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Fah Thai Magazine May-June 2017

HAPPENINGS HONG KONG

HAPPENINGS HONG KONG SPOTLIGHT Loveramics Styles CLIMB EVERY BUN Trade in the posh skyline of Hong Kong for the more idyllic setting of nearby island Cheung Chau. The annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a colourful celebration held normally in May and provides an unusual and fun backdrop for many things bun-related. Hong Kong residents and visitors flock to the small fishing island of Cheung Chau to eat buns and witness man versus bun in a climbing contest. The main highlight here features the island’s iconic event, but beaches and short hikes to catch some splendid views would all be in store. If you’d like to take a piece of Hong Kong away with you, there’s Loveramics, a local lifestyle concept store. The quality ceramics are made with traditional methods but with a modern touch to their designs. The name originated from owner William Lee’s passion for ceramics. For mug collectors, the “We Love Mugs” series feature local artists creating designs depicting a wistful Hong Kong skyline along with other major cities. The iconic blue and white Willow collection immortalise the love story in familiar designs but with more contemporary lines. In the dinnerware set, the salad plates tell the love story with different scenes of the Chinese ill-fated romance. Loveramics also makes kitchen prep tools and home items, and offers workshops to make personal ceramics design a more accessible activity for the public. Lee wanted beautiful and modern tableware as an option to consumer choices that he thought too mainstream or formal for everyday use. He said, “We felt there were very few modern, affordable ceramics out there and because we couldn’t find anything we liked, we decided to make it ourselves!” G/F, 97 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, loveramics.com, +852 2915 8018 SCRAMBLED BEST It may give itself an Australian reference, but this place is as local as you can get for a cha chaan teng, or ‘tea house.’ For a true Hong Kong tradition – the place has been opened for decades – savour morning comfort food or a snack. People queue mid-morning for the local bowl of macaroni soup or what many consider to be the best scrambled eggs around served with thick slices of buttered toast. They’re also known for their steamed milk pudding, and proudly display the milk used in making it. While the eggs gleam with richness, you’ll also receive brusque service in this very busy place. Grumpy, swift, and abrupt service gives it an added character to this very local experience. And add an order of milk tea. Australia Dairy Company, 47 Parkes Street, opens daily (except Thu) 7:30am – 11pm Nearest Station: Jordan It’s a stop less than a 10 minute walk from the Ferry Pier to Pak Tai Temple, the centre of the celebrations during the annual festival. Many signs point the way so you can find it quite easily. It’s a beautiful temple, with lavishly decorated exteriors along with stone carvings and colourful sculptures. Just outside the Pak Tai Temple, steamed or sweet or “blessed” buns cover 18 metre tall bamboo and metal structures. At midnight, on the final night of the festival, in an event known as the Bun Scramble, athletes try their best to climb up the bun towers and gather more buns than their opponents. The Cheung Chau Bun Festival began as a fun and exciting ritual for fishing communities to pray for safety from pirates. May 3 104