Meat and greet

Are you a vegetarian? I used to be. It started when I arrived in China, in 1988, and saw how much wonderful stuff can be made with just vegetables, oil, spices and a great cooking heritage.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Top table

Ava Restaurant Slash Bar

Classic dishes get up-to-the-minute makeovers to tickle the taste buds of adventurous diners.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The whole hog

It's Father's Day next week, but if you want to make this dish for him, you'll need to plan ahead. Order the whole suckling pig from your pork butcher well in advance.

Whole roast suckling pig (pictured)

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

TV series celebrating food leaves sour taste for some

A new documentary series on Chinese cuisine airing on CCTV has set food lovers abuzz over the nation's rich culinary history, while inadvertently raising a new level of disgust over the seemingly endless food safety scandals.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Chuen Taste Harbour Seafood Restaurant

405-419C Lockhart Road Causeway Bay Tel: 2574 4111 Open: 11am-3am (Sundays from 5pm) Cuisine: Sichuan

Price: about HK$180 without drinks and the service charge.

Ambience: the rough wooden tables and chairs and the red lanterns at the entrance give it a slightly retro feel.

Pros: the waiting staff are smiling and friendly.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

David Hawksworth

How did you become a chef? 'From an early age, I appreciated nice food. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when I was growing up and she cooked everything from scratch - nothing was pre-made. I love the challenge of cooking, and how it's different every day.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Table talk

Robert Comte, owner of Domaine de la Truffiere in Burgundy, will host a dinner at the Entourage restaurant in Central on March 28. The five-course menu includes seared turbot with a roasted tiger prawn and mussel emulsion with the winery's Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 in magnum; and pan-fried honey duck breast with rosemary and pine nut jus paired with Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2008.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Liquid gold

I love soup - every time I cook it, I wonder why I don't make it more often. People have been making soup since mankind learned to boil water, but in the hands of a careful cook, it can be absolutely delicious, even if it's made up of odds and ends out of the fridge.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sound bites

I order sweetbreads whenever I see them on the menu - which unfortunately is quite rare. Sweetbreads are the pancreas and thymus glands of young animals - usually veal and lamb (although I've never tasted the latter). The thymus gland is said to be the superior option but I've never seen it sold on its own.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sauce material

When the tomato was introduced to Italy in the 16th century, people used it as an ornamental plant, believing the fruit to be poisonous. The tomato is, in fact, part of the nightshade family, which includes some deadly plants.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Laduree - The Savory Recipes

Laduree - The Savory Recipes By Michel Lerouet

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pork vendors criticise supermarket 'sales tricks'

A group of wet-market vendors have filed a complaint against supermarkets, accusing them of using deceptive tactics to sell pork, such as passing off cheap meat as superior cuts.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Some deny post-colonial reality of HK

There have been many responses to my letter ('Expats have done little to benefit city', January 3).

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

At Monsieur Chatt?, French authenticity is always de rigueur

Originally from Paris, Jean-Yves Chatt? has operated a successful wine import business in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. He opened French gourmet store Monsieur Chatt? in a three-storey shophouse in Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, in 2008, and now has a second store in Elements in Kowloon and a production kitchen and private dining room in Chai Wan.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Peta, mixed up in pat?, cooks celebrity butcher's goose

Let me share a couple of delicious ironies: that a butcher can be a celebrity and the word 'pat?' is an anagram of Peta, the animal rights people.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am