Alkira Reinfrank

Alkira is a production editor 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 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

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.

1 May 2019 - 10:28AM

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.

2 Apr 2019 - 9:17AM

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
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.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:24AM

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 - are some of the questions the Eat Drink Asia podcast seeks to answer as hosts Alkira Reinfrank and Bernice Chan go in search of the chewy drink made for Instagram.

18 Apr 2019 - 11:05AM

Where did bubble tea begin - and why has it become so popular - are some of the questions the Eat Drink Asia podcast seeks to answer as hosts Alkira Reinfrank and Bernice Chan go in search of the 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
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
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’
Seven of the most deadly viruses, from Ebola to rabies – hidden killers that are the biggest threat

Amid the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we look at seven of the most deadly infections humans can catch and how they’re transmitted and treated.

30 Oct 2018 - 10:28AM

Amid the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we look at seven of the most deadly infections humans can catch and how they’re transmitted and treated.

Seven of the most deadly viruses, from Ebola to rabies – hidden killers that are the biggest threat
Four odd yet popular make-up trends in China
Asia’s top chef Gaggan Anand on eating best noodles in Hong Kong one last time before restaurant closes after 68 years in business

Gaggan Anand, whose Gaggan is No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, flew from Bangkok just to eat a bowl of bamboo pole noodles at Wing Wah before it shuts. The staff couldn’t care less – and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

27 Feb 2019 - 5:49PM

Gaggan Anand, whose Gaggan is No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, flew from Bangkok just to eat a bowl of bamboo pole noodles at Wing Wah before it shuts. The staff couldn’t care less – and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Asia’s top chef Gaggan Anand on eating best noodles in Hong Kong one last time before restaurant closes after 68 years in business
After Pussy Riot protest at World Cup final, four other high-profile performances anti-Kremlin group has carried out

With Russian political protest group Pussy Riot back in the headlines after an audacious pitch invasion during yesterday’s World Cup final, we look back at some of their previous memorable performances – and the repercussions

16 Jul 2018 - 6:07PM

With Russian political protest group Pussy Riot back in the headlines after an audacious pitch invasion during yesterday’s World Cup final, we look back at some of their previous memorable performances – and the repercussions

After Pussy Riot protest at World Cup final, four other high-profile performances anti-Kremlin group has carried out
Naan, puri, paratha, pav: a beginner’s guide to Indian breads, from soft and chewy to crispy and golden

Bread is an important part of Indian cuisine, with more than 30 different varieties to choose from. Chef Palash Mitra gives us a rundown of the most popular types, and declares his personal favourite.

10 Jul 2018 - 10:31AM

Bread is an important part of Indian cuisine, with more than 30 different varieties to choose from. Chef Palash Mitra gives us a rundown of the most popular types, and declares his personal favourite.

Naan, puri, paratha, pav: a beginner’s guide to Indian breads, from soft and chewy to crispy and golden
Why naan dominates Indian cuisine
The day Hong Kong was hit by one of its deadliest rainstorms ever: in photos

On June 12, 1966, a deluge of rain turned streets into raging torrents that killed at least 50 people, caused cars to be swept down roads like toys, and over 7,000 people lost their homes

14 Jun 2018 - 2:32PM

On June 12, 1966, a deluge of rain turned streets into raging torrents that killed at least 50 people, caused cars to be swept down roads like toys, and over 7,000 people lost their homes

The day Hong Kong was hit by one of its deadliest rainstorms ever: in photos