Friday 2 September 2011

Win a cooking class - in Hong Kong

I really don't know why I'm sharing this with you as I would love so much to win it myself! As many of you already know, I lived in Hong Kong for around 7 years in the 1970s and 1980s. That is where I developed my love of not only Chinese food, but also Indonesian, Malaysian and Nepalese. I arrived there never having even seen a wok in real life, and by the time I left, was teaching evening classes in Chinese cookery to forces wives. I would love to go back and see how much Hong Kong has changed since we left 25 years ago, and to brush up on my skills and maybe learn some new ones.

So this combines my loves of travel, cooking and competitions - all we need to do is work in some papercrafting and my life is complete. How about some Chinese themed cards that I made?

Right, now all my boxes are ticked, what about the competition?

Cathay Pacific is running the competition through an app on their Facebook page 

Here  is what they say about it:

Offering a real taste of the Orient, visitors to Cathay Pacific’s competition app on its Facebook page will be in with a chance of flying off with one economy return flight from the UK to a different destination in Asia each week over an eight week period, starting from 1 September.  Exotic destinations include Vietnam, Sichuan, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan and Korea.
All entrants from the previous eight weeks will then be automatically entered into a grand prize draw to win the star prize - a return pair of business flights to Hong Kong, with a three-night stay and a cooking master class for two at The Peninsula Hotel.

Accessible via Cathay Pacific’s UK Facebook page, people visiting the app will not only be able to join Cathay Pacific on board by winning flights to Hong Kong and beyond, but they will also be able to download and try featured recipes, learn new cooking skills and savour the delights that the Orient has to share.
To enter, visitors simply have to submit a culinary tip in response to a question posted on the app each week for a chance to win a flight to a different destination.  Visitors can then view and share other people’s cooking tips which are also uploaded.

Cathay Pacific operates four daily flights from London Heathrow to HongDragonair.
The first week's competition is now open, with a prize of flights to Hanoi. I've recently enjoyed watching Luke Nguyen's programme on the Good Food Channel about Vietnamese food, and would love to sample it "in situ" so I'll definitely be entering this week! The other destinations are 

week 1 (1/Sep) Hanoi, Vietnam
week 2 (8/Sep): Chengdu, China
week 3 (15/Sep): Hong Kong
week 4 (22/Sep): Tokyo, Japan
week 5 (29/Sep): Cebu, The Philippines
week 6 (6/Oct): Phuket, Thailand
week 7 (13/Oct): Taipei, Taiwan
week 8 (20/Oct): Seoul, Korea
week 9 (27/Oct): Grand Prize Draw

This banquet was cooked for us by my Chinese amah and her friend to welcome my parents when they visited Hong Kong - you too could learn to cook like this!

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