Saturday, 6 October, 2012, 11:54pm

Spanish tortilla

A Spanish tortilla is very different from the kind you find in Mexican cuisine, which is typically made of corn or flour and used as a wrap for ingredients. In Spain, the tortilla is like a thick, unrolled omelette. Cut into pieces and eaten hot, warm or at room temperature, it's a staple of tapas bars.

2 large potatoes (the smooth-skinned local variety)

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fancy a sweet and healthy snack? Put your honey where your mouth is

Chef Cheung Hong-man at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong stumbled on a gold mine at the Ten Thousand Buddhas monastery in Sha Tin. It was the Wing Wo Bee Farm.

The farm's organically produced honey features in a few recipes, including his apple pie and this healthy wrap, on the menu at Melo Spa. The honey adds a delicate fragrance to balance the tomatoes.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fuel for football fever

Most of the world seems to have gone completely World Cup crazy, with many of us glued to the TV every night. It's difficult to muster up the energy to cheer or boo during the small hours without having some snacks to munch on.

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Rise to the occasion

Bread baking isn't as time-consuming as it's made out to be. Most people think the dough needs to rise in a warm place and be baked as soon as it's ready but you can use the professional baker's trick of making the dough one day, letting it rise slowly in the fridge (this also lets the flavour develop) then baking it when it's convenient.

25 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Austerity measures

Food may be the most universally shared topic of human interest, and recipes created and enjoyed during periods of adversity often hold nostalgic appeal. Wartime Kitchen: Food and Eating in Singapore 1942-1950, marries a history of Singaporean society during that era with a surprisingly appealing collection of period recipes.

28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Innovative artist serves up a real taste of Mexico

It might seem loco, but painter Joe Bravo's medium of choice is the tortilla. The Mexican-American artist is at Sha Tin's New Town Plaza until Sunday, demonstrating his work drawing on the flat bread, which is the food staple across Central America.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

On the rise

Bread baking has a reputation for being difficult and time consuming, but it actually requires very little hands-on work. After the dough is made, it can be left to rise unattended, then it just needs to be shaped and baked. Although most recipes call for the dough to rise in a warm place, it's often more convenient to let it rise in the fridge, which slows the action of the yeast.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Munch time

Mels, a new hotdog and burger shop, has opened on the Hoi Wan pedestrian street in Quarry Bay. The place is small, with just a few seats inside and out.

3 Sep 2006 - 12:00am


What is it? At its most basic, it's flour and water mixed into a dough and cooked by baking, steaming, frying or other methods. The flour can be made from wheat, rye, rice, corn and many less common grains such as teff, which is used to make the Ethiopian bread, injera.

11 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Batik and roti for Malaysia's first astronaut, but durians grounded

Malaysians are unsure whether to take the announcement seriously or dismiss it as a joke.

10 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Well baked

Brit & Ben is a cosy little shop on Staunton Street that sells an interesting, eclectic mix of products: pastries, breads, furniture and all-natural health and beauty products imported from Thailand. Former architect Gabrielle Chan originally started sourcing the skin-care products to alleviate the allergies of her two sons (the eponymous Brit and Ben).

7 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Sabah Malaysian Cuisine

Sabah Malaysian Cuisine

98-102 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai

Tel: 2143 6626

Open: 7am - midnight

It was heartening to see a long queue had already formed when we arrived at the Sabah Malaysian Cuisine about 8pm. A long queue usually means the food is going to be, if not great, then certainly edible.

19 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

On the rise

For many people, baking bread seems a mysterious alchemy that requires the perfect alignment of sun, moon and Earth, the winds blowing from the right direction and the combination of many other circumstances beyond their comprehension. At its most basic, bread is flour mixed with a type of leavening and liquid then cooked one way or another.

8 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Homage to 'holy bread' in India

Bangalore housewife Sheela Anthony had just prepared chapati bread for her children after returning home from church when she encountered what has been hailed as a miracle in the Indian city - she saw the face of Jesus Christ on a piece of burnt chapati.

20 Nov 2002 - 12:00am