Sustainability rating scheme encourages restaurants to source responsibly, treat staff and environment better

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Many Hong Kong restaurants have embraced sustainability – not using straws, for example, and shunning fish and shellfish that isn’t on an approved list of sustainably sourced seafood.The average diner appears oblivious to their efforts.“To be honest, guests mostly only care about the price and if it tastes good – and that’s fine with […]

Ex-bankers plough their money into vineyards in England, hoping to beat Champagne at its own game

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nicholas Coates does not miss the commute. In the latter years of his investment banking career, which he left at the age of 47 after working at Royal Bank of Scotland and ING Barings, he’d catch the 5.41am train to London and arrive back at his manor house in the Hampshire countryside in the […]

Ex-bankers plough their money into vineyards in England, hoping to beat Champagne at its own game

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nicholas Coates does not miss the commute. In the latter years of his investment banking career, which he left at the age of 47 after working at Royal Bank of Scotland and ING Barings, he’d catch the 5.41am train to London and arrive back at his manor house in the Hampshire countryside in the […]

Ex-bankers plough their money into vineyards in England, hoping to beat Champagne at its own game

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nicholas Coates does not miss the commute. In the latter years of his investment banking career, which he left at the age of 47 after working at Royal Bank of Scotland and ING Barings, he’d catch the 5.41am train to London and arrive back at his manor house in the Hampshire countryside in the […]

Red Lobster joins Five Guys and The Cheesecake Factory in Hong Kong – but should we even care?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The Red invasion is here! That is, the American casual dining chain Red Lobster that opened in December in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay shopping and dining neighbourhood.I admit I was quite interested in its arrival. In the United States, the chain is hugely popular, including with singer Beyoncé, who name-dropped the restaurant in her […]

Chinese food isn’t fried rice and chow mein – or is it? The stories behind Chinese-Canadian cuisine and the people who sell it

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chop suey, chow mein, egg foo yong, deep-fried lemon chicken, spring rolls, and stir-fried beef and broccoli. These are all dishes typically found on the menu of a Chinese-Canadian restaurant.They may not be authentically Chinese, but they are culturally distinct. Vancouver-born journalist Ann Hui, 36, took an interest in the culinary curiosities after learning […]

How to make Cantonese lobster with ginger and spring onions, ideal for a luxurious festive meal

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Not everyone celebrates the holidays with a big family feast; some people like to have a more intimate meal, or even spend the time alone. Served with steamed rice and champagne, this Cantonese dish of lobster with ginger and spring onion is the perfect celebratory meal for two (or one, if you’re a big […]

Tips for a foodie adventure in Hong Kong from a sommelier, and where she goes to drink and eat

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Sommelier Olivia Lee is the founder of online artisanal wine importer and retailer Penticton (pentictonpacific.com), which has a store in The Mills, Tsuen Wan I am definitely a street food person. To me, street food is one of the most authentic representations of any city. It is a snapshot of history, culture and lifestyle – […]

Dear dairy: why is cheese in Hong Kong so expensive, especially when prices elsewhere have fallen?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J One aspect of Hong Kong life newcomers immediately remark upon is the inflated price of certain perishable foods, even taking into account the sometimes vast distances between the point of production and local retailers. Cheese is one commodity that is needlessly expensive in our supermarkets, even though prices elsewhere have fallen dramatically in recent […]

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

Restaurant review: The Common Room in Sai Wan – ‘gastropub’ dishes generous and full of flavour

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J My guest and I were sceptical when we arrived at The Common Room in Sai Wan, in Hong Kong’s Western District. The menu calls its a gastropub, but it lacks the warm, convivial buzz of the gastropubs we’ve visited, and seemed more like a rather generic restaurant in a hotel – which, in fact, […]

Restaurant review: The Common Room in Sai Wan – ‘gastropub’ dishes generous and full of flavour

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J My guest and I were sceptical when we arrived at The Common Room in Sai Wan, in Hong Kong’s Western District. The menu calls its a gastropub, but it lacks the warm, convivial buzz of the gastropubs we’ve visited, and seemed more like a rather generic restaurant in a hotel – which, in fact, […]

The six airlines serving the best Christmas in-flight meals – think roast turkey and goose, plum liqueur and, for Japanese, New Year lucky noodles

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The holiday season is in full swing and, just like your neighbourhood stores, shopping malls and car dealerships, airlines are getting into the festive spirit.Beyond the in-flight entertainment systems featuring films like Elf, the good cheer is popping up on-board in the form of food and drink offerings.While no one appears to be serving […]

