Chris Dwyer

Chris Dwyer

Chris Dwyer has lived in Hong Kong since 2005 and writes on travel and food for platforms including CNN, BBC and South China Morning Post. He has visited 80 countries to date and aims to double that, but still maintains that the only way is Essex.

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Classic Italian dishes and the chefs who make them - what’s special about this regional fare

Cappelletti with a white ragu, a homage to Florentine garganelli, deconstructed vitello tonnato – Italian chefs in Hong Kong on the secrets to four regional Italian dishes.

5 Jun 2020 - 12:39PM

Cappelletti with a white ragu, a homage to Florentine garganelli, deconstructed vitello tonnato – Italian chefs in Hong Kong on the secrets to four regional Italian dishes.

Classic Italian dishes and the chefs who make them - what’s special about this regional fare
Remote Asia: three wilderness destinations that offer mountains, islands, or steppe for solitude and reflection when flights resume

For off-grid experiences that offer solitude and the chance for reflection, try the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, the grasslands of Mongolia, and the Himalayan vistas of Bhutan.

16 May 2020 - 8:14PM

For off-grid experiences that offer solitude and the chance for reflection, try the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, the grasslands of Mongolia, and the Himalayan vistas of Bhutan.

Remote Asia: three wilderness destinations that offer mountains, islands, or steppe for solitude and reflection when flights resume
The first place they’d fly to for a memorable meal: Hong Kong chefs pick Bangkok for pad Thai, Tokyo for French food, abalone in Seoul, a Kyoto kaiseki feast

When flights resume after coronavirus, these Hong Kong chefs yearn for classic Thai food in Bangkok, beef carpaccio in Tokyo, and minimalist Korean fare in Seoul.

14 May 2020 - 9:03PM

When flights resume after coronavirus, these Hong Kong chefs yearn for classic Thai food in Bangkok, beef carpaccio in Tokyo, and minimalist Korean fare in Seoul.

The first place they’d fly to for a memorable meal: Hong Kong chefs pick Bangkok for pad Thai, Tokyo for French food, abalone in Seoul, a Kyoto kaiseki feast
Best comfort food: 6 top chefs on their favourite childhood dishes, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings

Six of Hong Kong’s top chefs from six different countries reveal the comfort foods they turn to when looking for a taste of home, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings.

9 Apr 2020 - 7:46PM

Six of Hong Kong’s top chefs from six different countries reveal the comfort foods they turn to when looking for a taste of home, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings.

Best comfort food: 6 top chefs on their favourite childhood dishes, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings
5 wellness escapes in Japan where you can avoid the sporting hullabaloo of the Olympic Games – if they aren’t called off due to coronavirus

While the coronavirus cloud may hang over this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, here are some great escapes around Japan where you can kick back in style

16 Mar 2020 - 4:20PM

While the coronavirus cloud may hang over this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, here are some great escapes around Japan where you can kick back in style

5 wellness escapes in Japan where you can avoid the sporting hullabaloo of the Olympic Games – if they aren’t called off due to coronavirus
Asia’s 7 top emerging foodie travel destinations – from Mongolia to Myanmar, and Cambodia to Changsha, China

The world’s most populous continent is far less discovered than you might think – from remote islands and eco-getaways to city skyscrapers, here’s our pick of 7 emerging restaurants and resorts serious foodies need to know about

5 Mar 2020 - 4:00PM

The world’s most populous continent is far less discovered than you might think – from remote islands and eco-getaways to city skyscrapers, here’s our pick of 7 emerging restaurants and resorts serious foodies need to know about

Asia’s 7 top emerging foodie travel destinations – from Mongolia to Myanmar, and Cambodia to Changsha, China
After coronavirus – why Okinawa should be on your 2020 travel list (one reason: it’s barely two hours from Hong Kong)

Do not let the coronavirus thwart your holiday plans – Okinawa’s beaches, nightlife and restaurants offer options for travel any time of year

9 Mar 2020 - 4:04PM

Do not let the coronavirus thwart your holiday plans – Okinawa’s beaches, nightlife and restaurants offer options for travel any time of year

After coronavirus – why Okinawa should be on your 2020 travel list (one reason: it’s barely two hours from Hong Kong)
Why Peru is a foodie destination: ceviche, piranha and high-altitude potatoes at two of the top 10 restaurants in the world

Peru has two of the world’s 10 best restaurants, and a long list of unique ingredients. We visit Central and Maido restaurants in Lima and sample some of Peru’s exotic dishes.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:45AM

Peru has two of the world’s 10 best restaurants, and a long list of unique ingredients. We visit Central and Maido restaurants in Lima and sample some of Peru’s exotic dishes.

