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 >
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 ... read more >
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 >
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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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 ... read more >
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 ... read more >
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, ... read more >
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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 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. ... read more >
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 ... read more >