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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > February 2018 > HONG KONG The place to celebrate New Year number two

HONG KONG The place to celebrate New Year number two

It’s one of the most exciting places on earth. When European capitals are shivering in the cold, Hong Kong is at its vibrant best, celebrating Chinese New Year, starting on 16 February, with parades, fireworks – and barnstorming food. Former resident Eleanor Ford celebrates the territory’s tastiest highlights
Hong Kong’s highrise skyline at night

There’s something high-octane and addictive about life in Hong Kong. It’s one of the world’s most dynamic, pulsating cities – perhaps the most. I spent two of the most exciting years of my life living there and when I return I’m immediately buoyed by the energy.

The skyline – and there are more skyscrapers than in any other city on earth – is forever changing. Buildings go up, land is reclaimed, old is replaced with new. The streets are noisy and thronged with people. Walk through the lively district of Central (or take the outdoor escalator that snakes up steep hills to the arty district of SoHo) to experience the thrill of the city’s bustle and the sounds and smells of frying dumplings.

The city’s outward appearance may be in flux but strong cultural traditions, often marked by festivals, root Hong Kong in its past. At the Mid-Autumn Festival to mark the harvest (September or October in the Gregorian calendar), moon cakes – circular, yes, moonshaped, cakes filled with a combo of salted egg yolk and lotus seeds – are shared, as they have been for over a thousand years. There are festivals almost monthly in Hong Kong and the ultimate is Chinese New Year.

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The February issue of delicious. brings some cheering warmth into the kitchen with recipes using tropical fruit, Theo Randall’s pasta masterclass and food to make you go ‘mmm’. Fire up the grill for The Unruly Pig’s legendary cheese melt and tuck into Thane Prince’s comfort food classics. Looking ahead in the diary, be sure to treat your loved one to our Valentine’s Day cheesecake and see in the Chinese New Year with proper dim sum.