Victoria Burrows

Victoria Burrows

A former senior commissioning editor at the South China Morning Post and restaurant critic for the Wall Street Journal Asia, Victoria writes about food, travel, books and the arts for the BBC, Travel + Leisure, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and more.

Latest from Victoria Burrows

Why fine-dining restaurants are ditching meat for plant-based menus – from New York’s Eleven Madison Park to the first Michelin-starred vegan eatery Ona in France

Around the world, some of the most famous fine dining restaurants – such as New York City icon Eleven Madison Park – are shifting to plant-based menus as our environmental concerns grow

Around the world, some of the most famous fine dining restaurants – such as New York City icon Eleven Madison Park – are shifting to plant-based menus as our environmental concerns grow

1 Jan 2022 - 9:00AM
Director’s cut: why it took 12 years to make ‘NOWHERE’ – film of Greek choreographer’s innovative show

Dimitris Papaioannou features clips from his 2009 dance-theatre production in film to be shown on Friday and Saturday at Hong Kong’s New Vision Arts Festival

Dimitris Papaioannou features clips from his 2009 dance-theatre production in film to be shown on Friday and Saturday at Hong Kong’s New Vision Arts Festival

22 Nov 2021 - 12:01PM
How whisky became a smart investment: millennial Asian collectors are bidding big for rare single malts from Macallan, Suntory, Talisker and Laphroaig

Collectable whiskies and special series of bottlings are attracting increasing interest – and prices – among monied millennial collectors, as well as encouraging the production of fakes

Collectable whiskies and special series of bottlings are attracting increasing interest – and prices – among monied millennial collectors, as well as encouraging the production of fakes

18 Oct 2021 - 5:17PM
Health tourism is set to boom post-pandemic – and luxury hotels are ready with on-site medical centres the next five-star trend

Massages and body scrubs are no longer enough – now top hotel spas are offering hi-tech five-star fixes like cryotherapy facials, LED face marks and a muscle-building machine that promises a six-pack without hitting the gym

Massages and body scrubs are no longer enough – now top hotel spas are offering hi-tech five-star fixes like cryotherapy facials, LED face marks and a muscle-building machine that promises a six-pack without hitting the gym

6 Aug 2021 - 11:49AM
How good is Chinese wine? It can’t compete with Old World grapes from France, Italy or Spain – yet – but give it 10 years …

Despite hostile climates – from frigid and dry to humid and rainy – wine is being grown across many regions of China today and its quality is improving fast

Despite hostile climates – from frigid and dry to humid and rainy – wine is being grown across many regions of China today and its quality is improving fast

4 Jun 2021 - 4:34PM
When will China’s art market become the biggest in the world again? As Art Basel Hong Kong 2021 kicks off, only the US is worth more

In 2000, China accounted for less than one per cent of the global art market – now it makes up a full one-fifth, so what does that mean for artists and collectors?

In 2000, China accounted for less than one per cent of the global art market – now it makes up a full one-fifth, so what does that mean for artists and collectors?

2 Jun 2021 - 10:00AM
How has Covid-19 influenced Liu Wei’s artworks? The Chinese contemporary artist on his solo exhibition at Shanghai’s Long Museum West Bund and welcoming the Year of the Ox with Hennessy V.S.O.P

The contemporary artist isn’t only about outlandish artworks designed to shock – especially after Covid-19’s ‘social stagnation’ prompted him to reflect

The contemporary artist isn’t only about outlandish artworks designed to shock – especially after Covid-19’s ‘social stagnation’ prompted him to reflect

14 Mar 2021 - 12:00PM
Ketchup isn’t even American – The Language of Food explains how tomato sauce has origins in Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia dating back to the 17th century

Fermented walnuts, anchovies, ginger – the unlikely origins of ketchup, which isn’t really as American as apple pie, but instead has origins in Southeast Asia dating back to the 17th century

Fermented walnuts, anchovies, ginger – the unlikely origins of ketchup, which isn’t really as American as apple pie, but instead has origins in Southeast Asia dating back to the 17th century

8 Nov 2020 - 9:01AM
Live-stream wedding, or marriage postponement? How to plan an Instagram-friendly, socially distanced wedding ceremony in the time of Covid-19

Live-streaming or postponing your marriage? Sadly, the biggest trend in 2020 weddings is Covid-era cancellation – but some happy couples are still going ahead with more intimate, socially distanced gatherings

Live-streaming or postponing your marriage? Sadly, the biggest trend in 2020 weddings is Covid-era cancellation – but some happy couples are still going ahead with more intimate, socially distanced gatherings

6 Oct 2020 - 9:00AM
Would you pay the world’s most awarded bartender US$130,000 to capture your spirit in a bespoke cocktail?

