The Truth About MSG
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a bizarrely controversial food additive, isolated by Professor Kikunae Ikeda from kombu seaweed in 1908. Ikeda wanted to find out what was making his wife’s dashi taste...
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How to Make Dumplings: Ho Lee Fook-Style
Whether filled with veggies, seafood or meat, dumplings are a cornerstone of Chinese cuisine and a comfort food to many for their delicious simplicity. If you have never made them before, learning to properly...
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Seven Cooling Hong Kong Desserts for Summer
Desserts are a big deal in Hong Kong, and in Cantonese cuisine, rich meals of roast meats or satisfying dim sum are usually finished with sweets, which tend to be less cloying and lighter than their western...
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Chefs' Favourite Sandwich Fillings
Summer is made for sandwiching. Portable, picnic-able, ideal for lazy days at the beach or to sustain you on hiking adventures in the hills. A sandwich can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. We...
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Essential Ingredients: The Secret to Authentic Lebanese Home Cooking
Lebanon is home to some of the finest produce in the world, both wild and cultivated. As a result, the ancient cuisine is heavily ingredient-led. Simple preparations and subtle spicing let the character...
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Durban Curry Dens and the Power of a Curry-Filled Half Loaf
My mom worked as a graphic designer at a signage and badge making company when I was a kid. There was a factory attached, and factories are the coolest when you’re six or seven years old. This one was...
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Everything you need to know about... soy sauce
What’s two and a half thousand years old, handy in a Chinese kitchen and capable of making almost anything delicious? No, it’s not your Chinese grandma. It’s that most Asian of seasonings: soy sauce. This...
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Daytime Drinking
With the heat already upon us, we asked Axel Gonźalez, head bartender at BELON to share his favourite summer punch recipes for boats, barbecues and picnics that will wow at your next summertime soirée. “Anytime...
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Essential Vietnamese Ingredients
For most people, a change in season also brings a change in eating habits, with a switch to leafy greens and fresh herbs for the summer months. If you’re out of inspiration for warmer weather dishes,...
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Recipe: Baba Ghanoush
Baba Ghanoush It is best to grill the eggplants to get the deep smoky flavour, but an oven also works if you don’t have a grill. (Serves Four) 6 medium Spanish or Italian eggplants 6 tbsp tahini 4 cloves...
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How to Sabre a Bottle of Champagne
Legend has it that champagne-quaffing conqueror Napoléon Bonaparte preferred to pop his bottles with a swipe of his sword. This theatrical method is still used at celebrations by those with a flair for...
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Ever tried to make an Indian meal from scratch?
Cooking at home is hard enough at the best of times. Once you’ve managed to gather the resolve and find the time to search for a recipe, there’s nothing worse than being confronted by an intimidatingly...
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The American Diner: A Brief History
  The classic New York diner once seemed as enduring and American as the Statue of Liberty, but the diner is a dying breed with city diners closing in droves due to rising rents, food costs and consumer...
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As American as Apple Pie
A nostalgic dish found in retro diners across the U.S., pie is the quintessential American dessert. Nothing beats a classic all-American pie’s well-made crust with tender, flaky texture and golden colour...
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APRÈS, ALL THE WAY
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have been an array of glittery figure skating, the “Roaring Game” of curling (and its trousers), and our favourite high-octane skiing and snowboarding events. An integral...
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10 Fun Wine Words You Should Start Using
The world of wine can often seem stuffy, and you may turn your nose up at using frou-frou wine jargon to avoid sounding pretentious. However, there are some genuinely amusing words that we reckon you’ll...
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Hong Kong’s Snake Soup Tradition
Nothing is more warming than a bowl of steamy hot snake soup, or ser geng, on a cold (relatively speaking) winter’s day. Hong Kong’s obsession with this reptilian delicacy stems from its touted range...
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Neapolitan Pizza with Chris Mark
In Naples, the birthplace of the celebrated Neapolitan pie, pizza is an art form and birthright. It’s more than a simple slice of sustenance, and the Neapolitans are serious about the heritage of their...
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CHEF HOW-TO: VIETNAMESE BETEL LEAF BEEF, BO LA LOT
Le Garçon Saigon’s chef Bao La gives us the lowdown on one of his favourite recipes. These snack parcels are also favourite among Vietnamese locals for their smoky, meaty moreishness, as well as having...
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Reboot Your Pantry
Oh, January. After a lush holiday season, many of us are heading back to the gym and reevaluating eating habits. One quick and easy way to clean up your diet without ruining your social life is to just...
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The Best Things Our Chefs Ate This Year
  The end of 2017 is nigh (finally), and as an eventful year draws to a close, our chefs let us in on the standout, most memorable bites they tried. Jowett Yu, Ho Lee Fook While in Singapore for a...
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Grill It Like a Local: Hong Kong-Style Barbecue
The clear skies and crisp cool of Hong Kong’s autumn months make this the best time of year in the city, hands down. We’re hard-pressed to think of a better way to enjoy the current weather than with...
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How to Build The Perfect Cheese Board
The festive season is upon us, and with it, the slew of cocktail parties, dinners and home entertaining. Where you’ll find us: hovering over the cheese board. They are impressive, a cinch to assemble...
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Healthy Restaurant Hacks: Tips for Eating Out
It’s that time of the year again: holiday parties, family dinners and cocktail events dominate your calendar. But just because your schedule demands a few more nights out than normal, it doesn’t mean...
