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LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault Pooh-Poohs the Metaverse

Bernard Arnault of LVMH isn’t keen on plunging into the metaverse — he’d rather ease his way in. Speaking to the press about the luxury conglomerate’s performance in Q4 of 2021 (spoiler alert: they did well), the CEO expressed his hesitation to fully embrace fashion’s digital frontier. “It’s a purely virtual world and until now, […]

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Emoji 14.0

The folks over at Unicode Consortium let their beautiful, dark imaginations run wild while designing the latest batch of emoji, set to release as part of iOS 15.4. The 37 new icons include some extremely stirring additions including Biting Lip (sensual!), Beans (gassy!), and Hand With Finger and Thumb Crossed (BTS stans, rise up!). There are also some […]

After This MARKET Collab, Dennis Rodman’s Done It All

Perhaps the most subversive man in sports, Dennis Rodman epitomized personality-driven dissent in heavily-publicized stunts throughout the ’90s. He wore a wedding dress to promote his autobiography; he pierced his nose, then his lip; he dyed his hair pink and green and yellow; he promoted his own two-month fling with Madonna. pic.twitter.com/tLJ6Ia8iM5 — Dennis Rodman […]

This New adidas x Ivy Park Collection Will Leave You Dangerously in Love

Brand: adidas x Ivy Park  Release Date: February 9 on adidas’ website and February 10 at select retailers Price: $30 to $300 Buy: adidas’ website Editor’s Notes: Beyoncé is back at it, but sorry, it’s not new music. The multihyphenate is dropping a new adidas x Ivy Park collection inspired by love, perfectly timed as we approach Valentine’s Day. In […]

Tales of the Future: Grimes Takes Us Into Her Technocratic Utopia

Earlier this week, Grimes dropped her new single “Shinigami Eyes” – a club stomper which serves as a prelude to her upcoming space opera album ‘Book 1.’ In this FRONTPAGE interview, she spins us her vision of the future. The first time I saw Grimes was, incidentally, the last time she was able to wear […]

Dashijie on Family Traditions and Her Collaboration with Mandarin Oriental’s Man Wah

Theresa Mak — better known as Dashijie — is a veteran of Cantonese cuisine. Last year, she collaborated with Rosewood Hong Kong to launch their exclusive mooncakes. This season, she's teamed up with Mandarin Oriental to create a radish cake with aged tangerine peel. We catch up with her to learn more about her new products under her eponymous brand and what Chinese New Year means to her.

Theresa Mak "Dashijie" and her family

What do you look forward to most during Chinese New Year?

My first priority is to spend time with my family: my daughter, son-in-law and most importantly, my grandson. As they are living in Singapore, sometimes they will come over or we'll travel there to meet them. I will cook New Year’s Eve dinner with traditional Cantonese dishes like abalone, chicken, fish, dried shiitake mushrooms and so on, making sure there are abundant food to celebrate.

What is your favourite Chinese New Year tradition?

I like giving out red packets, decorating the house with red banners with lucky greetings written on them, preparing the candy tray with treats like chocolate, nuts, deep fried stuff — things that kids like to eat. I also like to walk around at the Lunar New Year fair, watch the crowd and enjoy the atmosphere.

Dashijie's traditional radish cake

Do you remember the first time you ate traditional turnip cake? What was that experience like?

My first time eating turnip/radish cake was when I was a young child, over 65 years ago. My mother made them. It was yummy, soft and easy to eat. The cake surface was fried until it is a little bit burnt. My mum will also allow us to dip the radish cake with oyster sauce! Since then, radish cakes have been my favourite Chinese New Year food.

When did you start making your own turnip cakes? And when did that interest turn into a business?

I started making my own radish cake maybe 30 years ago when I was in my 40s. I have seven brothers and five sisters so, as you can imagine, I have to cook a lot, around 70 radish cakes, 10 taro cakes and 30 coconut puddings each year.

In my 50s, a lot of friends wanted to learn how to cook radish cake and coconut puddings from me. Around that time, I also got into contact again with my cooking master, Ms. Pearl Chen (江獻珠). Since then, I also made traditional Chinese cakes for my cooking master as my tribute to her.

