The number eight in Chinese culture

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Many cultures associate with numerology, but none more so than the Chinese, where certain numbers hold a special meaning as they are believed to be auspicious (吉利). Some numbers hold more significance than others because of their double meaning, believed to bring good fortune and luck. Like much of Chinese culture, numbers are associated with […]


Creativity in the cocktail industry


In order to become a successful bartender at Hakkasan, it is essential to have an exceptionally creative imagination and a tenacious passion to succeed. Drew Mallins, Bars Manager in the Middle East, honed his skills at the original, Hakkasan Hanway Place in London, where many of Hakkasan’s bartenders begin their journey, before moving to Qatar […]


The culinary influence of Chef Tong’s mother


Chinese cuisine is sometimes described as the “Mother of Asian Cuisine”: it’s one of the world’s most ancient gastronomies, and its influence has spread across mountains and jungle, rivers and cities to impress upon the rest of the world with its complex flavours and diverse ingredients. Its cultural authenticity is recognised even today, with many […]


The symbolism inherent in Chinese New Year cuisine


The many celebrations during Chinese New Year focus on family reunion, with people travelling across the country to visit the provinces they grew up in and the families they grew up with. Many of these festivities centre on food, from the symbolism of each ingredient used in the celebratory dishes to the culinary rituals associated […]


The importance of tradition at Chinese New Year


There are many traditions and family rituals associated with Chinese New Year. These customs, loyally passed down from one generation to the next, are an integral part of celebrations. They’re rooted in folk stories and ancient mythology, from the fireworks and firecrackers that are exploded on New Year’s Eve that are symbolic of driving away […]


Shēngxiào and the Year of the Monkey

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Chinese New Year is widely associated with the ancient Chinese zodiac Shēngxiào. With similarities to some aspects of Western astrology, Shēngxiào, or “birth likeness”, attributes and relates an animal sign to each year in a cycle of 12 years. According to some historians, the animals connected to the Chinese zodiac were brought from China via […]


Hakkasan gifts

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The act of gift giving is globally recognised. Japan is considered the most prevalent gift-giving country – in fact, so much so that it is a common stereotype that the Japanese have closets full of used gifts because they’re given for every conceivable occasion – while in China ancient traditions based largely around respect, relationships […]


Inside HKK: Hakkasan’s culinary workshop

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From the Chinese kitchen, whose chefs create unique dishes using both ancient and contemporary cooking techniques, to the expertly crafted desserts that complement the intricate spices and seasonings of Chinese cuisine and the skilfully created wine list, HKK is the showcase for Hakkasan’s industry experts. Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee, Executive Chef for Hakkasan, […]


How Golden Week is celebrated around the world

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Golden Week is the name given to two separate holidays or festivals in China. The first occurs at the beginning of the year and is more commonly referred to as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, while the other coincides with the National Day of the People’s Republic of China on 1st October. Golden Week […]


The Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Mid-Autumn Festival is arguably one of the two most important festivals in China. The other, Chinese New Year, is widely recognised and acknowledged globally, with people around the world flocking to their city’s Chinatown to watch brightly coloured dragons dance down the streets to the sound of crashing cymbals. In contrast, the Mid-Autumn Festival […]