Lafite Rothschild Genuinely Made in China

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Rothschild Lafite Enters the China Market

Rothschild Lafite Enters the China Market

This appeared in yesterday’s Apple Daily … in a nutshell:

  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild and CITIC East China (Group) Corp. Ltd. (中信華東(集團)有限公司) will set up a joint venture to establish a winery in Penglai city, Shandong province (山東省蓬萊市)
  • The proposed vineyard will cover an area of over 25,000 square metres
  • Given the similarity in climate between Shandong province and Bordeaux, this JV may very well produce a “Grand Cru” that is made in China
  • The investment estimated to be going into this JV will be in the region of RMB 100 million!

This is crazy. GO CHINA!!!


Chan Chi Ying Medical Clinic (陳志英醫館)

Sticking to my promise that is as much about local delicacies as it is to culture and all things tradition, I present to you Chan Chi Ying Medical Clinic (陳志英醫館) on Lockhart Road in Wanchai-borderline-Causeway Bay (under the bridge, next to OK convenient store). This place has been around for over 40 years now I think …

I sprained my left ankle recently (playing tennis … I know, so lame) and my parents recommended that I visit this “clinic” to have the folks there slap on some Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM), which is basically a bunch of herbs and spices mixed together and its supposed to heal any injury. We call it “铁打” (“Teet Da” in Cantonese) which roughly translate into … err “invincibility”? haha … okay, it literally translate into “Metal” and “Hit” so you figure it out. I think stunt doubles would live by these forms of healing whenever they smash through brick walls and free-fall down 20 storey buildings back in the heydays of Hong Kong’s kung-fu film industry (think Bruce Lee, early day Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Jet Li, etc.)

Between the 1950’s to 1980’s … everyone who injures themselves in Hong Kong would visit one of these clinics and its suppose to heal all … burns, sprains, headaches, old injuries, broken tendons, broken bones (yes even broken bones) … you name it. But with the introduction of Western sciences and medicine, these places are now slowly becoming obsolete. People still go … I mean, the place is packed sometimes, but I think people tend to go for the Western methods.

Anyway, back to the herbs and spices … no one really knows what’s in it because its supposed to be a closely-guarded secret. With every visit, you’ll have to wait about 1-2 hours. Once its your turn, they look at the injury and would place a really hot bag of TCM on the affected area … rub it around for a couple minutes before they put on the real deal – the secret sauce I was just telling you about. Normally, it is recommended that you leave the medicine on for at least 10-12 hours before you take it off. One visit to look at the ankle cost about HK$ 280 where they spend about 10 minutes on you.

Here’s what it looks like inside the clinic. See the picture of Chan Chi Ying on the top right of the photo below? The master is no longer with us, and the folks running the shop are apprentices of the late Mr. Chan … apparently, its really not the same without the master.

Chan Chi Ying Medical Clinic (陳志英醫館) 1

Chan Chi Ying Medical Clinic (陳志英醫館) 1

Bring newspaper or magazines with you if you’re going there … and prepare to wait a long time.

Chan Chi Ying Medical Clinic (陳志英醫館) 2

Chan Chi Ying Medical Clinic (陳志英醫館) 2

Would I recommend this place? Hmm, I doubt it.

In retrospect, I actually didn’t think it helped that much, other than the fact that the “secret ingredient” helped prevent my foot from swelling too much. But after the 4th visit, I started getting some ugly reaction (read: rash) to the stuff and I stopped going. Nothing like some good setamol and RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).

The days of genuine 铁打 are over. To be fair though, they do sell this medicine oil, which is quite effective for bruises and headaches. Just rub a small amount on the area and keep rubbing … Otherwise, you’re probably better off at a Western clinic if you’ve got a sprained ankle or sth.

Chan Chi Ying Medical Clinic (陳志英醫館)
Lockhart Road near the big bridge

Hoegaarden’s April Fool’s Joke

Yes, so we were right! It was an April Fool’s joke … and a creative one too 🙂 CW, you’re right … if anything, it shows they’re fun at least … and they’re more personal than your average beer company. Here’s what was sent to my friend Jeffery (AKA Tman).

Hoegaarden April Fools Joke

Hoegaarden April Fools Joke

April fools!

Okay … so we’re a few days early. But that’s because starting April 1st, we’re bringing you a whole MONTH of fun! Not only that, since you love Hoegaarden so much, you’ll get an exclusive Hoegaarden Tap Pen and a FREE pint of beer, with our compliments. Check our website on April 1st for details on where you can collect your beer and pen, and how you could win a 30 Pint Beer Pass for the month!


Chateau Larose Trintaudon Wine Dinner – April 1, Renaissance Kowloon Hotel

Just got an invitation from Grace at ASC Fine Wines (Thanks Grace!)


