Wendy Wu is a Registered Dietitian and is Nutrition Education Manager for Feeding Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and a Master of Science in clinical nutrition. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Wendy worked as a clinical geriatric dietitian for a rehabilitation and extended care facility in New York City. As a regular contributor to foodie Magazine and the creator of HappyDietitian.com, Wendy is passionate about sharing practical and reliable advice to help people eat well for optimal health. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and volunteering with kids and dogs.


Fares of Faith: Mid-Autumn Festival, Food & Nutrition Magazine, September 2015 Issue

Are spicy foods naughty or nice? foodie Magazine, January 2015 Issue

Hidden Gems in Your Local Wet Market, foodie Magazine, Sept 12, 2014

To a Tea, foodie Magazine, March 2014 Issue

The Diet Trends Everyone’s Talking About, foodie Magazine, Feb 21, 2014

Eat Yourself Happy, foodie Magazine, Nov 7 2013

Home Remedies, foodie Magazine, April 2013 Issue

Professional Affiliations:

Hong Kong Dietitians Association

Hong Kong Practising Dietitians Union

Hong Kong Nutrition Association

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Other Ventures:

Owner, NYBowtique

Digital Communications Manager, PathFinders Hong Kong


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  1. Hello Happy Dietician,

    I’ve just sent this email to you, but it has bounced back. Anyway, here it is again:

    I’m writing to congratulate you on such a well presented and usefully informative blog, and I’m also wondering if you would be willing to be listed in our useful links on our blog, The Therapy Book, which you follow?

    Do let me know … and if you’d like to list us on your blog, all the better, although this offer is not dependent on a mutual exchange.

    All best wishes,

    John and The Therapy Book team

  2. Dear Happy Dietitian,

    I just read your blog post on how you’re perceived as a dietitian – thank you. Right now I’m at a crossroads with what I want to do as a career, and I’ve considered being a dietitian. Like you, I have a love of food, and want to help others when it comes to their eating, because it can really save a life. However, that is how I project what being a dietitian is like…I’m still weary that half of it is very much fantasy. It’s not just making food plans and telling people that “apples are healthy for you”, is it? What is the nitty-gritty of being a dietitian? What is it that you love and don’t love? What advice would you give to someone who’s considering that path, but isn’t quite sure what they’re in for? Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you. Love your posts.

  3. Hi Happy Dietician!
    I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog because I have chosen Dietetics as my major (and am now in the process of completing) and am now considering a minor in anthropology! I was wandering if you could tell me why you chose this combination and how they can be utilized together? Any comments would be appreciated!

    1. Hi There!

      Thanks for your comment. Is there a Anthropology of Foods/Nutrition class in your university? Honestly, I didn’t use any of the stuff I learned from anthropology at the nursing home. My minor in Anthropology was just for my own interest. I think minoring in exercise sciences would be better if you want to be a clinical dietitian. A minor in public health (if there’s such a thing) would be better if you want to be a community dietitian. A minor in business would be better if you want to go into food service. Hope this helps! =)

  4. Hi Wendy,

    I follow you on FB and here, and have to say, you’re an inspiration to me! I was wondering if you could answer some quick questions about being a dietitian – it seems like you’re in Hong Kong a lot – are you working there, or taking time off to travel? Which leads me to the second question: how easy is it to move around career-wise as a dietitian? Say, if your family picked up and moved to a different state, or even a different country, would you have to start networking all over again before you could land a permanent position in your new home, or are dietitians pretty sought out, like nurses?


    1. Aww thanks! That’s very sweet of you to say. I don’t get many comments so never really know for sure if what I’m doing and saying is making an impact. =)

      I moved to HK about 2 years. I am currently not working a full time job but I do run workshops here and there. On a regular, I volunteer about 4x/week with different NGO’s.

      I have to say that RD’s are not very sought after in HK yet. If you want to work in any of the hospitals, you need to be multilingual and be able to read and write Chinese and English. I’ve also heard that the culture in HK is very different from the states.

      I’m actually not sure if it’s easy to find a job if you move from state to state. I assume that you would have to start networking all over again before landing a new job. Ideally, it’ll be nice to find a job before you move but we all know life may not work out so smoothly. Nurses would definitely have a easier time finding placement. It’s always a good idea to volunteer because you never know who you will meet.

