Alkira Reinfrank

Alkira Reinfrank

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).

Latest from Alkira Reinfrank

 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
Explore Australia’s wild Northern Territory: jumping crocs and billabongs in the tropical ‘Top End’

Giant saltwater crocodiles, Aboriginal rock art, open skies and national parks the size of nations are among the attractions. A trip into the wetlands reveals a host of beautiful and sometimes deadly wildlife.

17 Sep 2019 - 8:34PM

Giant saltwater crocodiles, Aboriginal rock art, open skies and national parks the size of nations are among the attractions. A trip into the wetlands reveals a host of beautiful and sometimes deadly wildlife.

Explore Australia’s wild Northern Territory: jumping crocs and billabongs in the tropical ‘Top End’
Eat Drink Asia: Mooncakes then and now

We tried KFC’s spicy chicken mooncakes so you don’t have to.From the end of the Yuan Dynasty to modern Hong Kong, mooncakes have been the bearers of political messages.

16 Sep 2019 - 2:37PM

We tried KFC’s spicy chicken mooncakes so you don’t have to.From the end of the Yuan Dynasty to modern Hong Kong, mooncakes have been the bearers of political messages.

Eat Drink Asia: Mooncakes then and now
Mooncakes then and now
17 Jun 2020 - 2:59PM
Mooncakes then and now
Spinsters: why does Hong Kong government insist on derogatory term for single women?

With the number of unmarried women in Hong Kong rising dramatically, it’s time to update the official language for singledom.

28 Jul 2019 - 3:24PM

With the number of unmarried women in Hong Kong rising dramatically, it’s time to update the official language for singledom.

Spinsters: why does Hong Kong government insist on derogatory term for single women?
How Sichuan cuisine conquered the world, from Ming dynasty to McDonald’s sauce that nearly caused a riot

We think of Sichuan food as numbing and super hot, but the cuisine is much more subtle than that, say chefs and fans. Dishes such as mapo tofu and Sichuan hotpot are popular all over the world, but two-thirds of Sichuan dishes aren’t fiery.

28 Jul 2019 - 11:02AM

We think of Sichuan food as numbing and super hot, but the cuisine is much more subtle than that, say chefs and fans. Dishes such as mapo tofu and Sichuan hotpot are popular all over the world, but two-thirds of Sichuan dishes aren’t fiery.

How Sichuan cuisine conquered the world, from Ming dynasty to McDonald’s sauce that nearly caused a riot
Sichuan food history: from Ming to McDonald’s – and Rick and Morty

Bernice Chan and Alkira Reinfrank analyse the cultural appropriation, and fascinating history, of Sichuan cuisine. They delve into the chemistry of the Sichuan pepper and unpack the components of a traditional meal.

31 Jul 2019 - 1:48PM

Bernice Chan and Alkira Reinfrank analyse the cultural appropriation, and fascinating history, of Sichuan cuisine. They delve into the chemistry of the Sichuan pepper and unpack the components of a traditional meal.

Sichuan food history: from Ming to McDonald’s – and Rick and Morty
The surprising history of Sichuan cuisine
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
Sushi did not originate in Japan: how raw fish and rice became a world favourite
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 - 6:06PM

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