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 developer and investor in property that has been active in the Asia region for over 25 years. We invest in Greater China and Japan, with a specific focus on Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta, and Tokyo.
Our strategy is focused on both investment and development in 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 liked-minded, best-in-class partners, whilst our Tokyo business focuses on proprietary development and asset management. During our time in Asia we have grown into a full-scale operation with USD $1.4bn in assets under management1.
Delivering lasting commercial and social benefit is embedded throughout our business. Our properties and places are developed with sustainable communities in mind and a key focus of our activities is to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint across our portfolio by 2030.
We demonstrate our commitment to increasing social value through various initiatives and innovative projects to give back to the communities where we operate. The Neighbourhood Kitchen, our flagship community engagement project in collaboration with Caritas Hong Kong, supports underprivileged families living in subdivided units and aims to elevate their living standards and improve their health and well-being.
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.
Find out more about Grosvenor Asia Pacific at Grosvenor.com
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.
Follow the Neighbourhood Kitchen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/開檯食飯-Neighbourhood-Kitchen-2156679061321743/.