Friday, June 10, 2016

The best rice I've ever had - Warakuen, Ureshino Onsen, Saga

Warakuen 和楽園 in Ureshino, Japan, decked out for the New Year
Months after our road trip in Kyushu (the western-ish side: Fukuoka - Nagasaki - Ureshino - Saga - Fukuoka), there is only one thing that keeps coming up in conversation - the rice we had at our ryokan in Ureshino.

Friday, June 03, 2016

The 38 Essential Hong Kong Restaurants for Eater


Eater Best Restaurants in Hong Kong
Essential Hong Kong Restaurants! Go get it on eater.com
It's been three months since my last blog post - OMG.

(What are you doing here anyway? It's 2016 folks, at least get on Instagram maybe? I thought blogs were like stone tablets now. And no, kids, a tablet does not always mean an iPad.)

Just dropping in to say that Eater has launched a guide to eating around the whole wide world (well, sort of, but not really. You know what I mean) and once again, I got to put my 5 8 10 (actually, let's not go there) years of professional eating in HK to good use. ENJOY! And please don't get angry. When it comes to food lists, there is never anything to argue about, only more food to eat. #wisdom

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Issaya Siamese Club, Hong Kong - Smoke and Mirrors

Choo-Chee Salmon Rom Kwan at Issaya Siamese Club, Hong Kong
Let me start by saying this: Issaya Siamese Club is a gorgeous looking restaurant.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

20 best dishes of 2015

#AMBERxBENU bamboo shoot with black truffle bao
Greedy food folk like me are lucky to eat a lot of good things all the time*, and I'm so very grateful to everyone who makes good food available to us (me!). In no particular order, I'd just like to celebrate 20 very memorable dishes I had (something I started 4 years ago and was supposed to continue annually but didn't - here's 2011 and 2012).

Monday, December 21, 2015

Amber - Charming as always

Cèpes at Amber
I don't think Amber needs any introduction. It's just funny to think that once upon a time I had to convince my bosses that it was worthy of being included alongside the Robuchons and other, older, hotel fine diners.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Taiwanese Meat Sauce, with no meat

Vegetarian rou zao (肉燥), in danzai noodles
To call this a "recipe" is kind of crazy, because it's basically throwing a bunch to stuff in a pan, but I guess that just tells you how easy it is to cook something pretty crave-worthy in about 15 minutes.

I looked up how to make southern Taiwanese meat sauce*, rou zao (肉燥) when I was craving dan zai mian (擔仔麵), an old-school noodles classic usually with a prawny-porky broth, prawns, some egg and this meat sauce.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tong Chong Street Market

Tong Chong Street Market
So, I've started a new farmers' market in Hong Kong - actually it's been over a month now, but it just didn't occur to me to write about it. As you might remember, it's not the first time I've done something like this, although I'm happy to say that Tong Chong Street Market is a big improvement on my previous efforts, and much closer to my ideal - a food-focused farmers' market. We have a total of 40 stalls, 20 local farmers, 10 special stalls for food you can eat on the spot, and 10 stalls where you can buy pantry items, bread, wine and so on. But isn't she a writer, you ask, why bother setting up something like this? (Okay, no-one asked but I'm just going to tell you).

Friday, November 06, 2015

Burch & Purchese - My favourite cakes in Melbourne

Caramel, chocolate & hazelnut choux at Burch & Purchese
I've wanted to write about Burch & Purchese for ages - I came here about half a dozen times buying basically all the cakes we ever needed on the project I was working on (shooting this movie, and yeah we needed a lot of cake) because it was just so darned good. You can tell from the pics that I came around Chinese New Year 2015 - yes, it has taken me that long to blog it but anyone who reads this blog shouldn't be surprised by now :P