Your Weekly Guide to Asia

Whether you’re in Tokyo looking for spicy food or in Singapore for the F1 weekend, our guide to the week’s events has something that will tickle your fancy.

China (multiple cities)

“China Restaurant Week”

The massive dining event is back for its 11th edition where it will feature over 500 fine dining restaurants spread across Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu. A few participating establishments include German resto Brotzeit Restaurant and Bar (Beijing), Spanish dining venue Albaluz (Shanghai), and Mandarin Oriental’s French eatery Ebony (Guangzhou).

For 11 days starting from August 31, foodies can indulge in multi-course lunches and dinners in the participating businesses for as low as US$10 and US$17 respectively. All attendees have to do is to make reservations through the event’s official website or via the DiningCity app. Diners are recommended to book early.

A sumptuous creation from the kitchen of Albaluz. All photos are courtesy of the event mentioned.

Hong Kong

“First Smash 4”

From August 26 to September 23, the Art Experience Foundation will proudly showcase the work of five up and coming artists: Chan Oi Yan, Chang Yue Lam, Hung Ching Yan, Leung Mong Sum, and Vera Chiu. Each artist will present their own distinct style, whether in printmaking, installations, photography, and painting. Head off to Hoi Shing Road to have a glimpse of their work.

To Be Used Someday by Hung Ching Yan


“Ballet Under the Stars”

This September, the Singapore Dance Theatre will hold the 22nd edition of one of the city’s most popular outdoor dance events, “Ballet Under the Stars.” Happening from September 1 to 3 and 8 to 10, the event will be at Fort Canning Green on River Valley Road and feature Sticks and Stones by Kinsun Chan, Coppélia Act III and Aurora’s wedding from Sleeping Beauty.

Catch classics such as Coppélia Act III and Aurora’s wedding from Sleeping Beauty

“F1 FOMO-Race to Space”

If the roaring Grand Prix isn’t enough to get your heart pumping, you might want to head over to Monti on September 15 for a lively after party. Located on Collyer Quay, the jazz hangout will be converted into a dance floor where acts like Just Mack, Orio & Roco, and KFC at Monti are bound to get people dancing on their feet. Early bird tickets purchased before September 1 start at US$30 and will include free flow of Veuve Clicquot for two hours and other premium tipples. Party starts from 10 p.m. to midnight.

After the race, head over to Monti for a lively after party


“Gekikara Gourmet Festival”

The Japanese capital is bringing on the heat at this year’s grand celebration of spicy food. The mouth-watering fifth edition of the annual event is showcasing hot bites from India, Thailand, Vietnam, and China, just to name a few. This year’s festival will showcase 24 stalls, six more from the previous year. A couple of things to look out for are the curry fountains (imagine a chocolate fountain, but bright red and fiery) and the meter-long spicy sausage. The festival will run from August 23 to September 10 in Shinjuku’s Okubo Park. Good news: stalls will change mid-way through the fest, giving attendees more yummy options.

Look out for the festival’s curry fountain!

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