How dining is going digital: AR dishes, virtual culinary journeys and high-end meals that will take your breath away

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What came first, the 3D chicken or the augmented reality egg? Digital dining is making the transition from fad to mainstream, with interactive, computer-generated feasts being rustled up around the world.In Thailand, the Park Hyatt Bangkok was one of the first places to embrace the idea in Asia by hosting an immersive 3D culinary […]

Fringe Club at last has tenant to take over legendary M at the Fringe’s space – Chiu Chow restaurant Nove, backed by chef Umberto Bombana

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J More than a decade after Michelle Garnaut’s legendary M at the Fringe restaurant vacated its space at the Fringe Club in Hong Kong’s Central district, a new permanent resident is finally moving in next month. Nove Chinese Kitchen, an unassuming dim sum and Chiu Chow restaurant, is taking over the second floor premises. It’s […]

Two recipes using ‘Chinese cheese’, or fermented bean curd – a funky addition to sweet and savoury dishes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Anyone who doubts the versatility of bean curd needs only to look at fu yu and naam yu. The flavour and texture of these fermented bean curds are very different from the mild taste and sometimes jelly­like texture of the fresh varieties, of which there are many. Fu yu (which is off-white) and naam […]

Hong Kong restaurant group Black Sheep’s Covid-19 pandemic playbook that’s become a global hit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When Syed Asim Hussain and Christopher Mark, co-founders of Black Sheep Restaurants, decided to release the restaurant group’s SOP: Covid-19 Playbook to other Hong Kong food and beverage establishments earlier this year, little did they know that it would go global.“Our intention was to share it with contemporaries in Hong Kong but it spread […]

Beans, peanuts, ginger – the sweet soup desserts Chinese like, and how the tradition has adapted to young diners’ changing tastes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In Hong Kong, no big meal feels complete without a bowl of red bean sweet soup.Served hot in the winter and lukewarm when the weather turns mild, tong sui – “sweet water” – dessert soups made with ingredients such as red bean, black sesame and peanut paste are popular with people all year round.While […]

Lockdown baking mastered? Turn your hand to desserts with A Passion for Chocolate

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J As the coronavirus crisis continues, people in lockdown the world over have been spending a lot of time stress baking. For those who have mastered bread, it’s time to move on to something else.Chocolate desserts are a good challenge. In La Passion du Chocolat (1985), late French father-and-son chocolatiers Maurice and Jean-Jacques Bernachon reveal […]

‘Curry Mile’ in Manchester, tapas and fish and chips in London, suckling pig in Madrid – a bucket list of destination dining for when normal times return

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Once things return to a semblance of normality I will be very keen to revisit my favourite cities once again.I’ll start with my home country, the UK. Besides catching up with friends and family, there are many great restaurants in London. My absolute favourite is El Pirata of Mayfair. It’s an amazing tapas bar, […]

The secret to perfect preserves and pickles? Fresh produce, according to cookbook

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Being forced to stay at home, many of us are dreaming of having a kitchen garden from which to harvest fruit and vegetables. In Perfect Preserves: Provisions from the Kitchen Garden (1990), with its photographs of vast, beautiful, perfectly tended country gardens and white­ tile-­lined pantries crowded neatly with whimsically labelled jars of home-­made […]

Chinese diners’ taste for spice is blurring regional cuisines, says Macau chef

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How has growing up in Shanghai influenced your interpretation of Cantonese cuisine? “Shanghainese are open-minded and their culture has received influences from all over the world. As a kid, I tried Western food as well as dishes from various regions in China, particularly Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine. These memories fuel my creativity. “When I […]

How to mix a quarantini, and other cocktails to drink during digital happy hour

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J We are living in unusual times, which will be long remembered for what we couldn’t get (masks, toilet rolls, hand sanitiser) and what we couldn’t do (work, travel, party). Among the things I have missed the most is catching up with friends over drinks. Many of us can rustle up a gin and tonic […]

Campaign to send thank you cakes to Hong Kong medical staff fighting coronavirus crowdfunds HK$30,000 in 3 weeks. You can donate to send more

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Greg March listened to Hongkongers clapping to show their support for medical staff in the city battling the Covid-19 outbreak and wondered if more could not be done to show Hong Kong’s gratitude for their work.March, programming director for a charity that trains people with learning difficulties, quickly thought of The Nest Bakery, one […]

Fed-up restaurant owner working on blacklist of no-show guests to share with restaurants Hong Kong-wide