Why Hong Kong’s surviving dai pai dongs are still loved, and the owners who just won’t quit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It’s 6pm in Hong Kong and as the last glow of sunlight disappears, it’s time for most people to start winding down. But for Lam Kee-sing, the busiest time of the day is just starting.Lam is the chef-owner of Sing Kee, one of the few remaining dai pai dongs – street food stalls – […]

How United States became world’s top soybean producer, what it does with them, and why US-China trade war makes crop’s future uncertain

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In 1905, the US Department of Agriculture sent Frank Meyer to China to look for interesting seeds. Over the next three years the Netherlands-born plant explorer, who had trained at the famous Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam (and changed his name from Frans Meijer when he emigrated to the United States), would send back thousands […]

Restaurant review: Red Pocket Cafe in Wan Chai – US$9 cart noodles disappoint, but other lunch dishes delicious

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Among the shops and restaurants on bustling Jaffe Road in Wan Chai, Red Pocket Cart Noodles Cafe stands out for its vintage Hong Kong-style storefront.We arrived at noon when the shop only had a few customers, but within half an hour, it was full. The cafe has a nice, homely atmosphere and friendly staff. […]

Latin America’s top chef on cooking in the now – ‘I like to cook the way I live and I live one day at a time’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How was it growing up in a bicultural environ­ment? “My father was Japanese but I was born in Peru. I went to Japan to gain experience working as a chef. At first it was tough. The Japanese expect you to suffer while learning so that you will appreciate success. That is very different from […]

Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau awards first stars to newcomers Louise, Rùn, and Andre Chiang’s Sichuan Moon

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Michelin stars for six-month-old Louise at PMQ, a first star for Petrus, where new executive chef Uwe Opocensky unveiled his first menus in November, and a third star for Forum and Sushi Shikon – these were among the highlights at the unveiling on Tuesday of the 2020 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau.Another newcomer, […]

The fake-meat challenge for US firms in China, where millions aspire to eat real meat and plant-based foods are natural

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the Wangjing neighbourhood of Beijing, ZeroGo is one of the city’s few vegan restaurants. It offers pizza, protein bowls and Asian-fusion fare, and online reviews rave about the menu’s creativity, which includes a vegan Big Mac, complete with vegan cheese and dairy-free special sauce. The “burger” is made from scratch, an original, pea-based recipe.If the American fake-meat […]

Where to eat the best dumplings in Hong Kong, according to a mega fan, and the city’s best coffee

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Public relations executive Ivan Theodoulou is Newell PR’s regional director, and a resident of Sai Kung.My tastes tend to be more Chinese-oriented although there are lapses. I also have an airline mentality, ie, chicken or fish, when it comes to choosing dishes because I’ve never been a big red meat eater. And for lunch, […]

How the ‘hellish cityscape of Beijing’ inspired a cookbook by Taiwanese-Canadian

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwanese-Canadian Mandy Lee’s first attempt at cooking was not a success. In one of the chapters of The Art of Escapism Cooking (2019), she writes that when she was 16 and growing up in Vancouver, her mother and three “aunties” would have all-day sessions of mahjong. Each of the players would pay $5 for […]

Poem in Lan Kwai Fong, Central: new Indonesian restaurant’s dishes inventive and richly flavoured

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I would never have recognised the space occupied by a new Indonesian restaurant, Poem, in LKF Tower in Hong Kong’s Central entertainment district, as that which previously housed Lily & Bloom.The high-ceilinged room has been transformed from a cool and edgy spot to one that’s equally beautiful, but with a tropical, spa-like atmosphere (fortunately, […]

Female brewers hope their pink ale encourages more Hong Kong women to create, and drink, beer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Stella Lo Yin-ting pries the top off an amber bottle, pours a carmine-coloured drink into her beer glass and takes a sip. She examines the label, gazing at her own likeness rendered in cartoon form alongside those of the beer’s other creators.“I’m happy with how this turned out,” she says. Her smile contrasts with […]

The breweries making beers to go with Chinese food in Hong Kong, and how beer pairings with food work

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chef Jowett Yu’s pairing of grilled New Zealand fatty lamb ribs and an especially brewed beer has been years in the making. Years ago in China, the Hong Kong restaurateur had eaten lamb ribs at Guanguanji, a restaurant in Shanghai. The lamb had been slathered in cumin, fennel and chilli powder, and he had […]

Where to find the perfect plant-based festive food and meals in Hong Kong this Christmas

