Tuen Neen Fan (Chinese Year-End Dinner)

Chinese New Year is the most important time of the year for Chinese. Not only does it signify the beginning of a new year, it is also the season for traditional food indulgence with the your loved ones. Before we welcome the new year, Chinese families always gather today on New Year’s Eve to feast and reunite at a Chinese Year-End Dinner before another year of hard work kick starts. So what do we eat for this Chinese Year-End dinner? The beauty of Chinese culture is the remarkable styles of regional cuisine which vary across the country.  Every region has its own customs to celebrate Chinese New Year. Situated in the Guangdong province, Cantonese food which often features steamed fresh ...

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Happy Year of the Horse!

Happy Year of the Horse!  Hong Kong Foodie wishes everyone a very healthy and prosperous year! Today is the first day of Chinese New Year. Have you visited any relatives or friends to send your well wishes? If so, perhaps you might have been greeted with lots of festive sayings, given (or asked for) some lai sees (red pockets with money) and served some steamed cakes? Word puns are common in Chinese.  Many of them were developed from the practice of greeting each other with festive wishes towards wealth and health during Chinese New Year. It is also the cultural root for giving out “Lai Sees” (red pockets with money). Lai Sees are blessings of fortune and prosperity. Traditionally, Lai Sees are given by married, older ...

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Hong Kong Foodie Team is Hiring Again!

Are you passionate about Hong Kong? Do you love all the different types of food our city has to offer? Are you a great story-teller and can manage a group? Consider joining the Hong Kong Foodie Team. Hong Kong Foodie is currently seeking energetic and engaging foodies who have a great sense of humor to join our growing team of Foodie Guides. You must be passionate about Hong Kong and its food and are eager to share this passion with visitors from around the world. You are also a strong leader with exceptional English communication skills. Leading a Foodie Tour with Hong Kong Foodie is fun and rewarding. If this sounds like you, WE WANT YOU! Founded in 2011, Hong Kong Foodie is the ...

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Yummy Winter Solstice 2013

Winter Solstice is an important Chinese festival. Some Chinese will tell you it is a bigger festival than Chinese New Year. When I lived in the US, I used to explain it to my friends as the Chinese Thanksgiving.  As with all Chinese festivals, Winter Solstice dinner also revolves around food and family. This year, some of the food my family picked is somewhat untraditional. No Chinese festival is celebrated without chicken. It is a bit like turkey is a must for Thanksgiving. Instead of the usual poached chicken or crispy chicken, this year, we had Szechuan Pepper Chicken. The chicken is marinated with lots of flavors. The pepper leaves on the side are crispy and fragrant. Next comes some perfectly ...

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Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale

Hong Kong Foodie has just launched our annual sale event. 20% discount off! From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, including the Saturday and Sunday in between, you can purchase tickets to Hong Kong Foodie tours with a special discount. For four days, you can buy tickets to our Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour or our Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour at a special discount. Our tours are perfect excursions in Hong Kong. What else could be better than combining a great morning or afternoon of tasting different Hong Kong classic foods and drinks while strolling around different neighborhoods? Our walking tours on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon provide an unique experience combining culinary tastings, history and culture. This year, you will also be able to ...

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Hong Kong Vegetarian Food on Chung Yeung Festival

Today is Chung Yeung Festival. Follow us on our adventure today, which includes a Hong Kong vegetarian meal at a Taoist temple. As with our family tradition, my parents and I, together with a gang of relatives (aunts, uncles and cousins galore) hiked up hills to pay respect to our ancestors. Back when I was a kid, we used to carry a whole suckling pig, chicken, our ancestors’ favorite drinks, together with many other offerings to be burnt, up the hill with us. A few things have have changed since then. We no longer carry a whole roast suckling pig with us but only a small takeaway box of roast meat. We still bring paper offerings to be burnt but ...

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Hong Kong Dessert — Mango “Hor Fun”

There are lots of different types of Hong Kong desserts. In the hot summer months, one of the preferred desserts for us locals is “leung fun”.  Sometimes called “grass jelly”, “leung fun” is like a jello. Often, it is cut into little cubes and served with syrup or fruit. Today, we tried one of the popular Hong Kong desserts — Mango Hor Fun.  Hor Fun typically refers to a wide Chinese noodle similar to fettuccine but here, it is a type of leung fun (or grass jelly) shaped like hor fun.  It is very smooth in texture.  By itself, it doesn’t have much taste but when served cold with fruits such as mangoes, it is sweet and very refreshing, especially on ...

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Quintessential Hong Kong meal — roast goose lai fun

For those of you who have been to our Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour, you know how much Hong Kong people love roast meat. One of our favorites is roast goose, especially when it’s served with a bowl of delicious lai fun (somewhat like fat spaghetti) with soup. Geese are quite meaty and more fatty than duck. The ones roasted to perfection have a slightly crispy skin which usually has a thin layer of fat underneath but the meat is still moist and tender, retaining most of its flavors. Avoid overcooked geese as they could be very tough! As you bite into a piece of perfectly done roast goose, the fat from the crispy skin melts in your mouth together with the ...

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The Dogfather!

We are happy to announce that we are a proud sponsor of Hong Kong Dog Rescue‘s upcoming Dogfather event. After the huge success of last year’s “Viva Paws Vegas” (HKDR’s very first fund raising gala dinner), Hong Kong Dog Rescue will be hosting its Gala Event “Dogfather”, with the theme being the “Growling 20’s”. The event will take place on Saturday, 28 September 2013 at the Aberdeen Marina Club from 6pm till late, including a dogtail session, 3 course dinner and entertainment including “Bellissima String Quartet” and “ZZ Brothers Hand to Hand Balance” from Venetian Macau, and we anticipate another full house after last year’s sell-out success. “Dogfather” will be an unforgettable evening of “Moonshine and Music” with all proceeds, of ...

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Winter Melon Soup in the Summertime!

It is so hot in Hong Kong these days! What else is better to help relief some of the heat other than having some winter melon!  Winter melon soup is one of the favorite soups for Hong Kong’s summertime. What is winter melon?  Winter melon is a type of gourd typically grown in hot climates.  This giant gourd typically weighs more than 10 kg. Ironically, winter melon is usually eaten in the summer time when the weather is hot. Its mild sweet taste makes it very appetizing in the summer. It is often used as a main ingredient in soups. Chinese’s belief in yin and yang carries through to its food.  Winter melon is believed to have a cooling element. ...

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