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Classes are available in:

Central (Stanley Street), Pui O (my home) and Tung Chung.

復活節快樂!(Back to life festival happiness!) | Happy Jellyfish

復活節快樂!(Back to life festival happiness!)

Hoi hoi, it’s that time of year again when I look in my diary/calendar and re-remember what Good Friday is in Chinese: 耶穌受難節: Jesus experiences difficulties-festival. (Yeso sau laan jit.) Oh what joy. And really – ‘good’ Friday? From a, Easter-y point of view, that of Jesus in particular, can’t see what’s so good about it?

Easter itself is of course called 復活節 Return to Life Festival (Fuk Wut Jit), also very apt. ‘Easter’ – from ‘east’? Wind direction perhaps? As usual, the Chinese have nailed this very western ‘festival’ linguistically. And they do right to concentrate on eating bunny rabbits rather than harping on about Jesus in my opinion.

Because: If Jesus was born on the same day every year, why did he die on a completely different day every year, eh?

Always look on the bright side of life.

川菜!Sichuan food! The best in the world! | Happy Jellyfish

川菜!Sichuan food! The best in the world!


Yammmmm! Yam me doooown! That’s right, I don’t spell the word you say when something tastes good, with a U. I prefer the letter A. Take a word like 蚊, (man, meaning mosquito but also dollar). Most of my native English students would spell that ‘mun’. But the next time they read that word, they invariably pronounce it like ‘moon’, presumably because it sounds more Chinese, and also because of the spelling of stuff like Tuen Mun. So I would always spell the ‘AAH’ sound with an A.


So anyway – yesterday. Four guests, four dishes. It was the hottest day of the year so naturally I cooked heavy, starchy and oily food. And after ten years, I think I may have cracked the secret to cooking good Four Seasons Beans (四季豆 sei gwai dau). But I’m not going to share it here. You can read all about it in my next book, Cook It, Sichuan Food Made Easy.


川菜,(chuen choy, Sichuan food), truly is the best in the world, 世界第一 (saigai dai yat, World Number One). I love having guests, it’s the only way I get to taste a lot of dishes.

The kitchen is running all summer, but why not take a crash course in Chinese menu reading first?

Always connected to the Canto world | Happy Jellyfish

Always connected to the Canto world

Always connected to the Canto world

打風 Typhoon!!!!! | Happy Jellyfish

打風 Typhoon!!!!!

What are those dogs? Shooting Town Geezer and Country Geezer (2009)

What do cows do when a typhoon signal 8 is raging, I wonder?

T8: 八號風球(baat hou fung kao – 8 number wind ball) The scourge of Lantau. Not! As usual, the weather bureau says we’re going to have a direct hit. Even seven hours ago when this typhoon was just a gleam in the raincoat-covered TVB reporter’s eye, all kindergartens closed. Come ON! What’s wrong with Hong Kong? When did we become so damned weak? One would think drops of water were acid the way the government carries on. The kindergartens closed at 8:30am. Now it’s 4:17pm and still no rain.

Anyway, in Cantonese, typhoon is a verb. 打風, (da fung – hitting or striking wind). I used to think the word typhoon came from 打風, but no. It’s actually 颱風,(toi fung, typhoon wind). But that’s not much used, it’s normally 哎呀,今日會打風呀! (ai ah, gamyat wui da fung ah! Oh dear, today will hit wind ah!)

Always connected to the Canto world

If you survive the onslaught, why not take a Cantonese course this year? You’ll never be short of weather expressions again!

Happy Jellyfish-Learn Cantonese the Natural Way – From a Norwegian!

National Day Extravaganza

October 1st has just gone but all of Hong Kong warmly and resolutely and enthusiastically

Learn Cantonese, Dammit!

The other day, one of my Cantonese students said to me (no name; in fact

A Movable Feast (But not very far)

Saturday night! What a brilliant night. Above is the table just before the hordes (12

Love Craft Beer? Love Buffaloes? Come to Pui O!

Interview with Chris Riley, owner of the excellent Water Buffalo restaurant in Pui O. Now

Bunk Demythed! I Mean Myth Debunked!

Last weekend a group of three ecstatic revellers hopped on the ferry to Jung Saan

Guangdong Province! The Best Province with the Best People. It’s Yuge!

Guangdong is the best province in China, and not because of Cantonese! It’s got the

Hainan Highlights and Playing on a Swing

Last night I had a wonderful time in Central with my friend formerly known as

CantoNews 8!!! Live from Garden Cafe (With Sandwiches)

What does this photo of an excellent and ridiculously inexpensive haircut have to do with

Wild Shenzhen Extravaganza

I always have a good time in Shenzhen’s famed Lo Wu Shopping Centre, even after

CantoNews: Cecilie and Nick Venture Forth to Graze

… all the way to the throbbing metropolis of Mui Wo – La Pizzeria to

Farewell, Dave Swarbrick

My heart didn’t stop exactly, but I had to swallow hard a couple of times

Different For Chinese

As I was looking through my old columns from South China Morning Post trying to

Chillies! Sichuan food made easy

Everyone who has working tastebuds will surely agree that Sichuan food is the best of all food, not only in China but in the world. Sadly, many restaurants call themselves Sichuan without being the real thing. So why not avoid disappointment by learning to cook it for yourself? It's easy!

Going Native

You have watched Cantonese – The Movie and feel more confident about your Canto. Now it's time to crank up the action! Going Native takes you from beginner to intermediate level – again without really trying!

Warning: Contains full frontal nudity.

Cantonese – The Movie

“DID YOU KNOW THAT Cantonese has no word for YES or NO?

But… but how can this be? you're probably thinking. Without yes and no, how can you answer Yes/No questions? It's easy! Just download Cantonese – The Movie and all will be explained.

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