Issue 206 15 JANUARY 2014
EVERY TWO WEEKS
T h e M a g a z i n e T h at K n o w s
New toTown? Settle into Hong Kong with The List
05 Editor’s Letter 06 Guestlist
West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre Watch Cantonese opera in a bamboo theater before the end of January.
New lifestyle store Tang Tang Tang Tang takes off on a high note in Wan Chai.
Art expert Angela Li tells Kate Springer all about her day-to-day favorite things.
Andrea Lo and Anya Beniac hop off to explore a few of the MTR’s best stops.
42 Mr. kia
Everything you need to know about Hong Kong’s venerable egg tarts.
Wun Chuen Sin Koon Temple
Do some tai chi, meditate or simply soak up the relaxing, green surrounds.
KNOW & TEL
See the Sights p.18
Local Dishes p.22
Handy Websites p.26
One-Stop Home Shops Chinese Classes p.36 p.30 3
Th e M aga z i n e That K n ow s
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editor’s letter New Kid on the Block
If you’re new to the neighborhood or have a friend on the way, then hold onto this issue for dear life! The List has covered everything from one-stop home shops to local bloggers to make the transition easier.
First things first: get the tourist traps out of the way. Sure, they’ll be crowded, but you can’t live in Hong Kong without seeing the sights (p.18). While you’re out and about, try as many local foods as you can (p.22); one baked char siu bao and life will never be the same again! Once you have the lay of the land, try to learn the lingo; the bevy of language classes on p.36 should come in handy. Still in a bind? Turn to p.26 for a few local websites that will have you on top of the town in no time. Welcome to Hong Kong!
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Our Picks for the month
West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre
International Chamber Music Festival
Since its launch in 2009, the HKICMF has showcased world-class musicians for Hong Kong’s classical music junkies. The ever-expanding event is quickly becoming a touchstone on this city’s cultural calendar. This year’s event boasts six shows over nine nights, featuring a diverse repertoire (with a special focus on the great German lineage of Schumann and Brahms) from violin superstars Vadim Repin and Lin Cho-liang, and the chamber music ensemble The Miró Quartet. Visit www.pphk.org for more information on individual shows, and note that performances on Jan 16, 17 and 19 take place at the Jockey Club Amphitheatre, APA, 1 Gloucester Rd., Wan Chai. 8pm (except Jan 17, 7pm). Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. $50-800 from www.hkticketing.com
West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre
For the third year running, workers will erect an 800-seat temporary theater out of wood for West Kowloon’s annual Cantonese opera and Chinese dance performances. This year’s iteration will open with the timeless classic works of the Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe of the Chinese Theatre Association, who present four nights of expert performances. West Kowloon Cultural District. $100-280 from www.urbtix.hk
Through Jan 17
Backroom x Gumgumgum Anniversary Pop-Up
Good news for fashionable dudes: online designer fashion boutique Backroom is celebrating its first anniversary with a pop-up event collaboration at Gumgumgum menswear store. Get ready to stock up on classy threads and hipster accessories from the likes of Études Studio, LibertineLibertine, Still Good and Zoologie. Noon-10pm. Gumgumgum, G/F, Fashion Walk, 6 Cleveland St., Causeway Bay.
Chow for Charity
The List’s sister publication HK Magazine has joined forces with restauranteurs around town for a month-long promotion where you, the diner, can help give back to the community simply by stuffing your face. Here’s how it works: head to one of the participating restaurants between now and Jan 31, order the designated dish, and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to nonprofit Feeding Hong Kong. Help us keep track by taking a photo of your dish and posting it to Instagram with the hashtag #HKFeedingHK. It’s that simple.
New Year’s Eve at The Mira Dec 31
For a full list of participating restaurants, see tiny.cc/feeding-hk.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Usher in the Year of the Horse with plenty of celebrations around town, including Chinese New Year fireworks at the harbor on Feb 1 and race day at the Sha Tin racecourse on Feb 2, as well as a special campaign at ICC’s Sky100 observation desk, where those born in the Year of the Horse get to enjoy a buy-one, get-one-free deal.
Vibes, The Mira’s outdoor watering hole, hosted a fabulous New Year’s Eve bash, where guests enjoyed an open bar and counted down to 2014. Later on, hardcore partygoers moved into sexy Room One lounge bar, partying well into the early hours.
Races: 11am-6pm. Sha Tin Racecourse. $10 at the door. Sky100 promotion: through Feb 16. 100/F, ICC, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon.
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Trendwatch Tang On The latest from entrepreneur Sir David Tang, comes Tang Tang Tang Tang—yes, that’s four tangs, which are meant to be sung like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The lifestyle store mixes surprisingly affordable homeware—look for the beautifully camouflaged rice cooker for $800—alongside one-off vintage furniture from Tang’s private collection. Inside the 3,500-square-foot store’s high ceilings and arched doorways, you’ll also find a collection of clothing and accessories, such as silk pajamas, colorful hankerchiefs and pretty tote bags. Though aimed at Chinese tourists, TTTT’s sure to be a hit with anyone who loves an East-witha-twist ethos. 66 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2525-2112, www.tangtangtangtang.com
Fashion Forecast This fortnight’s style digest
Peplum Jackets With a sophisticated cut and accentuated waist, these classy jackets are a winter wardrobe staple.
River Island jacket, $367 From Zalora
Winter Whites Hong Kong may never see fresh powdered snow, but you can bring your own blizzard with a daring white ensemble. Skirt, $399 from Pull & Bear
Men’s Tunics Face it: your gap year backpacking through India ended years ago. It’s time to retire the tunic.
Cat Hats We get it, Hongkongers adore cats, but what’s with the metaphormosis?
How Dreamy Duddell Street recently welcomed a cool new vintage shop, Reverie — A Girl Can Dream, which sells glamorous, hard-tofind pieces. Boasting handmade Christian Dior dresses and Chanel umbrella holders, the shop prides itself on its couture collection and luxury accessories. Whether you’re a collector, a fashion connoisseur or simply love to browse through classy chapters of the past, stop in to check out Reverie’s enviable collection. 23/F, 1 Duddell St., Central, 2533-9975, www.reverieagirlcandream.com
Hair Scrunchies This 60s-style hair accessory is a tad too juvenile—but maybe it’s the side pony that always seems to come with. Scrunchie, $29.50 from H&M
my favorite things
Haagen Daz Green Tea Ice Cream I have a big sweet tooth—one of my friend’s daughters calls me Napoleon—and I fell in love with green tea ice cream when I went to Japan. This variety has a really rich, strong green tea flavor and is as good as the ones I tried in Japan!
Cartier Watch I’ve had this watch since my college graduation; my mother bought it as a gift for me. It’s very simple and goes with everything, but is still quite elegant.
Angela Li Director and curator of Contemporary By Angela Li gallery on Hollywood Road, this entrepreneur with an artistic eye tells Kate Springer about her favorite things. Contemporary by Angela Li, 248 Hollywood Rd., 3571-8200, www.cbal.com.hk
Smythson Notebook Though I often take notes on my phone these days, I don’t want it to look like I’m playing on my Blackberry during meetings, so I’ll write things down and sketch ideas in this notebook. There are so many pages; it takes a while to fill up.
Prada Wallet This wallet I’ve had forever, but it is still in very good shape. I take it traveling with me and it can fit just about anything in it, while still looking quite slim.