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When Hong Kong restaurants were ordered by the government to operate at half capacity and maintain a minimum 1.5-metre space between tables as part of social distancing measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, the already small capacity of many was reduced even further.Couple that with the reluctance of many Hongkongers to leave their […]

Why Wuhan hot dry noodles, one of China’s top noodle dishes, are so loved in the city and beyond

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Shops and streets in Wuhan are bustling again. People in the Chinese city where the first cluster of Covid-19 cases were reported were ordered to stay indoors for two-and-a-half months to curb the disease’s spread. Now the lockdown has been lifted, they are eager to venture outside to get a taste of normal life […]

Tempeh, keto diet and weight loss favourite high in vitamins, minerals, protein and prebiotics, is a versatile meat substitute

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Angeline Leong had been a vegan for several years when she started making her own tempeh, a fermented soy product popular in Indonesia. She was in need of a wholesome and tasty substitute for meat and did not like mock meats or other meat substitutes available in the supermarkets in Singapore, where she lives.With […]

How to make two Thai chilli sauces, nam prik num and nam prik ong – delicious accompaniments to almost any dish

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J At many restaurants in Thailand, part of the menu will be devoted to nam prik chilli sauces. These can be wildly different, ranging from mild to fiery, subtle to pungent, and made with a huge variety of ingredients including meats, seafood (fresh and dried) and vegetables. What they all have in common is that […]

Goodbye Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver: is Hong Kong finally falling out of love with celebrity chefs?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Four weeks ago, all the Gordon Ramsay restaurants in Hong Kong – Maze Grill, London House and Bread Street Kitchen – quietly and suddenly shut their doors. A month earlier, Jamie Oliver’s outlets in Hong Kong and Taipei shut.Other familiar, if not as famous, kitchen names have also recently shut their restaurants. Not all […]

‘One of world’s biggest wildlife crimes’: glass eel smuggling and how Hong Kong supermarkets commonly sell endangered European eels

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J An endangered eel has become an unlikely symbol in the global fight against the illegal wildlife trade. And Hong Kong consumers are unwittingly playing a role in its demise.The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is under threat due to overexploitation fuelled by increased demand from Asia, in particular China and Japan, where it is considered […]

Bucket list dining: restaurants and bars to try around the world after the pandemic that an Indian entrepreneur loves

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Harsh Roopchand is a native of India based in Hong Kong. He is a co-founder of The Pontiac bar and of hospitality group 8 Creative, which operates the restaurants Amalfitana, Fratelli and Rummin’ Tings.As an ex-hotelier, I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to live and work all over the world. Once free […]

Hong Kong chef Ray Choi uses his fine dining experience to experiment with local ingredients

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How did you start cooking? “When I was 12 years old, my mother wanted me, my older brother and my sister to help around the home – wash the dishes, clean up or cook. We started by washing vegetables and chop­ping ingredients, then we learned to stir-fry and braise.“Cooking wasn’t some­thing I chose – […]

Hong Kong chef Ray Choi uses his fine dining experience to experiment with local ingredients

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How did you start cooking? “When I was 12 years old, my mother wanted me, my older brother and my sister to help around the home – wash the dishes, clean up or cook. We started by washing vegetables and chop­ping ingredients, then we learned to stir-fry and braise.“Cooking wasn’t some­thing I chose – […]

Hong Kong chef Ray Choi uses his fine dining experience to experiment with local ingredients

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How did you start cooking? “When I was 12 years old, my mother wanted me, my older brother and my sister to help around the home – wash the dishes, clean up or cook. We started by washing vegetables and chop­ping ingredients, then we learned to stir-fry and braise.“Cooking wasn’t some­thing I chose – […]

How coronavirus pandemic will change the way we eat out – with China maybe providing the blueprint

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Restaurants battling for survival in countries hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic are starting to ask the question: even when the lockdown ends, how do we lure back skittish diners? Their margin for error is very small.“All of a sudden, it’s like: I don’t know if I want someone touching my food,” says Bob […]

Can you eat food past its use-by date? How long items like pasta and canned goods really last and what expiration dates actually mean

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Don’t toss out that remaining egg, bottle of pasteurised milk or can of peas just because the date on the label has expired. They are probably safe to be consumed.Shoppers have been panic buying canned vegetables and beans, fresh meats, flour, and eggs during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the stockpiling has left them with […]

Bucket list dining: great Japanese food places for after the pandemic that a travel writer can’t wait to visit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Freelance stylist and travel writer Iris Law has just authored a new book, The Onsen Experience: A Guide to Japan’s Hot Spring Sanctuaries, published by Man Mo Media. When life is normal again, I would like to go on a hot spring trip to Kagoshima prefecture in Japan and stay at a ryokan (a traditional […]