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If you, your friends or loved ones have joined the meat-free masses, you may be wondering how to satisfy holiday hunger on a plant-based diet.Here are some of the tempting festive meals and food gifts on offer in Hong Kong this year.Hampers satisfy traditional cravings, raw hungerPopular meat-free dining and grocery chain Green Common […]

Two quick and easy recipes to get you through the holiday season – no turkey necessary

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead up to the holidays, many of us are busy shopping for gifts, tidying up our homes for visiting friends and family andwrapping things up at work so we can enjoy the break. What that means, however, is we don’t always have time to prepare meals, so we end up getting take­away […]

What to drink with a meal? Wine, beer, soft drinks, juice, milk tea, nut milk – why I can never decide, unless there’s kombucha on the menu

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Some people have trouble deciding what appetiser and main course to order at restaurants. My problem is the drinks list. I never know what to drink with my meal. To be clear, my indecision is quite different from the oenophile who can’t choose between a reasonably priced New World pinot noir that goes with […]

Chinese, Italian Middle Eastern: where a nutrition and fitness coach likes to eat in Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Former lawyer Beth Wright arrived in Hong Kong in 2007 and never looked back, switching careers to become a nutrition and fitness coach, teaching people to become accountable for their own health and life.I am a confessed foodie who believes a healthy diet can incorporate everything in moderation. My favourite restaurants are generally small […]

How Korean fried chicken – the other KFC – became a huge hit in South Korea and then the world

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “Who hates fried chicken? Even a shoe tastes good when you fry it,” chef Yong Soo-do says with a laugh, as he waits for a vat of oil to reach optimal temperature to fry thinly battered pieces of chicken.Like many Koreans, Yong has fond memories of growing up eating fried chicken with his family. […]

Japanese home cooking can be as simple as any other cuisine – Sonoko Sakai makes it easy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For many of us, cooking Japanese food at home seems far beyond our capability. That’s ridiculous, of course – home cooks in Japan aren’t meticulously carving daikon into paper-thin ribbons, cutting 300kg bluefin tuna into sushi or making dashi jelly. They leave that to the professionals. Japanese home cooking can be as simple as […]

Japanese home cooking can be as simple as any other cuisine – Sonoko Sakai makes it easy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For many of us, cooking Japanese food at home seems far beyond our capability. That’s ridiculous, of course – home cooks in Japan aren’t meticulously carving daikon into paper-thin ribbons, cutting 300kg bluefin tuna into sushi or making dashi jelly. They leave that to the professionals. Japanese home cooking can be as simple as […]

Japanese home cooking can be as simple as any other cuisine – Sonoko Sakai makes it easy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For many of us, cooking Japanese food at home seems far beyond our capability. That’s ridiculous, of course – home cooks in Japan aren’t meticulously carving daikon into paper-thin ribbons, cutting 300kg bluefin tuna into sushi or making dashi jelly. They leave that to the professionals. Japanese home cooking can be as simple as […]

Hong Kong seafood’s quality ‘the same as in a Japanese fish market’, globetrotting Japanese chef Mitsuhiro Araki says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How did you get interested in cooking? “After World War II, my grand­parents divorced and my grandmother married again. My step-grandfather knew how to cook Western food and in the 1940s he opened two cafes in Kyushu. He could make simple dishes like omelettes, steak, hamburgers.“Growing up in a small village in Kyushu, Western […]

Review: Zest by Konishi – French-Japanese restaurant close to perfection; no wonder booking a table is difficult

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J We’ve been hearing lots of good things about Zest by Konishi, which is in the two-storey space that once housed modern French fine-dining restaurant ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge, in Hong Kong’s Central district.The French-Japanese restaurant by chef Mitsuru Konishi has, however, always been full when we have tried to book, so we have […]

Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The newest kid on the block in Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan is Crit Room, an Italian restaurant. What does Crit Room mean? I’ll get to that later.Sleek-looking with shiny black walls and tableware to match, the restaurant is diagonally opposite Nordic restaurant Frantzen’s Kitchen in the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood towards the […]

Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The newest kid on the block in Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan is Crit Room, an Italian restaurant. What does Crit Room mean? I’ll get to that later.Sleek-looking with shiny black walls and tableware to match, the restaurant is diagonally opposite Nordic restaurant Frantzen’s Kitchen in the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood towards the […]