Lavazza Coffee I’m very particular about my coffee: basically, I only drink Italian coffee and prefer making it myself if I can. When I travel, I struggle—where to find Italian coffee in Beijing? Also, you have to have it in fine bone china; it tastes different.
7 For All Mankind Jeans I have about 10 pairs of 7 For All Mankind jeans—they’re simply the best. I have pairs in all different colors, and I stock up whenever I’m traveling through the States.
Liberty of London Weston Scarf This is a scarf that I picked up from Liberty of London that goes with absolutely everything. It’s big, soft and fits easily in my purse. I always carry it—it’s perfect for both the summer air-con and winter months.
Whatâ€™s In Outofstock
1. Ruskasa chair
$3,000 2. Pikku desk
$7,800 3. Ruskasa bicycle
$2,900 4. The 9 Life afternoon table
5. Ruskasa bench
8 9 6. Anchor cabinet
$13,800 7. Ruskasa triangle table
$4,100 8. Loft cabinet
$8,000 9. Chaise chair
$5,200 10. Pikku sofa
Room 1403, 14/F, Wah Yiu Industrial Centre, 30-32 Au Pui Wan St., Sha Tin, 2369-6008, www.outofstock.com.hk 11
The MTR isn’t just your link to-and-from work: it’s also a hyper-efficient way to experience Hong Kong’s plethora of interesting offerings. Andrea Lo and Anya Beniac hop off at 10 stops worth exploring.
Stone Nullah Lane in Wan Chai
Next Stop: Sham Shui Po See: A hunting ground for bargain electronics and textiles, Sham Shui Po is a favorite among those who love a good deal. It’s a good idea to have in mind what you want before you head there, so you can compare prices and barter to your heart’s content. Buy: Drop your dollars on gadgets and computer parts at Golden Computer Arcade (146-152 Fok Wa St., Sham Shui Po), a mall that houses hundreds of shops selling computers, TVs, phones and other gadgets at competitive prices, while shops on Apliu and Kweilin streets stock similar offerings. Eat: There’s a lot of good grub to choose from in this bustling district: try it all with a Hong Kong Foodie Tour ($690 per person, www.hongkongfoodietours.com), which lets you try many of the neighborhood’s culinary offerings. If you’re after a quick
meal, you can’t go wrong with the handpulled noodles at Lau Sum Kee (48 Kweilin St., 2386-3533).
Next Stop: Wan Chai See: While Wan Chai isn’t exactly an undiscovered neighborhood, it keeps reinventing itself. Take the one-time quiet little alley known as Stone Nullah Lane, for example, which has become all the rage these days. Buy: Serial entrepreneur Sir David Tang has just opened up a brand new lifestyle store, Tang Tang Tang Tang (66 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2525-2112), a stone’s throw from Stone Nullah and located in the same heritage building as The Pawn. The shop offers unconventional furniture, home décor, and gadgets with an Eastmeets-West twist. Eat: Check out trendy Stone Nullah Tavern (69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai,
Chi Lin Nunnery
3182-0128, stonenullahtavern.com). The food is dubbed “New American,” complete with craft beers and a menu that prioritizes fresh ingredients. And with floor-to-ceiling windows, you can sit here all evening and watch the neighborhood swarm with those in-the-know.
Next Stop: Diamond Hill See: Think there’s not much to see in the quiet residential district of Diamond Hill? Think again. There are two famous scenic spots in the area that are worth a visit. Chi Lin Nunnery (5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, 2354-1888) is a Buddhist temple and extensive grounds outfitted with statues of gods and other religious relics. Looking for a place to relax and reflect? Built in Tang Dynasty style, Nan Lian Garden (60 Fung Tak Rd., Diamond Hill, 2329-8811) offers a quiet respite and a look back at traditional Chinese architecture.
ersatz. Keep on till you hit Queen’s Road West, where the neighborhood’s iconic dried seafood streets branch off to the left and right.
Buy: While you’re in the area, pop by Plaza Hollywood (3 Lung Poon St., Diamond Hill), a huge mall in the area that’s bursting with more than 100 shops. Eat: Within the Nan Lian Garden park grounds, you’ll find a noteworthy vegetarian restaurant, Long Men Lou, which serves Guangdong-style fare such as bean curd and lotus roots.
Next Stop: Fanling See: Back in the day, Fanling was originally all farmland. Remnants of the past can still be found in the historical buildings and villages—especially in Fanling Wai, one of the only preserved walled villages that still exists today. Buy: Fanling is home to a market selling quintessentially Hong Kong foods: think thousand-year-old eggs and preserved tofu. Eat: Check out IPC Foodlab (G/F, 26 On Lok Mun St., Fanling, 2676-6900), a vegetarian resto specializing in westernstyle dishes. The place is a bit of a hidden gem, but is garnering favorable reviews from diners who venture out to sample its light, healthy fare.
Tin Hau Temple
the oldest in Hong Kong. For more info, visit tiny.cc/yuenlong_list. Buy: Visit the Organic Strawberry Farm (Tai Tong Organic Ecopark, 11 Tai Tong Shan Rd., Yuen Long, 2470-2201, www.yl.hk/ taitong) for a unique strawberry-picking outing and some fresh fruit to bring home. Eat: Remember to sample “wife cakes,” also known as sweetheart cakes. A traditional Chinese pastry, these tasty treats are a specialty of the area and made with winter melon, almond paste and sesame. The cakes can be picked up at most gift shops and supermarkets in the area.
Next Stop: Sheung Wan See: Anchoring the western end of the Island Line—at least, for now—Sheung Wan is home to an array of eclectic offerings. If you’re after a little peek into historic Hong Kong, check out Man Mo Temple, which is a great display of traditional Chinese architecture. Heading farther west, don’t miss Cat Street Market (Upper Lascar Row), where you’ll find tons of antiques—both real and
Buy: A lesser-known vintage shop, Zhan (Shop 1, G/F, Po Hing Court, 10-18 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2559-3001) is packed with a stunning assortment of vintage jewelry, couture hats, Manolo Blahniks and locally designed goods. Eat: Whether you’re hankering for Chinese or prefer to hit up one of the trendy international restos, Sheung Wan is a foodie paradise. Dig into some dim sum at the old-school Lin Heung Tea House (160-164 Wellington St., Sheung Wan, 2544–4556), sip on some masala chai at funky Teakha (Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan, 2858-9185, teakha.com) or line up for a seat at oh-so-hip Cha Cha Wan (206 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2549-0020).
Next Stop: Tin Hau See: For a taste of culture, be sure to include Tin Hau Temple in your next venture down the blue Island Line. The Tai family, originally Hakkas from Guandgdong, built Tin Hau Temple in the 18th century along the waterfront. As a result of land reclamation, however, the temple is now located inland. Buy: In need of a green, leafy companion? Keep away the winter blues—and give back to the environment—by picking up a plant from Greenery (Shop G2, G/F, 1A Merlin St., 2911-0620, www.greeneryhk. com). This super cute nursery has a bit of everything from prickly cacti to flamboyant floral arrangements.