Vegan athlete couple on their plant-based performance boost: more energy, faster recovery – it’s ‘the way forward’, they say

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J To see the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, look to Singapore-based fitness couple Luke and Emilie Tan. The switch by the couple, made nearly a decade ago, from a diet that included meat, dairy and eggs was done for health reasons. “We truly believe [going vegan is] the way forward,” Luke, 41, says. “It’s […]

If you care about Hong Kong restaurants’ survival, order takeaway meals directly from them

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Never has the future of restaurants in Hong Kong looked so bleak. Even at the height of the last health epidemic, that of Sars in 2003, fewer restaurants were in danger of going out of business, or indeed shut down.Of course, it’s like that for many businesses during this era of Covid-19, not just […]

How Hong Kong’s Michelin-star and high-end restaurants took on the takeaway challenge amid coronavirus pandemic

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When Anthony Ng Tak-lun first heard reports in late December of a cluster of viral illness in Wuhan, China, he knew he had to modify his restaurant operations.Having gone through the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic 17 years ago, although not as a restaurateur, he understood the priority had to be offering a […]

Kimchi fried rice and kimchi noodles, two easy ways to use up leftovers

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Like many people right now, I’m trying to make the most of the ingredients in my pantry, fridge and freezer. A pandemic is not the time to waste food, or deal with expensive imported ingredients.These recipes make the most of one item you might find lurking in the back of your fridge: aged kimchi […]

Vermouth makes more than just martinis – introducing the aromatic, fortified wine

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Vermouth has come a long way in recent years from being known as the “other” ingredient in a classic martini, a distant second to gin. Essentially wine flavoured with aromatics and fortified with addi­tional alcohol to keep it stable, vermouth gets its name from the German wermut, or wormwood. Depending on where it is […]

Coronavirus and single-use plastic: how do we balance our need to stay safe with environmental consciousness?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Until about two months ago, global warming was the existential danger of our time. But, just like that, nobody is caring about landfills and carbon footprint. All of a sudden, we are less concerned about pollution threatening mankind and more worried about getting our hands on disposable masks, protective plastic covers – and, of […]

Pablo Lagrange, the Argentinian chef who ‘went away to go home’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What was it like growing up in Argentina? “I’m from southern Argentina, in Patagonia, near the moun­tains. I’m from a small village where we grow fruits and vegetables. We didn’t have games like PlayStation so we enjoyed the outdoors and were more in contact with our surroundings.”Where did your interest in cooking come from? […]

How Western tastes for Chinese food were shaped by Hong Kong restaurants

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J As numerous period memoirs from the mid-19th century onwards attest, European residents could live for decades in Hong Kong, or else­where in treaty port-era China, without ever being invited into a Chinese home for a meal. Habits of hospitality were too different, language barriers divided and cultural prejudices were too strong. So to sample […]

Vintage cookbook collects recipes from 1970s China, tells you how to judge a good Chinese chef

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How can you not love a book that has a section called “How to Choose a Cook”? In Five Treasures of Chinese Cuisine (1977), authors Flora Chang, from Fuzhou, Fujian province, and her friend Gaynell Fuchs, from Windsor, Connecticut, are being a little tongue-in-cheek when they write, “While it is doubtful if many of […]

Where a Frenchman eats the ‘best pizza in Hong Kong’, his favourite spots for healthy eating, and a fish dish to remind him of home

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J French expat Guillaume Kaminer has lived in Hong Kong since 2004 and is the CEO and co-founder of Eatology, a meal service offering science-backed practical, sustainable and healthy meal plans. I am a pescatarian, so I adhere to a diet that is predominantly Mediterranean-inspired. I like the flavour and the diversity of this region […]

Restaurant review: Ho Land in Wan Chai – traditional Cantonese cuisine done well

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Cuisine: CantonesePrice: About HK$450 without drinks or the service charge.Ambience: Very quiet on the night we visited. There was only one other table in the main dining room we were in, but we could hear a group of guests in a private room, who sounded as if they were having a very good time.Pros: […]

Real Hong Kong street food: how cart noodles have survived into the 21st century

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Cart noodle vendors used to be a common sight on the streets of Hong Kong. The fast-food dish of cart noodles, or che zia mian, reached its glory in the 1950s, and got its name from the small mobile carts pushed by vendors selling noodles with a wide selection of ingredients. Diners could customise […]