Hong Kong designer in Donald Tsang misconduct case opens Italian restaurant – it’s all about food, not money, Barrie Ho says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The newest kid on the block in Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan is Crit Room, an Italian restaurant. What does Crit Room mean? I’ll get to that later.Sleek-looking with shiny black walls and tableware to match, the restaurant is diagonally opposite Nordic restaurant Frantzen’s Kitchen in the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood towards the […]

Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Of the produce most often featured on fine-dining menus in Hong Kong, more is sourced from Hokkaido than anywhere else. So it’s no surprise that taking a five-hour flight from the city to Sapporo is well worth it for the dining.The island’s capital and its largest city, Sapporo entices diners with stellar ingredients, whether […]

Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Of the produce most often featured on fine-dining menus in Hong Kong, more is sourced from Hokkaido than anywhere else. So it’s no surprise that taking a five-hour flight from the city to Sapporo is well worth it for the dining.The island’s capital and its largest city, Sapporo entices diners with stellar ingredients, whether […]

Chinese cabbage, or napa cabbage – one of the most recognisable vegetables in Asian cooking

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Napa cabbage is one of the most recognisable vegetables in Asian cooking. You can find it fermented as kimchi in South Korea, wrapped around larb in Thailand and served in warm broth in southern China.The cabbage is the result of centuries of natural cross-breeding between two popular vegetables: the small green bok choy of […]

How to make fried wontons with sweet-and-sour sauce – a guaranteed crowd pleaser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead-up to the holiday season, friends and family are hosting everything from casual barbecues and BYOB parties to extravagant catered dinners. These fried wontons with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce are delicious and, as finger food, suitable for all but the most formal occasions.Fried wontonsThis recipe makes a lot of wontons, but your guests […]

How to make fried wontons with sweet-and-sour sauce – a guaranteed crowd pleaser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead-up to the holiday season, friends and family are hosting everything from casual barbecues and BYOB parties to extravagant catered dinners. These fried wontons with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce are delicious and, as finger food, suitable for all but the most formal occasions.Fried wontonsThis recipe makes a lot of wontons, but your guests […]

How to make fried wontons with sweet-and-sour sauce – a guaranteed crowd pleaser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the lead-up to the holiday season, friends and family are hosting everything from casual barbecues and BYOB parties to extravagant catered dinners. These fried wontons with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce are delicious and, as finger food, suitable for all but the most formal occasions.Fried wontonsThis recipe makes a lot of wontons, but your guests […]

AirAsia opens restaurant inspired by its in-flight meals, Santan, in Kuala Lumpur mall

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “I wish I could order this even when I’m not flying,” is probably not what most air travellers think when tucking into their in-flight meal. But AirAsia, a low-cost carrier based in Malaysia, is hoping that’s exactly how its customers feel.This week, the airline opened the first restaurant inspired by its in-flight food offerings […]

AirAsia opens restaurant inspired by its in-flight meals, Santan, in Kuala Lumpur mall

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “I wish I could order this even when I’m not flying,” is probably not what most air travellers think when tucking into their in-flight meal. But AirAsia, a low-cost carrier based in Malaysia, is hoping that’s exactly how its customers feel.This week, the airline opened the first restaurant inspired by its in-flight food offerings […]

AirAsia opens restaurant inspired by its in-flight meals, Santan, in Kuala Lumpur mall

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J “I wish I could order this even when I’m not flying,” is probably not what most air travellers think when tucking into their in-flight meal. But AirAsia, a low-cost carrier based in Malaysia, is hoping that’s exactly how its customers feel.This week, the airline opened the first restaurant inspired by its in-flight food offerings […]

The best places to visit in Melbourne: the inside scoop on the culture capital of Australia, and why it (and not Sydney) should be your next destination in 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Despite the pull of Sydney, people in Asia increasingly see Melbourne – with its buzzy, creative vibe – as an attractive place to visit, own a second home, or to live.“There’s an adventure to be had, any day of the week,” says Hong Kong-raised Arthur Gillion, general manager of marketing for the Australian Grand […]

The best places to visit in Melbourne: the inside scoop on the culture capital of Australia, and why it (and not Sydney) should be your next destination in 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Despite the pull of Sydney, people in Asia increasingly see Melbourne – with its buzzy, creative vibe – as an attractive place to visit, own a second home, or to live.“There’s an adventure to be had, any day of the week,” says Hong Kong-raised Arthur Gillion, general manager of marketing for the Australian Grand […]

South Korea Michelin stars-for-bribe claim: chef files case against guide publisher, sues for libel, after alleging she asked to pay US$42,000 for a star rating