Next Stop: Yuen Long See: A neighborhood full of history, Yuen Long is a perfect way to get to know Hong Kong’s heritage. Do it justice by taking on the Ping Shan Heritage Trail, which starts at the Tsui Shing Lau Pagoda—the city’s oldest pagoda—then takes you to eight other historical points of interest, including the ancestral hall of the Tang clan, one of
Relics at the Cat Street Market`
Cha Cha Wan’s grilled tiger prawns
BBQ heaven at the Whitehead Club
Eat: There is always a queue to get into Sister Wah (G/F, 13A Electric Rd., Tin Hau, 2807-0181)—and rightly so, as the resto serves up delicious Hong Kong staples. Order the signature drunken chicken, meat dumplings in spicy sauce and the marinated beef shin with peanuts. For something lighter, stop into cozy Tea and Herb Café (Shop B, G/F, Po Wing Building, 6–18 Shell St., Tin Hau, 2806-8418, www.teaandherb.com.hk) to check out the impressive collection of Chinese teas—think keemun, ginseng, oolong and white tea.
Next Stop: Chai Wan
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
See: Home to 17 acres of lush grounds, Chai Wan Park (Yee Shun Street, Chai Wan, 2898- 7560, www.lcsd.gov.hk/ parks/cwp) provides Hongkongers with a breath of fresh air with basketball courts, tennis courts and a big koi pond. History
buffs may also appreciate the Law Uk Folk Museum, which is a former 18th-century Hakka village house. Buy: While you’re exploring Chai Wan, stop by Bondi Books (60 Wing Tai Rd., Chai Wan, 2897-0066, bondibooks.com) for a sift through age-old photographs, literature and art from around the world. Eat: Owned by New Yorker Jehan, Chaiwanese (3698-0935, www.facebook.com/chaiwanese) is the “it” place to eat in Chai Wan. Located in an industrial warehouse, Chaiwanese serves handcrafted coffees, as well as pastas and sandwiches. For local fare, try the char siu (barbecue pork) at Sun Kwai Heung Roaster (G/F, 17 Kam Tam Yun House, 345 Chai Wan Rd., Chai Wan). Opened decades ago, this well-known establishment has people lining up for its juicy pork dishes.
Next Stop: Ma On Shan See: Ma On Shan literally means “saddle hill”—an appropriate name given the shape of the area’s gorgeous mountains. An ideal spot for a bloodpumping hike, Ma On Shan’s 702-metertall peak can be conquered by two routes: the easy route (which starts at Stage 4 of the MacLehose Trail) and the tough trek (which starts at the Ma On Shan Tree Walk). Hurry up while the temperature is still cool! Buy: First things first: head to the nearest supermarket and stock up on beer, sausages, steak, burgers, buns, marshmallows, chocolate and any other barbecue necessities. Once you’re equipped, head out to one of the many public barbecue facilities: Shui Long Wo, Kei Ling Ha, Nai Chung and Ma On Shan Village.
Eat: If you’d prefer not to cook for yourself, try the Pacific Sky BBQ restaurant at the Whitehead Club Golf Driving Range (1033 Whitehead St., Ma On Shan, 2631-9900, www.facebook. com/WhiteheadClub), which offers a feast that’s perfect for post-hike appetites. Signature dishes include suckling pig, half-shell scallops and New Zealand lamb racks—not bad for a barbecue!
Next Stop: Sha Tin See: Full of wildlife and pretty residential areas, Sha Tin offers the best of both worlds. While you’re there, enjoy modern day amenities and a bit of history. Built on reclaimed land in 1978, the Sha Tin racecourse hosts a slew of races from September through to July, including the Hong Kong Derby, Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Hong Kong Triple Crown. Also worth a look-see is the Ten Thousand Buddhas
Monastery, which is situated atop 430 steep stairs. Founded in the 1950s, this monastery encompasses several pagodas, pavilions and striking temples— plus some wild monkeys. Buy: A convenient truth? Sha Tin is one of the best places to get your home décor and furniture shopping done, thanks to packed-to-the-rafters HomeSquare mall and a spattering of cool boutiques, such as Outofstock (Room 1403, 14/F, Wah Yiu Industrial Centre, 30-32 Au Pui Wan St, Sha Tin, 2369-6008; outofstock.com.hk). Eat: Over the past few years, Sha Tin 18 (Sha Tin 18, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung St., Sha Tin, 3723-1234) has won over the hearts—and stomachs—of Hong Kong residents. The menu features a collection of northern Chinese and Cantonese cuisines, such as hand-pulled noodles, Peking duck and tantalizing pork ribs.
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Lamma Island A car-free island about 45 minutes by ferry from Hong Kong, Lamma Island has a sleepy, laid-back atmosphere that contrasts the very hectic vibes on Hong Kong Island. Home to a collection of quaint B&Bs, beaches and famous for its scrumptious seafood, a trip to Lamma is a great way to spend a day or a weekend.
Lan Kwai Fong
The Ladies Market
Big Buddha Completed in 1993, the Big Buddha neighbors Lantau Island’s Po Lin Monastery. At 34 meters high, the bronze Big Buddha weighs more than 250 tons, making it one of the world’s largest Buddha statues. Though Ngong Ping Village is a bit kitschy and overdeveloped, the ride up the mountain on the cable car is beautiful, offering a glimpse at Hong Kong’s countryside. If you have time, take the 20-minute walk to The Wisdom Path, a monument in a beautiful figure-eight pattern that’s inscribed with verses from the ancient Heart Sutra prayer. Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, 2985-5248, www.plm.org.hk
Fa Yuen Street Fa Yuen Street offers a series of cheap fashion outlets, boutiques and eclectic stores selling a mix of accessories. There are food stalls as well, which sell tasty Hong Kong delicacies such as char siu fan (barbecue pork with rice) and gai daan jai (egg waffles). Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware A historical treasure that dates back to the 1840s, Flagstaff House was later converted into a museum that houses some of Hong Kong’s most prized tea ware collections—the core collection was donated by the late Dr. K.S. Lo, a famous businessman with a penchant for pottery. Formerly the home of the commander-in-chief of the British forces in Hong Kong, Flagstaff House is the city’s oldest surviving colonial building. Hong Kong Park, 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 2869-0690, www.hk.art.museum
Love to party? Whether you like it or not, Lan Kwai Fong (known locally as simply LKF) is an unavoidable drinking destination, particularly if you’re new in town. Just a stone’s throw from Hong Kong’s busy Central Business District, this iconic strip is home to more than 100 bustling bars, notorious nightclubs and trendy restaurants. Lan Kwai Fong and D’Aguilar Street, Central, www.lankwaifong.com
Man Mo Temple Opened in 1874, the Man Mo Temple was once the local Chinese meeting point where elections were held and arguments were resolved. Today, this declared monument is a spiritual center and a lasting example of traditional Chinese vernacular architecture. This beautiful and ornate temple is a mustsee, plus a wander down antique-shoplined Hollywood Road is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. 126 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, www.amo.gov.hk
Kowloon Walled City Park Divided into eight landscaped areas that encompass many relics of the old Kowloon Walled City, this area was once exempt from Hong Kong law and was known for its hotbed of triad activity. Stone inscriptions and old wells are still visible, and you can trace the history of this fascinating slice of old Hong Kong through signboards around the park.
