Trying okonomiyaki for the first time

Okonomiyaki is basically a “pancake” consisting of flour, egg, cabbage and mountain yams, plus a choice of additional ingredients. Once cooked the okonomiyaki is topped off with okonomiyaki sauce, a Japanese version of plum sauce, a mayonnaise sauce, seaweed powder and dried bonito flakes. Okonomiyaki is also frequently referred to as “Japanese Pizza”.

The story of the Irish coffee in SF

The building housing the Buena Vista Café started as a boarding house. In 1916, the first floor was transformed into a saloon. This was the start of what would become a San Francisco landmark, known across the country for its menu and history. Visitors come from around the world for fresh Dungeness crab, the all-day…

Lazy Sunday in Shanghai

What can you do on a lazy Sunday in Shanghai? Xintiandi? Tianzifang? Why not spend a quiet afternoon in an old French Concession villa for something light and some simple?

A walk in Tianzifang 田子坊

Tianzifang was on my bucket list of things to do in Shanghai despite coming here for umpteen times and outstation here for over 3 years. Managed to have a lazy morning in Shanghai, decided to go for a touristy walk around town. 

Nasi Padang the proper way

Whenever I went to Jakarta (or for that matter, Indonesia), I would always head out to my favourite Nasi Padang restaurants for a real treat.

Dutch Raw Herring, a must try!

In Amsterdam, fish stands sell raw herring (‘haring’), a soused raw fish with a strong taste. Dutch raw herring is hugely popular in Amsterdam. In Holland, people have been eating raw herring for over 600 years. For foreigners it might be a bit strange to eat a raw fish that has nothing to do with…

Tsim Chai Kee 沾仔記 @ Central

Wanton noodles in Hong Kong is like chicken rice in Singapore, it’s so difficult to find one that’s really good, but you can’t really find one that’s really bad as well.

You can get fat in Tokyo

I had one of the best job in the world, traveling the places and trying out new things. And due to the job nature, I could get fat very easily if not careful. The challenge was to avoid empty carbs or really worthless carbs and reserved them for the really worthy ones. Tokyo is the…