Three Hong Kong meal delivery services helping the homebound stay healthy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If ever there was a time to eat healthily, it’s now. A nutritious, well-balanced diet is the cornerstone of a strong immune system, which can help people fight the coronavirus. But what if you are housebound in Hong Kong and can’t cook? Or you simply don’t have time to think about preparing healthy meals […]

How to cook Thai-style grilled pork neck in the oven, best served with nam jim jaew dipping sauce

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J One of the most popular dishes at Thai restaurants is grilled pork neck. It tastes best when grilled over coals for a smoky flavour, but it is delicious even when cooked in the oven, using the grill or broiler setting. Grilled pork neck is usually served with Thai sticky rice. It is also good […]

The Hong Kong chef reinventing Chinese classics at Macau’s three-Michelin-starred Jade Dragon restaurant

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How did you become a chef? “I fell in love with cooking at a young age and started my F&B [food and beverage] career at 15. I did not like academics and had no intention of furthering my studies in school. “As a junior cook, it was important to gain the trust of master […]

Vodka Ribena, pinball machines: Singapore’s rising retro bars reflect new movement in city state’s nightlife scene

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What were some of your favourite childhood drinks? For most kids in Asia, particularly Singapore, you might hear any variation of the following: blackcurrant fruit drink Ribena, the malty chocolate mix Milo, or even root beer from a particular fast-food chain. If you think you’ve outgrown those drinks, Singaporean bar Nineteen80 is here to […]

As the coronavirus pandemic decimates the Hong Kong restaurant scene, history offers a silver lining

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J  A failed fine-dining restaurant might pale compared to the state of emergency most of the world finds itself in, but you have to feel for anyone who puts in hard work and dedication, only to be ruined by force majeure.A friend of mine, however, suggested it would actually be a good thing for some […]

Coronavirus will not cause global rice shortage unless panic buying and export bans persist

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The world will not run into rice shortages due to the disruption in supply chains caused by the new coronavirus, provided surges in panic buying and export bans do not spiral out of control, industry experts have said.Food hoarding and export controls have stoked anxiety over food security, as the number of coronavirus deaths […]

Le Chocolatier Ivoirien: chocolate bars from Africa, handcrafted by an ex-banker

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What did you do before becoming a chocolatier? “In university I studied international public law and I have a master’s in taxation. My parents wanted me to work in a bank, so I did. But I found it boring. In my work I met entrepreneurs who seemed very joyful compared to us bankers.“I also […]

Chocolate bars from Africa, handcrafted by ex-banker who could not accept that world’s main grower of cocoa beans had no local chocolate brand

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What did you do before becoming a chocolatier? “In university I studied international public law and I have a master’s in taxation. My parents wanted me to work in a bank, so I did. But I found it boring. In my work I met entrepreneurs who seemed very joyful compared to us bankers.“I also […]

Why we should eat ‘ugly’ food – it helps reduce shocking global food waste, and the fruit and vegetables taste just the same

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A shopper scrutinises a neat row of apples at a supermarket in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay district. Asked what’s important when selecting fresh produce, shine and shape top the list. “I also avoid fruit and vegetables that have any blemishes or bruising,” she says.Judging food by its appearance is a subconscious choice made by […]

Where to eat traditional fried beef rice, abalone and roast pork rolls – a marketing executive’s top restaurant picks

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Hotel veteran Patsy Chan worked for many years at the Kowloon Shangri-La, doing marketing and public relations. Recently, she was promoted to be the group’s area director of corporate social responsibilityI eat everything and any cuisine. I even like offal. I have eaten worms, insect, and soup with ants. I’ve been adventurous since I […]

Restaurant review: Gunpowder Indian RestoBar in Wan Chai – subtle spices and creative dishes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Cuisine: IndianPrice: HK$290 per person without drinks or the service chargeAmbience: quiet, as you’d expect in these times, but the soundtrack had a good, diverse mix of tunes.Pros: the menu offers some unusual and more creative dishes that you don’t see on offer at other Indian restaurants. We had a hard time deciding what […]

How to make delicious congee shop side dishes of poached beef and offal

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Many congee specialist shops have a short menu of snacks, in case customers want something more substantial than rice soup. The snacks include fried wonton, fried fish balls with salted clam sauce, fried noodles with soy sauceand a variety of poached fish, meats and offal. The poached dishes sound dull compared with the fried […]

Restaurant review: Blackwood Cafe & Bar, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong – avocado on toast and Mexican dishes from under US$10

