Alkira Reinfrank

Alkira is a production editor and journalist with the South China Morning Post where she specialises in multimedia storytelling for the Culture Desk. Before moving to Hong Kong, Alkira worked as a multiplatform reporter and digital producer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News) in Canberra.
Alkira Reinfrank
Alkira is a production editor and journalist with the South China Morning Post where she specialises in multimedia storytelling for the Culture Desk. Before moving to Hong Kong, Alkira worked as a multiplatform reporter and digital producer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News) in Canberra.

Latest from Alkira Reinfrank

Sushi is not from Japan: how raw fish and rice became a world favourite

Sushi reached China, then Japan from the Mekong River, and was later exported to the US and the rest of the world. Originally a dish of fermented whole fish preserved with inedible salted rice, it has evolved with technology into what we know today.

30 Jun 2019 - 8:30AM

Sushi reached China, then Japan from the Mekong River, and was later exported to the US and the rest of the world. Originally a dish of fermented whole fish preserved with inedible salted rice, it has evolved with technology into what we know today.

Sushi is not from Japan: how raw fish and rice became a world favourite
Eat Drink Asia: Why people didn’t always eat the rice in sushi – and how it became what it is today

It turns out that early sushi was not about rice. And it originated from the Mekong, not Japan.

28 Jun 2019 - 2:23PM

It turns out that early sushi was not about rice. And it originated from the Mekong, not Japan.

Eat Drink Asia: Why people didn’t always eat the rice in sushi – and how it became what it is today
Jason Licker: the celebrity pastry chef who doesn’t like desserts despite having a ‘massive sweet tooth’ as a child

Jason Licker, who won the 2014 Iron Chef Thailand pastry edition, reveals why he quit eating desserts despite having a ‘massive sweet tooth’.

24 Jun 2019 - 9:48AM

Jason Licker, who won the 2014 Iron Chef Thailand pastry edition, reveals why he quit eating desserts despite having a ‘massive sweet tooth’.

Jason Licker: the celebrity pastry chef who doesn’t like desserts despite having a ‘massive sweet tooth’ as a child
Same-sex marriage in Asia inevitable, says gay rights activist – ‘Ireland was so conservative ... yet Ireland changed its views’

Rory O’Neill was instrumental in the campaign in Ireland for marriage equality in 2015. He says the Asian LGBTIQ community must become more visible and show they are ‘just as boring and ordinary as everyone else’.

30 May 2019 - 7:53PM

Rory O’Neill was instrumental in the campaign in Ireland for marriage equality in 2015. He says the Asian LGBTIQ community must become more visible and show they are ‘just as boring and ordinary as everyone else’.

Same-sex marriage in Asia inevitable, says gay rights activist – ‘Ireland was so conservative ... yet Ireland changed its views’
Same-sex marriage is inevitable in Asia, says Rory O’Neill, aka Irish drag queen Panti Bliss

It’s only a matter of time before other places in Asia start following in Taiwan’s footsteps to legalise same-sex marriage, says the face of Ireland’s successful movement pushing for marriage equality.
Gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, also known as Irish drag queen Panti Bliss, was instrumental in Ireland’s fight to change marriage laws in 2015.
Taiwan made history in May 2019, holding Asia’s first legal gay weddings after a landmark move to legalise same-sex marriage.
O’Neill says the island’s experience could herald changes for gay rights around Asia.

29 May 2019 - 5:50PM

It’s only a matter of time before other places in Asia start following in Taiwan’s footsteps to legalise same-sex marriage, says the face of Ireland’s successful movement pushing for marriage equality.
Gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, also known as Irish drag queen Panti Bliss, was instrumental in Ireland’s fight to change marriage laws in 2015.
Taiwan made history in May 2019, holding Asia’s first legal gay weddings after a landmark move to legalise same-sex marriage.
O’Neill says the island’s experience could herald changes for gay rights around Asia.

Same-sex marriage is inevitable in Asia, says Rory O’Neill, aka Irish drag queen Panti Bliss
Eat Drink Asia: The Sriracha story – an American-made hot sauce with Thai roots

Plot twist: The rooster sauce was created by a Vietnamese refugee, but is American-made, and Thai-inspired.

7 Jun 2019 - 1:01PM

Plot twist: The rooster sauce was created by a Vietnamese refugee, but is American-made, and Thai-inspired.

Eat Drink Asia: The Sriracha story – an American-made hot sauce with Thai roots
The story of sriracha: how a hot sauce launched by refugee from Vietnam spawned a food empire

Huy Fong’s sriracha is an American-made hot sauce with Thai roots, invented by a Chinese-Vietnamese refugee who started out delivering his product personally across California. Most non-Thais are mispronouncing it.

3 Jul 2019 - 3:14PM

Huy Fong’s sriracha is an American-made hot sauce with Thai roots, invented by a Chinese-Vietnamese refugee who started out delivering his product personally across California. Most non-Thais are mispronouncing it.

