Chua Lam

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Chua Lam
Hong Kong Book Fair 2008, 25-7-2008
Born (1941-08-18) 18 August 1941 (age 81)
Occupation(s)Columnist, food connoisseur, film producer, television presenter
SpouseCheung King-man 張瓊文
Parent(s)Chua Boon Suan (1907-1997)
Hung Fong Ping
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Chua Lam (also known as Mandarin: Tsai Lan, Cantonese: Choi Lan, Teochew: Chùa Lāng) (simplified Chinese: , traditional Chinese: , born 1941 in Singapore) is a Singaporean columnist, food critic, and occasional television host based in Hong Kong. He was also a movie producer for the Hong Kong movie studio Golden Harvest.


Media career[edit]

Chua was a producer of several movies for Golden Harvest, including several films for Jackie Chan. Notable films include Mr. Nice Guy (credited as executive producer), Thunderbolt (credited as producer), Sex and Zen and City Hunter (credited as producer).

Chua is primarily known in Japan as a judge on the Fuji TV series Iron Chef.

Writing career[edit]

Chua was a columnist on Oriental Daily in Hong Kong. Chua later switched to writing columns for the Next Media's publications, namely Next Magazine (on movies and a restaurant guide), Apple Daily and Eat and Travel Weekly. All columns have continued as of 2007.

Chua has written a number of books and restaurant guides on Hong Kong in Japanese.

In recent years (2005 - current), Chua has organized special tours in Asia and around the world to sample the best local speciality food. Chua often writes, in his newspaper columns, about the tours' organizing trips where he and others sample food from four or five restaurants per day in order to select the best restaurants.



Year Title
1985 Heart of Dragon
1986 Dr. Yuen and Wisely
1987 Armour of God
1987 Born to Gamble
1987 Killer's Nocturne
1987 Erotic Ghost Story
1988 Profiles of Pleasure
1988 Peacock King
1989 Four Loves
1990 A Sau-loh
1991 Robotrix
1991 Erotic Ghost Story II
1991 Au revoir, mon amour
1991 Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
1992 Erotic Ghost Story III
1992 The Cat
1993 City Hunter
1993 Crime Story
1994 Girls Unbutton
1994 Chinese Torture Chamber
1994 Spirit of Love
1995 Trilogy of Love
1995 Thunderbolt
1995 The Christ Of Nanjing
1996 The Imp
1997 Mr. Nice Guy
1998 Extreme Crisis


Gastronomic philosophy[edit]

One of Chua's most beloved dishes is stir-fried bean sprout with fried tofu and fish sauce.

Chua is famous for advocating the use of pork drippings in food preparation and as a condiment. He has cited and promoted the usage of pork fat in most of his TV shows.

Personal life[edit]

Chua's father, Chua Boon Hean (蔡文玄), was a native of the Jio Mung Chua (蔡門石) village in Chaozhou who immigrated to Singapore. His father worked in a high-ranking post at the Shaw Brothers Studio and died in 1997.

Chua was a student in Japan and lived there for several years.

Chua holds Singaporean citizenship, although he has been based in Hong Kong since 1963.[1]


  1. ^ a b Na, Guo. "蔡澜:怎样煮一个完美的鸡蛋?". (in Chinese).

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