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Lotus Seeds

Lotus Seeds

If there’s one plant that symbolises South-East Asia, it is, of course, the lotus. One of the miraculous things about the lotus is that almost every part of it is edible. The beautiful flowers can be eaten. The leaves are most often used as natural, […]

The Best Beijing Duck Yet – Li Qun, Beijing

The Best Beijing Duck Yet – Li Qun, Beijing

To say I’m a little obsessed with Beijing duck would be putting it mildly. Almost every city in China has its own way of doing roast duck (and, in some parts, roast goose), but it’s Beijing duck that we foreigners think of when we think […]

You Just Had to Pick That, Didn’t You?!

You Just Had to Pick That, Didn’t You?!

When it comes to food, I like to think I’m a fairly Catholic eater. Innards of all sorts hold no fear for me, though I have yet to visit a penis restaurant. I’ve braved insects, including, yes, grubs (which appear in our local Chinese supermarket […]

Why the Negroni is MY Drink

Why the Negroni is MY Drink

I adore Negronis. And, when it comes to travel, they’re one of the perfect cocktails. Why? Because they’re pretty much impossible to screw up. Of course, they can be made stunningly well. But they’re not like Martinis or Old-Fashioneds, the kind of cocktail you really […]

The Robot Restaurant, Harbin

The Robot Restaurant, Harbin

As an obsessional fan of theme restaurants, the concept of visiting a robot restaurant was, well, frankly irresistible. Particularly when followed by an afternoon of ice sculptures, which are, of course, what Harbin, China, is most famous for. Though for these kids the robots were […]

Food for a Quid: Chinese Toffee Apples

Food for a Quid: Chinese Toffee Apples

Chinese toffee apples, in all their myriad persuasions, are one of my favourite Chinese street sweeties, and add colour to any hutong as they sit threaded on their long, slender sticks. Whether sold from a bicycle, a cart or a street stall, they’re pretty much […]

10 of The World’s Most Expensive Foods

10 of The World’s Most Expensive Foods

It isn’t hard to spot the dead hand of corporate PR on the menu of a certain type of restaurant. Ya know. The world’s most expensive cocktail, with a diamond in the bottom and some gold on top. Or the world’s most expensive pizza, with […]

Sea Buckthorn Juice: the Ultimate Vitamin C Drink?

Sea Buckthorn Juice: the Ultimate Vitamin C Drink?

One great food find from Everest Base Camp? Sea buckthorn juice. I knew about this lovely stuff, of course. Sea buckthorn berries are famous for containing more Vitamin C than either cranberries or oranges — 400mg for every 100g of raw berries, although of course […]

Food for a Quid: Turkish Stuffed Mussels (Midye Dolma)

Food for a Quid: Turkish Stuffed Mussels (Midye Dolma)

In Orhan Pamuk’s wonderful Istanbul: a Memoir, he records that stuffed mussel vendors, plying their wares along the streets, have been part of Istanbul since early Ottoman times. And Turkish stuffed mussels, known as midye dolma, are one of the world’s great street foods. Seriously, […]

Eight Turkish Foods to Try Before You Die

Eight Turkish Foods to Try Before You Die

One of the great joys of any trip to Turkey is, of course, Turkish food. And, as the Ottoman Empire stretched across swathes of Europe, Asia and the Middle East at its peak, many of the flavours may well be familiar to you from elsewhere. […]