Alkira Reinfrank

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

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
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
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’
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
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
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.

28 Oct 2019 - 2:53PM

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