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Found these photos from over a year ago and realised that I never wrote about my last Taipei trip. I no longer go on the hunt for “best this and that” following the crowds, but instead spend more time in the moment, wandering and discovering instead of checking things off a list. Here’s what I […]

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I took up the offer to visit my old friend Fish and spend time with her beautiful family who were on an NGO secondment in Melaka. Spending quality time and reminiscing about the old days over 17 years ago (!) had to be my favourite part of the trip, never mind the food. I love […]

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A little list of our Paris favourites when we head back to France annually for Hong Kong Tatler. From fine dining establishments to brasseries across the city of light, these are options that aren’t just for the deep pocketed.

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This is a belated post and the restaurant has since gone on to garner one Michelin star. I liked the food here, but have many friends who didn’t. I think the flavours and tastes were well distilled, but the execution still feels like a work in progress. Well, I later learned that chef Han was […]

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When I last caught up with Jen in Beijing a couple of years ago, she mentioned she was researching a book on noodles and was planning a trip across the silk road to investigate the history and story of noodles. I’m so glad I picked this up at the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. There […]

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Just last month Mr Chef was in Sydney cooking alongside Singapore’s new gastro hawker sensation Hawker Chan – the world’s cheapest one Michelin star meal. Move over Tim Ho Wan – overrated dim sum franchise of the decade! We went in search of Hawker Chan on chef’s last visit to Singapore hoping to say hello […]

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So many hipster cafés have sprung up around Singapore and they all have the same vibe: rustic, beautiful environment, instagram perfect food and often times instagram perfect mise en scene like marble top tables, rustic utensils for props etc. The refinery is that kind of café serving hipster price (read: overpriced food), but you’re really paying […]

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This would have made a great film for the food and culture anthropology class I teach at the hospitality school IFT Macao. Chef Peng, the guy who invented the dish passed away earlier this month, and the documentary digs deep with historians and food writers like Fuchsia Dunlop and Jennifer Lee (who wrote another great […]

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I haven’t had the chance to spend much time at the National Gallery Singapore, apart from a long degustation lunch at Odette I wasn’t aware that there was local Peranakan celebrity chef Violet Oon with her National Gallery outfit. The space is gorgeous and achingly hip. The food – rich, flavourful with a modern twist. We had […]

Going home after living away for more than a decade always feels new and old at the same time. Catching up with old friends at new hip places and going to the same places I’ve been going to for decades with my parents. I still feel displaced, alienated, happy, sad all at once and I […]

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