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Set among the small antique shops on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, Blackwood Cafe & Bar serves up all-day breakfast, snacks and late-night drinks.My friends and I visited the cafe for lunch on a recent quiet afternoon. Its all-day menu features egg and bagel breakfasts, soups, salads, burgers, and Mexican dishes. We ordered avocado […]

Restaurant review: Blackwood Cafe & Bar, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong – avocado on toast and Mexican dishes from under US$10

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Set among the small antique shops on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, Blackwood Cafe & Bar serves up all-day breakfast, snacks and late-night drinks.My friends and I visited the cafe for lunch on a recent quiet afternoon. Its all-day menu features egg and bagel breakfasts, soups, salads, burgers, and Mexican dishes. We ordered avocado […]

Restaurant review: Blackwood Cafe & Bar, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong – avocado on toast and Mexican dishes from under US$10

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Set among the small antique shops on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, Blackwood Cafe & Bar serves up all-day breakfast, snacks and late-night drinks.My friends and I visited the cafe for lunch on a recent quiet afternoon. Its all-day menu features egg and bagel breakfasts, soups, salads, burgers, and Mexican dishes. We ordered avocado […]

After ‘No Bra Sunday’, have sexist ladies’ nights in Hong Kong had their day?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When a bar in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai nightlife district offered a “No Bra Sunday” promotion – offering free shots to women who turned up without a bra – just after International Women’s Day earlier this month, it felt the full wrath of outraged women (and some men) and was forced to back down.Many […]

Hong Kong scores in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings for 2020, with The Chairman up to No. 2 spot and Belon to No. 4; Odette in Singapore still top

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Odette in Singapore heads the ranks of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for a second year, but Hong Kong restaurants stormed up the table – announced in a low-key live-streamed announcement that was a stark contrast to previous awards ceremonies.The Chairman in Kau U Fong, Sheung Wan, which owner Danny Yip describes as serving “modern […]

The most authentic local-style seafood on Hong Kong Island, the perfect after-work hideout, and the city’s best whisky selection – a wine and spirit expert’s picks

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Daniel Lam is the director of wine and spirits, Asia, for auction house Bonhams.I’m grateful that work gives me more than enough opportunities to enjoy fine dining, but when I’m not with a client or business partners, I like to support the local dining scene.I have a special penchant for anything spicy, from numbing […]

American chef Thomas Keller’s bistro dishes are treated with the same care as his fine dining fare

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Thomas Keller became famous for The French Laundry, his fine-dining restaurant in Yountville, California. The American chef also has a second fine-dining restaurant, Per Se, in New York, but it is his Bouchon chain of casual French bistros that made his food accessible to those without deep pockets.In the introduction to Bouchon (2004), Keller […]

The story of biryani, rice dish for special occasions that unites the people of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tender, succulent pieces of meat. Fluffy, long-grained basmati rice, infused with saffron, nutmeg and cardamom and topped with browned crispy curls of onion and a fried garnish of cashews and raisins. Served with raita (a condiment made of yogurt) and bagara baigan (roasted aubergine). No wonder diners around the world love the flavours of […]

If Hong Kong party animals won’t protect themselves, and us, against coronavirus’ spread, the bars, clubs and restaurants they drink at must be shut

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “Spread the love” is perhaps the most tone-deaf promotional slogan the human Petri dish of Hong Kong nightlife district Lan Kwai Fong could adopt during a pandemic, but it highlights the alternate reality the city’s dedicated night owls have been living in during the current coronavirus outbreak.While bars and restaurants have been ordered to […]

When baker Zahir Mohamed arrived in Hong Kong, all he had was a jar of sourdough starter

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Why did you decide to move to Hong Kong? “I wanted a fresh start. I was running a business in Cape Town and it got sabotaged in a way because I hit a guy. South Africa is still pretty racist. It’s going to need a few generations to loosen its stance on people of […]

Restaurant review: Pondi in Sai Ying Pun serves delicious casual Indian-French dishes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Cuisine: Indian-FrenchPrice: HK$233 per person without drinks or the service chargeAmbience: friendly and casual. The restaurant is down a very small street lined with proportionately small bars and restaurants. We were seated outdoors on a balmy evening.Pros: we were sceptical of the food, but liked everything we tasted. Everything on the menu sounded delicious […]

With no tourists, fine-dining restaurants in Hong Kong must adapt to survive the coronavirus pandemic

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J On my way home from work on March 11, I received a WhatsApp message from a friend in the hotel industry telling me she had heard that Rech by Alain Ducasse in the InterContinental Hong Kong was closing that evening, and that all the kitchen staff and servers would be laid off.It was shocking […]

