Food Reviews

Fine French Fare at Tables Grill at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

[Translate] Dinner at Tables Grill at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok was a very solid fine French dinner in the middle of Bangkok. Sure there are plenty of non-Thai restaurants in this city but many would be mediocre but Tables Grill, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Hans Zahner was something worth noting since he taken over as Chef de Cuisine as of fall 2018. We had the pescatarian five-course dinner tasting menu was overall tasted and felt like a solid 1* Michelin. The ingredients used in the restaurant feature locally sourced vegetables from the Royal Project in Chiang Mai. (more…)

Very Good Stay at Oriental Residence Bangkok

[Translate] My friends and I made it to Bangkok and the first hotel we stayed in was at Oriental Residence Bangkok. This boutique hotel and residence is located in the very heart of downtown Bangkok, right next to the U.S. Embassy, the Oriental Residence brims with quiet, understated luxury for business and leisure travelers. The modern luxury at the Oriental Residence, a pleasant space to linger for a little. The spacious lobby, complete with chandelier is very quiet except on mornings where everyone is going in and out for breakfast at Cafe Claire or out and about to explore the..

Afternoon Tea at Anantara Siam Bangkok

[Translate] We stopped by Anantara Siam Bangkok for afternoon tea to cool our heels from the intense heat and humidity of Bangkok. We had hoped to have their legendary Sunday Brunch but it was booked by the time we tried making a reservation.  The hotel has a large ostentatious lobby, with ceiling frescoes and an incredible mural atop a wide staircase and a large wooden boat decked out with carved elephants and local flowers. We had some time to wander a little around their public space and it’s very lovely especially the enormous koi pond fitted out with tropical flora..

Excellent Afternoon Peranakan Tea at Violet Oon at ION Orchard (Singapore)

[Translate] After spending several days in Singapore and understanding the multicultural city-state and Peranakan cuisine, Violet Oon is an upscale version of what that cuisine is. We visited its ION Orchard location for afternoon tea and it’s a understated beauty. Violet Oon is the grande dame of Singaporean cooking and is widely considered to be an authority on Asian cuisine, specializing in Nyonya food. She had her own television cooking show in the 1980s and wrote three cookbooks on Peranakan cuisine. In 2012, Violet and her children, opened Violet Oon’s Kitchen in Bukit Timah and two other locations: National Kitchen by..

Cheeky Asian Fare at Xiao Ya Tou (Singapore)

[Translate] Dinner at Xiao Ya Tou or known as XYT is a cool experience of having to walk through the neighborhood of hip bars and restaurants and walking into an eatery that is decked out in an almost kitsch meets vintage Chinese themed restaurant filled with distinctive red lanterns, plastic chairs, and loud decor just call out to you as you walk past. XYT’s menu serves a plethora of playful and somewhat cheeky named food and drink offerings—all of which find their inspirations stemming from cuisines from all across Southeast Asia. (more…)

Hotel Reviews

Fine French Fare at Tables Grill at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

[Translate] Dinner at Tables Grill at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok was a very solid fine French dinner in the middle of Bangkok. Sure there are plenty of non-Thai restaurants in this city but many would be mediocre but Tables Grill, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Hans Zahner was something worth noting since he taken over as Chef de Cuisine as of fall 2018. We had the pescatarian five-course dinner tasting menu was overall tasted and felt like a solid 1* Michelin. The ingredients used in the restaurant feature locally sourced vegetables from the Royal Project in Chiang Mai. (more…)

Very Good Stay at Oriental Residence Bangkok

[Translate] My friends and I made it to Bangkok and the first hotel we stayed in was at Oriental Residence Bangkok. This boutique hotel and residence is located in the very heart of downtown Bangkok, right next to the U.S. Embassy, the Oriental Residence brims with quiet, understated luxury for business and leisure travelers. The modern luxury at the Oriental Residence, a pleasant space to linger for a little. The spacious lobby, complete with chandelier is very quiet except on mornings where everyone is going in and out for breakfast at Cafe Claire or out and about to explore the..

Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific Singapore

[Translate] Whenever I travel to a foreign country, particularly Asian, I hope the hotel that serves afternoon tea would adapt its menu to the country’s cuisine either creating and offering separate afternoon tea menus or have a one menu that is Western or English style tea but have certain local ingredients in a certain food item. Pan Pacific Singapore offers the both Peranakan and English style afternoon teas and both are very good. Pan Pacific Singapore serves its afternoon tea at the Atrium. The Atrium looks cool with the streamlined architectural details and the seating pods floating over a reflection..

Ann Siang House (Sinagpore)

[Translate] While I was in Singapore, I stayed at the lovely Ann Siang House is close to the  Central Business District, a 10 and 15-minute walk away to the Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown metro stops, respectively. The heritage property keeps its public spaces lean and clean. The entrance opens into a reception desk that abuts a minimalist lobby lounge-meets-breakfast room. Outside breakfast hours, guests may help themselves to filtered water in glass bottles, tea as well as coffee from the Jura coffee machine. (more…)

Yan Ting at St. Regis Singapore

[Translate] Yan Ting at St Regis Singapore is a very comfortable restaurant that can impress both visitors (like myself) and locals. The latter crowd are definitely affluent or some who want to celebrate an occasion. The dim sum menu is traditional and it is covers a lot of categories.  I’ve eaten with a few friends that afternoon and how the dim sum brunch works is that we each have our own pot of soup double-boiled fish maw soup with black garlic (原盅黑蒜炖花胶) and wok-baked Boston lobster with XO sauce (XO酱焗波士顿龙虾). We get to choose as many dishes as we want...

Recent Recipes

Pear Coffee Cake

[Translate] I love coffee cake, especially those with huge knobs of buttery crumb topping and have it with a cup of coffee. When I came across the pear coffee cake recipe from the famed restaurant team of Eleven Madison Park’s book, I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes it struck me as an interesting variation of that cake since I never had it made with fruit. Since it is a fancy recipe with no calories spared, I thought of toning down the fat content ever so slightly by replacing the crème fraîche with Icelandic Provisions skyr. Skyr is a cultured product..

Lamb Persillade Savory Hand Pies

[Translate] When it comes to the holiday season and I’m entertaining my family and friends, it’s a constant feeding, baking/cooking frenzy that I have to get up at the early hours of the morning to prep for the day of the big dinner (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, you name it). The best way to keep the crowds at bay and away from the kitchen is to provide them with snacks and a drink. While it’s easy to provide them with bowls of fresh roast nuts and platters of cheese and charcuterie, I like to give them something savory like these..

Whole Wheat Pistachio Yogurt Cakes and Pistachio Crust, Pistachio-Orange, Balsamic Vinegar Tarts with California Figs

[Translate] I go through food moods that I will obsess on a certain dish or ingredient for an intense period of time and seek them whenever I go out to eat. Figs was (and sort of is still) my ingredient obsession ever since I was having an incredible lunch at Joel Robouchon in Monte Carlo and saw and ate slices of the gorgeous, gold leafed fig tarts on the dessert cart and the best ones I’ve had were from the large, juicy, super ripe figs from Cours Saleya market in Nice. Figs hold a special place in my heart because..