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The Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong Hotpot
As soon as the hot, humid summer weather eases, Hong-Kongers immediately crave hotpot. This cold weather dish is enjoyed by a table of friends who dip prepared ingredients in a bubbling pot of broth. The...
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Flights for two to Naples, the home of Motorino
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. While there are endless opportunities to eat well in Italy, ranging from pasta and gelato to bruschetta and tiramisu, nothing is more universally...
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Soul Mates: Jarrett Wrisley x David Thompson
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. This November, Soul Food Thai celebrates its first anniversary with a “Soul Mates” dinner series on November 8th and 9th with chef-founder...
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Flights for two to Bangkok and dinner at Soul Food Mahanakorn
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. Soul Food Thai, our casual neighbourhood Thai restaurant, was the first international outpost of Soul Food Mahanakorn created by Jarrett Wrisley....
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The Ultimate Staycation: Dinner for two at Osteria Marzia and a stay at The Fleming Hotel
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. Our much-anticipated 16th venue, Osteria Marzia, is now open, bringing the glamour of coastal Italy and its diverse cuisine to the city through...
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The Art of Sourdough
Bread, deceptively simple, and demonised by anti-carb crusaders in recent years, is finally beginning to see some of the attention and recognition it deserves. San Francisco’s Tartine was the pioneer...
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A COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS UPSTAIRS AT BELON
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. Sophisticated yet welcoming lounge Upstairs at BELON mirrors the thoughtful, curated experience offered by Chef Daniel Calvert in the downstairs...
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Cooked Food Centres
Hong Kong is renowned for bringing together cuisines from all over the world with its buzzing, innovative restaurant scene. While some of the most acclaimed spots feature starred chefs and eye-watering...
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Welcome to...Hairy Crab Season!
The Chinese have a saying, “when the Autumn winds blow, the hairy crabs grow.” The highly anticipated seasonal Chinese mitten crab, more commonly known as ‘hairy crab’ for its fur-adorned claws,...
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Get To Know The G&T
Timeless and easy, Gin & Tonics are a light and refreshing drink for all occasions, from unwinding after work, happy hour with friends to dinner with the family. Gin & Tonics were first created...
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Decanting: Why and How
Decanting might seem like an overly fussy step when serving wine, but it’s key for separating sediment from an older or unfiltered bottle, and for aerating a younger vintage to allow the aromas to become...
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Grilling Like a Gaucho
The “asado” tradition of grilled meat is part of the Argentine national identity. It can be traced back to when gauchos, or cowboys, lived off the cattle they reared on the vast plains of the fertile...
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12 Iconic Dim Sum Dishes
There is really no place in the world that does dim sum better than Hong Kong. Once exclusively enjoyed as a family brunch pastime, dim sum has become so popular that diners can now enjoy dim sum at night...
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Mango: The King of Fruits
The mango, often called ‘The King of Fruits,’ is the national fruit of Pakistan and India and has a long history of cultural significance in the region. The arrival of mangoes marks the start of summer...
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A COMPLIMENTARY POLO LUNCH AT BUENOS AIRES POLO CLUB
  Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. Buenos Aires Polo Club, the sophisticated Argentine steakhouse, offers a weekday Polo lunch menu showcasing a satisfying salad bar, premium...
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ENJOY DINNER FOR TWO AND PRIVATE RUM TASTING AT CARBONE ON THE HOUSE
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. Carbone, our New York-style Italian restaurant with seasoned tuxedo-clad service team has revised the old-school tradition of tableside service,...
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A JUG OF FROSÉ, PLUS A MAISON LIBANAISE TEE ON THE HOUSE
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed.   If you didn’t win last week, our Lebanese kebab & frosé shindigs run every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday all summer long....
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EXPERIENCE OUR LATEST VENTURE: RARE WINE NIGHTS UPSTAIRS AT BELON, ON THE HOUSE
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. We’ve recently started an exclusive wine programme upstairs at BELON, inviting both wine aficionados and novices to experience top-end rare...
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How-to: Beef Burger
Searching for the master of all burger recipes? Look no further. WHAT MAKES THE BEST BURGER The ideal ground sirloin should be 30 percent fat because it adds flavour and keeps the burgers nice and juicy Don’t...
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Join us for a complimentary masterclass in Italian wine at Stazione Novella
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. Every Saturday, Stazione Novella hosts one of a series of four hands-on wine classes. The classes delve into the richness of Italy’s lesser...
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Celebrate Chôm Chôm’s fourth birthday with a pitcher of beer and bucket of VFC on the house
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed. But do come and join in the fun this Saturday, 1st July and celebrate Chôm Chôm’s fourth birthday with us… Chôm Chôm, SoHo’s...
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How-To: Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Vietnamese Summer Rolls. Called ‘gỏi cuốn’ in Vietnamese, which means “rolled salad,” are refreshing, zesty and packed with vegetables, and easy to make at home. An ideal light dinner for hot...
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Complimentary Lanson champagne at La Vache!
Sorry you missed the boat! This perk has now been claimed.   At La Vache! we serve a simple and delicious menu of steak frites. Start with an organic green salad with walnuts, followed by USDA Prime...
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History of the Negroni
Over the past decade, negronis, made with equal parts gin, vermouth and bitters, have enjoyed a surge of popularity, going from a relatively unknown aperitif to a classic cocktail must-have. One legend...
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