Hot dry noodles, the iconic Wuhan breakfast staple, and the mistake that birthed one of China’s most beloved dishes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J You probably know the Chinese city of Wuhan as ground zero of the coronavirus outbreak that spread across the world. But before all this came to pass, food lovers waking up in Wuhan would count their blessings.Flanked by China’s two great rivers — the Han and Yangtze — the city is the capital of […]

Four ways to eat your steak: Argentinian asado, Japanese yakiniku, bistecca alla Fiorentina and Spain’s rubia Gallega

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Steaks aren’t complicated. Get a good piece of beef, cook, eat. That’s essentially the recipe anywhere in the world where steak is enjoyed. Beyond that, different countries might have distinct preferences on cuts, condiments, the degree of rareness or doneness, and the taste of specific cattle breeds. How each culture eats steak says something […]

How to make soy sauce prawns, the Cantonese seafood restaurant classic

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Soy sauce prawns is a fast and easy dish that appears on the menu of many Cantonese seafood restaurants. This version has an ingredient you wouldn’t expect in a Chinese dish: butter. It adds a gentle richness to the sauce and contributes to its attractive shine. Soy sauce prawns It is essential to use […]

Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver can keep their home cooking – there’s always time for a tasty, guilt-free takeaway

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I consider cooking a joy and not a burden, but there are times when making dinner is too much of a pain to bother. Food advocates encourage us to cook more to fully appreciate the social, nutritional and financial benefits of eating at home. It’s good for family bonding, it’s better for you and […]

Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver can keep their home cooking – there’s always time for a tasty, guilt-free takeaway

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I consider cooking a joy and not a burden, but there are times when making dinner is too much of a pain to bother. Food advocates encourage us to cook more to fully appreciate the social, nutritional and financial benefits of eating at home. It’s good for family bonding, it’s better for you and […]

Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver can keep their home cooking – there’s always time for a tasty, guilt-free takeaway

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I consider cooking a joy and not a burden, but there are times when making dinner is too much of a pain to bother.Food advocates encourage us to cook more to fully appreciate the social, nutritional and financial benefits of eating at home. It’s good for family bonding, it’s better for you and it […]

Why processed food makes people fat: calorie density and taste

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For many years, I’ve steadfastly clung to a position for which there has been almost no evidence: processed food is the root of obesity.This doesn’t mean that processed food is the sole cause. There’s also the ubiquity of food, changing social mores and what is probably a more sedentary lifestyle (though evidence for that, […]

Sustainable dining: Hong Kong restaurants that source food locally, cut waste, recycle and compost

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J At Nectar, the Hong Kong fine-dining vegetarian restaurant that evolved from chef and founder Peggy Chan’s first project, Grassroots Pantry, more than 90 per cent of the ingredients are locally grown. Considering that Hong Kong imports more than 90 per cent of its food, this is impressive. It has taken six years, basically since Chan […]

How to make Sichuan cold noodles – a protein-rich vegetarian dish that’s easy to prepare

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Sichuan cold noodles are something I often bring to work for lunch. I prepare them the night before and they’re delicious at room temperature.Sichuan cold noodles with egg crepe, edamame and bean curdSichuan cold noodles are usually served with shredded chicken but, with a few easy changes, I’ve made them into a protein-rich vegetarian […]

How to make Sichuan cold noodles – a protein-rich vegetarian dish that’s easy to prepare

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Sichuan cold noodles are something I often bring to work for lunch. I prepare them the night before and they’re delicious at room temperature.Sichuan cold noodles with egg crepe, edamame and bean curdSichuan cold noodles are usually served with shredded chicken but, with a few easy changes, I’ve made them into a protein-rich vegetarian […]

How to make Sichuan cold noodles – a protein-rich vegetarian dish that’s easy to prepare

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Sichuan cold noodles are something I often bring to work for lunch. I prepare them the night before and they’re delicious at room temperature.Sichuan cold noodles with egg crepe, edamame and bean curdSichuan cold noodles are usually served with shredded chicken but, with a few easy changes, I’ve made them into a protein-rich vegetarian […]

Modern and classic dishes hit the spot at Somm in Central, in Amber’s old bar area

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J While Amber at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong’s Central business district has been receiving a lot of attention for its new menu of dairy-free and sustainable dishes, Somm, which occupies the space that once housed Amber’s bar area, opened without much fanfare.Somm serves dishes that go well with wine and sake. […]

How London is falling for Chinese roast meats: duck, pork belly and char siu move beyond Chinatown

