Kong Country Club welcomed women and men, unlike male-only London establishments

At the inauguration ceremony in 1962, Hong Kong chief justice Michael Hogan praised the move to establish a club that would serve both sexes at a time when the UK was fiercely resisting attempts to open British-club doors to women

25 Jan 2019 - 7:30AM

At the inauguration ceremony in 1962, Hong Kong chief justice Michael Hogan praised the move to establish a club that would serve both sexes at a time when the UK was fiercely resisting attempts to open British-club doors to women

When new Hong Kong Country Club welcomed women and men, unlike male-only London establishments
New restaurants in Hong Kong: Peek-A-Poke offers taste of Hawaii in Causeway Bay, with poke bowls starting from US$8

Peek-A-Poke’s bowls are a creative spin on the traditional Hawaiian raw fish dish. The wide range of bowls from the Causeway Bay restaurant includes fish and vegan options.

24 Jan 2019 - 7:08PM

Peek-A-Poke’s bowls are a creative spin on the traditional Hawaiian raw fish dish. The wide range of bowls from the Causeway Bay restaurant includes fish and vegan options.

New restaurants in Hong Kong: Peek-A-Poke offers taste of Hawaii in Causeway Bay, with poke bowls starting from US$8
Data, sound and art combine to highlight gender disparity among Hong Kong domestic helpers

Mona Chalabi and Emmy the Great’s inclusive mixed-media installation highlights the huge gender disparity among the city’s domestic helpers and will show at the Spark festival at Tai Kwun this weekend.

18 Jan 2019 - 6:04PM

Mona Chalabi and Emmy the Great’s inclusive mixed-media installation highlights the huge gender disparity among the city’s domestic helpers and will show at the Spark festival at Tai Kwun this weekend.

Data, sound and art combine to highlight gender disparity among Hong Kong domestic helpers
Can an app clean up the overseas image of Chinese tourists?

Instead of listing shopping malls or Michelin restaurants, the Chinese-language app acts as a cultural directory, compiling around 1,500 heritage locations around Europe.

14 Jan 2019 - 10:35PM

Instead of listing shopping malls or Michelin restaurants, the Chinese-language app acts as a cultural directory, compiling around 1,500 heritage locations around Europe.

Can an app clean up the overseas image of Chinese tourists?