The story of sriracha: how a hot sauce launched by refugee from Vietnam spawned a food empire
Domestic helpers tackle Hong Kong beach plastic pollution in extreme clean-up challenge

The Filipino Dynamos are a group of volunteers who spent their day off cleaning a beach on Hong Kong Island. They’re taking part in the month-long Adventure Clean Up Challenge to remove plastic from hard-to-reach areas.

13 May 2019 - 10:36AM

The Filipino Dynamos are a group of volunteers who spent their day off cleaning a beach on Hong Kong Island. They’re taking part in the month-long Adventure Clean Up Challenge to remove plastic from hard-to-reach areas.

Domestic helpers tackle Hong Kong beach plastic pollution in extreme clean-up challenge
Eat Drink Asia: The nationalist politics behind pad Thai

The complex origin and nationalist agenda behind the iconic Thai noodle dish.

24 Jun 2019 - 11:21AM

The complex origin and nationalist agenda behind the iconic Thai noodle dish.

Eat Drink Asia: The nationalist politics behind pad Thai
Eat Drink Asia: Your ultimate guide to dim sum

A journey into the history and culture of dim sum – why it’s served on trolleys, what the path to becoming a dim sum chef is like, and the painstaking work behind a simple har gau.

7 Jun 2019 - 1:00PM

A journey into the history and culture of dim sum – why it’s served on trolleys, what the path to becoming a dim sum chef is like, and the painstaking work behind a simple har gau.

Eat Drink Asia: Your ultimate guide to dim sum
Physicist Brian Cox on how space travel can save the human race – and why there should be a Mars mission

Professor says a joint mission to Mars would be a ‘unifying force’. He believes commercial space flight by entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson can help colonise other planets and ensure human race survives.

10 Mar 2019 - 5:37PM

Professor says a joint mission to Mars would be a ‘unifying force’. He believes commercial space flight by entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson can help colonise other planets and ensure human race survives.

Physicist Brian Cox on how space travel can save the human race – and why there should be a Mars mission
Professor Brian Cox: humans must reach for the stars to survive

Professor Brian Cox says he is optimistic about the survival of the human race thanks to advances in private space flight. The British celebrity particle physicist said he finds hope in advances such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule – the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station on March 3. Cox told the South China Morning Post he thinks that if humans can become a spacefaring civilisation and colonise other planets, they could effectively become immortal. Speaking ahead of his June 5,2019, Universal World Tour show in Hong Kong, Cox said that if money was no object, he would love to see an international mission to Mars.

9 Mar 2019 - 4:20AM

Professor Brian Cox says he is optimistic about the survival of the human race thanks to advances in private space flight. The British celebrity particle physicist said he finds hope in advances such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule – the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station on March 3. Cox told the South China Morning Post he thinks that if humans can become a spacefaring civilisation and colonise other planets, they could effectively become immortal. Speaking ahead of his June 5,2019, Universal World Tour show in Hong Kong, Cox said that if money was no object, he would love to see an international mission to Mars.

Professor Brian Cox: humans must reach for the stars to survive
I’m not a chef, I’m a ‘curious human being’, says Bo Bech, man behind Copenhagen’s Geist restaurant

The chef behind Copenhagen’s Geist reveals how he cooked his way into the bank manager’s heart to get the €20,000 he needed to start his first restaurant

26 Feb 2019 - 9:22AM

The chef behind Copenhagen’s Geist reveals how he cooked his way into the bank manager’s heart to get the €20,000 he needed to start his first restaurant

I’m not a chef, I’m a ‘curious human being’, says Bo Bech, man behind Copenhagen’s Geist restaurant
History of bubble tea: how boba, born of a staff competition in Taiwan, became a global phenomenon

Created in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea is a mix of milk tea, tapioca pearls and syrup. It spread through Asia, gaining popularity and then exploded across the United States.

3 Jul 2019 - 3:08PM

Created in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea is a mix of milk tea, tapioca pearls and syrup. It spread through Asia, gaining popularity and then exploded across the United States.

History of bubble tea: how boba, born of a staff competition in Taiwan, became a global phenomenon
Eat Drink Asia: The bubble tea success story

Where did bubble tea begin - and why has it become so popular - we deep dive into this chewy drink made for Instagram.

21 Jun 2019 - 12:06PM

Where did bubble tea begin - and why has it become so popular - we deep dive into this chewy drink made for Instagram.

Eat Drink Asia: The bubble tea success story
Inside Taipei’s new contemporary art fair
Hong Kong burger reviews – from Five Guys to Shake Shack, we taste test the newest

With popular American chains opening outlets in Hong Kong, it was time we found the best of the new burgers.

6 Dec 2018 - 7:22PM

With popular American chains opening outlets in Hong Kong, it was time we found the best of the new burgers.

Hong Kong burger reviews – from Five Guys to Shake Shack, we taste test the newest
Netflix cookery show The Final Table: top chefs, no shouting or screaming – and no Chinese food

The Final Table brings 24 top chefs together in Los Angeles, competing in pairs cooking different national cuisines. Nations featured include Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the US, India and Italy.