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The art of siu mei – or Cantonese roast meats – is gaining momentum in London. Classic dishes such as roast duck, roast pork, crispy pork belly and slow-poached soy chicken are moving out of their spiritual home in Chinatown and spreading through the capital. When the chief food critic at Bloomberg, Richard Vines, […]

How London is falling for Chinese roast meats: duck, pork belly and char siu move beyond Chinatown

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The art of siu mei – or Cantonese roast meats – is gaining momentum in London. Classic dishes such as roast duck, roast pork, crispy pork belly and slow-poached soy chicken are moving out of their spiritual home in Chinatown and spreading through the capital. When the chief food critic at Bloomberg, Richard Vines, […]

How London is falling for Chinese roast meats: duck, pork belly and char siu move beyond Chinatown

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The art of siu mei – or Cantonese roast meats – is gaining momentum in London. Classic dishes such as roast duck, roast pork, crispy pork belly and slow-poached soy chicken are moving out of their spiritual home in Chinatown and spreading through the capital. When the chief food critic at Bloomberg, Richard Vines, […]

A love letter to Indonesian food – recipes from home cooks, street stalls, a royal kitchen in Eleanor Ford’s book of ‘Fire Islands’ cuisine

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tell us about your childhood. “I grew up travelling a lot with my parents. I spent half my childhood in Indonesia as my father was working in hotels. Food from different cultures was part of the fabric of my upbringing. As I grew older and went on my own travels and adventures, I found […]

A love letter to Indonesian food – recipes from home cooks, street stalls, a royal kitchen in Eleanor Ford’s book of ‘Fire Islands’ cuisine

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tell us about your childhood. “I grew up travelling a lot with my parents. I spent half my childhood in Indonesia as my father was working in hotels. Food from different cultures was part of the fabric of my upbringing. As I grew older and went on my own travels and adventures, I found […]

A love letter to Indonesian food – recipes from home cooks, street stalls, a royal kitchen in Eleanor Ford’s book of ‘Fire Islands’ cuisine

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tell us about your childhood. “I grew up travelling a lot with my parents. I spent half my childhood in Indonesia as my father was working in hotels. Food from different cultures was part of the fabric of my upbringing. As I grew older and went on my own travels and adventures, I found […]

Instagram eating disorder ‘recovery accounts’ offer support – but shouldn’t replace professional help, experts say

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Type in the hashtags “edrecovery” or “eatingdisorderrecovery” on Instagram and more than 2 million posts show up. Most of these posts are made up of selfies, motivational quotes, photos of healthy meals and videos of people working out at the gym.The creators of these posts are men and women who are recovering from eating […]

Wine vs climate change: how global warming is affecting the grapes vineyards grow

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J With the planet getting warmer, the wines we enjoy now may not be the ones we will drink in the future. Climate change is having a major effect on grapes. As sea levels rise, the salinity of soils in coastal wine-growing regions increases, which stresses the vines and raises the risk of a proliferation […]

Wine vs climate change: how global warming is affecting the grapes vineyards grow

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J With the planet getting warmer, the wines we enjoy now may not be the ones we will drink in the future. Climate change is having a major effect on grapes. As sea levels rise, the salinity of soils in coastal wine-growing regions increases, which stresses the vines and raises the risk of a proliferation […]

Wine vs climate change: how global warming is affecting the grapes vineyards grow

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J With the planet getting warmer, the wines we enjoy now may not be the ones we will drink in the future. Climate change is having a major effect on grapes. As sea levels rise, the salinity of soils in coastal wine-growing regions increases, which stresses the vines and raises the risk of a proliferation […]

Artificial flavouring: how AI is disrupting food industry by harnessing data for new product development

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J  Looking for that perfect recipe, or a new flavour combination that delights the senses?Increasingly, players in the food industry are embracing artificial intelligence to better understand the dynamics of flavour, aroma and other factors that go into making a food product a success.Earlier this year, IBM became a surprise entrant to the food sector, […]

Artificial flavouring: how AI is disrupting food industry by harnessing data for new product development

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J  Looking for that perfect recipe, or a new flavour combination that delights the senses?Increasingly, players in the food industry are embracing artificial intelligence to better understand the dynamics of flavour, aroma and other factors that go into making a food product a success.Earlier this year, IBM became a surprise entrant to the food sector, […]

Artificial flavouring: how AI is disrupting food industry by harnessing data for new product development