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J By Kang Seung-wooA Korean chef, who refused to pay money to a “monetary consultant” allegedly working for Michelin Korea, has filed a complaint with prosecutors alleging fraud and attempted extortion amid growing questions over the authenticity of the local Michelin branch’s selection of Korean restaurants for its ratings guide.In addition, Yun Kyoung-suk, the owner […]

South Korea Michelin stars-for-bribe claim: chef files case against guide publisher, sues for libel, after alleging she asked to pay US$42,000 for a star rating

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J By Kang Seung-wooA Korean chef, who refused to pay money to a “monetary consultant” allegedly working for Michelin Korea, has filed a complaint with prosecutors alleging fraud and attempted extortion amid growing questions over the authenticity of the local Michelin branch’s selection of Korean restaurants for its ratings guide.In addition, Yun Kyoung-suk, the owner […]

How Australia’s Asian food courts from Sydney to Cairns are winning over diners with their inexpensive dishes and Oriental styling

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The woks spit as a rich scent of ramen broth, barbecued pork and sizzling beef fills the air, while customers compete for a seat in a crowded melange of tiny food shops. Lit with red paper lanterns, this alley could be anywhere in Asia, from Seoul to Singapore, Bangkok or Beijing, but it’s in […]

At Spring Field in Wan Chai, Vietnamese pho with Angus beef and wagyu broth for under US$10

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tucked down Swatow Street in Wan Chai, Spring Field specialises in Vietnamese pho with wagyu broth. A small and charming spot, it has wood furnishings and an open kitchen, with friendly and helpful staff.We arrived at noon, barely avoiding the lunch rush. Customers can choose between two types of noodles – pho and Thai […]

Italian chef Igles Corelli, the master of crispy lasagne, on his creative roots

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What are your childhood memories of your parents’ trattoria in Argenta, Italy? “I remember my mum rolling dough for tagliatelle and making baked pasta. I also remember the smell of roasted potatoes. The trattoria was a familiar environment.“I was very young when I started helping my parents, mostly serving dishes to customers. That was […]

Where an Italian restaurant manager in Hong Kong eats dim sum, spicy crabs and other Chinese dishes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Raised in Genoa, Italy, Camillo Migliavacca is the restaurant manager of Spasso, part of the DiVino Group, in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui East area. I generally eat very simply and mostly healthily as I’m not so young now. I try to eat a lot of fruit and avoid fried stuff but I do […]

Taro – the starchy sweet tuber that’s delicious, versatile and has more calories than potatoes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The first time I peeled a freshly picked taro, my entire arm immediately broke out in a rash.The starchy sweet tuber, with a taste akin to yam, contains quite a bit of calcium oxalate, a nasty skin irritant for some people but a defence mechanism for many plants in the same family as taro.The […]

Pocari Sweat: how the iconic sports drink, huge in Asia, became one of Japan’s most successful beverages

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J For a drinks brand with a name that borders on the unappetising, Pocari Sweat has fared well. An argument could even be made that this Japanese sports drink owes some of its success to the head-turning name on the brand’s distinctive blue-and-white bottles.Jeffrey Gilbert, head of public relations for the pharmaceuticals division of Pocari […]

First impressions of Camilla restaurant in Wan Chai – pig’s trotters, goose liver among classic and quirky Chiu Chow dishes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Our meal at Camilla was full of surprises – all pleasant, I’m pleased to say.Well, the first experience was neutral. When my guest called to book, she was told that it’s a private kitchen (although open to the public), so we’d have to pre-order most of the dishes. We had a quick discussion, and […]

How to make a vegetarian version of Korean chigae soup with a kick of fermented soybean paste

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Although Korean cuisine is usually associated with meaty barbecue, it is an occasional treat in South Korea, not something that is consumed every day. Korean food is in fact healthy because it incor­por­ates a multitude of vegetables, many of which are fermented (and there­fore great for digestion) and served as kimchi or as the […]

Michelin Guide Beijing gives three stars to Xin Rong Ji in inaugural list of city’s best restaurants

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Xin Rong Ji was the big winner in the The Michelin Guide Beijing 2020 – the first edition of the guide for the city – with the restaurant’s location on Xin Yuan South Road awarded the only three stars given to any restaurant in Beijing this year, while two of its other locations were […]

Clever food marketing sells, like uni or Boston roast. But would you buy a long, hard baguette from a ‘master baker’?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Call me juvenile, but I chuckled like Beavis and Butt-Head when I recently received a press release about a new bakery which, in bold headline, described the French owner as a “celebrity master baker”. It’s an unfortunate phrase. They could have called him a “great boulanger” or “artisan pâtissier”. Instead, they chose words that […]

