Reminiscences and recipes of favourite international and regional dishes from households, fancy restaurants and back lanes which you can enjoy today in Hong Kong, that classy old gal who will forever reign as the Queen of Cuisine for all who knew her when she was the jewel of the British Empire. Bestselling author Fred Schneiter shares a nostalgic romp back into that earlier era which has faded into treasured memories and photos. But we didn’t lose it all. The tantalizing cuisines and tempting cookpot scents of that earlier time remain. Many of them await you here. If you’ve ever daydreamed about what it might be like to drop back into an earlier, less hurried time in an exotic corner of the world, this is how we found the food, the friends and the fun in old Hong Kong.
“Spirit of place meets spirits and plaice, and squid and cold melon soup and a great deal more – if you are looking for a book that captures the tastes and smells of the East, this is it. A truly lovely book.” – Jonathan Chamberlain, author of King Hui: The Man Who Owned All the Opium in Hong Kong
“Schneiter delightfully puts food exactly where it should be: on the table, to be shared, as a way of meeting and connecting with people. But his chatty recipes also show how there can be joy in the cooking, not only in the eating.” – Annabel Jackson, author of The Yunnan Cookbook
“The Taste of Old Hong Kong is a cookbook, featuring 70 international recipes, but it is so much more than that. Readers expecting “traditional” Chinese fare may be a little disappointed; the recipes, instead, are favorites of their years traipsing around SE Asia, from Hong Kong to Macau to the Philippines and every little island in between, trying everything they were offered with a spirit of adventure. From tiny back-alley eateries to posh upscale hotel restaurants, each featured dish is a local specialty — with a humorous story to go with each one.” – The East Oregonian
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