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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Hong Kong Styled French Toast Recipe (西多士)

You might have tried French Toast before, but have you tried the Hong Kong Styled French Toast that are popular at local cha chaan tengs (Hong Kong Styled Cafes)? This scrumptious treat is an adaptation of the western style french toasts. With social distancing, it might be hard to go out to eat at a cha chaan teng. Here’s our recipe for you to make it at home! Cook & Preparation Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 2 slices White bread without the skin2 tbsp Smooth peanut butter 10 grams Butter2 Eggs2 tbsp Golden syrup or pancake syrup300ml Cooking oil (vegetable oil or canola oil or peanut oil) Steps: 1. Cut off the skin of the white bread (if any).2. Spread the ...

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Fun Activity in Hong Kong this Summer — Buy 6 Get 1 Free Hong Kong Local Craft Beer Tour

Are you searching for fun activities in Hong Kong this summer now that we are mostly stuck in Hong Kong? We have all been cooped up for too long during this COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is talking about Holiday at Home in Hong Kong. Let’s do something different and fun! Hong Kong offers lots and lots of exciting things for us to do. This year, we bring back our super popular Hong Kong Local Craft Beer Tour! What else is better to do than to explore unique Hong Kong craft beer breweries on an air-conditioned brew bus? Learn about Hong Kong’s exciting craft beer scene, taste at least 12 different kinds of craft beer, nibble on carefully-paired snacks and savor a ...

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10 Socially-Responsible Things to do in Hong Kong this Summer

by Rachel Au Looking for things to do in Hong Kong this summer as the city begins to relax its coronavirus social distancing measures? We’ve got you covered with our roundup of the best things you can do while staying safe and being socially-responsible. From outdoor adventures to food and culture tours, these activities are bound to keep everyone in the family entertained. 1. Support local restaurants by ordering takeout Have a favorite pasta joint or mom-and-pop noodle shop down the street? Chances are they’re feeling the effects of the COVID outbreak and struggling to stay open. Support your favorite local restaurants by ordering takeout from them directly– food delivery apps usually take a sizable cut of the revenue. Many ...

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Sweet Peanut Soup Recipe (花生糊)

Have you ever tried Chinese dessert like Sweet Peanut Soup? Sweet soups are very popular among locals, especially after dinner. One of the tasting locations on our Temple Street Night Foodie Tour is a traditional Chinese dessert shop which has remained popular among nearby residents for nearly a century. You might have seen many kinds of sweet soups such as almond soup, black sesame soup, walnut soup, cashew soup. The steps to make these sweet soups are similar. We will show you how to make sweet peanut soup, which is harder to find outside. Cook Time: <10 minutesPreparation Time: 1 hourServes six bowls Ingredients: 200g Raw peanuts (can be substituted with unsalted, non-roasted peanuts)2 teaspoons Rice350ml Water (for peanut blending)80-120g ...

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Claypot Rice Recipe (煲仔飯)

On our Temple Street Night Foodie Tour, our Foodie Guides might have recommended you several places in the neighborhood for some delicious claypot rice. Very often, these eateries have long queues, especially in the winter. With our recipe below, you can now try to make it at home! Cook Time: 30 minutesPreparation Time: 30 minutesServes two people Ingredients 1 cup Rice3/4 cup Water (use a full cup of water if your claypot rice doesn’t use spare ribs or any meat with marinade)150 gram Spare ribs1 piece Pork Chinese sausage (diced)1 piece Liver Chinese sausage (diced) Marinade for spare ribs:1 tablespoon Light soy sauce1 tablespoon Oil1/2 teaspoon Corn starch1/2 teaspoon Salt1/3 teaspoon Sugar Black bean sauce:1 tablespoon Fermented black beans2 cloves ...

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Hong Kong Styled Barbecued Pork Recipe (叉燒)

Enjoyed our barbecued pork (char siu) tasting on our Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour? Want to make it at home? Here’s our recipe for the homemade version.  Cook Time: 30 minutesPreparation Time: 15 minutesMarinate Time: overnight Ingredients 600 gm / 21 oz / 1 catty Boston Butt/Pork Shoulder/梅頭 Marinade:70 gm / 2.5 oz Maltose / 麥芽糖 (or replace with honey but best to use maltose)60 ml / 2 oz Light Soy Sauce / 生抽30 gm / 1 oz Oyster Sauce / 蠔油 (or replace with dark soy sauce and sugar)30 gm / 1 oz Sugar / 糖20 ml / 0.7 oz Rice Wine / 米酒 or Rose Wine / 玫瑰露酒2 slices/片 Ginger/ 薑2 cloves/瓣 Garlic / 蒜頭 White pepper ...

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