Tai Cheong: A Taste of Old HK

Singapore, August 2016 – By 10:00am (store opening time), Tai Cheong Bakery at Takashimaya already had 15 patrons in line. So I quickly fell into the queue, before another 10 people quickly joined us. Egg tarts were freshly baked, right behind this small counter. A man repeatedly poured egg custard mix from a jug into…

HK Nostalgia at Honolulu Café

Singapore, August 2016 – Being a Hong Kong native, I am always on the lookout for authentic Hong Kong-style French toast, milk tea and egg tarts. When I heard about Hong Kong cha chaan teng (café restaurant) – Honolulu Café’s opening in Singapore, I was excited. I heard about the long queues and sold-out egg…

Old Bazaar Kitchen

Hong Kong – I was sad to learn that Old Bazaar Kitchen (“OBK”)– what I considered a gem – has closed. It was the ultimate “Hole in the Wall” – with modest décor and only 8 tables at its narrow premises in Wanchai. So I thought I would share some of my photos of their…

Hong Kong’s China Tang

Hong Kong, July 2014 – Sir David Tang created China Tang Restaurant, which was first opened in London at the Dorchester Hotel in 2007. Several years later, China Tang opened in Hong Kong at the luxurious Landmark Atrium. It was one of the most anticipated restaurant launches of the year. China Tang is Chinese cuisine…

Hong Kong Spirit: Red-White-Blue

Singapore, October 2013 – As soon as I stepped inside Stanley Wong’s exhibition, Show Flat 04 sponsored by Fondation D’Entreprise Hermès in Singapore, I immediately felt I made a connection with the artist. Being a Hong Kong-native myself, the red-white-blue (“rwb”) canvas material, which enveloped the art space, was broadly used in Hong Kong from…

AMMO at Asia Society

Hong Kong, December 2013 – Since its opening in 2012, AMMO has received impressive praises for its fine Italian-fusion cuisine as well as its unusual “military chic” interiors in the middle of Hong Kong’s urban jungle. Mr. King and I went to AMMO for dinner after a visit to Asia Society, a private museum showcasing…

Zuma Hong Kong

Hong Kong, August 2014 – Zuma, the sister restaurant of Zuma London, remains one of my favorites for Japanese food in Hong Kong. Nestled inside the city’s bustling financial district, the décor is contemporary chic. The cuisine can be summed up in these words – “It tastes as good as it looks!” At our recent lunch…