FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD
7 million people. 10 million mobile phones. 10 universities. 15 degrees Celsius on most air- conditioned buses. 17 cups of tea per week. 30 country parks. 72 shopping malls. 106 buildings standing taller than 180 metres. 224 thousand domestic helpers. 1000 square kilometers. 1800 species of fish around our shores. $6,000 spent on designer brands every three months. And 11,500 restaurants.
This is Hong Kong, in numbers. A city with more mobile phones than the population itself, a city with the coldest buses, the longest working hours, the most unlikely percentage of countryside space (three quarters of its land!), and the most memorable Sunday street scene with Filipinos overtaking Central. This is the city with more Mercedes Benzs than Toyotas. But this is also one of cities with the highest consumption of instant noodles in the world, and probably in their most innovative concoctions too. In short, Hong Kong is a city full of crazy ideas. And at the centre of all of this madness, is food.