Alkira Reinfrank

Hong Kong

Alkira Reinfrank

Digital Production Editor

Alkira is a multimedia reporter and digital production editor at the South China Morning Post, where she specialises in food and culture. She co-hosts the SCMP podcast Eat Drink Asia, which was named Asia’s Best Entertainment Podcast at the Asia Podcast Awards in 2019. Before moving to Hong Kong, Alkira worked as a multimedia reporter with ABC News in Australia. Alkira has appeared on BBC World News, BBC World Service, i24 News (Israel), The Project (Australia), WIN Television (Australia) and triple J Hack (Australia).

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Latest from Alkira Reinfrank

The Hainanese chicken rice debate: Singapore and Malaysia both lay claim to it – who’s right, or are they both wrong?

Rivalry between Malaysia and Singapore has simmered since 1965 when the two nations went their separate ways. One perennial issue is which can lay claim to Hainanese chicken rice. But has anyone considered Hainan’s position?

28 Feb 2021 - 9:14AM

Rivalry between Malaysia and Singapore has simmered since 1965 when the two nations went their separate ways. One perennial issue is which can lay claim to Hainanese chicken rice. But has anyone considered Hainan’s position?

The Hainanese chicken rice debate: Singapore and Malaysia both lay claim to it – who’s right, or are they both wrong?
The great Hainanese chicken rice debate: Singapore vs Malaysia
Tempura isn’t from Japan: how a fried Portuguese classic became a staple of Japanese cuisine

Tempura – seafood or vegetables coated in batter and deep-fried – is as much a staple of Japanese cuisine as sushi and sashimi, but its origins are on the other side of the world.

15 Jan 2021 - 9:22AM

Tempura – seafood or vegetables coated in batter and deep-fried – is as much a staple of Japanese cuisine as sushi and sashimi, but its origins are on the other side of the world.

Tempura isn’t from Japan: how a fried Portuguese classic became a staple of Japanese cuisine
Japanese tempura, its Portugese origins and how it became high culinary art
Hong Kong shop allows customers to make their own customised face masks

Face masks have become a common sight in many places around the world because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Hong Kong, local mask producers have rolled out colourful and patterned face coverings for consumers who not only want protection from the coronavirus, but also something that matches their outfit of the day. Post reporter Alkira Reinfrank got a chance to customise her own masks at a store in the city’s busy Tsim Sha Tsui business district.

17 Dec 2020 - 8:00PM

Face masks have become a common sight in many places around the world because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Hong Kong, local mask producers have rolled out colourful and patterned face coverings for consumers who not only want protection from the coronavirus, but also something that matches their outfit of the day. Post reporter Alkira Reinfrank got a chance to customise her own masks at a store in the city’s busy Tsim Sha Tsui business district.

Hong Kong shop allows customers to make their own customised face masks
How tofu made it to America, was disparaged for decades but went mainstream when 1960s counterculture exploded

From its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today, tofu has gone from an acquired taste to trendy superfood.

3 Dec 2020 - 11:38AM

From its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today, tofu has gone from an acquired taste to trendy superfood.

How tofu made it to America, was disparaged for decades but went mainstream when 1960s counterculture exploded
How tofu made its way to the West
Hong Kong beaches remain closed – but why? Community warns of inexperienced swimmers heading outside safety nets

Hong Kong’s swimming community wonders why beaches are still closed but a travel bubble with Singapore can be considered.

26 Oct 2020 - 8:20AM

Hong Kong’s swimming community wonders why beaches are still closed but a travel bubble with Singapore can be considered.

Hong Kong beaches remain closed – but why? Community warns of inexperienced swimmers heading outside safety nets
Chef Stephanie Wong on why Hongkongers shop daily and how ‘Asian pride’ helped her realise her dream

Hong Kong-born chef Stephanie Wong was in her 30s when her teenage dream of opening a restaurant came true.

28 Sep 2020 - 3:15PM

Hong Kong-born chef Stephanie Wong was in her 30s when her teenage dream of opening a restaurant came true.

Chef Stephanie Wong on  why Hongkongers shop daily and how ‘Asian pride’ helped her realise her dream
The history of egg tarts: from savoury to sweet, from medieval England to Hong Kong, from short crust to flaky pastry

Chefs in Canton, southern China, created the egg tart by adapting an English recipe for custard tarts brought there by homesick merchants. Custard tarts go back to 15th century England, where they were a savoury affair and contained bone marrow.

25 Sep 2020 - 10:25PM

Chefs in Canton, southern China, created the egg tart by adapting an English recipe for custard tarts brought there by homesick merchants. Custard tarts go back to 15th century England, where they were a savoury affair and contained bone marrow.

The history of egg tarts: from savoury to sweet, from medieval England to Hong Kong, from short crust to flaky pastry
Hong Kong egg tarts and their medieval English origins
Hong Kong swimming community decries ongoing restrictions on pools and beaches – ‘We have no idea what is happening’

While gyms have been open for more than a week under various restrictions, pools and beaches remain closed in Hong Kong.

14 Sep 2020 - 10:20PM

While gyms have been open for more than a week under various restrictions, pools and beaches remain closed in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong swimming community decries ongoing restrictions on pools and beaches – ‘We have no idea what is happening’
The history of xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings: from the outskirts of Shanghai to popular snack loved all over the world

It is said that xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings, loved around the world thanks to Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung, originated in snack shops in a town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and may have had a very different name.