18 Nov 2018 - 8:13PM

The Final Table brings 24 top chefs together in Los Angeles, competing in pairs cooking different national cuisines. Nations featured include Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the US, India and Italy.

Netflix cookery show The Final Table: top chefs, no shouting or screaming – and no Chinese food
Eat Drink Asia: Bartending with PDT's Jeff Bell; chef Gray Kunz from Cafe Gray Deluxe
Fashion parade: the best street style music fans wore to Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival

From sequinned suits to jumpsuits to the obligatory flannel shirts, music lovers’ style did not disappoint on the Central Harbourfront, where fans danced the weekend away to David Byrne, Khalid and Erykah Badu.

12 Nov 2018 - 1:11PM

From sequinned suits to jumpsuits to the obligatory flannel shirts, music lovers’ style did not disappoint on the Central Harbourfront, where fans danced the weekend away to David Byrne, Khalid and Erykah Badu.

Fashion parade: the best street style music fans wore to Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival
Gordon Ramsay: ‘I never wanted to be a TV chef’, in fact he did not intend to be a chef at all

The celebrity restaurateur tells Alkira Reinfrank and Bernice Chan how with his football dreams dashed he decided to try his luck in the kitchen

10 Nov 2018 - 5:04PM

The celebrity restaurateur tells Alkira Reinfrank and Bernice Chan how with his football dreams dashed he decided to try his luck in the kitchen

Gordon Ramsay: ‘I never wanted to be a TV chef’, in fact he did not intend to be a chef at all
The Interview: Gordon Ramsay on Hong Kong, life and cooking

Gordon Ramsay, television personality and one of the UK’s best-known chefs, attends the opening of his third Hong Kong restaurant, maze Grill. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars.

11 Mar 2019 - 10:02AM

Gordon Ramsay, television personality and one of the UK’s best-known chefs, attends the opening of his third Hong Kong restaurant, maze Grill. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars.

The Interview: Gordon Ramsay on Hong Kong, life and cooking
Kids react to Clockenflap acts – from Khalid to David Byrne

We played music from acts appearing at Hong Kong’s biggest music festival to local kids. The festival runs this weekend and will feature about 100 acts spread over five stages.

6 Nov 2018 - 1:00PM

We played music from acts appearing at Hong Kong’s biggest music festival to local kids. The festival runs this weekend and will feature about 100 acts spread over five stages.

Kids react to Clockenflap acts – from Khalid to David Byrne
Kids react to 2018 Clockenflap acts

The Clockenflap festival is not just for grown-ups: it’s one of the highlights of the year for many kids too. The South China Morning Post asked a bunch of local kids what they thought about some of the artists playing at this year’s festival.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

The Clockenflap festival is not just for grown-ups: it’s one of the highlights of the year for many kids too. The South China Morning Post asked a bunch of local kids what they thought about some of the artists playing at this year’s festival.

Kids react to 2018 Clockenflap acts
Eat Drink Asia: Gordon Ramsay in conversation
Eat Drink Asia: Chicken feet, tripe, Chinese tea and chef Julien Royer from Odette
Eat Drink Asia: Koreatown, Israeli food at Francis and cart noodles
How face yoga can reduce signs of ageing and make you look younger

Facial workouts aim to strengthen your muscles to give your skin a youthful glow. While people have been doing them for years, their popularity has soared thanks to social media and video-sharing platforms.

8 Oct 2018 - 7:11PM

Facial workouts aim to strengthen your muscles to give your skin a youthful glow. While people have been doing them for years, their popularity has soared thanks to social media and video-sharing platforms.

How face yoga can reduce signs of ageing and make you look younger
How Australia’s wild Northern Territory is readying for Chinese tourist boom

The remote region the size of Mongolia intends to almost double its Chinese tourists by 2020 by getting its local businesses ‘China-ready’. While progress has been made, change is slow and infrastructure outside Darwin is still lacking.

5 Oct 2018 - 6:03AM

The remote region the size of Mongolia intends to almost double its Chinese tourists by 2020 by getting its local businesses ‘China-ready’. While progress has been made, change is slow and infrastructure outside Darwin is still lacking.

How Australia’s wild Northern Territory is readying for Chinese tourist boom
Australia’s wild Northern Territory wants to get ‘China-ready’

Australia’s wild Northern Territory is hoping to double its number of Chinese visitors to 30,000 with an estimated expenditure of US$33 million by 2020. The first direct flight between Shenzhen and the NT capital Darwin has been operating since May 2018 and the local government has funded Chinese signs and menus.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Australia’s wild Northern Territory is hoping to double its number of Chinese visitors to 30,000 with an estimated expenditure of US$33 million by 2020. The first direct flight between Shenzhen and the NT capital Darwin has been operating since May 2018 and the local government has funded Chinese signs and menus.

Australia’s wild Northern Territory wants to get ‘China-ready’