Where to eat in Hong Kong in July – new Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French and fusion restaurants, as well as special menus from Macau, Mexico and Taiwan

Diners have started pouring back responsibly into restaurants and eateries around town, masks on. Here then to help meet the pent up demand to spend is another month of prolific openings, as well as exciting new menus from established names.New opening: Hansik GooWe can’t go to Korea but one of Korea’s most famous eateries has come here. Acclaimed chef Mingoo Kang of two-Michelin starred Mingles restaurant in Seoul...

Where a chief concierge likes to eat Sichuan and Cantonese, and all Chinese classics in Hong Kong and Macau

Mike Yuen has worked in the guest services industry for more than 15 years and is the chief concierge of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel.  I’m an easy person who is not picky about the environment or the view of a restaurant. I’m more concerned with the food quality and story. Mott 32 (Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2885 8688) is one of...

Ferry to Hong Kong: the 1959 film about a stateless passenger who spent 10 months aboard the Lee Hong

The much-anticipated Ferry to Hong Kong opened at two local cinemas – the Lee Theatre, in Causeway Bay, and the Astor, in Yau Ma Tei – on New Year’s Eve 1959. Filmed entirely on location in Hong Kong and Macau that same year, the “much discussed comedy-drama” was described by reviewer Anthony Fuller in The China Mail as “rich fare. It has colour, glamour, romance, high tragedy, comedy,...

Chinese diners’ taste for spice is blurring regional cuisines, says Macau chef

How has growing up in Shanghai influenced your interpretation of Cantonese cuisine? “Shanghainese are open-minded and their culture has received influences from all over the world. As a kid, I tried Western food as well as dishes from various regions in China, particularly Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine. These memories fuel my creativity. “When I started working in Hong Kong, I had custo­m­ers from Shanghai who gave me sugges­tions...

Macau showboats: a nostalgic look back at Hollywood’s favourite steamer ferries

Macau became a popular location for Hollywood films in the 1950s, and the characters who went there arrived – like most tourists in those days – by steam ferry from Hong Kong. Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, with the help of some movie magic and com­mis­sioned location footage, “arrived” aboard the SS Takshing (above, in Macau in the 50s) in the 1952 film noir Macao. Tony Curtis arrived...
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