Barack Obama’s favourite sushi restaurant – visited by Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman – omitted from 2020 Tokyo Michelin guide

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A famed Tokyo sushi restaurant where Barack Obama is said to have enjoyed the best sushi of his life has been dropped from the latest Michelin gourmet guide after it stopped accepting reservations from the general public.Sukiyabashi Jiro, immortalised in the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, has earned three Michelin stars every year […]

Barack Obama’s favourite sushi restaurant – visited by Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman – omitted from 2020 Tokyo Michelin guide

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A famed Tokyo sushi restaurant where Barack Obama is said to have enjoyed the best sushi of his life has been dropped from the latest Michelin gourmet guide after it stopped accepting reservations from the general public.Sukiyabashi Jiro, immortalised in the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, has earned three Michelin stars every year […]

Barack Obama’s favourite sushi restaurant – visited by Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman – omitted from 2020 Tokyo Michelin guide

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A famed Tokyo sushi restaurant where Barack Obama is said to have enjoyed the best sushi of his life has been dropped from the latest Michelin gourmet guide after it stopped accepting reservations from the general public.Sukiyabashi Jiro, immortalised in the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, has earned three Michelin stars every year […]

Where to eat in Singapore: three of the hottest restaurants right now, from seafood in Raffles Singapore’s BBR to healthy eats in Cook & Tras Social Library

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Be it stalwarts that have stood the test of time or exciting new venues, every visit to Singapore reaffirms the Lion City’s status as one of Asia’s best destinations for dining out.BBR by legendary French chef Alain Ducasse combines both these elements in a brand-new restaurant in historic surroundings – the recently restored Raffles […]

How Hidetoshi Nakata went from football and fashion icon to Japanese cultural ambassador

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The man once dubbed the “David Beckham of Asia” does not look back. Hidetoshi Nakata has more than moved on from a storied football career that ended abruptly 13 years ago at the tender age of 29. Stylish and charismatic, as a 21-year-old creative midfielder he led Japan to their first World Cup appearance […]

Pizza, pretty dim sum and the perfect carbonara: Hong Kong restaurants where a budding blogger likes to eat

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Hongkonger Priscilla Tan is a marketing professional in the IT industry and budding travel and books blogger (wandererwithabook.wordpress.com)I love restaurants that allow me to linger over lunch or dinner, and won’t push me out after a time. I believe good food must be enjoyed, whether I am eating alone or with family and friends.For […]

Unique Indonesian restaurant offers fish pedicures while you eat, with tables and chairs sitting in ankle-deep water

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J As he eats a traditional Indonesian meal, Adi Karyanov gets himself the two-in-one special at a new restaurant offering pedicures by fish.The tables and chairs at Soto Cokro Kembang in Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta sit in ankle-deep water, home to thousands of little fish that nibble dead skin off the feet of diners.“I felt […]

Chinese bitter melon – why the polarising ‘gentleman’s vegetable’ is just misunderstood

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Bitter melon is a polarising plant. Some people love it, others abhor its bitter flavour.Despite the name, the taste is actually not too overwhelming. In Chinese cuisine, bitter melon is sometimes called a “gentleman’s vegetable” because it doesn’t impart its bitterness on other ingredients when cooked. You’ll often find it stir-fried with fermented black […]

A history of Macau in 10 traditional fusion dishes, from African chicken to devil’s curry

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J One of the best ways to connect with a city is through its native food, and Macau has a wide range of comforting and delicious snacks and meals to offer, from the hot and tart devil’s curry to a crab salad made with papaya flowers.The cuisine of the former Portuguese colony, on China’s southern […]

A history of Macau in 10 traditional fusion dishes, from African chicken to devil’s curry

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J One of the best ways to connect with a city is through its native food, and Macau has a wide range of comforting and delicious snacks and meals to offer, from the hot and tart devil’s curry to a crab salad made with papaya flowers.The cuisine of the former Portuguese colony, on China’s southern […]

A history of Macau in 10 traditional fusion dishes, from African chicken to devil’s curry

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J One of the best ways to connect with a city is through its native food, and Macau has a wide range of comforting and delicious snacks and meals to offer, from the hot and tart devil’s curry to a crab salad made with papaya flowers.The cuisine of the former Portuguese colony, on China’s southern […]

Egyptian food – hummus, tagine, falafel – at Hong Kong’s Aziza in Sai Ying Pun hits the spot