Why Peru is a foodie destination: ceviche, piranha and high-altitude potatoes at two of the top 10 restaurants in the world
Japanese food in Okinawa: we try the healthy, local dishes believed to boost longevity

Okinawans have an average life expectancy of 84, something widely credited to the Japanese region’s food, and one hotel is offering a programme where visitors can experience the local cuisine and lifestyle for themselves.

2 Jan 2020 - 8:07PM

Okinawans have an average life expectancy of 84, something widely credited to the Japanese region’s food, and one hotel is offering a programme where visitors can experience the local cuisine and lifestyle for themselves.

Japanese food in Okinawa: we try the healthy, local dishes believed to boost longevity
Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate

Who needs fine dining after a day on the ski slopes? We sample yakitori chicken skewers, sushi, and superb soba noodles in and around the Hokkaido snow resort.

6 Dec 2019 - 9:00AM

Who needs fine dining after a day on the ski slopes? We sample yakitori chicken skewers, sushi, and superb soba noodles in and around the Hokkaido snow resort.

Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate
Where to eat in Singapore: three of the hottest restaurants right now, from seafood in Raffles Singapore’s BBR to healthy eats in Cook & Tras Social Library

Alain Ducasse brings Mediterranean flair to Raffles Singapore, Odette graduate’s Esora is Michelin-worthy, Cook & Tras Library in Chinatown offers ‘clean’ cooking and decadent delights.

28 Nov 2019 - 6:57PM

Alain Ducasse brings Mediterranean flair to Raffles Singapore, Odette graduate’s Esora is Michelin-worthy, Cook & Tras Library in Chinatown offers ‘clean’ cooking and decadent delights.

Where to eat in Singapore: three of the hottest restaurants right now, from seafood in Raffles Singapore’s BBR to healthy eats in Cook & Tras Social Library
Why sustainable restaurants in Hong Kong, Bali and elsewhere find it hard to go zero-waste completely

Although famed chefs and restaurants, including Amber’s Richard Ekkebus in Hong Kong, are making strides, many find becoming ‘zero-waste’ incredibly difficult

25 Nov 2019 - 10:06AM

Although famed chefs and restaurants, including Amber’s Richard Ekkebus in Hong Kong, are making strides, many find becoming ‘zero-waste’ incredibly difficult

Why sustainable restaurants in Hong Kong, Bali and elsewhere find it hard to go zero-waste completely
Forget Michelin stars, these three Tokyo restaurants serve up dishes to remember

The Japanese capital has over 80 restaurants with Michelin stars, but Sushi Shin, Inua and Motif are not among them. If it’s innovative cuisine and creative cooking you’re after, though, then look no further.

1 Nov 2019 - 12:30PM

The Japanese capital has over 80 restaurants with Michelin stars, but Sushi Shin, Inua and Motif are not among them. If it’s innovative cuisine and creative cooking you’re after, though, then look no further.

Forget Michelin stars, these three Tokyo restaurants serve up dishes to remember
From Tim Ho Wan to Mott 32, the Hong Kong restaurants taking on the world

From Peking duck in New York to barbecue pork buns in Sydney, a number of Hong Kong restaurants are growing their brands internationally – something more important than ever given business lost from the ongoing protests.

10 Oct 2019 - 8:28PM

From Peking duck in New York to barbecue pork buns in Sydney, a number of Hong Kong restaurants are growing their brands internationally – something more important than ever given business lost from the ongoing protests.

From Tim Ho Wan to Mott 32, the Hong Kong restaurants taking on the world
Thomas Keller, David Chang, José Andrés restaurants at Hudson Yards, New York: what it’s like to eat there

Keller’s retro American country club classics, Chang’s fine-dining concept Kawi, and traditional Spanish cuisine from Andrés delight the taste buds at New York’s new multibillion-dollar development.

27 Sep 2019 - 6:42PM

Keller’s retro American country club classics, Chang’s fine-dining concept Kawi, and traditional Spanish cuisine from Andrés delight the taste buds at New York’s new multibillion-dollar development.

