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Celebrate Lunar New Year in Hong Kong with pre-order poon choi. Photo: Nina Hospitality
Hong Kong’s 11 best Lunar New Year poon chois for every palate

Whether you want to stick with the classics or fancy something different with spicy, Michelin-starred or vegetarian alternatives, this one-bowl-for-all feast is a Lunar New Year favourite

24 Jan 2022 - 3:37PM
China Tang Landmark is marking the Year of the Tiger with a Lunar New Year menu featuring an array of seasonal favourites. Photo: Handout
5 best Lunar New Year menus and specials in Hong Kong

From Lung King Heen’s six-course feast to Ying Jee Club’s seasonal desserts and China Landmark’s classic imperial bird’s nest broth

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Batman, basketball, graffiti and Kanye West were among the key themes detected in late designer Virgil Abloh’s final Louis Vuitton show, presented at Paris Fashion Week on January 20. Photo: AFP
‘Life is so short’: Inside Virgil Abloh’s final collection for Louis Vuitton

Batman, basketball, graffiti and Kanye West were among the key themes in the late designer’s final LV show, presented at Paris Fashion Week – the next question is where the house goes now

21 Jan 2022 - 1:15PM
Whey, Belon and Chaat: three of the debutants on Michelin’s 2022 guide to Hong Kong and Macau’s best restaurants, while Octavium and Yan Toh Heen were given a second star. Photos: Handouts
Michelin movers: which Hong Kong restaurants earned their first star?

The 2022 edition of the definitive dining guide sees Octavium and Yan Toh Heen get a deserved second star, while making their debut are Chaat, Whey, Hansik Goo and several other favourites

20 Jan 2022 - 1:16PM
Out with the Ox – here’s a reunion spread for Year of the Tiger at Shangri-La Singapore. Photo: Handout
15 best restaurants and hotels for Lunar New Year 2022 in Singapore

Dine-in or order sumptuous takeaways of auspicious festive treats like poon choi, nian gao, abalone or yusheng, with menus ranging from the traditional to fusion to even vegetarian

19 Jan 2022 - 7:00AM
The ‘Paul Newman Rolex’ which the actor wore for decades, including the 1983 Academy Awards when he was nominated for Best Actor for The Verdict, is on display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Photos: Handout
How Paul Newman’s iconic Rolex ended up in LA’s new Academy Museum

The museum houses memorabilia from classic films such as The Wizard of Oz and Jaws, with more than 13 million items dating back to the 1920s – curator and programmer Jacqueline Stewart gave us a tour

17 Jan 2022 - 5:53PM
Emily in Paris sees loads of love interests for the protagonist, Emily, but who’s the best man for her? Photo: @FilmUpdates/Twitter
Should Emily have ended up with him? Emily in Paris’ love interests, ranked

Emily – played by Lily Collins – has her pick of boyfriends when she moves to Paris, but which man is best for her? We ranked all her love interests from the show’s two seasons

12 Jan 2022 - 12:30AM
The Pirates: Goblin Flag, The Roundup and The Moon are just a few new K-movies to look out for in 2022. Photos: ANEW, B.A. Entertainment, CJ ENM
14 new Korean movies to watch in 2022 – plus 2 actors’ directorial debuts

Catch Song Joong-ki, Son Ye-jin, Hyun Bin and more of your favourite stars on the silver screen, in blockbusters delayed by the pandemic and much-anticipated sequels to box office hits

9 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
Chinese film The Battle at Lake Changjin was the highest-grossing film of 2021 ... until Spider-Man: No Way Home came long. Photos: Bona Film Group Limited, Sony Pictures
Will Chinese films really dethrone Hollywood?

Spider-Man: No Way Home may have earned over US$1 billion worldwide, but China became the biggest box office in 2021 – so what does the future of film look like?

8 Jan 2022 - 6:00AM
South Korean Netflix show, Single’s Inferno. Photo: Netflix
How do you drink somaek, the K-drama cocktail staple?

