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Spring Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival celebrates the first full moon of the lunar new year. It's also known as Chinese Valentine's Day. See how and where we celebrate this Yuan Xiao festival in Hong Kong.

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Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (Tuen Neen Fan)

Imagine plates teeming with food and completely covering the dining table, small children running around the tiny, cramped apartment, adults huddled around the television, trying to block out the piercing voices of their sugar-high children– these are the essentials that make up a Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner. Also known as Tuen Neen Fan (團年飯) or reunion dinner, this feast is eaten the night before the first day of the Chinese New Year, and is when the entire family gathers to conclude the year together before a new beginning. The Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner plays a significant role in Chinese culture, and is one of the traditional events Chinese communities worldwide look forward to most. Besides chicken, fish, and ...

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Nine Things to Do In Hong Kong During Chinese New Year 2019

The Year of the Pig will be upon us soon! Chinese New Year is a very special time of year and if you are looking for things to do in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, there are plenty of ways to mark the occasion. Many of the family-run eateries are closed for the holidays to celebrate the new year and also to take a much-needed rest. As such, our Foodie Tours will also be closed, resuming on February 15th. Do not despair, however, if you will be visiting Hong Kong during this time of the year. There are lots of activities for you to experience Hong Kong and our culture with us during this fun time of the year. Here ...

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Winter Solstice Dinner: A Chinese Celebration

On December 22, countless Chinese families will gather for a hearty winter solstice dinner which serves up many delicious dishes, each bearing a different lucky meaning to its name. The winter solstice is the shortest day, or the longest night of the year. Falling in the 11th month of the lunar calendar, either on December 21, 22 or 23 of the Gregorian calendar depending on the year, this day marks one of the most significant festivals among Chinese communities worldwide. Since the Han dynasty, winter solstice has been celebrated by the Chinese with a festival named 冬至 (dungzi in Cantonese, dongzhi in Mandarin), which literally translates into “winter’s peak”. Traditionally, the winter solstice festival signified the time when farmers and ...

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The Fire Dragon Dance: Tai Hang’s Mid-Autumn Spectacle 2018

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, which swept away ...

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Learn how to make moon cakes

Learn how to make moon cakes with Hong Kong Foodie! Let us bring you into the kitchen of a 52-year-old Chinese bakery in Sham Shui Po. The pastry chefs here are ramping up the production of moon cakes for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. If you are visiting in September, be sure to join us on our Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour for our annual moon cake tasting starting this Friday, September 7th. You might even have a chance to experience the behind-the-scenes of moon cake making at this legendary Chinese bakery on our Foodie Tour! Here’s a sneak peek of what they do in their kitchen: Prepare the moon cake crust In this traditional Chinese bakery, the moon cake production ...

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Cheung Chau Bun Festival 2018

Happy Birthday to the Buddha! Not only do we celebrate Buddha’s birthday today, this week is also the time for the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival! History & Background of Cheung Chau Bun Festival The Cheung Chau Bun Festival dates back to Qing Dynasty, more than a century ago. At that time, Cheung Chau was badly affected by a big plague. Hoping to drive evil spirits away, villagers prayed to the gods and performed a parade along the island’s narrow streets, holding the statues of the deities. Miraculously, the plague ended shortly after the parade. Since then, Cheung Chau residents have come together as a strong community to celebrate the Bun Festival every year from the firth to the ninth ...

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Five Favorite Chinese New Year Pudding

Chinese New Year is only two days away and many of us Foodies have already hand made or stocked up on our Chinese New Year Pudding. Along with the tradition of wearing new clothes to symbolize a new start and fresh hopes for the coming year, we also look forward to eating some yummy traditional Chinese New Year food. Several of the favorite Chinese New Year dishes are puddings or cakes of some kind, since the Cantonese word for “cake” has a similar pronunciation as the word “high” and is symbolic of prosperity and “rising” fortunes. Most westerners anticipate sweet and sticky confections when they hear the word cake or pudding, so it will come as a bit of a ...

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8 Things to Do in Hong Kong During Chinese New Year 2016

*For an updated list of best things to do in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, check out our updated blog here.* Are you wondering things to do in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year in 2016? February 8th marks the first day of the Year of the Monkey. If you are planning to visit Hong Kong before or during Chinese New Year, unfortunately, our Foodie Tours will be closed during this time, but there are still plenty of activities to do in Hong Kong to celebrate this festive occasion! 1. Eat Lots of Good Food! Do we need to say more? All Chinese festivals centers around their traditional foods. For sure, Chinese New Year is associated with the most food you can ...

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Reunion Dinner to Wrap Up the Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse has quickly flown by. As we wrap up another fruitful year, we take time to celebrate with our families. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, it is our tradition to gather together with our family members to feast on a big Reunion Dinner or Tuen Neen Fan (團年飯). This year, our menu included items not typically served as a Chinese Year-End dinner. Hong Kong Foodie thought we would share with our Foodie Friends our sumptuous dinner in order to make you salivate! To start, we tasted some vegetarian “goose” as appetizer (see photo above).  A great vegetarian option, mushroom and other veggie fillings are wrapped with this bean curd sheet and fried. Dip this in some ...

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