Mei Family Banquet @ Beijing

What can you do for a group of folks that has everything? A really good meal that reminded them of home. When Mei Lan Fang threw a banquet for his fans which consisted of the who’s who in Beijing, he can only offered the best cuisine from his beloved home in Suzhou.

Nanbantei @ Far East Plaza

Nanbantei is the oldest Kushiyaki restaurant in Singapore. Opened in the 80s in Far East Plaza along Scotts Road, it has not changed its decor since the opening. In recent years, they opened a branch in Chinatown Point, but this place still brought back the nostalgia.

Morton’s @ Shanghai

With the largest expatriate community in China, Shanghai’s selection of places to enjoy a great steak is growing by the month. New restaurants are importing world-class beef cuts. Some of the best steaks you’ll find in Shanghai look and taste no different than one you’ll find in, say, Dallas, Texas. But the same piece of…

Victory Restaurant @ Shenzhen

Shenzhen is like the Silicon Valley these days. It is filled with high tech companies and start-up trying to bring the latest innovations to the world. In the process, hopefully, the founders become the next billionaire. Thankfully amidst these hustle and bustle, some things never change

Toriyoshi @ Akasaka

What could be more straightforward than yakitori? All that’s required is to chop up some chicken into bite-size chunks, skewer and hoist them over a grill, then season to taste and eat. Simple? Yes. Easy to do well? Obviously not, or there would be far more places of the caliber of Toriyoshi.

Fiery Food at Fire Temple

Located in Changsha, Hunan Province, is an ancient temple called the Fire Temple 火宫殿. Fire Temple was founded in 1577 during the Ming dynasty, but it was not famous because of the Fire God that was worshipped here. It was famous for the stinky tofu that Chairman Mao once loved so much that he lamented…

Market Street Oyster Bar @ SLC, UT

Travelling alone, you eat alone. And therefore you look for an eatery that could occupy you, not just in terms of food and flavours, but also distractions like a good bar (and bartender), TV broadcasting sports, etc. These were usually not culinary adventures, just a necessary evil to imbibe nutrition.

Dining on the Shinkansen

I don’t think the Japanese invented the High Speed Railway (HSR). But they have perfected the meals that you can bring on to one of these HSR trip. Every stop along the way, they serve a specialty bento 便当. The noun actually made it to Chinese, to represent a really simple lunchbox.

皖荟 @ Shanghai

China’s culinary scene is exciting. Just like its booming economy, new dining concepts that work on century old foundations spring up like mushrooms after a storm. Four months after my last visit to Shanghai, a new dining concept based on tofu started in the mall next door.

Kyoto and Nara

Started with Tokyo, spent a few days in Kyoto and decided to spend a day trip to Nara.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

A UNESCO World Heritage site for the bamboo forest, the mountain in Autumn was beautiful. The Monky Sanctuary was a long hike up but a children’s favourite. Just take the electric tram to this enchanting corner of Kyoto. Make sure you have a whole day there.

Autumn in Japan

Autumn is my favourite season. Falling leaves coating the land in amber and yellow. It is the golden season. And Japan offers one of the most beautiful autumn views. These were taken during the Autumn break of Dec 2017.