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Anyone lamenting the closure of Habibi, the Egyptian restaurant that had been in various locations in Lan Kwai Fong and Central, should make their way to Aziza, which has opened a new branch of its Kennedy Town-based eatery in Sai Ying Pun.The owner, Mohsen Ibrahim, used to be the chef at Habibi, and he […]

‘My Netflix show honours Antony Bourdain’: celebrity chef David Chang on Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J With its food-travel fusion and trips to parts unknown, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner host David Chang understands why critics are making comparisons to his late friend and colleague Anthony Bourdain.“I don’t know how you couldn’t,” says the restaurateur, chef and food personality. “He was a pretty significant person in my life. But, whether we […]

Quick breakfast recipe: Chinese macaroni soup noodles, with a twist

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I love Chinese breakfasts of macaroni soup noodles, served at inexpensive restaurants. The dish comes with various toppings, including a thin slice of ham (or a thicker slice of pan-fried canned luncheon meat, such as Spam) and a fried egg, in a monosodium gluta­mate-heavy broth.My favourite version has thin slivers of pork cooked with […]

Quick breakfast recipe: Chinese macaroni soup noodles, with a twist

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I love Chinese breakfasts of macaroni soup noodles, served at inexpensive restaurants. The dish comes with various toppings, including a thin slice of ham (or a thicker slice of pan-fried canned luncheon meat, such as Spam) and a fried egg, in a monosodium gluta­mate-heavy broth.My favourite version has thin slivers of pork cooked with […]

Quick breakfast recipe: Chinese macaroni soup noodles, with a twist

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J I love Chinese breakfasts of macaroni soup noodles, served at inexpensive restaurants. The dish comes with various toppings, including a thin slice of ham (or a thicker slice of pan-fried canned luncheon meat, such as Spam) and a fried egg, in a monosodium gluta­mate-heavy broth.My favourite version has thin slivers of pork cooked with […]

Michelin-star chef in Macau on minimalist cuisine and why ginger is more Italian than tomatoes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J You went to business school before deciding to become a chef. What made you change your mind? “I was good at school, so all my teachers pushed me to go to university and my family wanted it as well. I went to Bocconi, in Milan, the most famous university in Italy for economics. I […]

Themed restaurants in Beijing: schoolroom, river boat, Mongolian yurt, Chinese royal garden among the options for a meal out

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Eating out is no longer just about the food – it’s also about what you can snap for Instagram.Restaurant aesthetics – from the decor to how the food is presented – have taken on unprecedented importance, prompting some restaurateurs to put just as much thought into how photogenic their concept is as what to […]

Lucknow: north Indian city’s architecture, food and bazaars an enticing mix for tourists

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J With tourists avoiding New Delhi because of the harmful air quality and smog, Lucknow, just over an hour’s flight from the capital, is a great alternative, offering a rich mix of architecture, craft and culinary heritage.The capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the River Gomti, Lucknow has been ruled […]

Italian chef behind ‘best roast chicken ever’ almost became a computer engineer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tell us about your childhood. “I learned the importance of the quality of food when I was very young. My family has a farm [in Telese Terme, in south­western Italy’s Campania region] and we made salami, jam and marmalade; we ate vegetables from the garden; we raised chickens, rabbits, turkeys, pigeons and lambs. I […]

Italian chef behind ‘best roast chicken ever’ almost became a computer engineer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tell us about your childhood. “I learned the importance of the quality of food when I was very young. My family has a farm [in Telese Terme, in south­western Italy’s Campania region] and we made salami, jam and marmalade; we ate vegetables from the garden; we raised chickens, rabbits, turkeys, pigeons and lambs. I […]

Italian chef behind ‘best roast chicken ever’ almost became a computer engineer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Tell us about your childhood. “I learned the importance of the quality of food when I was very young. My family has a farm [in Telese Terme, in south­western Italy’s Campania region] and we made salami, jam and marmalade; we ate vegetables from the garden; we raised chickens, rabbits, turkeys, pigeons and lambs. I […]

Chinese, Italian, Indian: a long-time vegetarian picks his favourite restaurants in Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Paul Haswell is a partner at legal firm Pinsent Masons, specialising in technology, media and telecommunications.I have been vegetarian for 26 years. Sometimes it can be challenging to find good vegan food in Hong Kong but things have improved massively over the past 10 years. I like trying new cuisines and will pretty much […]

