Can’t believe Home Kong Kitchen has been baking, collecting and delivering bread and other treats to Hong Kong’s homeless, migrants in crisis and refugees for A YEAR!!!! That’s a lot of dough, amigos!

Thanks to all my homeless friends, incredible team of bighearted Homekongers, and inspirational collaborators and beneficiaries, including Breadline, ImpactHK, Bethune House, Loved Flock, Christian Action HK, Refugee Union and the Mission for Migrant Workers for being part of my first culinary miss adventure!

Here’s a few of my favorite faces and memories from the past year! Happy 1st Birthday Home Kong Kitchen!!!

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Whether you’re a keen home baker or would like to donate a shop-bought loaf a week, help out as a delivery driver or as an artist on our sustainable bread boxes, Home Kong Kitchen would LOVE to have your support! Please take a mo to fill in the form below or email hello@homekongkitchen.com! Thank you for your kindness and support! 💜💜💜

Hong Kong Buzz published this little article about us ONE YEAR AGO TODAY! (So I guess that means we’ve technically been going for 1 year and 1 month but I only did the math today! 😂)

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/3104634/rthk-presenter-discovered-passion-baking-during

WOW! It’s been 10 MONTHS since Home Kong Kitchen got on a roll and started making serious dough! We’ve spent nearly a year turning our kitchens into mini-Hiroshimas and baking a difference to feed Hong Kong’s homeless! 🇭🇰

Our initiative started as a response to news reports that food waste charities were struggling to feed the homeless during the 3rd Wave of the pandemic. So what started out as the Baker’s Dirty Half Dozen began to bake our own and donate it to Breadline in weekly food drives. 

As more and more bighearted Homekongers have rallied to our cause, Home Kong Kitchen has risen. We now bake, collect and deliver homemade breads, bagels and muffins directly to people living on the streets, in unlicensed shelters and refuges most days! 

This Easter, Home Kong Kitchen‘s bionic baking community delivered dozens of afternoon teas to homeless shelters and refuges across Hong Kong! Props to Alana Ho for baking the scones, Chriz Lim for the lemon cakes, Raquel Ate for the giant banana cake and our original Baker’s Dirty Half Dozen for the hot cross buns! Not forgetting our amazing community of artists @ Mental Ideas for their handcrafted notes and inspiring artwork! 

Besides our regular weekly deliveries to unlicensed shelters and homeless charity ImpactHK, Home Kong Kitchen is now delivering free breakfasts to anybody who needs it anywhere in Hong Kong! If you and your family are struggling to put food on the table, or if you’re from a refuge or shelter that has not yet sampled our baking and would like to, please take a moment to register!

We have lots of events lined up over the summer, including baking workshops in collaboration with Breadline @ Refugee Union, a monthly Picnic Project, a novelty cookbook and our first Bijou Pâtisserie, where you can order our baking! We can’t promise it will be the best you’ve ever tasted, but we CAN promise that every cent we make is donated directly to homeless charities!

To volunteer for HKK as a home baker, bread donator or artist, or to try our baking, email hello@homekongkitchen.com.

Thank you for your incredible kindness and support! 💜 💜 💜

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https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/3104634/rthk-presenter-discovered-passion-baking-during

You may have caught me looking slightly guilty a few weeks ago in the SCMP‘s Post Magazine chatting to the hilarious Kylie Knott about my tasty little Home Kong Kitchen initiative: Baking A Difference (geddit?) for Hong Kong’s homeless!

Home Kong Kitchen in the SCMP

BLOWN AWAY by the response to this article, solidarity and generosity of Hongkongers mobilizing support to help the most vulnerable! This project has never failed to rejuvenate my spirits and restore my faith in humanity, bringing me together with so many inspiring individuals and organizations that epitomize the spirit of Hong Kong!

HUGE thanks to bighearted artist Juliana Kung for designing Home Kong Kitchen‘s emblem! It has everything I love: character, beauty and flying bagels! (Actually, I think they’re meant to be orbs, but I saw bagels. I see bagels everywhere now. They’re plastered on every billboard, graffitied on every work of art. Mona Lisa’s smile? Bagels. Munch’s Scream? Bagels. Birth of Venus? Bagels. Map of the MTR? Bagels. The New Fragrance by Christian Dior? Bagels. Leonardo’s Last Supper? What else?? Bagels.)

I’ve discovered every homemade bagel weighs the same as a brick and that lugging vast quantities of bricks bagels around has really paid off in terms of honing my hump! (Sadly not the lovely lady lumps kind; more the Quasimodo kind…) If you’re interested in volunteering for Home Kong Kitchen, please fill in the form below! I’m especially keen to hear from volunteer drivers to assist with deliveries on a one-off or regular basis!

If you’re unsure how to pronounce my name correctly, this is it!! 💜💜💜

This summer I’ve been on a roll and making a lot of dough! Thanks to the amazing team effort of Ying, Moira, Chriz, Raquel, Mercy, Michelle, Emma and Amy, we were able to donate ALL THIS to Hong Kong charity Breadline! (And this was just Week 1…)

The food waste charity, founded by Daisy Tam Diers, does a cracking job of feeding the homeless, elderly, migrants and refugees living well below the breadline on the streets or in shelters. The charity usually relies on food waste donations from cafes and restaurants, but with most operating restricted hours at low capacity, Breadline and other food waste charities have been unable to keep up with demand at a time it has never been higher. So after reading an article in the HKFP, I rallied a few of the neighbors together to see if we could feasibly bake our own to help the charity continue its work during the pandemic.

For the past couple of months we have made this a weekly initiative and we’d love to have your support! If you’re based in Sai Kung/ Clearwater Bay/ Tseung Kwan O and would like to join our Baker’s Dirty Half Dozen, fill in the form below! We’re all novices so don’t let a trivial thing like experience put you off. My first loaf came out of the oven not just burnt, but on fire! It still tasted pretty good though, once I’d given it a good hose down with the fire extinguisher. 

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We were also able to donate at least 12 shop bought loaves to Feeding Hong Kong, who had received an anonymous tip off about my baking and decided their insurance policy didn’t cover it.

We are now exploring the possibility of setting up an online bakery, Home Kong Kitchen, where you can order home made breads, pastries, muffins and other yummy treats online and we deliver it to your home. We can’t promise it’ll be the best you’ve ever tasted but we can promise every cent we make will be donated to homeless charities. We are also collaborating with local artists to create sustainable bread boxes out of recycled waste with doodled designs and messages of solidarity to our homeless friends.

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Covid-19: Hong Kong food charity struggles to assist needy as partners suspend donations

疫情已經歷了3波8個月,。如果您沒有工作,沒有薪金,減少了工作時間,缺少食物或生活必需品,請不要讓您孩子們會空著肚子睡覺。不要害怕或尷尬地向我們發送私人消息。我們將竭盡所能幫助您,這可能只是將食品包裹放在您門前然後離開的情況。您不必與我們見面,沒有人會知道。就其他人而言,這從未發生過。請與您所認識並且在精神上和財務上都在掙扎的任何人分享。謝謝!