When I turned 60, I was encouraged by my friends and family to start doing my own Chinese New Year products as a business. As I always had a burning desire to open a restaurant, selling food products was an alternative for me to realise my dream. I started off with three products, namely radish cake, coconut pudding and water chestnut cake. The radish cake is still our hero product for the season.

Dashijie and Chef Wong Wing Keung

Tell us about this year's collaboration with Man Wah. What was it like to work with Chef Wong Wing Keung?

I got to know Chef Wong over four years ago during one of my home banquets. He was shy and quiet during the meal but as I was curious about what life was like for a Chinese chef, I followed his Facebook. I then realized the real side of him: good humor, genuine and friendly. Two years later, he became my fifth disciple,五師弟. Chef Wong is a very seasoned Cantonese chef, so actually, it was an honor to be able to become his cooking master. I also learnt a lot of cooking skills from him too.

In September last year, I asked if he would like to create a new Chinese New Year product together. With permission from Mandarin Oriental Hotel management, Chef Wong and I brainstormed what will be a good and meaningful product. Him and I separately are fond of using aged tangerine peels to in our cooking. From time to time, he will spend several days cooking aged-tangerine peels with honey and Italian lemon and give away to restaurant’s customers.

Dashijie x Man Wah turnip cakes

Chef Wong is very creative and within a short while, he suggested to jointly produce a new flavoured cake: Radish cake with aged tangerine peel. Bingo! He and I are both very knowledgeable in tangerine peels and the making of radish cakes, so with a few rounds of trials, we finally came up with a recipe to produce this year’s cake. It was a very enjoyable experience.

What's new for your brand this year?

For my brand Dashijie, I created two new products recently, preserved meat sausage with aged tangerine peel, and black bean sauce with Japanese dried scallops and aged tangerine peel.

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Sea, Sensuality, 032c

Like 032C‘s print publication, each 032c Ready-To-Wear collection is laboriously conceived. No simple design influences here — creative director Maria Koch mines inspiration from West Berlin’s Geniale Dilletanten and Marcel Duchamp’s chess obsession. Koch combines seemingly disparate stylistic conceits for Fall/Winter 2022, drawing from the maritime heritage of 032c’s native Berlin. In her latest collection, […]

Minnie Mouse Got Green M&M’ed

Corporate America won’t stop coming for the girlies. In apparent celebration of International Women’s Month and the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris, Minnie Mouse is ditching her signature red dress for a polka-dot pantsuit designed by Stella McCartney. Stella McCartney has designed Minnie Mouse's very first pantsuit, and it's gorgeous #DisneylandParis30 pic.twitter.com/jKSckBji36 — Disneyland Paris […]

Who’d Have Thought It? Veilance’s GORE-TEX Tote Bag Isn’t a Hit

Far from alpine performance, Arc’terx’s Veilance line’s latest product is a GORE-TEX tote bag, and judging from the reactions, fans aren’t all that pleased. Arc’teryx, a brand that found its foothold in providing industry-leading functional apparel and gear tailored to the outdoors – hiking, climbing, skiing – has infiltrated the fashion industry, opening it up […]

‘He Stole From Me and Lied to Me’: Stormy Daniels Faces Michael Avenatti In Court

Avenatti, accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Daniels, cross-examined his former client while representing himself in court

SKIMS Is Making Kim Kardashian Rich(er) AF

Kim Kardashian‘s SKIMS is now valued at $3.2 billion, double its valuation just nine months ago. According to Business of Fashion, the reality TV empress clinched an additional $240 million in the latest funding round for her wildly popular line of shapewear and underwear. https://www.instagram.com/p/CZPwPFis18q/ SKIMS CEO and co-founder Jens Grede (whose wife, Emma Grede, helped […]

Kanye West Confirms ‘DONDA 2’

Ready or not, Kanye West‘s next album is releasing in less than a month. Verifying speculation that the perpetually busy rapper is working on sequel to DONDA, Ye took to Instagram with official confirmation: “DONDA2 COMING 2 22 22 EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY FUTURE.” That’s right — the album, produced by Future Hendrix himself, is dropping on the very […]
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