We all have to start somewhere right? The best excuse for practicing your butchery skills is during the holiday season, somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas where you can watch it done once and practice for your turn in December. Like anything, practice makes perfect, and the more chance you get to butcher meat the better.
The increasingly expensive rent and labour cost in Hong Kong has forced many companies over the last two decades to vacate their corrugated iron gates and reestablish factories further north in Mainland China. Anne Berry shows us some exciting eating and drinking experiences that prove a more grassroots approach to Hong Kong’s cutthroat food scene, all of which are taking advantage of the new abundance of industrial space.
’Miang Kham’, a tastey snack shared between Laos and Thailand, is one of the brightest explosions of flavour you’ve ever put into your mouth. It’s also the most impressive things you can serve with drinks (heres how to do it)
At Casa Lolea in Barcelona, the booze is fresh and served on generously sized ice cubes, and their food is well thought out, humble, but luxurious all the same.
’Bo Bun’, is really a spring-roll-less version of ’Bun Cha Gio’, the classic Vietnamese noodle salad of beef, deep fried spring rolls (scissored into the dish), blanched vermicelli noodles, fresh herbs like coriander and mint, as well as nuoc mam dressing (lemon juice, sugar, garlic, chilli, and fish sauce). For many, it is comfort food in its most thrifty and creative form.
Like a lot of Thai food, Khao Yam dish is all about the prep work, with flash-fast cooking time, its a soulful cuisine that shows love through labor. Don’t let this scare you away from trying it out, all I mean is that the more effort you put into slicing, peeling, and presenting, the more delicious this dish becomes. That’s where the poetry lies.
Tong Chong Street Markets in Hong Kong does not seek to replace wet markets, but rather provides a complementary alternative while giving a little helping hand to the growing number of innovative vendors in this overgrown city. It’s a breath of fresh air in a city that thrives on chain stores and big brands – wander around the market and you’ll find locally brewed beer, gooey homemade brownies, and freshly churned almond milk ice cream, all crafted by young entrepreneurs. Anne Berry dives into the delicious degustation
This Sunday I’m pulling out my favourite recipe, my tastiest Burmese chicken curry that I discovered on a trip to Myanmar a couple years back. I watched a curry stall lady prepare this dish out back behind her side of the road curry stall where we communicated with smiles and many animated hand movements. I will always think of her when I have this super tasty stew that is wonderfully mellow from the addition of lemongrass to the turmeric and red onion based curry paste.
This week Anne travels by rail around the island of Shikoku to explore the land of udon, intricate feudal castles, and her favourite fruit – the prized yuzu.
Larb: a simple herby, spicy salad that is a fresh mix of blanched minced meat with mint, spring onions, chilli, toasted sticky rice powder for crunch, and a tangy dressing. I break it down for you newbies out there on a throw back episode of ’Ponytail Journal’s Tastiest Life Possible’ to celebrate the show’s second birthday (64 episodes strong!) and hopefully inspire you to entertain tonight.
There are people who love tea, and then there’s Shinya Sakurai. Although Japanese tea ceremony practices date back to the 9th century, Sakurai’s expertise is a rarity in contemporary Japan. After training for 12 years to become a tea master, Sakurai opened a small tea room in Nishi-Azabu called Souen. Anne Berry explores a perfect blend of modernity and tradition, resulting in one of the most innovative tea rooms in the world.
Today we’re taking you into Karabashi cafe in the delightful seaside town of Hayama, a joint that takes hold of summer and serves up a simple daily menu that shows pride in local produce. The sea breeze, sun, clay mountains, waves, and eclectic mix of locals and Tokyo escapees sport a bohemian culture that celebrate a more colourful look onto life. Picture homely, clean food, and a party of local ingredients.