Pork chao long and cheese French bread - Pham Chaolong, Puerto Princesa

The origins of chao long in Palawan

Clean, white tables contrast with the bright blue walls of Puerto Princesa’s Pham Chaolong, as we enter in search of lunch. Fans high up on the walls circulate the hot summer air, and condensation drips from the glass soft drink bottles long before they make it to the tables. A simple menu hangs from one … Read more

Shrimp and ham fried rice, Haiphong Road dai pai dong, Hong Kong

Sharing the love

Anyone who knows me, or who has been reading my blog for a while, will know that I adore food. So when we arrived in Hong Kong first thing in the morning, and couldn’t check in to our guesthouse until 2pm, I was pretty excited when the boys suggested breakfast. We dropped our bags off … Read more

Cai sum with soy and garlic sauce - Hutong Cooking, Beijing

Cooking in the hutongs

I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I don’t have strong memories of this cooking class (and that isn’t just because it’s taking me a long time to write these stories). China was a difficult country for me. Not only because I can still taste the pollution when I think of Beijing, or … Read more

Dinner at Uzuki Kitchen, Kyoto

Uzuki Kitchen

As I mentioned previously, food took a starring role in our exploration of Japan, and so I think Aaron was almost as excited as I was to get a chance to learn to cook some of our own. We signed up for a class with Emi Hirayama at Uzuki Japanese cooking and discussed with her … Read more

Jo's breakfast, Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Food, glorious food!

If I remember rightly, the first time I was asked if I liked sushi, my emphatic enthusiasm for the dish was a front. In all previous encounters with Japanese food I had eschewed the slimy raw fish and dried seaweed in favour of the delicately deep fried goodness of tempura battered vegetables, or the relative … Read more

Curry, roti and dessert, LaZat Cooking School, Kuala Lumpur

Short notice learning

While we were sitting in the Petronas Towers’ ticket queue, we started talking about the cooking class I hadn’t yet taken in Malaysia, and Aaron said he was keen to come too if I could find one that could fit us in on such short notice. I got to searching the internet, and came across … Read more


Penang: Street food capital of Malaysia?

Phrases like “hawker’s paradise” and “Asia’s greatest street food city” have been thrown around in describing George Town. Needless to say, I was excited and expecting great things. When I arrived in Penang, it was just around lunch time. I had booked accommodation but both my phone and laptop had flat batteries so I needed … Read more

Chopped veges, Borderline cooking school, Mae Sot, Thailand

Borderline Burmese cooking

As you’ve probably realised by now, I’m trying to take a cooking class in each country I visit. With only an eight-hour window in which to visit Myanmar though, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to manage it. But then I discovered an organisation in Mae Sot that is run by Burmese people and … Read more

Papaya sontam from Chiang Mai night food stalls

Eating our way around Chiang Mai

With food featuring so prominently in our short acquaintance, it seemed likely that Sahar and I would become good friends. And what better place to test our culinary compatibility than Chiang Mai? Upon arrival, Sahar and I teamed up with another guy (Jared) who had been on the boat and in our bus from Chiang … Read more

Lunch at Tamnak Lao, Luang Prabang

Tamnak Lao

Tamnak Lao cooking school is on the main street of Luang Prabang, behind the restaurant of the same name, and across the road from the affiliated book exchange (which has a dog that will bite you – you have been warned). It offers a full day cooking course, as well as evening classes, with demonstrations … Read more