The role of the supernatural in Hong Kong’s National identity, Part 1 of 2

Danny Chan teaches Communication and Language in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. dissertation in Hong Kong Studies on Time, Temporality, and Spectrality in Hong Kong.  I had the opportunity to interview him about Hong Kong’s relationship with the supernatural. I expected urban legends and stories linked to nature. Instead, what…

Netong’s La Paz batchoy: Iloilo comfort food

Iloilo is known for its La Paz batchoy, a pork noodle soup filled with innards and egg noodles, topped with fried garlic, spring onion, and pork cracklings. It is believed that the dish was invented at Netong’s, located in the middle of the La Paz market. Netong’s was started in 1948 by Leonito Guillergan, whose…

Egg drop soup: How I found my way into the kitchen

In the Philippines, when a child is said to have been ‘left alone in the kitchen,’ it means that they’ve raided the fridge and haven’t stopped eating since. In my case, it meant teaching myself to cook. Even though I’ve since taken cooking lessons, I still find it hard to follow a recipe and am…