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Food for a Quid: Asam Laksa on Petaling Street

Food for a Quid: Asam Laksa on Petaling Street

The spicy, sour, tamarind-based asam laksa is a speciality of Penang. But that doesn’t stop me craving it when I’m in KL. And, while the asam laksa at Petaling Street night market is technically slightly over a pound (£1.03 at current exchange rates), it’s so […]

How to Get Your Macaroons Fix in Paris

How to Get Your Macaroons Fix in Paris

Call them ‘macarons’ or ‘macaroons’ – I favour macaroons in a type of reverse snobbery that I don’t want to analyse too closely – Paris is the spiritual home of the feather-light, double-decker, miniature macaroon. And, just like a gelato quest in Rome – we […]

Food for a Quid: Suzhou Dumplings

Food for a Quid: Suzhou Dumplings

You can’t walk down Pinjiang Lu, the pretty canalside street that’s Suzhou’s tourist central, without stopping at a store selling these gorgeous dumplings. And, with prices starting from a mere 2 kuai (20p) a pop, they’re outstanding candidates for food for a quid. Who couldn’t […]

The Oldest Bar in the World Isn’t Where You Think It Is

The Oldest Bar in the World Isn’t Where You Think It Is

Forget all those scenic Irish pubs, all those ancient Crusader pubs, and all those Scandinavian hostelries that might have seen a Viking or two. If you’re one of those travellers who collects superlatives, then you’ll almost certainly want to drink in the oldest bar in […]

10 of the World’s Weirdest Restaurants

10 of the World’s Weirdest Restaurants

Giger Bar, Switzerland Theme restaurants are ten-a-penny, but the Giger Bar, designed by the surrealist H.R. Giger to bring the world of Alien to his home nation, is genuinely a work of art. Slick and elegant, it’s like dining inside the belly of the Alien […]

The Best Restaurants in Makassar, Indonesia

The Best Restaurants in Makassar, Indonesia

This post was last updated in September 2015. Makassar, the port city in South Sulawesi, is famous for its food – it’s a culinary destination for Indonesians from across the archipelago. Whether you’re after coto Makassar or Makassar seafood, it’s hard to know where to […]

123 Food Experiences To Try Before You Die

123 Food Experiences To Try Before You Die

Eat a dish in the restaurant that invented it Pick food from pots by pointing and hoping Catch a fish and barbecue it Make your own pasta Wander the streets to find the perfect bakery Choose the stinkiest cheese Order pho in Vietnam And Beijing […]

What’s It Like Eating Dog?

What’s It Like Eating Dog?

I have been meaning to get around to eating dog for some time now. I’m fascinated by foods that break cultural taboos, and, as a Briton, eating dog is about as taboo as it gets, but, perhaps because of that, I’ve never quite got around […]

The Best Restaurants in Ubud, Bali

The Best Restaurants in Ubud, Bali

Headed to Ubud? Bali’s arts, cultural and self-discovery capital boasts an amazing restaurant scene — so much so that it can be hard to pick where to eat. Current as of December 2017, this post includes (I hope) the very best restaurants Ubud has to […]

Nancy’s Kitchen – the Best Nyonya Cooking in Malacca

Nancy’s Kitchen – the Best Nyonya Cooking in Malacca

Malacca (Melaka) is arguably where Malaysia began. Positioned on one of the most important shipping routes in the world, the Straits of Malacca, it rose from an island fishing village supplying passing seafarers with dried fish, to the epicentre of the spice trade, the first […]