Tung Tsing Rd., Kowloon City, 2716-9962, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or an animal lover, Ocean Park has something
Know & Tel for everyone. For adrenaline junkies, check out the hair-raising rides, such as the aptly named Hair-Raiser, the Abyss and the Crazy Galleon. For those who prefer to remain firmly planted on the ground, check out the Old Hong Kong attraction that transports you back in time, or pay a visit to the super cute pandas. There’s also a huge aquarium; and if you pay extra, you can go scuba diving. 180 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen, 2552-0291, www.oceanpark.com.hk
Sheung Wan Dried Seafood Dozens of tiny shops line Wing Lok Street, Ko Shing Street and Des Voeux Road West, selling dried seafood, birds’ nests and traditional herbal remedies. It’s easy to spend a few hours browsing the old-fashioned apothecaries and shops that are packed with all kinds of weird and wonderful items.
provide unique insights into Hong Kong culture. Want to sample some local cuisine too? After you shop, feast at one of the many delicious dai pai dongs (Hong Kong-style open-air restaurants). Temple Street, Jordan, www.temple-street-night-market.hk
The Bird Market The chirpy Yuen Po Street Bird Market is set in a beautiful traditional Chinese garden. Within the Bird Market, you will find an impressive collection of birds and bird-related paraphernalia, such as porcelain water bowls and traditionalstyled bamboo cages. This rather picturesque tourist hot spot is also the hangout of Hong Kong’s elderly and their feathered friends. Yuen Po Street, Prince Edward, www.bird-garden.hk
Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
Stanley Market Despite being rather touristy, a trip to Stanley Market is a refreshing way to spend the day—particularly if you’re accustomed to the crowded streets of Central or Tsim Sha Tsui. This open-air marketplace is packed with vendors selling jewelry, souvenirs, Chinese artwork, silk garments and more— haggle hard! There are also restaurants dotting the harbor front and a few minutes’ walk will take you to the beach. www.hk-stanley-market.com
Temple Street’s Night Market At around 6pm every night, the Temple Street Night Market comes alive. Selling everything under the sun, the vendors here have something for everyone. Aside from being a haven for trinkets and souvenirs, the market boasts Cantonese opera singers, tarot card readers and fortune tellers who
The Flower Market This floral oasis offers up an array of internationally and locally grown fresh flora. Along the colorful strip, you’ll also find a range of gardening accessories, such as pots, seeds and gardening tools. Check it out this Chinese New Year: the Flower Market becomes a rather lively location as families flock by the dozen to stock up on “lucky” plants. Flower Market Rd., Prince Edward www.flower-market.hk
The Jade Market The Jade Market is home to 400 or so stores, all of which sell a combination of counterfeit and genuine jade pieces. If you’re looking for the real deal, be sure to drag a professional along or
do your research beforehand. But if you’re not fussed and merely want a little Hong Kong memento, then the Jade Market is ideal for picking up a few cheap and cheerful pieces. Here’s a hint: semi-transparent jade is apparently the best quality, whilst cloudy and opaque jade is less valuable. And be sure to bargain hard! Intersection of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei
The Ladies Market This 1-kilometer stretch sells a bit of everything from dog coats to fake designer bags, racy lingerie to small trinkets—and it’s a perfect place to fine-tune your bargaining skills. Make sure you venture down the side lanes for some hidden and slightly less touristy restaurants, vintage shops and other quirky stores. The street is composed of independent vendors, so there is no fixed opening time—to be safe, try showing up around 11:30am. Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
The Peak At 552 meters above sea level, The Peak boasts breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s iconic harbor. Rich in history, this mountaintop was once the most prestigious residential area in Hong Kong. While the neighboring apartment complexes are still quite enviable, The Peak itself has become more of a hub for dining, shopping and is even home to a Madame Tussauds. For a bit of fun, take the famous Peak Tram up and down the hill—it has been in service since 1888. 121 Peak Rd., Mid-Levels, 2849-0668, www.thepeak.com.hk
Know & Tel Take Three
New Activities Settle into the city with a couple of very Hong Kong things to do.
Chinese Medical Practice Blink and you’ll miss this tiny massage shop, tucked away below street level on a busy stretch of Hollywood Road. The compact, mood-lit parlor is a great escape from the busy streets above, and offers foot reflexology and a variety of traditional Chinese massages at reasonable prices. G/F, 29 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2544-7833
HKTB Tai Chi In any bustling city, you may need to channel your stress every once and a while and find your way back to zen. Thanks to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, you can enjoy free tai chi lessons with some of the city’s most well-known masters, William Ng and Pandora Wu. The pair spends the morning practicing tai chi—with beginners and veterans alike—every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9am outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
of Lights is a must-see. The dazzling show features music and lights projected off of 45 buildings along Victoria Harbour. For a great view of the show, find a spot around Tsim Sha Tsui’s Avenue of Stars, Wan Chai’s Golden Bauhinia Square or, better yet, hop aboard a ferry. The light show is on every night at 8pm. 2810-2770, www.tourism.gov.hk
10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2508-1234
Symphony of Lights Awarded the world’s “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” by the Guinness World Records, Hong Kong’s A Symphony
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local dishes A taste of Hong Kong
moments later present piping hot and crispy treats. Warning: The List does not take responsibility for egg waffle addiction. Where to Try: Master Low Key Food Shop (G/F, 76A Shau Kei Wan Main St. East, Shau Kei Wan) Dumpling heaven
If there’s one thing Hong Kong does right, it’s food. Take a little taste-testing tour of some stalwart favorites with help from The List.
Char Siu (Barbecued Pork) Tasting Notes: Char siu literally means “fork roast,” a heads-up as to how this juicy and savory dish is prepared: by skewering long strips of pork with a fork and roasting them. Slightly sweet thanks to a honey-like glaze, barbecued pork can be enjoyed with rice, noodles or stuffed in a steamed bun. Order like a local by asking for half-fat, half-skinny, or “boon fei sou.” Where to try: Joy Hing Roasted Meat (Block C, G/F, 265-267 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2519-6639)
Congee Tasting Notes: A magical brew of watery rice infused with meat stock and secret bits—such as dried tofu skin to make it extra smooth—congee is a timeless option for its mere diversity: most congee shops offer a wide selection of ingredients—think fish, beef, pork and pork intestines—not to mention the many traditional snacks that go with it, such as fried dough sticks (yau zha gwai) and fried noodles (chao meen).
Fish Balls (Yu Dan) Tasting Notes: These succulent spheres of fishy goodness are popular all year round. Whether they’re grilled, steamed or fried, fish balls are almost always enjoyable. Where to Try: Kai Kee Noodle (G/F, 15C Carnarvon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2301-2099)
Where to try: Sam Kee (G/F, 168 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2573-3857)
Gai Daan Jai (Egg Waffles)
Tong Yuen (Sweet Soup Dumplings)
Tasting Notes: Also called an eggette, these highly addictive golden puffs can easily be found on the streets of Hong Kong, especially if you’re exploring the outlying islands. Stall owners skillfully pour batter onto grilling irons—sometimes these act as kitschy homages to Hello Kitty—and
Tasting Notes: Tong yuen—especially those of the black sesame variety—are a mainstay dessert in Hong Kong. These deliciously doughy bites are probably one of the first sweets you’ll try, and you’ll be back for more in no time. Around Lunar New Year, or really at any celebratory occasion, you’ll likely be offered a variety that comes in warm rice wine—a delicious
Know & Tel combination that’s perfect for winter months. Where to Try: Lao Shang Hai (B/F, 238 Jaffe Rd., Wan Chai, 2827-9339)
Peking Duck Tasting Notes: A classic dish borrowed from Beijing, this super succulent and exceptionally crispy duck skin is bursting with flavor. A longtime favorite of emperors, Peking duck is a decadent meal that’s perfect for special occasions. Wrap the meat in tacos, add some celery, onion and plum sauce and say hello to heaven. Where to Try: Sha Tin 18 (4/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung St., Sha Tin, 3723-1234, www.hongkong.shatin.hyatt.com)
edible temperature. Rule of thumb for dipping the dipping sauce: three-parts vinegar, one-part soy sauce. Where to Try: Crystal Jade (Shop 2018-2020, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2295-3811, www.crystaljade. com) or Din Tai Fung (Shop 130, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730-6928)
Da Bin Lou (Hot Pot)
Dan Taat (Egg Tarts)
Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings)
Tasting Notes: Chow down on Hong Kong’s very iconic egg tarts. This scrumptious snack has a crumbly pastry base and a thinly glazed silky smooth egg custard center. A baked delight, egg tarts are best when piping hot and fresh out of the oven.
