Four Hong Kong Winter Dishes to Fight the Cold Weather

Brrrrr…. Winter has hit Hong Kong! The mercury is dropping fast and weather conditions are expected to stay chilly in the coming week. With temperature falling, what are the top dishes to try in Hong Kong to keep ourselves warm? Hong Kong Foodie shares our four favorite Hong Kong winter dishes. 1. Hot Pot If you are like us and prefer steaming hot food, hot pot is a great way to ensure everything still has steam on your plate or bowl in this weather. Dip fresh seafood like prawns and scallops, or wagyu beef and fresh chicken in a soup base like hot and spicy broth, and your body will surely feel warmed up. What’s even better is you can mix ...

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Christmas Gift Guide: Best Hong Kong Gifts for Foodies 2020

It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry! Whether you’re shopping for your foodie friends or yourself, we’ve got you covered with this Christmas gift guide. From postcards for foodies to sustainable cutlery sets, here is our curation of the best food-related gifts you’ll find in Hong Kong. You can trust us for recommendations – as our name suggests, we’re massive foodies ourselves! 1. Taboocha KISS-A-MUTT kombucha Know somebody who’s been scarfing down one too many Christmas feasts? Help them improve their digestion and gut health with kombucha from Taboocha! The first kombucha brewery in Hong Kong, Taboocha was founded with love by two Hong Kong locals – sisters Lisa and Patricia. We love Taboocha for their commitment to supporting ...

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Send Your Loved Ones Hong Kong Foodie Postcards!

Hurray! We’ve just launched our series of Hong Kong Foodie Postcards, created in collaboration with renowned Hong Kong illustrator Vansketcher! If you’ve been looking for beautiful Hong Kong postcards to send your loved ones, look no further. These postcards showcase Hong Kong’s unique food and living culture. Each set contains four hand-drawn postcards, featuring the foods and heritage attractions you’ve come across on our Foodie Tours. There has never been a series of Hong Kong postcards more perfect for foodies! Simply write a heartfelt message on the back and mail one to each of your food-loving friends. They’re bound to love them, and you! This postcard project has actually been in the making for many months, but unfortunately got delayed ...

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5 Short and Scenic Hiking Trails in Hong Kong

The cooler months are finally arriving in Hong Kong! Are you ready to seize this short-lived window of beautiful weather to explore the great outdoors? Many visitors opt for hiking the Dragon’s Back in Shek O, but did you know Hong Kong has many other off-the-beaten-track yet scenic hiking trails to offer? We are here to suggest five Hong Kong short hiking trails for you to start your workout in this refreshing weather! Two of the following trails are on Hong Kong Island and three of them are in the New Territories. Have a fun walk and discover the beautiful countryside of Hong Kong! 1.  Mount High West Spare two hours to hike up the Mount High West on West ...

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What is the Double Ninth Festival or the Chung Yeung Festival?

What is the Double Ninth Festival (重陽節)? Also called the Chung Yeung Festival and Chongyang Festival, the Double Ninth Festival is an ancient memorial festival that falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar. In 2020, the Double Ninth Festival falls on the 25th October in the Greogorian calendar. On this day, families visit the graves of their ancestors to pay their respects. People also go hiking together as heading to higher ground symbolizes climbing to a higher position in life and living longer. Chrysanthemums are also ubiquitous on the Double Ninth Festival, as the Festival takes place when the flowers are in full bloom. Drinking chrysanthemum wine and admiring chrysanthemums have thus become part ...

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What to Eat in Fall According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Food is seen as a form of medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). What we eat serves to harmonize our bodies, minds, and spirits. Ancient Chinese medical practitioners discovered that our dietary requirements change with the seasons, as our bodies’ needs differ depending on the weather and climate. In fall, the cool and dry weather affects our lungs the most, as it is the uppermost organ and especially vulnerable to the wind and cold. If you’ve been coughing, wheezing, or experiencing a sore throat more often than usual during fall, it may be due to weakening lungs. To make sure your lungs and body are at their healthiest despite the autumn weather, check out our list of 10 foods to ...

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What is the Mid Autumn Festival? Here’s the story.

by Rachel Au An interesting sight appears every August in Hong Kong. Mooncake advertisements begin to line wall after wall at any given MTR train station, starring celebrities ranging from veteran comedian Eric Tsang to Japanese actress Alice Hirose. Such is the result of aggressive marketing campaigns by various Hong Kong bakeries, hoping to capture maximum market share during the sliver of time mooncakes are consumed – the Mid Autumn Festival. But what is the Mid Autumn Festival? Why do Chinese communities across the globe celebrate it with such enthusiasm? Here, we explore what the festival is and the legends behind it, each a story that has been passed down for generations. What is the Mid Autumn Festival? The Mid ...

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The Fire Dragon Dance: Tai Hang’s Mid-Autumn Spectacle

by Rachel Au Aside from being Hong Kong’s cradle for countless culinary ventures, Tai Hang is also home to one of the city’s most spectacular festivities– the annual Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. This Mid-Autumn Festival, treat yourself to a dazzling display of fire and fury, where around 300 people parade a 67-meter-long dragon lined with sticks of incense from head to tail, enshrouding the neighborhood in a warm, smoky glow. How the fire dragon dance began Legend has it that this 138-year-old tradition began when Tai Hang was struck with three consecutive disasters a few days before the Mid-Autumn Festival in the 19th century. Still a small Hakka village at the time, Tai Hang was hit by a typhoon, ...

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8 Interesting Hong Kong Craft Beer to Try in 2020

by Rachel Au You know where to find craft beer in Hong Kong, but did you know about the interesting flavors with which Hong Kong’s local brewers have blessed our city? We have rounded up some of the most unique beers the Hong Kong craft beer scene has to offer in this list. All our selections are brewed in Hong Kong, by breweries started right here in the 852. 1.   S.E.A. Sour from Yardley Brothers A limited edition Hong Kong craft beer recently launched in July 2020, S.E.A. Sour is Yardley Brothers’ newest creation. This experimental sour beer is brewed using the fermentation style of jiuniang rice dessert, giving it a unique, funky pineapple note and a rich dose ...

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What to Eat in Summer According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

by Rachel Au Traditional Chinese Medicine stands by the practice of eating with the seasons. As the Chinese saying 不時不食 goes (pronounced “bud si bud sik” in Cantonese), foods that are not in season should not be eaten. Eating foods that are in season have multiple benefits. Fruits and vegetables will taste better, grocery shopping will cost less, and the environment will fare better. Traditional Chinese medicine has its own arguments for eating with the seasons as well. Ancient Chinese medical practitioners found out that our dietary requirements change with the seasons, as our bodies have varying needs depending on the weather and climate. With summer being hot in most countries, Chinese medical wisdom dictates that our diets should contain ...

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