Ipoh Dreaming… on a Chinese New Year’s Day
Wah Nam Kafe - Ipoh

I have been coming to the town of Ipoh for almost 20 years now and yet it still remains an enigma to me, and I suspect many who visit. Like the many thousands on this annual migration, we are here for Chinese New Year to visit relatives, my wife’s relatives who are here in great numbers. Read More >

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Luxuriating with the Gods – Amansara, Angkor
Angkor bas relief pig for dinner

As we walk out of Cambodia’s Siem Reap Airport, having been whisked through customs by the Amansara staff and ushered over to their beautifully restored black 1965 Mercedes Benz limousine, there was an instant feeling that this hotel stay is going to be far from the norm, with an overwhelming sense of reassuring calm and cool that sets the mood of highly-personalized and amenable service. Read More >

The House of Roosevelt, Shanghai: Wednesday Wine Nights
House of Rosevelt

If you are in Shanghai on any Wednesday, as a tourist, on a work trip or as a local, The House of Roosevelt will give you much more than a taste of Shanghai hospitality and warmth. You will get an entrée into the fast growing world of wine, which simply never stops in this bourgeoning city. Read More >

‘Oh Viva Da Nang, Dan Nang me, Da Nang me, went out to get a rope and hang me…’
One of the pools at The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

Gooood Morning Vi-et naaaaaam!

The Wandering Palate arrived in Da Nang yesterday afternoon, an easy 2 ½ hour flight from Singapore. Well, not entirely without incident, as it took over an hour to check-in at the Singapore Airlines counter at Changi Airport. Yes, I know that sounds highly unusual for the perpetually efficient SIA Changi duo. Read More >

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THE WANDERING PALATES BIRTHDAY DINNER WITH RAYMOND BLANC ON BOARD ORIENT-EXPRESS’ NORTHERN BELLE TRAIN
Chef Raymond Blanc on the Orient Express Northern Belle

Well, it’s not really a dinner for the Wandering Palate, but it is my birthday on November 16th, and I will most happily fly to England if you want to shout me dinner. And who knows we might well get a group of us together as a grand finale to my Golden Jubilee year.

Meanwhile, details are below for what is surely the best way to travel–by train.

All aboard, see you there! Read More >

Five Restaurant Recommendations for Osaka
Makino - Soba Noodles with Duck and Broth - Exquisite

Having been asked for some restaurant recommendations in Osaka the other day, which served as a reminder I am way behind in completing a full write up on our recent trip there and to Kyoto. So I am posting this as a reminder to get my act together and finish it–meanwhile this brief piece will serve you well for a diversified eating itinerary for a weekend, or three or 4 day visit. Read More >

The Millbrook Inn – South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon, England – Best Pub Experience
Millbrook Inn - Devon

July 1st, 2013: Having just stayed for two nights in Chillington, Devon, England at a charming and wonderfully eclectic lodging called the White House, I simply have to share with you (as a prelude to an article covering a 2 week trip ‘wandering’ in England) a dinner we had just down the road at the Millbrook Inn, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon; one of the most pleasant pub meals I have ever had. Read More >

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Malaysian Airlines – Singapore to Malaysia Airfare Ruse and the Fuel Surcharge Sham
The Bad

I’ve just completed an online booking for air travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and perplexed not only at the extortionate cost of the airfare but more so, the deceiving if not despicable means of using fuel surcharges that turn a purportedly low-cost fare into a decidedly high-cost fare by means of fake additional charges. Read More >

Khmer Cuisine – One of the world’s oldest living cuisines
Khmer Cuisine

Khmer cuisine is one of the world’s oldest living cuisines and one of the most resilient on the planet.

Spices are often exquisite in quality, yet restrained and understated in their use. Regional flavours and dishes prevail: cardamom from the Cardamom Mountains, turmeric from Battambang and of course Pepper from Kampot, these are internationally renowned for their intensity and quality. Saffron is valued for medical qualities as well as flavor and aroma. Tamarind also forms the basis of many sauces and marinades. Read More >

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Paul Day – Sculptor
Paul Day 'Opera'

On our last trip to Burgundy we had the good fortune to meet with the highly talented sculptor, Paul Day, an Englishman living in France, or near Dijon to be precise. Our chance connection came about when Day came over to our friend’s property where we were staying, not far from his studio, to organise the delivery of two significant pieces that they had procured and Day was there to discuss the logistics.

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