Tasting Notes: Shrimp dumplings wrapped in a thin, delicate skin? Yes, please. Usually on order at most dim sum restaurants, har gow may quickly top your list of cravings. These bits of heaven come in different forms, but the best are packed with plump prawns, bits of steamed bamboo and a kick of ginger.
Where to Try: Governor Chris Patten preferred the egg tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery (G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2544-3475). Head there around 9am for the freshest batch.
Where to Try: Che’s Cantonese Restaurant (4/F, The Broadway, 54-56 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 2528-1123)
Da Bin Lou (Hot Pot) Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) Tasting Notes: One of the greatest culinary inventions of all time, xiao long bao are perfect little dumplings filled with juicy pork and savory broth. The methodology involved in consuming these addictive bites adds to the whole experience. From the moment the bamboo steamer hits the table, it’s all you can do to let them cool down to an
Tasting Notes: An ideal dish for staying cozy in the crisp winter months, hot pot is a regional favorite. In this typical dish, fresh ingredients such as greens, tofu and beef are drowned in a selection of savory bubbling broths. Where to Try: Megan’s Kitchen (5/F, Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Rd., Wan Chai, 2866- 8305, www.meganskitchen.com)
Jing Yu (Steamed Fish) Tasting Notes: If you want cheap and cheerful steamed fish that’s bursting with juicy flavors, try jing yu—it’s particularly good on the outlying islands, but there are plenty of places in town that can serve this dish to perfection. Where to Try: Tao Heung (2/F, CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2838-3097)
Cheung Fun (Rice Noodle Rolls) Tasting Notes: Challenge your chopstick skills as you try to pick up these ridiculously slippery noodles. Cheung fun consists of large rice noodle sheets stuffed with veggies, meat or seafood swimming in copious amounts of soy sauce. They’re not the easiest thing to eat quickly—or share, for that matter— but cheung fun is not to be missed. Where to Try: IFC Lei Garden Restaurant (3/F, Shop 3007-11, IFC, 8 Finance St., Central, 2295-0238, www.leigarden.hk)
Bars with a View Not your average watering holes, here are a few sky-high bars with amazing panoramas.
Café Gray Deluxe Oozing glamour and sophistication, Café Gray Deluxe is home to a 46-foot-long bar that’s known for serving up colorful cocktails, such as the Hong Kong Highball, Grapefruit Julep and Earl Grey Martini. In addition to classy drinks, Café Gray Deluxe also offers an extensive list of wines—plus breathtaking harbor views. 49/F, The Upper House Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968-1106, www.cafegrayhk.com
Drink or dine at Domani and you’ll find yourself falling deeper in love with the beautiful, buzzing city that’s showcased by floor-to-ceiling windows. Pouring an impressive wine list, Domani is known to serve drool-worthy Italian food to
a well-heeled crowd. Its location in Admiralty’s Pacific Place mall makes Domani a popular place for corporate cats to stop in for an after-work cocktail or a classy sit-down dinner. 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2111-1197, www.domani.hk
Felix The Peninsula’s Felix is well-known for its spectacular views of the harbor, its impeccably designed avant-garde interior and its excellent—albeit pricey—cocktails. Staying for dinner? Expect a menu that’s packed with an enviable selection of wines and modern European food. 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696-6778, www.peninsula.com/felix
Know & Tel Hong Kong from the outdoor terrace. Fair warning: prepare to splurge! 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2263-2270. www.ritzcarlton.com
Ozone Located on the 118th floor of the RitzCarlton hotel, Ozone offers guests an unparalleled drinking and dining atmosphere. Nibble on Asian tapas and sip on one of the innovative East-meetsWest cocktails. On a clear day, you can bask in Ozoneâ€™s unbeatable views of
Perched on the 32nd floor of East Hotel at 300 feet above sea level, the super stylish Sugar terrace bar serves up stunning panoramic views of Hong Kong. A hidden gem in Quarry Bay, this swanky bar mixes up classic cocktails and innovative signature drinks, the latter of which are named after resident bartenders. 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Rd., Quarry Bay, 3968-3738, www.sugar-hongkong.com
Handy Websites How very insite-ful
in Hong Kong, the magazine’s website covers fashion, dining and exploring farflung neighborhoods of Hong Kong. Find tips on home décor, staying fit or shopping for your kids. www.expatliving.hk
AngloInfo Just moved to Hong Kong? Join AngloInfo, a website dedicated to the expat community in Hong Kong. It’s full of basic information about city living, property, education and entertainment. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, a post to one of the forums will usually receive some helpful ideas from other AngloInfo users. www.hongkong.angloinfo.com
AsiaXPAT Kind of like a more complicated Craigslist, AsiaXPAT’s classifieds are the perfect place to look for some sweet deals: from antique tables and violins to computers and strollers, you can find just about anything on your shopping list. Better yet, look into the site’s under
$50 categories, where you can find some treasures if you have enough patience to wade through the listings. If you want to sell your own things, posting classifieds on the site is free. AsiaXPAT also links you up with a range of property dealers, jobs and domestic helpers. www.hongkong.asiaxpat.com
Discover Hong Kong Devoted to highlighting the best of Hong Kong’s heritage and modern attractions, Discover Hong Kong is a useful and informative site run by the Tourism Board. This userfriendly website tells you all about the happenings in Hong Kong—from festivals and events to restaurants and shopping. If you’re heading to one of the outlying islands, download the walking tour app, which will guide you from site to site. www.discoverhongkong.com
Expat Living Whether you are a new-to-town expat or a born-and-bred Hongkonger, Expat Living can be an incredibly helpful resource. Besides offering tips on living
If you have questions about city life or simply want to strike up a conversation with someone new, take a peek at the GeoExpat forums and hobby groups. Established more than 10 years ago, GeoExpat has built up an exciting community of expats and English speakers in Hong Kong. You can also turn to GeoExpat for all sorts of information on apartments, pet adoption, acting classes, wedding planning and legal services in the site’s business directory and classifieds. hongkong.geoexpat.com
GovHK Developed by the Hong Kong Government, GovHK is basically a one-stop portal that’s useful to anyone living in Hong Kong. The site combines information and services from all government departments for the convenience of residents, business partners and non-residents—covering
Know & Tel employment, education, taxes and immigration services. www.gov.hk
HK Magazine The List’s sister publication HK Magazine is a well of insider knowledge about Hong Kong. From new bars and restaurants to concerts, fashion trends to political satire, this longtime local favorite is sure to keep you up to speed on life in this fast-paced city. Plus, there are often happy hours, events for readers and charity initiatives that you can take part in to meet new people. If you’d prefer to read the magazine in print, you can pick it up at most bars, restaurants and cafés around town. Alternatively, you can also download the iPad version from the iTunes store.
