A couple eat a snack in between sweeping graves and burning offerings to pay homage to their ancestors in Diamond Hill Cemetery, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong. Photo: Winson Wong
Explainer | Chung Yeung Festival in Hong Kong – the rules and the taboos

Also known as Double Ninth Festival, Chung Yeung Festival is a time for visiting ancestors’ graves to pay respects. From rules about incense sticks to foods for offerings, we outline some festival dos and don’ts.

4 Oct 2022 - 7:15AM
Japanese maker of Pocky turns to AI for healthy snacks. Will it succeed?

In its centenary year, Japanese food giant Glico aims to shed its image as a purveyor of unhealthy food, and has brought in AI to help identify healthy ingredients faster. But will it succeed, or should it stick to Pocky?

3 Oct 2022 - 7:15AM
Before there was the Instant Pot, there was the Tatung

A New York grocer is rebranding a 60-year-old Taiwanese kitchen staple – the Tatung is ‘like a steam oven on your counter’, she says. Lisa Cheng Smith has compiled a book of recipes that use it, and become its sole US distributor.

2 Oct 2022 - 7:15PM
Have mobile phone, love food – the influencer effect on restaurants

Food critics are no longer the only ones with influence over the success of a restaurant. Now, if the right online influencer posts a video of your food and it goes viral, it can be as rewarding.

2 Oct 2022 - 9:15AM
Coffee doesn’t just taste good – it might even be good for your health

Studies have shown that the ‘right amount’ of coffee may confer many health benefits, including preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, even kidney disease. Experts explain why.

1 Oct 2022 - 7:15PM


The Lifetastic patisserie pop-up store in Festival Walk, Hong Kong, designed by Max Lam Designs.
Transparent, blue, Instagrammable, Hong Kong pop-up cake shop is a winner

Lifetastic’s 600 sq ft shop in Kowloon Tong has won an award for its blue and brass design, the work of Hong Kong-based Max Lam Designs and featuring 438 oil paintings of cakes by local artist Eunis.

1 Oct 2022 - 2:15PM
Profile | Hong Kong plant-based food pioneer overcame ADHD, dyslexia to find success

Christian Mongendre, owner of Treehouse and partner in the Mana! restaurants, overcame ADHD and dyslexia, found himself as a chef and played a leading role in Hong Kong’s plant-based food movement.

1 Oct 2022 - 1:15PM
Serious about coffee? Where to find some of the best in Hong Kong

There are plenty of coffee shops in Hong Kong to choose from, but which ones are truly serious about their roasted beans? We sample seven in Sham Shui Po that come highly recommended by coffee connoisseurs.

1 Oct 2022 - 8:54PM
Coffee chain steps in to save Hong Kong bakery Hoover Cake Shop

Eleventh-hour deal with coffee chain owner The Academics Group means the beloved bakery in Kowloon City will live on, albeit at a new location and not until 2023.

3 Oct 2022 - 9:39AM
Butter spread on a board is trending – yes, really. Here’s why

Butter boards – softened butter flavoured however you like and topped with anything you wish – are taking over TikTok and Instagram. Here is what you need to know about the viral food trend.

1 Oct 2022 - 4:28AM
12 new Hong Kong restaurants to visit in October, and 2 reopening soon

A variety of new restaurants – some with outdoor seating perfect for October – are opening around Hong Kong for foodies, featuring everything from Chinese to Italian to Mediterranean fare.

30 Sep 2022 - 2:46PM
Tales of Tea pop-up taps into ‘Made in Hong Kong’ revival

25 small Hong Kong-based manufacturers will present products inspired by the city’s tea culture in an exhibition in October at the Hysan Place shopping mall in Causeway Bay.

29 Sep 2022 - 2:56PM
‘Mouthwatering’ dim sum, avocado on toast: diplomat’s Hong Kong food picks

Elizabeth Ward, Australia’s consul general to Hong Kong and Macau, reveals her top Hong Kong food picks, from Aussie seafood and avocado on sourdough toast to Cantonese, Thai and Indian food.

28 Sep 2022 - 5:37PM
New focus on quality at Heuriger, Viennese wine taverns that make their own

Vienna is home to small-scale vineyards attached to wine bars called Heuriger, which traditionally make young wines from a mix of grapes. They have a new focus on quality and consistency to draw the young crowd.

27 Sep 2022 - 12:34PM
The many health benefits of a plant-based diet, according to 5 new studies

Reduce the risk of diabetes and depression, lower your cholesterol, promote better heart health and digestion – all are benefits of eating a diet of healthy plant foods, according to new studies.

23 Sep 2022 - 7:45PM
The top chefs who made Hong Kong their home – and why they love it here

Many international chefs attempt to make their mark on Hong Kong’s food scene. Meet some who now call the city their new home – from Manav Tuli of Chaat to Shim Jung-taek of Mosu.

23 Sep 2022 - 12:15PM
It’s PSL season – but what is pumpkin spice and where did it come from?

Pumpkin spice began life as a pumpkin pie enhancer in 1934. Nearly 20 years ago, it made its debut at Starbucks in the Pumpkin Spice Latte and now it’s seen as the herald of autumn.

22 Sep 2022 - 12:19PM
Chiu Chow dishes, private chefs: Slow Food executive’s Hong Kong food picks

Charlene Ho, who works for Slow Food Hong Kong, is a fan of farm-to-table food and plant-based dishes. She visits the cooked food centre in Wan Chai for roast chicken and vegetarian meals.

21 Sep 2022 - 5:15PM
What are Japan’s ‘Wagyu Olympics’ and how do sellers choose the best beef?

Japanese wagyu is regarded by some as the best beef in the world, with a Wagyu Olympics held every five years to award the best. But why is this meat so special?

20 Sep 2022 - 1:21PM
Move over, Oatly, there’s a new milk alternative on the block. Meet Oatside

New alternative milk drink Oatside tastes like Horlicks, Ovaltine and Milo, says the brand’s founder, Singaporean Benedict Lim – and he is counting on that familiarity for Asians to overtake giants like Oatly.

21 Sep 2022 - 1:34PM