My story for Culture Trip after the launch of Beijing’s first Michelin Guide with some of my old and new favourites. I also got to speak to Chinese food authority Fuchsia Dunlop who shed light on the rich offerings of Chinese cuisine. Following the Guide’s China launch in Shanghai and Guangzhou, Beijing’s first Michelin Guide […]

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Here’s the longer and original piece I wrote for the SCMP 25+ column that they have recently retired. It was about places that are over 25 years old, and in Macau, it’s very easy to find. Chu Kei has been around over 50 years, has pretty much the same menu and recipes and generations of the […]

  This place opens at noon, and is always packed with locals, especially students from the high school behind. This eatery has been around for over 20 years with a new renovated look in the recent years and no hawker cooking with a cigarette hanging from his lips in his singlet – I was told […]

My first collaboration with my food adventure partner in crime Heidi of Aromas y Sabores who’s kindly taken me under her wings to teach me the ropes of making food pictures look nice through styling, lighting and photography! (Images all courtesy of Heidi!) This Chinese New Year falls on Feb 10, the year of the water […]


image via This is one of the craziest films I have seen in a very long time, but I loved the way it was shot, the vivid colours, the old charm of Hong Kong and stories I grew up with. My grandmother and mother were great at telling spooky stories like these when we […]

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While the Cladrige got John Galliano to do their Christmas tree, here in China, we went with something a little different. American artist Joseph Ellis was commissioned to do a Christmas tree for The Opposite House and he came up with a beautiful ethereal tree made out of 2000 bottles of soya sauce and vinegar bottles. The chinaware […]

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Recipe for coloured dumplings (literally translated as rainbow dumplings), I got the recipe in Chinese and have done a loose translation of it. I’ve left the Chinese recipe in case some of you reading this blog reads Mandarin. Ingredients: For the skin: 1kg flour 100ml of spinach juice 100ml of carrot juice 50g of cocoa […]


This is the second Chinese New Year I’ve spent away from home and all the wonderful goodies like pineapple tarts and my mother’s special pumpkin cakes. 3 years ago, I was living in Treviso where there was little to remind me of the lunar new year.  This year, my Chinese friend invited me to his […]