19 Aug 2020 - 12:43PM

It is said that xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings, loved around the world thanks to Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung, originated in snack shops in a town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and may have had a very different name.

The history of xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings: from the outskirts of Shanghai to popular snack loved all over the world
 Xiaolongbao: how soup dumplings went global
How Belon’s British chef Daniel Calvert turned an empty restaurant into one of Asia’s best

Belon in Hong Kong’s SoHo neighbourhood was not doing well when British chef Daniel Calvert took the helm three years ago. Now it has the No 4 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, thanks to hard work, perfectionism and attention to detail.

3 Aug 2020 - 4:17PM

Belon in Hong Kong’s SoHo neighbourhood was not doing well when British chef Daniel Calvert took the helm three years ago. Now it has the No 4 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, thanks to hard work, perfectionism and attention to detail.

How Belon’s  British chef Daniel Calvert turned an empty restaurant into one of Asia’s best
Those ram-don noodles from Parasite: a cheap noodle treat popular with students and not usually found on restaurant menus

Ram-don, or jjapaguri, is not typically served with marbled sirloin like it is in the film Parasite, but the dish is common in South Korea, a country that embraces its love of instant noodles.

6 Jul 2020 - 6:10AM

Ram-don, or jjapaguri, is not typically served with marbled sirloin like it is in the film Parasite, but the dish is common in South Korea, a country that embraces its love of instant noodles.

Those ram-don noodles from Parasite: a cheap noodle treat popular with students and not usually found on restaurant menus
The story behind Oscar-winning film Parasite’s ram-don noodles
The birth of butter chicken, invented to feed a busload of refugees

The story of butter chicken is one of three hard-working refugees, a hugely popular Delhi restaurant, and an accidental combination of ingredients born of necessity.

29 May 2020 - 5:36PM

The story of butter chicken is one of three hard-working refugees, a hugely popular Delhi restaurant, and an accidental combination of ingredients born of necessity.

The birth of butter chicken, invented to feed a busload of refugees
It’s butter chicken — not curry
Quarantine Cooking: Coconut fish stew
How Korean fried chicken – the other KFC – became a huge hit in South Korea and then the world

South Korea is widely known for having one of the best and most crispy versions of fried chicken, a dish enjoyed the world over that was first introduced to the country by US troops during the Korean war.

8 Dec 2019 - 2:30PM

South Korea is widely known for having one of the best and most crispy versions of fried chicken, a dish enjoyed the world over that was first introduced to the country by US troops during the Korean war.

How Korean fried chicken – the other KFC – became a huge hit in South Korea and then the world
KFC vs KFC
17 Jun 2020 - 3:00PM
KFC vs KFC
Why ‘female Bear Grylls’, survivalist Miriam Lancewood, swapped city life for the New Zealand wilderness

Miriam Lancewood has been living deep in the New Zealand wilderness with her husband for most of the last decade, where she lives and breathes the survivalist life, completely off grid.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:12PM

Miriam Lancewood has been living deep in the New Zealand wilderness with her husband for most of the last decade, where she lives and breathes the survivalist life, completely off grid.

Why ‘female Bear Grylls’, survivalist Miriam Lancewood, swapped city life for the New Zealand wilderness
Surviving the New Zealand wilderness with Miriam Lancewood

Miriam Lancewood has spent the better part of the last decade living deep in the New Zealand wilderness - hunting wild animals, foraging edible plants and living a nomadic lifestyle with her husband Peter.

5 Nov 2019 - 5:35PM

Miriam Lancewood has spent the better part of the last decade living deep in the New Zealand wilderness - hunting wild animals, foraging edible plants and living a nomadic lifestyle with her husband Peter.

Surviving the New Zealand wilderness with Miriam Lancewood
Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world

Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes. Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but can now also be found around the world.

27 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes. Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but can now also be found around the world.

Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world
Eat Drink Asia: Banh mi-where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide

The dish was born in a time when Vietnamese weren’t even allowed access to wheat flour, making it hard to imagine the sandwich would become world famous.

25 Oct 2019 - 4:38PM

The dish was born in a time when Vietnamese weren’t even allowed access to wheat flour, making it hard to imagine the sandwich would become world famous.

Eat Drink Asia: Banh mi-where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide
Banh mi: where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide
The Spam story: how the luncheon meat became a hit in Asia and beyond with its ‘taste of America’

Fried, baked, boiled or braised, pork-based Spam was first a hit in the US during the Great Depression and then in Asia after World War II. Now some chefs are incorporating it in upmarket dishes.

29 Sep 2019 - 12:10AM

Fried, baked, boiled or braised, pork-based Spam was first a hit in the US during the Great Depression and then in Asia after World War II. Now some chefs are incorporating it in upmarket dishes.

The Spam story: how the luncheon meat became a hit in Asia and beyond with its ‘taste of America’
All about that Spam
17 Jun 2020 - 3:00PM
All about that Spam
Eat Drink Asia: All about that Spam

American icon became popular during the war and managed to stick around.Your junk email is named after the canned meat, by the way.

27 Sep 2019 - 12:58PM

American icon became popular during the war and managed to stick around.Your junk email is named after the canned meat, by the way.

Eat Drink Asia: All about that Spam