Mr Lyan, the world’s most awarded bartender, claims to be able to distil your personality on ice with a tailor-made cocktail

Mr Lyan, the world’s most awarded bartender, claims to be able to distil your personality on ice with a tailor-made cocktail

25 Aug 2020 - 5:00PM
Around 40 per cent of vintage whisky bottles are fake – but now the Verifier app and an artificial tongue can date an old Laphroaig, Talisker or Ardbeg single malt accurately

A 1926 Macallan sold for a record US$1.87 million at auction – but now technology is revealing rare expensive malts may not be so old after all

A 1926 Macallan sold for a record US$1.87 million at auction – but now technology is revealing rare expensive malts may not be so old after all

8 Mar 2021 - 10:07AM
How chefs see the future for restaurants and fine dining in a post-pandemic world – will it be back to celebrating flavours and good company, or more takeaway options?

Chefs from Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK offer industry insights and thoughts on how the eating out scene will shift as diners return to restaurants across the world

Chefs from Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK offer industry insights and thoughts on how the eating out scene will shift as diners return to restaurants across the world

14 Jul 2020 - 12:00PM
Fine dining after coronavirus – hyperlocal, organic ingredients, takeaways, temperature checks … and no more rock star chefs

In the post-pandemic world we will celebrate food and not chefs – and what we cook, not just how we cook it

In the post-pandemic world we will celebrate food and not chefs – and what we cook, not just how we cook it

10 Jun 2020 - 11:00AM
What is ecotherapy and why are stressed-out millennials and Gen Z-ers booking into nature-focused spas, resorts and therapy centres

Based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, luxury resorts and hotels have been quick to embrace ecotherapy programmes of rainforest walks and ocean appreciation

Based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, luxury resorts and hotels have been quick to embrace ecotherapy programmes of rainforest walks and ocean appreciation

24 May 2020 - 8:00AM
Is whisky a good investment? Since a 30-year-old Macallan cask sold for US$580,000, buyers are snapping up barrels of Scotch – and not just to drink

Smart distilleries offer cask investment schemes for people looking to buy casks to eventually bottle and drink – while for others it is an investment in a market that can yield spectacular returns

Smart distilleries offer cask investment schemes for people looking to buy casks to eventually bottle and drink – while for others it is an investment in a market that can yield spectacular returns

3 May 2020 - 6:00PM
Can we live to be 1,000 years old? How science is on a mission to slow ageing and extend the human lifespan

Along with academic research departments around the world, private sector medical technology companies are getting in on the action, seeking ways to increase longevity

Along with academic research departments around the world, private sector medical technology companies are getting in on the action, seeking ways to increase longevity

15 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM
Will Hong Kong restaurants stop importing Chinese produce and instead grow hyperlocal food?

Hong Kong has a burgeoning movement in urban vegetable gardening, complementing rurally located restaurants that have their own gardens

Hong Kong has a burgeoning movement in urban vegetable gardening, complementing rurally located restaurants that have their own gardens

23 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM
Wait, tempura isn’t Japanese? So where is everyone’s favourite healthy fried food really from?

It’s one of Japanese food’s most iconic staples, but the truth is, tempura isn’t from Japan at all – well, kind of

It’s one of Japanese food’s most iconic staples, but the truth is, tempura isn’t from Japan at all – well, kind of

20 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM
Why Royal Salute’s ‘exceptional whisky’ costs US$30,000 a bottle

Master blender Sandy Hyslop sampled the limited-edition blend every 18 months, but only released it once he was satisfied it had reached its prime – after it had been aged for 52 years

Master blender Sandy Hyslop sampled the limited-edition blend every 18 months, but only released it once he was satisfied it had reached its prime – after it had been aged for 52 years

3 Jan 2020 - 10:00AM
Alcohol-free parties: are millennials and Gen X shunning alcohol for good?

Artisanal alcohol producers around the world have turned to making alcohol-free options to answer millennial and Gen X demands for sober nights out.