Thomas Keller, David Chang, José Andrés restaurants at Hudson Yards, New York: what it’s like to eat there
‘Little Martha Stewart’ chef brings la dolce vita and her love of genuine Italian cuisine to her restaurants in the Philippines

Philippine chef Margarita Forés learned about Italian food at source: from Italians in Italy. In her restaurants and bistros, she blends Italian dishes with produce from her home country.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:04PM

Philippine chef Margarita Forés learned about Italian food at source: from Italians in Italy. In her restaurants and bistros, she blends Italian dishes with produce from her home country.

‘Little Martha Stewart’ chef brings la dolce vita and her love of genuine Italian cuisine to her restaurants in the Philippines
9 of the world’s swankiest five-star art hotels filled with multimillion dollar collections

From Rosewood Hong Kong to New York’s Baccarat Hotel, these properties boast gorgeous works by famous artists including William Low, Anish Kapoor and Fernando Botero

5 Aug 2019 - 1:02PM

From Rosewood Hong Kong to New York’s Baccarat Hotel, these properties boast gorgeous works by famous artists including William Low, Anish Kapoor and Fernando Botero

9 of the world’s swankiest five-star art hotels filled with multimillion dollar collections
The best food in the Maldives: seafood, coconut and chilli-flavoured dishes ... in a hospital canteen

Head to the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Malé to appreciate the essence of Maldivian food – spicy coconut tuna salad with roti bread – then try a vegetarian garden experience and a nine-course fine-dining degustation menu. Every bite is a delight.

19 Jul 2019 - 5:20PM

Head to the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Malé to appreciate the essence of Maldivian food – spicy coconut tuna salad with roti bread – then try a vegetarian garden experience and a nine-course fine-dining degustation menu. Every bite is a delight.

The best food in the Maldives: seafood, coconut and chilli-flavoured dishes ... in a hospital canteen
Traditional food in Bali: spice, coconut, and intuition go into dishes that are offerings to the gods

Eating is not a means of sustenance but of honouring ourselves, nature and gods, says a descendant of Balinese royalty who’s on a mission to explain the traditional cuisine of the island, built around spices and the freshest ingredients.

4 Jul 2019 - 7:34PM

Eating is not a means of sustenance but of honouring ourselves, nature and gods, says a descendant of Balinese royalty who’s on a mission to explain the traditional cuisine of the island, built around spices and the freshest ingredients.

Traditional food in Bali: spice, coconut, and intuition go into dishes that are offerings to the gods
Three of the hottest Los Angeles Asian restaurants – best dishes at Nightshade, Ma’am Sir, Baroo Canteen

Nightshade for contemporary Cantonese cooking with a twist, Ma’am Sir for new takes on Filipino favourites, Baroo Canteen for a globetrotting Korean couple’s fusion fare – we sample some of their most talked about menu items.

27 Jun 2019 - 7:24PM

Nightshade for contemporary Cantonese cooking with a twist, Ma’am Sir for new takes on Filipino favourites, Baroo Canteen for a globetrotting Korean couple’s fusion fare – we sample some of their most talked about menu items.

Three of the hottest Los Angeles Asian restaurants – best dishes at Nightshade, Ma’am Sir, Baroo Canteen
Ultimate camping holiday: US$1,600 a night to sleep in a tent, but oh, what a tent – a ger on the Mongolian steppe

Mandala Nomadic sets up traditional tents, or gers, on the Mongolian steppe, complete with en-suite facilities, and encourages guests to engage with nearby nomadic families.

30 May 2019 - 4:45PM

Mandala Nomadic sets up traditional tents, or gers, on the Mongolian steppe, complete with en-suite facilities, and encourages guests to engage with nearby nomadic families.

Ultimate camping holiday: US$1,600 a night to sleep in a tent, but oh, what a tent – a ger on the Mongolian steppe
6 new Sydney hotels to check into for the ultimate city escape

Take a look at these unpretentious and stylish places for a generous serving of laid-back Australian vibe and culture

29 May 2019 - 4:43AM

Take a look at these unpretentious and stylish places for a generous serving of laid-back Australian vibe and culture

6 new Sydney hotels to check into for the ultimate city escape
Paris’ Chinese restaurant revolution: where to eat the best regional fare in the capital, from high-end to humble

For decades, Chinese food in Paris consisted largely of buffet trays of meats, rice and vegetables, all sweet and slightly cloying. Luckily things are changing, with restaurants introducing Parisians to genuine regional Chinese cuisines.

