You know that a particular dish like ayam goreng kuning is considered a national dish if it’s included in the coursework (usually means we have to cook a 3-course meal) in your Indonesian highschool Home Economics class ;-) Turmeric is what turns the chicken yellow. Doing this in class, as vain teenagers, was a pain in the ass. The fresh turmeric… Read More
You might already know that I’m a big fan of Berlin’s Contemporary Food Lab. They run great programs and workshops; I’m all for learning and dialogue with other food enthusiasts. This time they had a workshop with a noodle master coming all the way from Beijing.
Heatwave in Berlin means I crave a big glass of iced bubble tea; Asian stereotypes be damned ;) Unfortunately, on hot Berlin summer days, lots of Asians and their cousins also end up at the bubble tea shop on Rosenthalerstraße and one spends a ridiculous amount of time queueing and waiting for this drink.
Hey hey, it’s been a while since I did a Man in the Kitchen episode, but fear not, I’ve got a few lined up for more delicious stories and discussions around food, identity and culture. This episode of Man in the Kitchen is a bit different because we have two recipes instead of one, and we don’t have an “interview structure”… Read More
I generally don’t write restaurant reviews on this blog. There are plenty of blogs that do restaurant reviews, and I usually don’t find blog reviews of eateries particularly useful prior to my visit; I’d rather check TripAdvisor or Foursquare for factual information. Even then it’s mostly for holidays, where time plays a big role in decision-making. Can I relax in a beachfront… Read More
My friend, Ash, runs ChiFanBerlin, a supper club specializing in authentic Shanghai cuisine. We first met through the now-closed KitchenSurfing platform, where she was known as the Dumpling Diva. Ash cooked a delicious 5-course dumpling meal for me and 12 friends, starting with dumpling in soup and going to pan-fried and steamed dumplings before finishing with a sweet rice and… Read More