Charmaine Mok
Charmaine Mok
Hong Kong
Deputy culture editor 
Charmaine Mok is the Deputy Culture Editor at SCMP and the desk's food and wine specialist. She has been working in food media since 2007, and most memorably drank 50 coffees over three days in the name of research. She’s devoted to telling unexpected stories of the dining scene in Asia and those who shape it, and is always in the mood for noodles and/or a cheeky beverage.

Japanese illustrator Mitsuko Onodera, known for her whimsical paintings depicting food in Hong Kong, talks about her love for the city’s cuisine before an exhibition of her work opens in the city.

Seoul hosted the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in March, and top chefs from the region were there. The Post talked to some about their top dining picks in the South Korean capital.

Celebrity chef David Chang’s Momofuku angers small condiments producers by applying to trademark ‘chili crunch’. It ‘felt like a punch in the gut,’ says one who received a cease-and-desist letter.

Curry fishball tiramisu, and tomato and scrambled egg ice cream, sound like terrible April Fools’ jokes, but we can assure you they were real. We tried them, and went to a newly reopened teahouse.


A new No 1 restaurant is crowned at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 presentation in Seoul, South Korea. Singapore comes away with the most restaurants ranked; Hong Kong takes two awards.

Deep in the forests of Japan’s Nagano prefecture, six of Asia’s best chefs came together. With fresh produce and new ideas, they made a special six-course dinner – and new friendships.

Ahead of the release of its 2024 top-50 rankings, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has issued its ‘long list’ of restaurants ranked 51-100. Singapore and Tokyo have eight each, and Hong Kong six, on the list.

A Cantonese restaurant recently opened in a Kowloon housing estate, and a modest place specialising in Vietnamese noodles and baguette sandwiches, are among new Bib Gourmand awardees in Hong Kong.

Social media has been in ferment since Japan’s Meiji Co announced it would end production of its Chelsea hard candy range. The confectionery has been a staple since 1971 – but sales have plummeted.

A total of 43 restaurants from Busan have been added to the 2024 Michelin Guide in South Korea, and despite being currently closed with no official news of reopening, Mosu in Seoul keeps its three stars.

The Post’s food editor is always eager to try local specialities when she travels, but is also sometimes pleasantly surprised at how excellent local versions of foreign classics can be.

Danny Yip of one-Michelin-star The Chairman receives the 2024 Icon award from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for his contributions to showcasing authentic Cantonese cuisine.

Fed up with drinking gallons of regular tea during Lunar New Year celebrations? Try mixing things up a bit while seeing in the Year of the Dragon with these sparkling tea cocktails.

Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong, for many, mean eating Ferrero Rocher, sucking on White Rabbit candy, and other sweet treats. We look at some of the city’s favourites, and their origins.

Chinese people follow a lot of traditions to boost their luck during Lunar New Year. Here’s how to give yours a bump during the Year of the Dragon, from money and colours to clothing and food.


It’s no secret that Hong Kong has a problem with food and plastic waste, so why don’t we take the shame out of bringing one’s own takeaway box to restaurants? I take mine even to Michelin-star places.

On the menu at one-Michelin-star Potong in Bangkok, Thailand, there is a ‘very homey dish that my mum always cooked’. Pichaya ‘Pam’ Soontornyanakij, anointed Asia’s best female chef of 2024, explains why.

Considered lucky because of its name in Cantonese, fat choy, black moss is a food eaten at Chinese New Year. However, overharvesting of it has led to desertification where it grows in China.


Hong Kong’s iconic Pedder Building, which turns 100 this year, will be the location of Club Batard, a new private members’ club with three restaurants, a whisky bar and a huge interconnected wine cellar.

The location of Hong Kong’s newest fine-casual Italian restaurant Trattoria Felino has seen its fair share of openings in the past few years – but its new tenants are hoping to beat the odds.

With viral products like its Sichuan Chili Crisp, could Fly By Jing be the next Lao Gan Ma or Sriracha? We talk to founder Jing Gao about her Chinese chilli sauces and expanding diners’ horizons.

Dry January is becoming more popular but people still sober shame those abstaining from alcohol – not just via memes, but also bars and restaurants with their poor zero-proof drinks offerings.

Dang Wen Li, opened by Cronut creator Dominique Ansel and loved for its whimsical products, is shutting after 4 years in Hong Kong. Customers are reminded to cash in their vouchers this month.

From excellent Indian food that lets the chef’s personality shine through, to an upscale food court, our 10 favourite restaurant openings of 2023 in Hong Kong.

The Post’s food and wine editor Charmaine Mok reveals her favourite dishes and drinks of 2023, from sushi in Hong Kong to street food noodles in Thailand and a very special cocktail in Japan.

In Japan, eating KFC is a Christmas tradition, with reservations made at the fast-food chain weeks in advance. We reveal why, as fried chicken champions give their opinions on what makes the dish stand out.