From Netflix’s Squid Game to Single’s Inferno, South Korean shows have taken the world by storm – but culinary delights like the beloved cocktail somaek are becoming more popular too …

8 Jan 2022 - 5:00AM
Ugly on the outside, utterly delicious on the inside: white truffles at Sabatini Ristorante Italiano. Photo: SCMP Archive
Where to eat seasonal white truffle in Hong Kong – our pick of the best

For white truffle lovers, Hong Kong restaurants like Carbone, LPM, Castellana and more are celebrating the magic ingredient in a range of different ways – here’s our run down of what to order at each

5 Jan 2022 - 5:35PM
From Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan and Courteney Cox in Scream 5, there’s plenty of new shows and movies to be excited about in January 2022 ... but we’ll have to wait a little longer for Jared Leto in Morbius. Photos: Showtime, Hulu, Sony Pictures, HBO Max, Paramount Pictures
The best movies and TV shows dropping in January, according to fans

Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell are back in a new Scream sequel while Sony’s next Marvel film Morbius unfortunately got postponed … but what are viewers most excited about?

4 Jan 2022 - 7:00PM
Italian seafood restaurant Osteria Marzia in Hong Kong serves up a variety of delectable dishes. Photo: Handout
Where to eat in Hong Kong (and Macau) in January – 15 new menus to try

Looking for delectable new restaurants to try in the New Year? There are plenty of newcomers to choose from, like Cantonese eatery Woo Cheong Tea House and American comfort food purveyor, Graceland

2 Jan 2022 - 12:00PM
Vegetarian fine-dining by Andreas Caminada at Oz restaurant in Switzerland. Photo: Oz
The end of meat? Why fine-dining restaurants are going green

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
Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Dune, Spider-Man: No Way Home, No Time to Die and The Battle at Lake Changjin are among some of 2021’s highest-grossing films. Photos: Sony, Warner Bros, MGM, Bona Film Group
Spidey made millions: 2021’s highest-earning films at the global box office

Cinemas slowly recovered from pandemic losses in 2021, so just how much cash did Spider-Man: No Way Home, No Time to Die, Marvel’s Eternals and Dune rake in, and which Chinese films made the list?

31 Dec 2021 - 5:00AM
Bottles of Kweichow Moutai, at the factory in Moutai, Guizhou province where much of China’s national drink, baijiu, is distilled for markets at home – and increasingly – abroad. Photo: Zigor Aldama
Will the rest of the world drink more Chinese baijiu in 2022?

China’s national drink surged in popularity during the pandemic and brands both big and small – from Kweichow Mao-tai to Ming River – are riding the spirit’s rising tide at home and aboard

30 Dec 2021 - 1:32PM
From Netflix shows Shadow and Bone and Squid Game, to Kate Winslet starring in Mare of Easttown, these shows became hits only after their premieres. Photos: Netflix, HBO
8 biggest breakout TV shows of 2021, thanks to word of mouth

From Netflix’s Squid Game to Selena Gomez and Steve Martin-lead Only Murders in the Building, these surprise mega-hit shows didn’t score high during their pre-launch screenings …

30 Dec 2021 - 5:00AM
Glenfiddich whisky barrels in warehouse. Photo: Glenfiddich
Explainer | Does a whisky’s age really matter? How barrel-ageing became Scotch standard

It’s largely believed that time is whisky’s core tenet, as ageing spirits in casks gives the drink its distinctive taste – but can modern distillers really short-cut the process?

10 Jan 2022 - 10:40AM
Porterhouse’s Seafood Spectacular Brunch is one of our top six picks for the holiday. Photo: Handout
6 best spots for a holiday brunch in Hong Kong

From free-flowing wine and champagne at Amber to unlimited starters and sweeping city views at Alto, check out these indulgent brunch spreads and reconnect with old pals in style this holiday

29 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
The pandemic has influenced bridal fashion, as brides opt for bolder, more versatile looks. Photo: handout
Wedding dress trends for 2022: how has Covid-19 changed bridal fashion?

The size of weddings is not the only thing that has drastically evolved with the pandemic – wedding dress trends are also shifting, as brides opt for bolder, more versatile gowns

28 Dec 2021 - 6:00AM