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 […]


Ling Ling podcasts


Music has always played a central role within Hakkasan. With the development of Ling Ling, a new experience from Hakkasan, resident DJ and Music Manager Pathaan has created a sound unique to the brand, a sound that is fluid enough to adapt to a number of different venues and locations. Pathaan explains: “The Ling Ling sound […]


Ling Ling: the history

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Ling Ling is synonymous with Hakkasan. Its presence is in every Hakkasan restaurant across the globe, from Hakkasan Hanway Place in London, where it originated, to Hakkasan Shanghai and Hakkasan New York. However, the late-night lounge still retains its mysterious atmosphere, with much of its history at Hanway Place an enigma. While much of the […]


Seasonality in Chinese cuisine

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Chinese cuisine is as diverse as its many regions and inhabitants. Traditional northern Chinese food is glutinous and meat-heavy, with an emphasis on dumplings, either steamed or deep fried in hot oil, and sticky-sweet braised braised pork belly or shoulder. Szechuan cuisine is famous for the tingling, numbing heat of Szechuan pepper, while Guangdong is […]


The unique Chinese Islamic cuisine

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Food, and the preparation of it, is something that enables people to come together and speak a universal language. Eating is an essential part of human existence, and it is a comforting, simple and enjoyable thing to do. Food acts as a way of saying thanks, of celebrating, and of paying respects. Moreover, it represents […]


The global evolution of the Smoky Negroni

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Since the invention of the cocktail, bartenders around the world have experimented with different flavours and ingredients, inventing and reinventing, taking classic flavour pairings and turning them into new and exciting creations. It is the humble Negroni, the simple Italian cocktail of three parts – gin, vermouth rosso and Campari – that has over the […]


Lantern Festival

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The annual Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year, and marks the final day of the Chinese New Year festivities. During the festival, people get together to celebrate the beginning of Spring by lighting lanterns, watching fireworks and eating yuanxiao (or tangyuan), sweet stuffed glutinous rice […]


Chinese New Year, the Year of the Sheep

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Chinese New Year, known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is one of the most auspicious dates of the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated at the turn of the Chinese lunar calendar, and therefore the date differs each year. This year Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 19th, although traditionally festivities run […]