23 May 2019 - 7:42PM

For decades, Chinese food in Paris consisted largely of buffet trays of meats, rice and vegetables, all sweet and slightly cloying. Luckily things are changing, with restaurants introducing Parisians to genuine regional Chinese cuisines.

Paris’ Chinese restaurant revolution: where to eat the best regional fare in the capital, from high-end to humble
Three of London’s best restaurants for delicious food at affordable prices

Kerridge’s Bar and Grill attracts the likes of actress Penelope Cruz but is still good value, while Art Yard has a generally healthy feel to its menu. Brat in Shoreditch is all about fire, with chef Tomos Parry previously working at Singapore’s Burnt Ends.

26 Apr 2019 - 6:30PM

Kerridge’s Bar and Grill attracts the likes of actress Penelope Cruz but is still good value, while Art Yard has a generally healthy feel to its menu. Brat in Shoreditch is all about fire, with chef Tomos Parry previously working at Singapore’s Burnt Ends.

Three of London’s best restaurants for delicious food at affordable prices
Filipino food journey: the little-known Philippine dishes that come alive on Romblon island

Unfamiliar to most from beyond its shores, the food on Romblon island is extraordinarily varied and rich. Back in Manila, meanwhile, we meet and eat with chefs giving Filipino cuisine an international reputation.

19 Apr 2019 - 12:32PM

Unfamiliar to most from beyond its shores, the food on Romblon island is extraordinarily varied and rich. Back in Manila, meanwhile, we meet and eat with chefs giving Filipino cuisine an international reputation.

Filipino food journey: the little-known Philippine dishes that come alive on Romblon island
Three of Melbourne’s best Southeast Asian restaurants for a full-on flavour explosion

Sunda, Rice Paper Sister and Noodle House by Lao-Luangprabang combine traditional and modern techniques, and ingredients from Australia and across Southeast Asia, to create inventive and memorable dishes.

21 Mar 2019 - 8:33PM

Sunda, Rice Paper Sister and Noodle House by Lao-Luangprabang combine traditional and modern techniques, and ingredients from Australia and across Southeast Asia, to create inventive and memorable dishes.

Three of Melbourne’s best Southeast Asian restaurants for a full-on flavour explosion
The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok invites you to live the high life in Thailand’s capital

A VIP fast-track service will have you out of the airport before you can say Suvarna­bhumi, and once in the hotel, the multitude of restaurants – from ‘Scandinasian’ to French fare – and the spa will keep you happily occupied

15 Mar 2019 - 7:00PM

A VIP fast-track service will have you out of the airport before you can say Suvarna­bhumi, and once in the hotel, the multitude of restaurants – from ‘Scandinasian’ to French fare – and the spa will keep you happily occupied

The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok invites you to live the high life in Thailand’s capital
Three amazing Bangkok restaurants with women head chefs: Celadon, Gaa and Nahm

Thailand stands out for its delicious food, and many of its restaurant kitchens are run by women. We visit Celadon, Gaa and Nahm, three award-winning restaurants to try their food and talk to their head chefs.

8 Mar 2019 - 8:34AM

Thailand stands out for its delicious food, and many of its restaurant kitchens are run by women. We visit Celadon, Gaa and Nahm, three award-winning restaurants to try their food and talk to their head chefs.

Three amazing Bangkok restaurants with women head chefs: Celadon, Gaa and Nahm
In Oman, a fragrant journey back through the centuries reveals the Middle East’s intoxicating appeal

A safe haven for visitors to a fraught region, Oman is one of the Middle East’s most underrated destinations

7 Mar 2019 - 7:03PM

A safe haven for visitors to a fraught region, Oman is one of the Middle East’s most underrated destinations

In Oman, a fragrant journey back through the centuries reveals the Middle East’s intoxicating appeal
Why 4 women – not the men – are Hong Kong’s ‘masters of wine’

Jeannie Cho Lee, Debra Meiburg, Jennifer Docherty and Sarah Heller are part of exclusive worldwide group of only 384 people

7 Mar 2019 - 1:12PM

Jeannie Cho Lee, Debra Meiburg, Jennifer Docherty and Sarah Heller are part of exclusive worldwide group of only 384 people

Why 4 women – not the men – are Hong Kong’s ‘masters of wine’