This is my friend Oli’s favourite restaurant. Chicken collagen hotpot, and what the Japanese call “beauty hotpot”. This pile of gelatinous white block melts into stock for cooking your meats and vegetables. It was interesting but a tad too salty for me, but I’d have it every once in a while, you get the option […]

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I didn’t realise that this was a Michelin starred restaurant when I requested the concierge to make the reservations. And it was really fair priced for this omakase menu full of surprises. I drank La Spinetta wine that evening. I was coming down with a full blown flu on my last night in Tokyo and […]

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This is our favourite spot in town for a quick in-and-out satisfying meal in Taipa. The broth thick, rich and delicious – you have options on extra pork slices, bamboo, egg, sea weed and onions as well as how spicy you’d like it. Our default order is always the signature pork broth based noodles (they […]

Just catching up on my last Beijing trip. My Singapore entries are still sitting in the pipeline, so please bear with me… as there are more delightful things on Paris coming up as well! I’m in Beijing at least twice a year to catch up on the scene there and clearly it’s never enough time […]

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I know what you must be thinking, eating Japanese udon and chicken Karaage in Paris?? Well, the husband had gone for a football match and I was out wandering on my own. Our first trial with Airbnb couldn’t have been a better location in the 1eme, a stone’s throw from the Louvre and smacked right […]

The  more discreet other half of Yardbird in a even more discreet location to find (grey metal door with no signage), and unlike it’s hip other half’s no reservation policy – Ronin thankfully takes reservations in this much smaller and intimate space. The menu at Ronin is also slightly different, but short sweet and simple […]

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Didn’t manage to squeeze in a last post for 2011, but here is the edited draft. Met with lovely e_ting, one of the food authorities in Hong Kong. She suggested this izakaya where chefs hang out after work, run by the same owners of Sushi Kuu. We didn’t order much so I’m definitely coming back […]


I loved having hotpot in Beijing on cold wintry nights and was only used to eating it during winter. I forgot about having steamboat in Singapore all year round in the heat, so having hotpot in Hong Kong was a nice reminder. I am convinced the body adjusts itself accordingly to climates, although I’m having […]

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Most of my weekends are spent in Macau, where there really isn’t much to do apart from eating and the occasional round of go-karting. Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau seem to be suffering as the formerly super full, queue-and-wait forever-lines have gone with the restaurants only half full on a busy day. Well, […]

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Juzo Itami’s film from 1985 is all about one woman’s quest to make perfect noodles. The obsessive journey is interspersed with all sorts of food scenes you can think of: in love, sex, death, awkward moments in the cinema, obsession with squishing things at the supermarket—you name it, Itami has it all beautifully presented visually. […]

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