Chateau Larose Trintaudon Wine Dinner

ASC Larose Trintaudon Wine Dinner

ASC Larose Trintaudon Wine Dinner

We are very pleased to announce that we will hold a wine dinner with Chateau Larose Trintaudon on April 1, Wednesday, at Panorama Seafood & Grill, Renaissance Kowloon Hotel.

Hosted by the chateau owner Bruno Pastre, Chateau Larose Trintaudon dates back to 17th century, when it was started by a well established Bordeaux family in Haut Medoc. The evening will start with a cocktail at 7:00pm, followed by dinner at 7:30pm. A lucky draw with great prizes will conclude this exclusive wine dinner. We hope you will be the lucky winners! Please see below flyer for more information, we look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Place: Panorama Seafood & Grill, Renaissance Kowloon Hotel Hong Kong
Time: 7:00pm Cocktail / 7:30pm Dinner
Price: $550 net per person

Wine Selection:

White Wines:
Ginestet Mascaron Blanc 2006
Ginestet Reserve Bordeaux Blanc AOC 2007

Red Wines:
Ginestet Mascaron Rouge 2005
Chateau Larose Trintaudon, Cru Bourgeois Superieur, Haut Médoc 2004
Chateau Larose Trintaudon, Cru Bourgeois Superieur, Haut Médoc 2002


Grace Leung
Tel: 3923 6712

Martin Li
Tel: 3923 6785


This is awesome! One of my favorite (celebrity) chef is cooking for the G-20 leaders … that’s incredible!


Jamie at Fifteen

Jamie at Fifteen

LONDON, England (CNN) — Budget-conscious celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been hired to cook for G-20 leaders in London next week, nearly a year after they provoked outrage by eating an eight-course meal while discussing the global food crisis.

Oliver’s company will feed the leader’s at Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s residence, 10 Downing Street.

Leaders at last July’s G-8 meeting drew heavy criticism for enjoying an eight-course meal featuring 19 dishes while they were meant to be discussing how to ease global food shortages.

This year they appear to have learnt their lesson.

Essex, England-born Oliver says he is planning a seasonal menu that will showcase “the best of British” for the international guests, his company said.

The menu will be unveiled April 1, the day before the summit, when G-20 leaders will dine at 10 Downing Street.

Oliver will be joined by a team of young chefs from his apprenticeship program at Fifteen, the London restaurant he founded in 2002.

“It’s always a huge honor to cook at No.10 (Downing St.), but to be invited to cook for such an important group of people who are trying to solve some of the world’s major problems, well that really is a privilege,” Oliver said.

“I’m hoping that the menu I’m working on will show that British food and produce is some of the best in the world but also show that we have pioneered a high quality apprentice scheme at Fifteen.”

Fifteen London is owned by a charity that uses the restaurant’s profits for an apprentice program. Young people who have been homeless or in trouble with the law are recruited to work in the program and get a second chance at life.

Oliver is known for his healthy, low-budget approach to cooking with local ingredients. In addition to his restaurants, Oliver has published cookbooks and hosted TV cooking shows, including “The Naked Chef,” which was about hearty, simple food.

He also had a British TV series in 2006 that aimed to make school lunches more nutritious while keeping costs low. Currently he is the spokesman for a chain of British supermarkets, showing families how to cook an entire dinner for £5 ($7.37).

Oliver has cooked at Downing Street twice before — once for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italian President Massimo D’Alema in 2000, and for Blair and Irish Premier Bertie Ahern in January 2003.

Free Flowing Hoegaarden From Your Watertap!

I have serious doubts on how this could be logistically feasible, but if this was true (and isn’t some preparation for a Google-style April Fool’s joke), HK$ 399 for unlimited Hoegaarden is the deal of a lifetime. I’m guessing its a real Hoegaarden tap you can put in your kitchen, bathroom or other more creative places … but its linked to a keg?

Unlimited Hoegaarden at Home!

Unlimited Hoegaarden at Home!

A shout-out to Tman for spotting this.

Here’s the detail:

Flows like water only its beer!

Imagine the taste of Hoegaarden with its refreshing orange peel and coriander notes. Now imagine enjoying it on tap in the comfort of your own home.

With the Hoegaarden Home Tap, you’ll get this famous white beer piped to your kitchen, bathroom or whereever you choose to wet your whistle.

For more information, please see here.

Its Pinot Noir Night on April 7th!

The Good Grape Wine Appreciation

HK$ 250 per person
Tuesday, 7th April 2009 at Zest
57 Wyndham Street, Central

Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes varietal used for making wine. Its complex nature creates full bodied and rich wines with intense flavours and aromas.

Learn more at this tutored Pinot Noir tasting session.

A special 4 course set dinner menu and wines by the glass, at fantastic prices, are available at Zest after the tasting session. all guests are encouraged to stay for this fabulous offer.

Reservation and pre-payment for this Good Grape session may be made via Culture magazine.

Maggie Chow
goodgrape (at)

Sponsored by ASC Fine Wines & Culture Magazine