So What *IS* My ‘Official’ Mother Tongue?

It’s not census time in Canada, but one question has always been in my mind.  What am I supposed to answer when they ask about my so-called “mother tongue?”  Do I REALLY say that it’s Cantonese?  Or should I say… Continue Reading

Baked French Toast with Hong Kong Style Coconut Bread

Coconut bread, also known as “cocktail bread” (gai may bao in Cantonese), is readily available at Chinese bakeries and grocery stores (like T&T). This sweet-tasting bread is perfect for making French toast, which is what we did on Christmas Day. … Continue Reading

Crazy Rich Asians: Extravagant, Over-The-Top, Yet Fresh Look

When I first heard about Kevin Kwan’s debut novel, I was excited to give it a read.  Growing up, the vast majority of fiction with Asian characters focused on an older generation of Asian immigrants – ones who lived in… Continue Reading

Bartenders Vie to Rep Canada at Diageo World Class

This past Monday at the SOHO Metropolitan’s Senses Bar, 10 of Canada’s top bar used their creativity to compete to represent the country in a contest in aboard a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in the international finals.  The event,… Continue Reading

Wardrobe and Image Consultation and Shopping Service in Midtown Toronto

Nestled at street level of a Midtown Toronto condo just west of Yonge is Minling Pan Studio (aka Shining Image), an image consulting business and clothing boutique selling unique items not found elsewhere in the city. Born and raised in… Continue Reading

On Dealing With Family, Dining and Food Pushing

Over the holidays, one often had to deal with lots of family gatherings.  And family gatherings means lots and lots of food.  My parents are from Hong Kong, so food plays an even bigger part of events.  It’s very much… Continue Reading

Hong Kong/Asian Style Restaurant Desserts

This past weekend, relatives from many cities, including Hong Kong, Singapore and New York gathered in Toronto for a big reunion.  It was four nights of dinners (plus one luncheon hosted by yours truly) featuring three nights of Asian food… Continue Reading

Hong Kong Pastries, Snacks and Other Delights

Because of British colonization, Hong Kong has developed a very interesting an unique type of cuisine that is separate from mainstream Cantonese fare.  The cha chaan teng, which I wrote about when this site was called Prospere Magazine is one… Continue Reading

Shopping in Hong Kong: Pacific Place

Pacific Place is pure luxury.  Stores include Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel, Harvey Nichols and of course, the famous Lane Crawford, Hong Kong’s equivalent to Bergdorf Goodman.  The Pacific Place location of Lane Crawford, however, will be shutting down in… Continue Reading

Five Hong Kong Restaurants to Try

Hong Kong offers many amazing, top-tier restaurants as well as other, more affordable eateries of all types, not just Chinese food (as a Torontonian, I consider myself very spoiled when it comes to authentic Chinese cuisine.  To the point that… Continue Reading