Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Helene, 29
Pastry Chef
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a pastry chef. I've loved baking since I was a child and am lucky enough to have turned my passion into a career!

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Orange is The New Black, Scandal, How I Met Your Mother, Chef's Table, New Girl, Stranger Things

Name some spots in Hong Kong that are good for a Tinder date.

Stockton, Honi Honi, Yardbird, COA, Blue Supreme

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Junk parties aka. boat parties! Hong Kong has beautiful nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city and it's always fun to rent a boat with your friends, drink, eat and swim.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Hong Kong that you particularly like?

Ping Pong 129 Gintonería in Sai Ying Pun.

What restaurant in Hong Kong looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Most restaurants look crap and taste amazing in this city! One of my favourite is Oi Man Sang Kitchen, a typical type of eatery in Hong Kong we call "Dai Pai Dong" or DPD for short, a no-frills restaurant out on the streets.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Hong Kong? Which one do you like?

My guilty pleasure when I'm with my girls - the strawberry daiquiri from Soirée... the rims of the glasses are coated with a thick layer of cocoa powder, enough said.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Organs and octopus on a stick (that are dyed a strange neon orange) served with mustard.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Hong Kong?

Ladies Market in Mong Kok

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Hong Kong?

The rooftop level of Harbour City's carpark in Tsim Sha Tsui. It's got an amazing view of the skyline.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Hong Kong. How do you spend it?

Eating at my favourite local spots and then getting drunk at karaoke, singing and dancing until the sun comes out.

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