Salt and pepper crab, scallop and calamari

September 19, 2009

On a recent grocery trip to Cabramatta, I came across some cute little scuttling crabs I’d not seen before. The sign said shore crabs – but they certainly looked different and appreciably larger than any crab I’d ever found on any sea shore I’d explored – and believe me, I’m always on the lookout for […]

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Hunanese cuisine at Chairman Mao Chinese Restaurant

July 20, 2009

We’ve been keen to try out the Hunanese fare on offer at Chairman Mao Chinese Restaurant since a recent review in the SMH. The Co-pilot and I tried to guess how Hunanese style Chinese food might taste – but this exercise largely returns blank faces. We hazarded a guess that given Chairman Mao himself was […]

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Have you tried the Hainan chicken at Temasek?

April 22, 2009

Just back from 10 *hot* days in Southern Vietnam touring through Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc island. But that’s a massive task to curate photos and blog about immediately. Who would have thought I could possibly proscratinate when it comes to blogging too? So in true Queen Procrastination form, instead of posts […]

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Dim Sum to touch your heart

April 8, 2009

That’s what dim sum means – “to touch your heart”. Dim Sum originated in the Guangdong region of Southern China and were served at tea houses as delicious accompaniments to the tea. Originally tea and not food was the focus of tea houses, as yum cha literally means to drink tea in Cantonese. For that […]

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Dreaming of Shanghainese little lobsters…

March 11, 2009

Have I mentioned I have a slight obsession with crustaceans? I love them in every form and if it appears on a menu, I’m going to order it. I have now eaten various crustacean species all over the world, from the delicious Alaskan King Crab in Miami, to the alien insect-like mantis prawns in Hong […]

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Revolutionise your tea experience

February 20, 2009

I love Asian tea, I drink copious amounts of it and anytime that I’m in HK or China I’m always making sure I seek out a good tea house to stock up on new and exotic teas. My favourite teas to have at home are ginseng oolong or ti kuan yin with osmanthus flowers; and […]

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Strange Chinese tales about oysters

February 17, 2009

I recently stumbled across a hilarious website called My Mom Is A Fob. It got me thinking about my parents and the “strange and bizarre” tales my parents have fed me over the years. So, in homage to that site, here are two food related stories that belong on it. They both happen to contain […]

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Quite frankly Sir, I find that offensive!

January 9, 2009

I’m having another “shaking fist” moment. I just saw the Shanghai episode of Kylie Kwong’s “My China” TV show series on SBS and it infuriated me. Not the entire episode – just one scene. It went something like this: Kylie Kwong spots a street vendor wielding a large wok and claims he was just what […]

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The Asian Food Odyssey – Part 3 (final): Hong Kong

December 20, 2008

The final section of our trip was spent in Hong Kong – where I really released my inner foodie and went hunting for the foodie dishes I’d researched about before embarking on this trip. Mantis prawns featured highly on this trip. They’re something I find synonymous with HK as we can’t get these critters in […]

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