25 April 2019
Launch of cookbook featuring sub-divided flat dwellers’ tales of strength in adversity
The ‘Neighbourhood Cookbook’ features personal interviews, recipes and photography from the Shek Tong Tsui community in Hong Kong.
Together with Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun Community Centre, Grosvenor Asia Pacific has published the Neighbourhood Cookbook – a collection of stories, interviews and recipes from the Neighbourhood Kitchen community in Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong.
The book features intimate first-person accounts of life in sub-divided units. The stories of hope, love and family told through candid photography and well-loved home-style recipes, are a reflection of the neighbourhood and its ability to survive through change.
In September 2018, Grosvenor and Caritas opened the Neighbourhood Kitchen in Shek Tong Tsui to give residents living in sub-divided units a place to cook and commune with family and friends.
Most of the voices captured in this cookbook belong to individuals who live in apartments with an average space of less than 75 square feet per person. Through interviews conducted in their homes and at the Neighbourhood Kitchen, the personal histories of 10 kaifong are revealed in these pages.
Many of the profiled men and women are from Hong Kong and various parts of Mainland China, and these regional nuances are reflected in the diversity of the recipes featured. Inspired by the meals they grew up eating, the recipes are simple, but they are all associated with happy memories of family and home. The stories in this cookbook are rife with struggle and hardship – from traveling to Hong Kong illegally to provide a better life for their children to living in flats infested with bed bugs – but sometimes family, friends and a shared meal can make life just a little easier.
The cookbook also features stories from six local restaurants and businesses – “local heroes”, who generously support the Neighbourhood Kitchen through their donations of food, space and time. As Cheung Cheuk Ho aptly puts it in his chapter, “The neighbourhood itself and the people who live there are really inseparable.” Not your typical cookbook, Neighbourhood Cookbook is not only a collection of recipes, but an ode to Shek Tong Tsui and the colourful lives of the individuals who inhabit this historic harbour-side community.
Tim Jowett, Executive Director, Chief Representative, Hong Kong, said: “As part of Grosvenor’s purpose of delivering lasting social benefit, we have been exploring ways in which developers can balance commercial interests with the spirit and desires of the community, while also making a positive contribution to neighbourhoods in Hong Kong.
The Kitchen is the direct result of several years of neighbourhood research and conversations with community stakeholders – listening to the specific needs of a community. I am honoured that our team had the opportunity to partner with Caritas on such a meaningful project.”
The Neighbourhood Cookbook will be available for sale at all Bookazine locations in Hong Kong, at Book B at The Mills in Tsuen Wan and at the Neighbourhood Kitchen. All profits from sales will go to Caritas for the Neighbourhood Kitchen.
On sale: 30 April 2019
Shop G, G/F, Kwok Ga Building, 6-12 Woo Hop Street, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong
4PM - 9PM (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
2PM - 10PM (Saturday)
10AM - 2PM (Sunday)
Closed on public holidays
About Grosvenor Asia Pacific
Grosvenor Asia Pacific is a property developer and investor in Greater China and Japan with a focus on Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta, and Tokyo. We have been active in the Asia region for over 25 years.
Our investment and development activities are focused on the residential, office and retail sectors, with new initiatives being developed in prop-tech and digital innovation.
Our Greater China business predominantly operates through joint-ventures with like-minded, best-in-class partners, whilst our Tokyo business focuses on proprietary development and asset management. We are currently responsible for USD $1.4bn of assets under management.
As we work to improve property and places, we focus on creating sustainable communities, reducing the impact of the built environment by achieving a net-zero carbon footprint across our portfolio by 2030 and improving the wellbeing of the communities where we operate.
We are part of Grosvenor Group, a privately-owned international property company. With a track record of over 340 years, the Group develops, manages, and invests with a purpose of improving property and places to deliver lasting commercial and social benefit.
Notes to Editors
About Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun Community Centre:
Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun Community Centre, formerly known as Kennedy Town Caritas Service Centre, was established in 1964 and is dedicated to serving the Western District of Hong Kong Island, including the neighbourhoods of Kennedy Town, Shek Tong Tsui, and Sai Ying Pun.
The Community Centre is a community development project that provides places and platforms for people in the community to interact. Through a variety of programmes, the Centre hopes to enhance social integration, social responsibility, and the spirit of both self- and mutual service. The Neighbourhood Kitchen is just one of the Centre’s projects that aims to resolve community issues, improve quality of life, and create a sense of belonging and responsibility in the neighbourhood.
For further details, please visit http://mcskcc.caritas.org.hk.
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