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 […]

Every self respecting person with Peranakan roots will tell you that the best laksa to be had is made by their grandmother, mother or themselves. I think in my generation we all cheat with ready made paste or we vacuum pack our mother’s freshly made rempah (spice paste) along with homemade belacan. Visiting friends are […]


This Kau U Fong spot has been on the lips of a few friends since it opened and a stone’s throw from the apartment, so we went to check it out. It should be a month post opening now. I came here 3 times in a week while I was back in Hong Kong and […]

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So, this is one of my happy places in Singapore. The Company of Cats! You pay by the hour and get to hang out with friendly cats. And if you luck out at feeding hour in the late afternoon, you get to see all of them come out to play! The other secret I have […]

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Catching up with a backlog of photos and plenty of drafted entries and trying to polish up my lightroom skills while I’m at it. My friend Lydia who’s been living in Taipei for 10 years on and off now recommended this spot where she gets her regular beef noodles fix. Rich broth that wasn’t too […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

No longer a new spot in ever changing Beijing, Pho Laboratory is hidden in a row of run down little houses in Sanlitun. The 20-seater has beautifully simple, industrial chic interiors done up by their architect proprietor. The Vietnamese coffee hits the spot and the noodles – well isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s […]

  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 […]

Hong Kong is a gourmet’s dream, filled with local eats pouring out of every corner of the city, spilling onto streets and home to plenty of celebrity fine dining restaurants that delivers and rivals the same experiences you’d get in Europe or the US. And then there are lovely private kitchens, best kept secrets and […]

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