Macao is a popular travel destination for several reasons—the main allure being the massive casino scene, but where we are concerned, we are more drawn to the acclaimed Portuguese egg tart and pork chop buns. Little do most people know that this former Portuguese authority is actually a paradise for foodies with so much more in store than just egg tarts.
Each November, Macao plays hosts to an annual food festival that collaborates with hundreds of local food merchants. Better yet, international restaurateurs are also invited to this prestigious event, presenting authentic flavours from back home.
The Macao Food Festival is a popular event that gives local residents and tourists alike the opportunity to savour a vast variety of local and foreign delicacies in a lively, carnival-like environment. Spanning over two weeks from 10 November to 26 November 2017, it is time to do away with those diet plans (temporarily of course) and let the feasting begin!
Mido Cafe in Yau Ma Tei is one old-school cha chaan teng to visit when in Hong Kong.
Untouched by time, the cafe seems to be at a standstill. Its decor is as old-school as it can be; ancient Hong Kong still exists at Mido Cafe. Colourful wall tiles that are so tacky yet so nostalgic complemented with old tables and chairs; Mido Cafe is exactly how a cha chaan teng should be.
Our friends from Hong Kong have been urging us to make a visit and we finally did. And we finally understood why they have such high regards for this nondescript cafe that they grew up eating.
When it comes to impeccable dining and service standards, no one puts two and two together better than Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore’s 10 at Claymore.
This affordable buffet restaurant is among one of the most popular dining destinations in the city and is a true highlight for carnivores and just about anyone else who appreciates an endless spread of indulgent treats—from local favourites such as prawn noodles to crêpes that come with a selection of sweet toppings of your choice.
In the months of October and November, gear up for 10 at Claymore’s brand new dinner buffet lineup, themed Epicurean Treasures – Jamón Ibérico, Belon Oysters and Lobsters, that will feature a luxurious spread of Jamón Ibérico from Spain, Belon and Fine de Claire oysters from France and Boston lobsters.
These star attractions, in addition to the rest of the buffet spread, can be enjoyed at only S$98++ for 2 pax all week from 01 October to 30 November 2017 when you quote ‘Ladyironchef-Dinner Buffet’ upon making reservations. So gather your friends and family because this is one epic buffet to indulge in!
Previously located at the old Dakota estate, Tian Kee & Co has reopened a new takeaway outlet at 46 Siglap Drive, off Frankel Avenue.
For those of you who are not familiar with Tian Kee & Co, it started as a local provision shop back in 1958 and it evolved into a bakery cafe at Dakota Crescent—one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates. Unfortunately, the neighbourhood had to make way in late 2016 due to developments under Mountbatten’s estate renewal plans, and so did Tian Kee & Co.
Talk about a family-friendly seafood restaurant in Hong Kong, and locals would probably direct you to Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant.
That old establishment has been around for decades and today, it remains a popular haunt for locals when they want an unpretentious and good meal with family and friends.
Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant has a menu of dim sum items and seafood. And in particular, the famous Cheese Lobster deserves a special mention. Be prepared to wait in line for a table no matter what time of the day you go; their popularity is simply undeniable.
Audra Morrice, best known as a resident judge on MasterChef Asia and a finalist in MasterChef Australia 2012, has constantly impressed many with her ability to cook and bake and is now also a culinary consultant for many organisations and an ambassador for Singapore Tourism Board. Following her success, this Nigella Lawson of Asia has her own cooking series—Tasty Conversations.
From 26 to 29 October 2017, fans in Singapore will have the privilege to taste her cooking through an exclusive 5-course wine dinner at Pool Grill at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. At S$128++ per person, gourmands will be treated to a lavish feast, as well as an opportunity to get up close and personal with Audra.
Using the best of Australian produce and Asian cooking styles, allow Audra to take you on a magic carpet ride of flavours and textures expressed through her indulgent creations. Set amidst the enchanting ambience by the pool and under the starry skies at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel; this is an evening not to be missed.
Out of the numerous coffee shops in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Halfway Coffee stands out for its excellent coffee served in vintage porcelain cups.
You would know that Sheung Wan is an eclectic mix of old and new and it is precisely why we love that hood so much. Every trip to Hong Kong sees us exploring the unabashedly charming Sheung Wan, and this trip brought us to Halfway Coffee.
Love a good cuppa? You’d love it more at Halfway Coffee.
There is no lack of cha chaan teng in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. When you ask locals about their favourites, you’d get a myriad of answers—Hong Lin Restaurant in Mong Kok would probably be one of them.
We cannot agree more that it is one local eatery that you must visit if you are on the Kowloon side. Here’s what we loved from our visit, some of the must-orders and some misses.