You can also search for attractions that are located near stations or give the site’s helpful one-day itineraries a try.
your way through this hectic city with Sassy’s guides, and indulge in the site’s frequent discounts and giveaways.
If you’re keen to attend some classy networking events, visit InterNations, an invite-only site with a strong network of professionals around the world. Yes, you do need an invitation, but once you’re in, you will be able to connect with like-minded people in no time. The community hosts a variety of social events throughout the year (expect topnotch hotels and casual chitchats over glasses of champagne). If you are looking for some advice, the forums and guides will surely be able to help.
One of the most popular recruitment websites in Hong Kong, JobsDB has been expanding its network and clientele since 1998. Search for your ideal job from the many categories, or create your own profile on the site so that prospective employers can find you. And don’t miss out the career resources section, where you may find some handy job-hunting tips. www.hk.jobsdb.com
MTR Although Hong Kong’s underground network is admittedly not the most complicated, it does take some getting used to. On the railway company’s website, use the convenient journey planner to get info on fares, travel time and the fastest routes. Not in a hurry?
The HK Hub Finding a dearth of easy-to-navigate city resources for expats, founder Mawgan Batt launched HK Hub. After about a year’s effort, Batt and her contributors have put together this all-in-one guide to Hong Kong—perfect for those who are living here or are planning a move. You can even find a domestic helper with HK Hub’s “Maid For You” service.
The South China Morning Post is a Hong Kong-based English newspaper that provides daily doses of the latest happenings in Hong Kong, China and breaking news around the world. Whether you are new in town or planning a move, there is no better way to get to know a place than with a look at the local newspaper. If you want to dig deeper, be sure to read the columns and editorials. You can read eight free articles a month before the semi-permeable paywall kicks in.
OpenRice Hong Kong is a hub of delicious cuisine, but sometimes you need a little help navigating the endless options. Enter OpenRice, a restaurant rating site that was established in 1999. OpenRice has become the most popular restaurant search engine in Hong Kong, and it even gives out awards to the most-loved restos every year. Check out the photos, ratings and what other people say about a resaurant before trying it yourself. www.openrice.com
Sassy Hong Kong Co-founded by Maura Thompson and Hester Aba, Sassy Hong Kong is the go-to site for every girly-girl in town. The blog covers beauty, health, food, travel and weekend ideas in Hong Kong. Navigate
Working in Hong Kong As you may have guessed, this website gives you all the details you need for working in Hong Kong. Whether you’re wondering about the visa system, salaries, taxes or setting up an office, Working in Hong Kong is chock-full of up-to-date info that will make your transition easier. www.workinginhongkong.com
Zuji The Asia arm of Travelocity, Zuji is an online travel site that’s useful for finding good deals on flights, hotels and packages. The site provides ticket choices from 400 airlines, as well as travel insurance and even car hire. www.zuji.com.hk
Hong Kong Blogs to Follow In the ever-crowded blogosphere, The List picks out five Hong Kong blogs that are worth your clicks.
HK Fashion Geek If you freak out over an awesome pair of shoes, chase all the hot openings in Hong Kong, and drool over accessories, then you’ll probably love Hong Kong Fashion Geek, which is a creative blog by Virginia Ngai and Christina Ko (known as hkFashionGeek and hkShoeGeek, respectively). Both have done their time in print
journalism, which may contribute to the personality-packed content and thoughtful approach to fashion, design, food and nightlife updates. www.hkfashiongeek.com
The Wanderlister+ Energetic founder and editor JJ. Acuna keeps you in the loop with frequent updates on fashion, food, travel, events and nightlife—everything you need to know about living a fabulous life. It is often the first stop for in-theknow Hongkongers, thanks to Acuna’s interesting interviews, style news and unique perspective as a full-time architect and interior designer. www.wanderlister.com
Little Steps Hong Kong Founders Shea Stanley and Amie Hibbard and their team of parent contributors have put together the ultimate guide for moms and dads in Hong Kong. The site gives the latest family-friendly updates on what to do, buy, eat, and discover. Little Steps Hong Kong also organizes fun meet-
Know & Tel ups and events such as flash mobs, adopt-a-dog day, and “bump club” for parents-to-be. www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong
Hong Wrong Complete with a good amount of nostalgic black-and-white photos, Tom Grundy’s Hong Wrong blog offers
glimpses into the old and glorious Hong Kong. The busy blogger’s interests also include arts, music, photography and satire. Hong Wrong is at the forefront of events such as Pillow Fight Day, as well as political initiatives, such as the Defend Snowden Rally and the HK Domestic Helpers Campaign.
travel posts and reviews restaurants in Macau, Australia and the US. hungryhk.blogspot.hk
Hungry Hong Kong Looking to explore the city’s plethora of delicious bites? Hungry Hong Kong is a great place to start. Hong Kong-based blogger Daniel Haddad searches out great food in all kinds of restaurants and across every type of cuisine, posting write-ups that are accompanied by captivating images. Haddad also writes
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Franc Franc This Japanese brand offers simple, modern kitchenware and appliances. Franc Franc stocks everything from furniture to toasters and plenty of nifty storage solutions, as well as artsy picture frames and candle holders to help you to upgrade your living room’s look with minimal effort. Its current collection of tableware and accessories are perfect for winter entertaining— and they even have cute aprons for stylish chefs! Don’t forget to check out the outlet store, which stocks tons of exclusive products at very reasonable prices. There are plenty of Franc Franc shops around town, including locations in Festival Walk, K11 Mall, iSquare, Horizon Plaza and HomeSquare. G-1/F, 8 Kingston St., Causeway Bay, 3583-2528, www.francfranc.com.hk
GDS Living Everything in this funky boutique is crafted from solid wood, bringing the great outdoors inside. The range of classic and contemporary designs includes wall art, chunky wooden candleholders, storage cubes, bookends
and wine racks. Apart from the store in Prince Edward, there is also a branch in Sha Tin. G/F, Shop G, 232-242 Fa Yuen St., Prince Edward, 2808-4177, www.gdsliving.com
G.O.D. Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) is known for redesigning simple, everyday objects into home accessories that ooze with humor and creativity. Everything in its repertoire reflects Hong Kong and its unique East-meets-West characteristics. Founded as a small retail store in 1996, G.O.D. now has eight stores around Hong Kong and has recently expanded into China and Singapore. G-1/F, 48 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2805-1876, www.god.com.hk
HomeSquare Need to dress up your flat? HomeSquare can solve all your home needs under one roof: Ikea is situated on the top levels of the mall, while lighting, kitchen and bedroom stores can be found anchoring the lower levels. Plus, there are plenty of restaurants peppered throughout the mall to keep you
Located in Ap Lei Chau, Horizon Plaza houses a number of fashion and furniture outlets. Notable stores include Nook on the 11th floor, which stocks a range of deluxe designs that are sourced from around the world including Scandinavia and Australia. If going green is more your thing, check out Tree on the 28th floor, where you’ll find a wide range of eco-friendly wooden furniture. For fashionistas, Lane Crawford’s outlet store is on the 25th floor and home to some great discounts. On the map, Horizon Plaza looks a bit far away, but it is easily reached by taking the M590 bus from Central to South Horizons, then changing to the Plaza’s shuttle bus that runs on frequent intervals. 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau
Ikea Though notorious for being ridiculously crowded, Ikea is pretty much unavoidable for those on a budget. For kitchenware and furniture that’s affordable and trendy, this is often the first stop for stocking up on all your household essentials. Ikea has a whole range of affordable tableware, stemware and cutlery that come in simple designs as well as a warehouse full of furniture—expect everything from desks to futons, kitchen tables to bathroom fixtures. In addition to the busy Causeway Bay store, you can also find Ikea at MegaBox in Kowloon Bay, or try HomeSquare in Sha Tin for a more relaxing shopping experience. Upper Basement, Parklane Hotel, 310 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay 3125-0888, www.ikea.com.hk
Japan Home Centre Japan Home Centre literally has everything that you are looking for at
One-Stop home Shops very competitive prices. In addition to the usual plethora of kitchenware, plastic ware, household electronics and other home goods, Japan Home also sells holiday decorations and an assortment of office supplies and stationery. Various locations, including G/F, 67 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 2545-5200
