A couple of months ago, my husband went into our walk-in pantry and started examining the shelves. 'Why do you have so many types of rice?' he asked. 'Because I need them,' I replied. 'Why do you have two jars of the same rice?' he asked, pointing to two glass jars.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Take a stalk on the mild side

Harvested from April to June, white asparagus is cropping up on supermarket shelves now, and the seasonal vegetable is also being showcased at restaurants.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am


Shop A, G/F Seaview Building, 6C Wharf Road, North Point Tel: 2806 0869 Open: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm Cuisine: Italian and Western

Price: HK$400, not including drinks or the service charge.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nightingale Restaurant & Bar

33 Ship Street, Wan Chai Tel: 2804 1728 Open: Monday-Saturday noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight Cuisine: European

Price: about HK$275 without drinks and service charge.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


1A Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley Tel: 2836 6131 Open: Tuesday-Sunday noon-11pm Cuisine: French Price: about HK$400 without drinks or the service charge.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Beetroot a vibrant addition to your table

There was a time when beetroot was only available pickled. Understandably, a lot of people don't enjoy the sourness of a pickle, but there's much more to this delicious vegetable than the version that comes in a jar.

The root vegetable can be eaten raw in salads, boiled, baked or added to stews, soups, and even cakes and ice cream.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Mensa Organica

G/F, Bright Star Mansion, 95-97 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay Tel: 3489 8266 Open: 11.30am-10.30pm Cuisine: Western with some Asian accents

Price: about HK$370 without drinks and the service charge.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Unusual suspects

While a traditional roast turkey is a must for many families for Christmas dinner, others may yearn for something else to dine on, have dietary restrictions, or with fewer people around the table it makes sense to scale down the meal.

We've asked some chefs around town to suggest some alternative holiday meals.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Grand brunch concludes a tasty week of celebrating the best of Italian hospitality

After a week of back-to-back lunches, dinners, workshops, cooking competitions and performances at the Wine and Spirits Fair and participating restaurants, the third annual Italian Cuisine Asia Summit ended at the weekend.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

With the grain

Why is risotto considered so hard to make when it's really just time consuming?

When made traditionally, the rice is stirred con- stantly as the liquid is added slowly, so it is absorbed almost entirely by the grain. A well-made risotto is just-tender grains of rice held together by a rich, slightly soupy liquid.

So why is it so hard to get a good risotto?

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


G/F CentreStage, Bridges Street, SoHo Tel: 2803 2083 Open: 7.30am-11pm

Cuisine: Continental with Asian accents

Price: about HK$300 without drinks and service charge

10 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


16-17/F L'Hart, 487-489 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay Tel: 2363 2898 Open: 11.30am-11.30pm

Cuisine: Italian

Price: about HK$350 without drinks and the service charge.

6 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Liberty Exchange Kitchen & Bar

Fare Refined comfort food with top-class ingredients.

14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Table talk

Sabatini Ristorante Italiano at the Royal Garden hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui is featuring porcini mushrooms until Monday.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Table talk

Taku in SoHo is celebrating its first-year anniversary tonight with a geisha performance and a special menu for HK$198 plus 10 per cent that includes chilled home-made tofu with crab roe; and marinated Japanese cucumber with surf clam and seaweed. Bookings: 2545 9966.

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am