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

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

1 Aug 2020 - 3:00PM

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

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
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

14 Jul 2020 - 12:00PM

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

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?
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

10 Jun 2020 - 11:00AM

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

Fine dining after coronavirus – hyperlocal, organic ingredients, takeaways, temperature checks … and no more rock star chefs
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

24 May 2020 - 8:00AM

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

What is ecotherapy and why are stressed-out millennials and Gen Z-ers booking into nature-focused spas, resorts and therapy centres
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

3 May 2020 - 6:00PM

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

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
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

15 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM

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

Can we live to be 1,000 years old? How science is on a mission to slow ageing and extend the human lifespan
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

23 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM

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

Will Hong Kong restaurants stop importing Chinese produce and instead grow hyperlocal food?
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

20 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM

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

Wait, tempura isn’t Japanese? So where is everyone’s favourite healthy fried food really from?
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

3 Jan 2020 - 10:00AM

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

Why Royal Salute’s ‘exceptional whisky’ costs US$30,000 a bottle
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.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:15PM

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

Alcohol-free parties: are millennials and Gen X shunning alcohol for good?
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

4 Dec 2019 - 3:52PM

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

Can a robot love? Inspired lovesick-android romance aims to click with family audiences
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

10 Nov 2019 - 2:00PM

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

Will mocktails replace cocktails? Restaurants and bars in London, New York and Hong Kong prepare for a dry January – which lasts all year
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

14 Nov 2019 - 10:11AM

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

3 new luxury hotels in Jaffa, the Old Testament port city in Israel, that are elegant enough for a Pharaoh
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

19 Nov 2019 - 12:26PM

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

Ready for a sadomasochistic Japanese satire inspired by Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift?
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

28 Oct 2019 - 8:58PM

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

Put down your mobile phone: how family shows can help Hong Kong children in need of digital detox
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

21 Oct 2019 - 2:50PM

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

Puz/zle: award-winning dance puts human order – and disorder – under the microscope
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

9 Oct 2019 - 6:41PM

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

Remember LPs? Why internet helps young classical musicians surpass forerunners’ standards
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

9 Oct 2019 - 6:41PM

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

How Xu Ke – China’s revolutionary ‘Paganini of erhu’ – reimagined East-meets-West classical music
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

24 Sep 2019 - 11:10AM

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

The rise of wellness resorts: how millennials are embracing holistic luxury getaways
Jazz lovers can ‘expect the unexpected’ at Hong Kong’s cross-border ‘seven-hour jamming session’
Asian fish sauce: how is it made, and does Thailand or Vietnam have the better version?

Salted anchovies and small fish form the backbone of East Asian cuisine, but which country does it best?

10 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

Salted anchovies and small fish form the backbone of East Asian cuisine, but which country does it best?

Asian fish sauce: how is it made, and does Thailand or Vietnam have the better version?
Young performers celebrate Cultural Centre’s 30th anniversary and city’s vibrant classical music scene in concert

As eight Hong Kong musicians gear up for ‘Now, 30’ performances, they share memories of the iconic concert venue on Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront

9 Oct 2019 - 6:42PM

As eight Hong Kong musicians gear up for ‘Now, 30’ performances, they share memories of the iconic concert venue on Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront

Young performers celebrate Cultural Centre’s 30th anniversary and city’s vibrant classical music scene in concert
Expect the best of the greats when Sir András Schiff and ‘family’ perform in Hong Kong

Knighted maestro and his chamber orchestra to play Mozart, Beethoven and Bach in Hong Kong

22 Aug 2019 - 5:29PM

Knighted maestro and his chamber orchestra to play Mozart, Beethoven and Bach in Hong Kong

Expect the best of the greats when Sir András Schiff and ‘family’ perform in Hong Kong
Celebrated choreographer Akram Khan uses last solo to speak out for the voiceless

‘XENOS’ was inspired by stories of colonial soldiers from India and Africa who have been largely written out of history

7 Aug 2019 - 4:02PM

‘XENOS’ was inspired by stories of colonial soldiers from India and Africa who have been largely written out of history

Celebrated choreographer Akram Khan uses last solo to speak out for the voiceless
When actions speak louder than words: Japanese performance work with music by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto heads to Hong Kong

Innovative puppet show of Coco Chanel’s life and funny yet moving look at behaviour among other works with limited dialogue

26 Aug 2019 - 11:45AM

Innovative puppet show of Coco Chanel’s life and funny yet moving look at behaviour among other works with limited dialogue

When actions speak louder than words: Japanese performance work with music by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto heads to Hong Kong
Gins with a twist: why distillers are giving juniper berries a makeover

Craft producers are mixing things up to meet demand for unusual drink offerings with special taste and character

22 Jul 2019 - 10:33AM

Craft producers are mixing things up to meet demand for unusual drink offerings with special taste and character

Gins with a twist: why distillers are giving juniper berries a makeover
Sir Simon Rattle: ‘more people in mainland China are learning the piano than the population of Germany’

Pianists Colleen Lee and Aristo Sham, from Hong Kong, and American-Polish artist Emanuel Ax will perform concertos by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Brahms in September

23 Jul 2019 - 12:23PM

Pianists Colleen Lee and Aristo Sham, from Hong Kong, and American-Polish artist Emanuel Ax will perform concertos by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Brahms in September

Sir Simon Rattle: ‘more people in mainland China are learning the piano than the population of Germany’
Would you pay US$432,500 for this blurry painting created by an AI algorithm?

The portrait, ‘Edmond de Belamy’ – produced by three students – captured public imagination at auction last year, but some artists argue ‘it’s not art’.

22 Jul 2019 - 12:35PM

The portrait, ‘Edmond de Belamy’ – produced by three students – captured public imagination at auction last year, but some artists argue ‘it’s not art’.

Would you pay US$432,500 for this blurry painting created by an AI algorithm?
Was Mozart’s sister the real genius in the family? Siblings of famous – and infamous – artists revealed

Author Anne Brontë, composer Fanny Mendelssohn and actor Edwin Thomas Booth were all unsung talents, like Maria Anna Mozart, whose life features in Hong Kong play

5 Jul 2019 - 1:02AM

Author Anne Brontë, composer Fanny Mendelssohn and actor Edwin Thomas Booth were all unsung talents, like Maria Anna Mozart, whose life features in Hong Kong play

Was Mozart’s sister the real genius in the family? Siblings of famous – and infamous – artists revealed
Best climate change fiction books, from The Overstory to Flight Behaviour – but why aren’t there more?

Books like The Overstory and Flight Behaviour are fantastic examples of ‘cli-fi’ where climate change is already having drastic effects on people’s lives, but the number pales into insignificance given the massive scale of the problem.

1 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

Books like The Overstory and Flight Behaviour are fantastic examples of ‘cli-fi’ where climate change is already having drastic effects on people’s lives, but the number pales into insignificance given the massive scale of the problem.

Best climate change fiction books, from The Overstory to Flight Behaviour – but why aren’t there more?