What is Filipino food? Cookbook attempts to define the cuisine of ‘cultural exchange’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The authors of The Food of the Philippines (2005) start the book with a great question: what is Filipino food?In an introductory essay, the late food writer and historian Doreen G. Fernandez attempts to answer that, starting with more questions. “Is it adobo – which has a Spanish name, yet contains chicken, pork, vegetables […]

If you can’t give up meat, cut down and still feel the health benefits – meet the Reducetarians

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When Brian Kateman started the Reducetarian movement in the US five years ago, his father, Russell Kateman, supported the concept of reducing the world’s consumption of animal products. He just didn’t follow the dietary approach himself.Surely he could love both his child and Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches?Then, last year, Russell gave in and cut back […]

Super steaks, beef tartare and even chicken breast at new Hong Kong restaurant Associazione Chianti in Wan Chai

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It’s pretty obvious from the name that the Black Sheep restaurant group’s newest establishment, Associazione Chianti, focuses on the cuisine of the Chianti region in Tuscany.It’s a convivial place (probably more so for our table, because my guest and I were recognised), with funny, friendly waiters, a refrigerated meat display at the entrance, candle-wax-covered […]

Popular US seafood restaurant Red Lobster to open in Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Despite five months of growing anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which have reduced spending in the city’s bars and restaurants, entrepreneurs are still taking the plunge and opening new places.One of them is David Martin, whose company will open Red Lobster, a well-known American seafood restaurant, in Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk late this month […]

How to make ‘Mom’s chicken wings’ fried in soy sauce – an easy recipe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J My brothers and I call these “Mom’s chicken wings” because we loved them when we were growing up. Because the wings are fried, my mother didn’t cook them often, so they were considered a treat. She served the wings on a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce, which then became flavoured with the soy-sauce coating, […]

How to pair wines with spicy food – from fiery Sichuan cuisine to South American jalapeño heat

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Choosing a wine to pair with spicy food can be challenging.In Asia, Sichuan cuisine, with its tongue-numbing, fiery bite, is probably the most challenging to pair with wine, as there are so many aromas, flavours and textures to contend with, ranging from fragrant seafood dishes to the spicy, rich mapo tofu.Many drinkers would pick […]

How to pair wines with spicy food – from fiery Sichuan cuisine to South American jalapeño heat

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Choosing a wine to pair with spicy food can be challenging.In Asia, Sichuan cuisine, with its tongue-numbing, fiery bite, is probably the most challenging to pair with wine, as there are so many aromas, flavours and textures to contend with, ranging from fragrant seafood dishes to the spicy, rich mapo tofu.Many drinkers would pick […]

How to pair wines with spicy food – from fiery Sichuan cuisine to South American jalapeño heat

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Choosing a wine to pair with spicy food can be challenging.In Asia, Sichuan cuisine, with its tongue-numbing, fiery bite, is probably the most challenging to pair with wine, as there are so many aromas, flavours and textures to contend with, ranging from fragrant seafood dishes to the spicy, rich mapo tofu.Many drinkers would pick […]

Highs and lows of Lowell Cafe, America’s first cannabis cafe, where weed is king and everyone is smiling – despite the food and lack of booze

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J You smell the cafe blocks before you reach it. While the scent of marijuana smoke is ubiquitous in Los Angeles, walking up to Lowell Cafe – “America’s Original Cannabis Cafe” – feels like approaching an especially pungent forest fire.On the street outside you first encounter a doorman who checks your name against a list, […]

Chinese water spinach, or kangkong – eaten widely across Asia, but considered a weed in the US

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If you grew up in Asia – or have had some exposure to its food – you’ve most definitely encountered the Chinese water spinach, sometimes called morning glory.A long, crunchy vegetable with a hollow stem, it’s usually served as a side dish, draped with a blanket of minced garlic, water, a pinch of salt […]

Fast food vs food fast: eating in restaurants and quick slow cooking

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Competitive cooking shows such as Top Chef and MasterChef are all about torture and sadomasochism.In the latter programme, Gordon Ramsay and his judges squeeze the drama by imposing ridiculous time limits on amateur cooks, which ratchets up their stress. The poor contestants are forced to attempt impossible tasks such as making three different pastas […]

A first taste of new Petrus menus as Shangri-La hotel fine-dining restaurant moves with the times

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The decor is still decades old – for now – at Petrus, but the menu has gone from multi-page to minimalist at the Island Shangri-la hotel’s 56th floor fine-dining restaurant under new executive chef Uwe Opocensky.A single sheet is enough to contain its new lunchtime menu, for example. There are four appetisers (two cold, […]