Lane Crawford Lane Crawford carries one of the largest ranges of high-end designer brands in Hong Kong. The vast collection of shoes, handbags, accessories and trendy clothes is sure to have you wardrobe sorted in one swoop. The Lane Crawford stores at IFC, Times Square and Pacific Place also have large collections of kitchenware and
3 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2118-3428, www.lanecrawford.com
Living Plaza By Aeon Similar to dollar stores in the US, Living Plaza houses an eclectic mix of home goods, office supplies and accessories—all at a $12 price tag. The stores, which are scattered throughout the city, stock a wide range of storage and kitchenware but also have lots of other knick-knacks that might come in handy around the house. B/F, China Hong Kong Tower, 8-12 Hennessy Rd., Admiralty, 2527-7363, www.jusco.com.hk
MUJI This stylish Japanese brand stocks a great range of minimalistic items,
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including a variety of office supplies in its stationery station. You’ll find all kinds of simple yet sophisticated pens, pencils, rulers and notebooks, as well as desktop accessories—perfect for a totally zen home office. You can also shop around for silky soft clothes and homeware, or grab a quick bite while you’re at the store: the branch in Lee Theatre recently opened Muji’s first overseas Café & Meal restaurant, which
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This large department store has a decent kitchen gadgets section with blenders, kettles and mixers at reasonable prices, often with some discounts on end-of-theline models or promotional items. You can also stock up on other cookware and kitchen utensils with big name brands, including Le Creuset, Zwilling Henckels and Kuhn Rikon. You can also shop here for clothing: the fourth floor is a great place to go for all your sportswear and equipment needs with brands such as Eikowada, Asics, North Face and Reebok. While you’re there, check out the impressive range of swim wear—there are Speedo and Arena suits,
Not only does Wing On stock cosmetics, perfume and clothes, but it also has a separate appliances section that’s packed with popular brands such as Panasonic, Philips and Kenwood. In the kitchen section, you can pick up everything from food processors to induction cookers and microwave ovens. There are also plenty of textiles, cooking pans and even bamboo steamers. The staff members are happy to answer your queries and help you with your purchases. You can sometimes score bargains online, and there’s free delivery.
Pricerite One of the more affordable home décor and furniture stores in town, Pricerite has a decent selection of kitchen accessories, carrying basic pans and pots. There is also an assortment of utensils, skillets, knives and boards—and, of course, all kinds of
211 Des Voeux Rd., Sheung Wan, 2852-1888, www.wingonet.com
Tea Shops The List scours the city for a handful of the best tea shops.
Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop Fook Ming Tong is one of the most well-known tea suppliers in Hong Kong, with more than four stores dotted around the city. You can find a variety of Chinese teas, including pre-Qingming shifeng longjing, Anxi tie guan yin, Wuyi dao hung pao and Yunnan pu-er. If these names mean nothing to you, visit the store to learn about the different varieties. Shop 3006, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2295-0368, www.fookmingtong.com
Lock Cha Tea House Established more than 20 years ago, Lok Cha Teahouse produces some of the finest quality Chinese teas in Hong Kong. Starting with a small shop in Sha Tin, Lock Cha has managed to expand into a well-known tea brand, bringing the art of tea to the city. The teahouse offers an assortment of Chinese tea, categorized mostly by colors—red, greenish, white, yellow and black— which are all sourced directly from the growers. Lock Cha also sells its own range of traditional tea ware. UG/F, 290B Queen’s Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 2850-1360, www.lockcha.com
Know & Tel Linong Tea House Founded in 1984, Linong Tea House specializes in artistic flower tea. You can head to the lodge in Ngong Ping Village to get a taste of ancient Chinese culture, shop for brews, sip on fragrant teas or watch the tea drinking demonstrations held there three times every day. Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, 2109-9919
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Ming Cha Teahouse With its own tea lounge and minimuseum, Ming Cha Teahouse is an artsy retreat. It specializes in oolong tea but also offers pu-er, gunfu reds and various white teas. Loose-leaf teas are all for sale in attractive packaging, along with elegant teaware from Jingde and Yixing. Visitors can also try out different kinds of teas with guidance from the tea masters. Ming Cha holds tasting workshops where you can learn about the production process to how to find the right tea for you and its brewing methods. 12D, Wah Ha Factory Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, 2520-2116, www.mingcha.com.hk
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Amy Leung Language Services Amy Leung is a part-time writer, actress and model who is also well-known for her Cantonese classes and books: “No Sweat Cantonese”, “No Sweat Canto-Love” and “No Sweat Canto-slang.” Among her students are executives from Pepsi-Cola, the South China Morning Post, Bank of America and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She offers customized group and individual lessons to students of all levels, from 6-year-olds to financial VPs. Class venues are flexible, so you can call her to set up an appointment. 9623-0312, www.amyleunglanguage.com.hk
Asia-Yale in China Chinese Language Centre The Chinese Language Centre offers Putonghua and Cantonese courses for non-native speakers, as well as language courses for native Chinese speakers. The center has taught more than 30,000 students from 72 different countries of varying levels of proficiency. Full-time and part-time courses are available, as well as daytime and evening sessions. Expect class sizes of about 20 students
and invitations to lots of extracurricular activities, such as cultural tours of China and social events. Fong Shu Chuen Building, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Station Road, Sha Tin, 3943-6727, www.cuhk.edu.hk/clc
Beijing Mandarin Centre The Beijing Mandarin Centre offers Putonghua courses with qualified instructors for adults and children. Classes are student-oriented and students are usually asked to participate in role-play activities and debates in Putonghua. You can choose your own time and venue, and can expect a personally targeted curriculum. The teaching materials are mostly written based on daily experiences, but there are also tailor-made crash courses and intensive courses on offer. Group lessons are reasonably priced. Room 233, 2/F, Dah Sing Life Building, 99-105 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2862-0012, www.mandarincentre.com
Essential Chinese Language Centre ECLC offers Putonghua and Cantonese lessons to students of all levels. Courses can be customized to suit individual
GEOS Hong Kong boasts experienced and qualified full-time native teachers. English, Putonghua, Cantonese and Japanese classes are available, and the enrolment options are flexible. Choose from full-time, part-time and kids’ classes, along with intensive summer classes. Before beginning, all prospective students have to sit for a placement test to determine their level. Class size ranges from five to 10 students, depending on the course length and type. 4/F, Unicorn Trade Centre, 131 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2504-0220, geoshk.com
Globibo Hong Kong Globibo Hong Kong aims to provide world-class language tuition using various teaching methods. Individual and group lessons are offered for almost any language at your preferred location, whether that’s your office, home or a classroom. Choose between basic, intermediate and advanced classes. The instructors at Globibo create their own course materials instead of relying on curriculums developed by outside institutions. 15/F, Jubilee Centre, 18 Fenwick St., Wan Chai, 8192-8636, www.globibo.com
Happy Jellyfish Language Bureau Dedicated to making Cantonese a world language since 1995, Norwegian expat Cecilie Gamst Berg has mastered Cantonese and Putonghua after almost 24 years in Hong Kong. She creates educational—and humorous—Cantonese
Chinese Classes language videos, as well as podcasts and travel documentaries from China. She places an emphasis on practical Cantonese in the day-to-day contexts of shopping expeditions, pub crawls and everything in between. Gamst Berg also runs Cantonese lessons on the hoof for busy executives, in addition to maintaining her YouTube channel “Cantocourse.” 9331-9673, www.happyjellyfish.com
Hong Kong Language Training Centre At the Hong Kong Language Training Centre, courses in varying levels of English, Putonghua and Cantonese are available, as well as business-level Japanese. The center also offers more practical lessons in Cantonese and preparation for international
proficiency tests. Students can choose to have lessons at one of the centers on Hong Kong Island or in their own home or office. Fees vary depending on language and level. Language partners are also available on request.