      1. Hi Wendy, thanks for the prompt and detailed reply (as usual). It’s great that you’re in Hong Kong, I was wondering how you had access to all of that wonderful looking food! It appears that nursing is of higher demand everywhere – I guess in a sense, nutrition comes to the mind AFTER medical and physical emergencies, although having good nutrition can prevent a lot of those ailments in the first place. Alas, that just isn’t how the world works (yet) 🙂

      2. Yep, exactly. Are you in Taiwan right now? Which foods are you referring to? I think Hong Kong supermarkets offer a wider range of products from all over the world. I believe 90% of the food is imported.

  5. So the foods there are actually not that fresh? You uploaded a picture of a pink fruit (forgot the name though) that is only found in SE Asia (I believe) so I assumed that you were someplace exotic 🙂 I studied in Taiwan two years ago, but sadly haven’t been back since then! I remember going out to the market every week to buy “dragon fruit” for breakfast. It was so good!

    1. I guess they are relatively fresh, especially if coming from around Asia. The pink fruit you’re talking about isn’t dragon fruit? Fruits from Taiwan are awesome! Mangoes, watermelon, pineapple, guavas, nose apples, sugar apples! Ugh, I miss Taiwan, need to pay a visit soon. When will you be graduating?


      1. Ah! Correction, it is 🙂 my favorite is the green one the size of a small cantaloupe, with bumps. Can’t ever remember the name, though! NOSE APPLES are my favorite!! The pink, crispy things, right? You should go! Many of my friends have gone back. I just graduated this June!

  6. Oh, I’m not sure if it’s a melon. There are small bumps, and you can peel each piece off individually like a pomegranate – and within each bump, there’s a small black seed surrounded by a kind of milky white flesh (the best part). I graduated with a Liberal Studies major (focused on language and literature) but with the job market, I need a real focus for graduate school…just…too many interests and not enough direction 🙂

  7. Hi Wendy,

    My name is Jackie and I am a student from the States. I was wondering if you know of any NGO’s or organizations in Hong Kong that do work on health and nutrition? I want to apply for scholarship to work or study abroad and Hong Kong is a place that is so dynamic and interesting. If you know any organizations and would be willing to share, I’d love to find out!


  8. Hello Wendy,
    I was trying to find another way to contact you. I am currently a dietetic student at cal poly Pomona here in Los Angeles. I stumbled across your page because I have been looking for motivation and RD’s who have faced the similar issue I have been in this past year. I use to be just as excited about dietetics like you from the beginning. I am at my one year stretch before I finish my undergrad. Unfortunately, science has never been my forte and yet have managed to pull through but I have taken ochem twice and now have failed once again and have to retake it. This is the “make it or break it class and in order for me to continue in the last of my nutrition courses I need to pass with a B- or better. I feel as unmotivated as a dietetic student would feel after taking the RD exam numerous times. What I am looking for is advise and any motivational tips. I left my email up top, I hope to hear from you!
    Thank you,
    Juliette Gonzalez

  9. Hi Wendy,

    I came across your blog whilst researching dietitians in Hong Kong, I saw in some comments above you left your email and was hoping to send you a quick email in regards to potentially working with you over the summer of 2015 to help gain experience as a dietetics student right now and not have the email come to a surprise to you!

    Best regards,

  10. Hi Wendy,
    Happy to read your blog and get some insights.I am a Dietetic Professional who write for some UK and UAE based health e-zines and websites and landed in HK a few days ago..Would be great to get in touch.In search of a good job opening right now.Any suggestions where to start,Wendy??
    My interests are Corporate Wellness,Weight Management,Sleep and Physical Activity and School Nutrition.
    Thanks Wendy and keep the writing going!

  11. Hello,

    I am a student from Hong Kong currently studying in the UK ( year 11), and I am considering taking Dietetics as my University subject as I am taking chemistry and biology for A-levels next year for sixth form. For this I was thinking maybe some work experience in Hong Kong in the coming summer holidays would benefit me for not only getting into a good University and also if I decide to become a dietitian in the future. Is there any advice you can give me about what you think is best for a young student to do, bearing in mind that I have no experience in this area? Are there any clinics that you suggest that would accept students like me for work experience, even if it’s a job not directly related to being a dietitian but working in that environment?

    Sorry for the long paragraph of questions,
    thank you xx

    1. Hi Genie, you’d be competing with a long list of other students who do have nutrition backgrounds for any opportunities in Hospitals and Clinics. I’d suggest emailing NGO’s with health programs for volunteer work to start. You can check out Handsonhongkong, Mother’s Choice, and PathFinders. 🙂

  12. Hello Happy Dietitian,

    I am currently studying year 1 Nutrition and Dietetics in the UK and going back to Hong Kong for a few months. I would love to enrich my knowledge by finding a job or a volunteer work during summer. What kind of work to you suggest?

    Best regards,

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