Food Reviews

Lunch at Ristorante Berton (Milan, Italy)

When we walked to the long, gleaming, futuristic promenade in Porta Nuova district to Ristorante Berton, we have realized this part of Milan is very modern especially with the upscale contemporary art galleries and Samsung Electronics Italia a few doors down and the various groups of suited business people walking through this pavilion during their lunchtime. When we entered the restaurant, I can’t help but notice the luxurious details of the decor yet it is overall minimalist. The decadent, Studio Vudafieri Saverino-designed with the color palette of black, white and gold. The entire dining area of the restaurant has lots..

Visiting Rovagnati in Parma (Parma, Italy)

During my trip to Italy, I did make a stop over to the charming small city of Parma. When my friends and I rolled out of the train station in Parma, it looked very urban compared to the lush pastoral landscape I have seen in many food documentaries that took place in the city. I know it sounds naive but it’s the first thought that crossed my mind. Anyway, when we got to central Parma, it is a very cool place to be walking in the city where these ancient and grand Romanesque buildings adjacent to slightly modern buildings that..


Pisacco (Milan, Italy)

One of the dinners we had while in Milan was at this modern, informal wine bar with very good food called Pisacco. This is the sister restaurant to Dry Milano. We started off with a lovely, refreshingly bubbly Franciacorta with house made potato chips that are wonderfully crispy, thick cut and fresh from the fryer and the crunchy puffed quinoa chips. (more…)

Cocktails and Great Pizza at Dry Milano (Milan, Italy)

For a place that serves good cocktails and pizza in Milan, do head to Dry Milano. The bar section itself is beautiful with the small dangling lights by the windows and there is a large communal table for a large party who does want to hang out near the door. There is a larger dining room space at the back with many tables and modern abstract video stills displayed on the wall. We started off with cocktails called Life and the South Italia 75. The latter is a weekly pick from the staff and it is an interesting drink that..

Hotel Reviews

5* Luxury at the Flagship Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is a legendary, luxury hotel in Central, Hong Kong. It is the flagship of all of the Mandarin Oriental properties. It passed its 50-year anniversary in 2013 and it’s a decades-long favorite of visiting dignitaries and celebrities like Margaret Thatcher and Henry Kissinger. When you enter the main entrance, you are greeted by professional staff and a bustling reception area where business people and well-to-do locals are checking in. The lobby is adorned with sleek, signature black marble walls, glamorous crystal chandeliers, and beautiful Asian inspired decor. The hotel has form of 10 different restaurants and..

Dim Sum at Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hong Kong (3* Michelin)

Lung King Heen (龍景軒) at Four Seasons Hong Kong is the only 3* Michelin Cantonese restaurant (an accolade held since 2009) and currently ranked 20th World’s Best Restaurant in Asia, located in the bustling Central district. When we arrived to the fourth floor and enter the restaurant, the staff was welcoming. The restaurant itself is adorned with discreet Chinese motifs, polished woods and – a standard for any high-end hotel eatery in this city – views of Victoria Harbour. This restaurant is very popular and primarily filled with affluent locals. If you want dinner reservations, you should book about a..

Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi (Tokyo, Japan)

Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunounchi. It’s in the heart of the business district and it is boutique hotel with 57 rooms. This hotel is designed by Yabu Pushelberg; Andre Fu designed the hotel’s restaurant Motif. It’s chic and modern; decorated with warm, neutral tones and accents of wood. It makes you feel comfortable but it’s all luxurious. We whisked up to the seventh floor to the hotel’s restaurant Motif for afternoon tea. Seated at lounge area of the restaurant, The hotel’s teas are by a German tea brand Ronnefeldt (this brand started in 1823). Since it was a humid day,..

Fantastic Chef’s Tasting Menu at Sense at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

In a city that has the most Michelin stars in the world, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo takes pride of their awards and stars seriously. Sense at Mandarin Oriental is a 1* Michelin Cantonese restaurant in a 6* diamond, luxury hotel. Other restaurants within this hotel that share this prestige are Signature (French) and Tapas Molecular Bar (molecular gastronomy). When I arrived to the 37th floor and was greeted by the sight of sleek, dark wood and black marble restaurant with tables covered in heavy cotton candy pink tablecloth that reminds me of my childhood dining at Chinese banquettes. The best part..

Lovely Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel (NYC)

The Palm Court at The Plaza is arguably one of the best hotel afternoon teas in New York City I’ve had in the longest time. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian re-launched the iconic Palm Court at The Plaza hotel with a renovation by Master Architect Thierry Despont almost a year ago. The renovation does result in bringing natural, floral elements inspired by Central Park (and it has the classic English elements that reminds me of another landmark, The Ritz in London, UK). Despite the fact it sounds quite touristy but you should go there once just to check out the scene. This..

Recent Recipes

Chinese New Year Dinner 2014 – Traditional Dishes & Spice and Herb Salt Crust Duck

Happy New Year! Good luck in the Year of the Horse! 恭喜發財! 馬年行大運! My family and I ended up serving a mix of traditions, so to speak, for our new year dinner. The dessert you see above, is a rich and delectable macadamia shortbread brownie. The buttery, delicately crisp shortbread just melds with the fudgy brownie perfectly that if I left my weight consciousness at the door, I would have eaten the entire batch by myself. Of course, we did make and ate the simple traditional sweet of nian gao (my recipe). Chewy and tasty, and symbolically give us a..

Whole Tea Smoked Duck Recipe

I recently received an incredible package of local, humanely raised duck products (whole duck with its head and feet intact and duck breasts) from Crescent Duck*, located in Long Island, NY. Crescent Duck Farm grows only premium Genuine Long Island ducklings. What is particularly great about Crescent Duck Farm is it’s a family owned farm since 1908. The birds are fed only natural grains without hormones or artificial growth stimulants. What I’m really excited is the fact I get to cook with the Chinese style whole duck since type of duck is pretty hard to come by that is raised..

Thanksgiving 2013 – Roasted Aioli Turkey, Braised Pork Belly, Tomahawk Steak, Cranberries, Scallion Biscuits & Many More

The meats of the night: Roasted aioli turkey, Grilled Pat LaFrieda tomahawk ribeye steak, braised pork belly (东坡肉) Thanksgiving in my family always mean to go big or don’t bother trying to cook. I mean, it’s the holidays so there’s no need to heed to our waistlines and calories and just enjoy the food. My brother wanted a roasted turkey so I remembered reading from Thomas Keller’s mayonnaise turkey several years ago and thought this might be a good time to experiment this idea. I dry-brine the turkey first and made my own mayonnaise. It’s made with egg yolks, Dijon..