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Hong Konnovation:
Hot Pot 火鍋

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Posted on January 25, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Brrrr, it’s cold in here. There must be some ice in the atmosphere. Oh, our bad. That’s just the New Territories. Hong Kong is experiencing a major cold front and what better way to cure the winter blues than to warm up with some hot pot? In this edition of Hong Konnovation, we explore the [...]

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Gray C.’s Perfect Day

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Posted on October 19, 2015 at 00:10 AM

Perfect days in Hong Kong are a dime a dozen. With so many great things to do in endless combinations, you’re well on your way the moment you step out the door. What I present here is one example of mine, but there are millions more – enough to fill many lifetimes.

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Hong Konnovation:
Mooncakes 月餅

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Posted on September 27, 2015 at 01:03 AM

It's here! It's here! The Mid-Autumn Festival is finally here! We thought it would be appropriate to share the evolution of mooncakes in the latest edition of Hong Konnovation. First, the history Mooncakes (月餅) are a baked delicacy that people eat during the Mid-Autumn Festival, a festival for lunar worship and moon watching. They are given to [...]

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Hong Konnovation:
Eggettes 雞蛋仔

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Posted on September 22, 2015 at 17:05 PM

Background In this edition of Hong Konnovation, we explore the wonderful world of eggettes. To begin with, traditional eggettes are a sweet, crispy-on-the-outside-and-gooey-on-the-inside treat that’s one of the most popular snacks in Hong Kong. Although their origins are unknown, this street food became popular in the 1950s and has since captured the hearts of the [...]

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The Dragon Boat Festival Story

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Posted on June 17, 2015 at 15:23 PM

Many use the Tuen Ng Festival holiday as an excuse to hit the beach and catch some dragon boat races, but do you know the story behind it? Story time This holiday commemorates a famous and respected poet named Qu Yuan, who was also a minister of the State of Chu that supported the fight against the increasingly powerful State of Qin. [...]

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Our Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong

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Posted on June 12, 2015 at 18:00 PM

When people visit Hong Kong they are often told by tour books, hotel concierges, and friends that they must visit Victoria Peak, the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Ladies Market, Temple Street and Stanley. Some of these things are nice to see, but there is more to Hong Kong than just the tourist attractions. Ready [...]

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Maggie L.’s perfect day

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Posted on April 09, 2015 at 00:31 AM

My perfect day would involve as much food as my stomach could house. And in order for me to maximize the short 24 hours in a day, I would have to start by going on an early morning hike with the end goal of dim sum. Starting in Tsuen Wan, there is a relatively easy, one [...]

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Top Do’s & Don’ts for having the best year of the goat

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Posted on February 16, 2015 at 14:28 PM

The year of the goat is almost upon us (Thursday, February 19th), and we’ve put together a list of the biggest do’s and don’ts in order to have the most prosperous, lucky, healthy, high achieving, happy (and anything else that people wish you during Chinese New Year) year of the goat. Do’s Deep cleaning Although [...]

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Hot milk tea with evaporated milk

Hong Konnovation:
Hong Kong-Style Milk Tea 奶茶

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Posted on February 09, 2015 at 01:46 AM

Background: Hong Kong is known for its milk tea that began due to its British colonial past. The Hong Kong variety is most commonly made with a combination of black tea leaves, with each restaurant/café having their own secret recipe. What makes a Hong Kong-style milk tea so special is that it has a very [...]

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It’s raining in Hong Kong! What do I do?

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Posted on January 31, 2015 at 17:41 PM

Rain in Hong Kong A lot of activities that take place in Hong Kong involve being outdoors, but there are many things to do and explore when you are indoors as well. Board Game Café There are some board game cafes in Hong Kong and they provide board games and instructions by the workers if [...]

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pineapple bun

Hong Konnovation:
Pineapple Buns 菠蘿包

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Posted on January 14, 2015 at 22:20 PM

Background: Being dubbed by the Hong Kong government as one of its 480 intangible cultural heritages in June of 2014, pineapple buns are one of Hong Kong’s iconic baked goods. One might assume that these crispy yet soft and fluffy treats taste like pineapples but that’s not where its name came from. They were named [...]

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