reading, writing and conversational classes. Languages covered include French, English, Spanish, German and Putonghua. Meanwhile, adults can take courses in English, French, German, Spanish, Putonghua, Cantonese and Japanese.
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Hong Kong Institute of Languages Want your child to be a little linguist? Don’t miss the half-day Putonghua immersion program organized by HK Kidz (an extension of HKIL). Available three to five times a week, this program for 2- to 6-year-olds combines fun activities with educational projects. For kids between 7 and 12 years old, the institute offers
ITS is a private tutor service specializing in individual or small-group tuition in primary- to tertiary-level subjects. Putonghua lessons are offered in partnership with Xin Hua Education, with classes led by bilingual native Putonghuaspeaking teachers and limited to a maximum of eight students. 3/F, Sun House, 181 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2116-3916, www.tuition.com.hk
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Know & Tel New Concept Mandarin New Concept Mandarin integrates technology and face-to-face classroom techniques to tailor industry-specific courses for executives. Employing native-speaking graduate teachers, the institute offers private courses, small group tutorials (with classes no larger than six), CD and online courses, as well as an immersion program. Each course is structured with three levels: survival, social and professional, and spans a minimum enrollment period of 32 hours. 2/F, Beautiful Group Tower, 74-77 Connaught Rd. Central, 2850-4332, www.newconceptmandarin.com
Puhua Language Education Center Puhua specializes in tailor-made courses in Putonghua. The teachers provide
corporate in-house training, business Putonghua and intensive classes for non-native speakers. Language workshops for kids are also on offer, as well support for students who are preparing for IB and IGCSE exams. Students are able to join education tours, such as taking Putonghua classes at renowned universities in Beijing or visiting famous Chinese landmarks. If you are keen to give it a go, ask about the free trial lesson.
available. There are also business-oriented classes, and all classes supplement vocabulary with practical conversation skills and field trips around the city. The teachers at Q Language are friendly and eager to offer advice on all aspects of living in Hong Kong. 14/F, Wing On Cheong Building, 5 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 2540-0552, www.qlanguage.com.hk
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Some Background Chinese New Year celebrations began from a traditional ritual to scare away a monster called the “nian,” who attacked people on the first day of the new year but who was frightened of loud noises and the color red. Over time, the new year’s festivities grew to symbolize safety and good luck for the rest of the year.
The 2014 Calendar Jan 28 Penultimate day before CNY Clean your home today to get rid of any unhappy incidents from the past year. After today, it’s bad luck to use a broom or take out the trash until the fifth day of the new year. Jan 30 Eve of CNY Sit down for a “reunion dinner” with your family. Afterwards, head to Victoria Park for Hong Kong’s biggest Lunar New Year Fair. Jan 31 First Day of CNY Honor senior family members with a meal. It’s a big deal: how you dine tonight forecasts how you’ll eat the rest of the year—prepare a feast! Feb 1 Second Day of CNY Dubbed “hoi nin,” today literally means “to begin the year.” Traditionally, married daughters visit their families, and business owners share a meal with their staff.
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Know & Tel Feb 2 Third Day of CNY Thanks to the God of Blazing Wrath, this day breeds bad tempers. Stay at home and avoid others. Movie marathon, anyone? Feb 3-5 Middle of CNY Eat, drink, be merry! We have an extra day off work this year. Feb 6 Seventh Day of CNY According to myth, Goddess Nuwa created the world today. Happy Birthday, everyone!
Basic Etiquette Red packets (lai see): Originally given to the elderly to protect them from sickness, lai see are now mostly passed out from married couples to juniors, as blessings of good luck and happiness. Lai see gifts: You generally give $20 to little kids, $100 to older kids, $50-100 to apartment security guards or employees and $500 to anyone you want to bribe (kidding!). Whatever you do, don’t give $40 or $400, as the number 4 symbolizes death. Chinese New Year blessings: Greet everyone you meet with, “Kung hei fat choi,” meaning “I wish you great wealth.”
Traditional Foods Chinese New Year cake (nin gou): Remember the “nian” monster? A villager allegedly left this sweet, sticky cake outside to prevent it from eating humans. Fried sweet Chinese dumplings (yau gok): Resembling gold ingots, this peanut-filled snack can be either crispy or sticky. Dried melon seeds (gua zi): These red and black melon seeds symbolize fertility. Mandarin oranges (gut): Because in Cantonese, it sounds exactly like “luck.”
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Tough Tart Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Where can I buy the best egg tarts? What’s their story? Why are they so delicious? – Bit of a Tart The humble, venerable egg tart—daan tat—doesn’t have a single coherent history: just lots of variations on a theme. The English had been eating sweet, spiced egg custard tarts for centuries, and the Portuguese had an equivalent: the pastéis de nata. As time and colonialism rolled on, these sweet tarts were brought to Asia—and improved upon. Hong Kong got the egg tart with its rich, wobbly filling, while Macau got the po tat—sweeter, more resilient, caramelized on top. A variety of pastry casings are available: the lazy but acceptable
short crust, or the superb, crumbling puff pastry—a triumph of tart engineering, born here in Hong Kong. Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, heavily favored the egg tarts of Tai Cheong Bakery (various locations including 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 83008301). Others are all about the tarts at Luk Yu Teahouse (24-26 Stanley St., Central, 2523-5464). As for their Portuguese brethren, some swear by Lord Stow’s (in Hong Kong: Expresso, Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay, 2894-8888; in Macau: 1 Rua da Tassara, Coloane Town Square, Macau, 2888-2534) whereas others believe in the simplicity of KFC’s implausibly good tarts (many locationsm, including 1/F, Yau Kwong Building, 418-430 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 2891-0392). And while, yes, all of these are good, each one of them may not make the absolutely, objectively best egg tart in town. So which one IS the best egg tart in Hong Kong? I’ll let you in on a secret. The best egg tart in town is the one you’ve just bought, five minutes after it came out of the oven. You pick it up at the corners and it sags under its own weight. The crust crunches, flakes, crumbles. It’s so hot it scalds the roof of your mouth. Rich, buttery filling cascades down your chin and swirls around your tongue. The best egg tart in Hong Kong is the egg tart you’ve just eaten. Now go and find another.
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