Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan

Singapore, April 2017 – On the culinary scene, Tim Ho Wan serving traditional dim sum at exceptional quality, is known as “the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.” Chef Mak Kwai Pui (formerly of the 3 Michelin starred Lung King Heen in Hong Kong) and Chef Leung Fai Keung created Tim Ho Wan in…

Dim Sum Library

Hong Kong, June 2017 – I have passed by Dim Sum Library a number of times, but always thought that it was a bar. At first glance, it didn’t resemble the typical Chinese restaurant. Tastefully decorated with dark wood furniture and gold Art Deco-like wall panels, it exuded Western influences. Mr. King and I were…

Creative Dim Sum at Social Place

Hong Kong, August 2017 – Social Place at the L Place is a breathe of fresh air in the Chinese culinary world. It serves high quality Cantonese dim sum with a modern twist. The restaurant is designed around a communal dining concept with open kitchens, and this creates a bustling ambience. Truffle Shitake Buns (HK$49)…

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro

Singapore, September 2016 – The two-Michelin star Shisen Hanten is an elegant, Chinese restaurant at the top of Mandarin Orchard Hotel. Started by Chen Kentaro, the 3rd generation chef, a descent of the culinary legend – the late Chen Kenmin who is regarded as Japan’s “Father of Szechwan Cuisine.” Although the restaurant offers a wide array…

Modern Cantonese at Hakkasan

London, October 2014 – Mr. King and I spent a date night at the very hip and modern Cantonese restaurant – the 1-Michelin star Hakkasan on Bruton Street, Mayfair. After alighting the cab, we looked around for the restaurant, but the only place that seemed to be “bustling” was an entrance with a black façade….

Summer Pavilion Cantonese Cuisine

Singapore, December 2015 – Being a Hong Kong native, I am quite particular about Cantonese cuisine, and I was very impressed by Summer Pavilion at Ritz Carlton Singapore. To me, great Cantonese cuisine should have a few qualities – freshness of ingredients, perfectly seasoning, combining the right produce and a delicate demeanor. Most important of…

Old Bazaar Kitchen

Hong Kong – I was sad to learn that Old Bazaar Kitchen (“OBK”)– what I considered a gem – has closed. It was the ultimate “Hole in the Wall” – with modest décor and only 8 tables at its narrow premises in Wanchai. So I thought I would share some of my photos of their…

Hong Kong’s China Tang

Hong Kong, July 2014 – Sir David Tang created China Tang Restaurant, which was first opened in London at the Dorchester Hotel in 2007. Several years later, China Tang opened in Hong Kong at the luxurious Landmark Atrium. It was one of the most anticipated restaurant launches of the year. China Tang is Chinese cuisine…

Yan, Smoke & Mirrors

Singapore, December 2015 – The National Gallery Singapore, which opened just 2 weeks ago, is drawing not only art fanatics but also foodies to the museum, which is home to several gourmet restaurants. Last night was a girls’ night out with my friend, Hilda. We started with happy hour at Smoke & Mirrors, the bar…