Artisanal alcohol producers around the world have turned to making alcohol-free options to answer millennial and Gen X demands for sober nights out.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:15PM
Can a robot love? Inspired lovesick-android romance aims to click with family audiences

DJ Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall, a show mixing film, theatre and music focused on an android obsessed with female roboticist, among Cheers! Series of children’s productions

DJ Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall, a show mixing film, theatre and music focused on an android obsessed with female roboticist, among Cheers! Series of children’s productions

4 Dec 2019 - 3:52PM
Will mocktails replace cocktails? Restaurants and bars in London, New York and Hong Kong prepare for a dry January – which lasts all year

Bars and restaurants in major cities are changing their cocktail menus to include non-alcoholic drinks as people begin to avoid alcohol due to its affect on physical and mental health

Bars and restaurants in major cities are changing their cocktail menus to include non-alcoholic drinks as people begin to avoid alcohol due to its affect on physical and mental health

10 Nov 2019 - 2:00PM
3 new luxury hotels in Jaffa, the Old Testament port city in Israel, that are elegant enough for a Pharaoh

The ancient port town of Jaffa is booming, and its three new luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries and design boutiques are seeing more visitors daily

The ancient port town of Jaffa is booming, and its three new luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries and design boutiques are seeing more visitors daily

14 Nov 2019 - 10:11AM
Ready for a sadomasochistic Japanese satire inspired by Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift?

Troupe BAN’YU-INRYOKU to stage experimental play, set in universe of surrealism and dreamwork where deviant servants become masters, in Hong Kong in December

Troupe BAN’YU-INRYOKU to stage experimental play, set in universe of surrealism and dreamwork where deviant servants become masters, in Hong Kong in December

19 Nov 2019 - 12:26PM
Put down your mobile phone: how family shows can help Hong Kong children in need of digital detox

Circus and theatre show and comedic dance acts from US, UK and Poland to remind city’s dwellers how to laugh, get close to nature and remember true magic of life

Circus and theatre show and comedic dance acts from US, UK and Poland to remind city’s dwellers how to laugh, get close to nature and remember true magic of life

28 Oct 2019 - 8:58PM
Puz/zle: award-winning dance puts human order – and disorder – under the microscope

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s evocative show that examines puzzle of how people fit together and fail to connect, comes to Hong Kong in December

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s evocative show that examines puzzle of how people fit together and fail to connect, comes to Hong Kong in December

21 Oct 2019 - 2:50PM
Remember LPs? Why internet helps young classical musicians surpass forerunners’ standards

Music professor Gabriel Kwok hails youngsters’ technique before his ‘GENK and Friends – Perfect Ten’ concert, alongside nine veteran pianists, at Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Music professor Gabriel Kwok hails youngsters’ technique before his ‘GENK and Friends – Perfect Ten’ concert, alongside nine veteran pianists, at Hong Kong Cultural Centre

9 Oct 2019 - 6:41PM
How Xu Ke – China’s revolutionary ‘Paganini of erhu’ – reimagined East-meets-West classical music

Xu Ke, Chinese erhu virtuoso who transformed instrument’s repertoire, will perform at Hong Kong’s winter concerts blending international musical styles and techniques

Xu Ke, Chinese erhu virtuoso who transformed instrument’s repertoire, will perform at Hong Kong’s winter concerts blending international musical styles and techniques

9 Oct 2019 - 6:41PM
The rise of wellness resorts: how millennials are embracing holistic luxury getaways

From One&Only’s partnership with Chenot to Clinique La Prairie’s popular week-long well-being experiences, today’s luxury getaways increasingly combine health and leisure

From One&Only’s partnership with Chenot to Clinique La Prairie’s popular week-long well-being experiences, today’s luxury getaways increasingly combine health and leisure

24 Sep 2019 - 11:10AM
9 Oct 2019 - 6:42PM