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J  Looking for that perfect recipe, or a new flavour combination that delights the senses?Increasingly, players in the food industry are embracing artificial intelligence to better understand the dynamics of flavour, aroma and other factors that go into making a food product a success.Earlier this year, IBM became a surprise entrant to the food sector, […]

Bean curd sushi, bento boxes and rice balls for less than US$7 at Hungry Dino in Causeway Bay

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J New fast food concept Hungry Dino is serving up inexpensive and filling Japanese bento boxes, bean curd sushi and onigiri (rice balls).The tiny shop is cheerful and colourful, with bright walls, hanging plants, and a mosaic cartoon dinosaur. It’s more suitable for takeaway, although if you want to eat in, there are a few […]

Vegan Block Party: plant-based pizzas and hip hop in Sai Ying Pun – carnivores welcome

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The term “junk food” doesn’t conjure up thoughts of plant-based dishes but even vegans like something greasy from time to time. Catering to such cravings, a block party in Sai Ying Pun will serve up vegan (like everything else on the menu) burgers, chicken and meatballs.The Vegan Block Party, on August 3, will be […]

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted shows TV chef’s no Anthony Bourdain – at least, not yet

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Gordon Ramsay has a new TV series, the appropriately self-referential Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, and it’s clearly aiming to fill the food-travelogue void left behind by the late Anthony Bourdain, the chef-raconteur whose signature moves no one can copy – not even Ramsay, a man with more energy than 100 suns.Announced a year ago, less […]

What a French cigar expert loves to eat in Hong Kong: from beef brisket to xiaolongbao

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Frenchman Eric Piras runs Cigraal and manages the Bertie Cigar Lounge in Central. I love simple and tasty cuisine. When I travel, I always prefer to eat local. I like good and professional service. I am the loyal type of customer, always going to the same restaurants, where I like to be recognised, get […]

The story of Jollibee: how a Philippine fast food franchise took on the world

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J You only need to spend about 20 minutes in the Philippines to realise that Filipinos really love to eat. The country has a dazzling profusion of dining outlets, in particular at the casual end of the market, but one brand is seen more than others. And it’s a brand that also seems to induce […]

Soy sauce substitute coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast: should they be part of your diet, and how to use them

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Now that vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free dishes have graduated from special requests to regular menu items, it follows that once-fringe ingredients that address these dietary concerns are also going mainstream.Two seasonings – coconut aminos and nutritional yeast – are becoming more common because they meet the needs of today’s eaters. Here is what you […]

Soy sauce substitute coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast: should they be part of your diet, and how to use them

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Now that vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free dishes have graduated from special requests to regular menu items, it follows that once-fringe ingredients that address these dietary concerns are also going mainstream.Two seasonings – coconut aminos and nutritional yeast – are becoming more common because they meet the needs of today’s eaters. Here is what you […]

Soy sauce substitute coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast: should they be part of your diet, and how to use them

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Now that vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free dishes have graduated from special requests to regular menu items, it follows that once-fringe ingredients that address these dietary concerns are also going mainstream.Two seasonings – coconut aminos and nutritional yeast – are becoming more common because they meet the needs of today’s eaters. Here is what you […]

Why chia seeds are a superfood – but pose health risks for some

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If you follow Instagramers who promote weight-loss diets, you’re likely to have seen them stir tiny black seeds into their oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or puddings.Widely recognised as a superfood, chia seeds are lauded by celebrities including actress Jessica Alba, and supermodels Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss.What makes them so super? Chia seeds are highly […]

Shabu-shabu in Hong Kong: Kuro Shabu in Sheung Wan lets ingredients shine

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Where do you take a guest who’s extremely picky? A friend has a long list of self-imposed dietary requirements, the oddest of which is she doesn’t eat food that is black.Knowing she dislikes Chinese hotpot, I asked – without much hope – if she would eat shabu-shabu. To my surprise, she said yes. I’m […]

Junghyun Park of Atomix and Atoboy: the Korean chef changing New York’s perception of his country’s cuisine

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When did you know you wanted to be a chef? “When I was around 14 or 15. The reason I went to Kyung Hee University [in Seoul, South Korea], which is well known for hospitality, is because it’s not easy for Asian parents to understand sending their son to cooking school, even if it […]

A light recipe for a summer bibimbap, Korean comfort food at its best

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Bibimbap is comfort food – a one-bowl meal of hot rice and contrast­ing cool, flavourful toppings. The variations are almost endless. You can use different types of protein (chicken, beef or pork; or tofu or mushrooms to make it vegetarian) and vary the toppings of pickled or marinated vegetables.Raw fish and myeongnan-jeot bibimbapBibimbap is […]