Irene Sam

Irene Sam

Born in Macau and raised in the US and France, Irene is fluent in six languages and contributes regularly to various publications, writing on topics including food, culture and wellness.

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Restaurants in Asia’s casino capital, Macau, fight for survival as tourism slows to a trickle, sparking a pandemic price war and fine-dining shutdown

Restaurants in Macau have seen tourism dry up, depriving them of customers, while residents whose livelihoods depend on the casinos eat out less having seen their incomes fall. Some have shut.

Restaurants in Macau have seen tourism dry up, depriving them of customers, while residents whose livelihoods depend on the casinos eat out less having seen their incomes fall. Some have shut.

14 Nov 2021 - 9:21AM
Profile | Practice makes perfect for Wynn Macau casino’s Michelin-starred chef, who can cook a dish ‘10 to 20 times’ before putting it on the menu

Chan Tak-kwong, the executive chef of two-Michelin-star Wing Lei restaurant at Wynn Macau, tells Irene Sam why mastery of Cantonese cooking can be attained only after countless failures and disappointments.

Chan Tak-kwong, the executive chef of two-Michelin-star Wing Lei restaurant at Wynn Macau, tells Irene Sam why mastery of Cantonese cooking can be attained only after countless failures and disappointments.

12 Oct 2021 - 12:36PM
Prateek Sadhu doesn’t want to improve Indian food, but he does want to surprise diners

At Masque in Mumbai, Sahdu uses ingredients, recipes and techniques from around the subcontinent to ‘marry familiarity with the unexpected’.

At Masque in Mumbai, Sahdu uses ingredients, recipes and techniques from around the subcontinent to ‘marry familiarity with the unexpected’.

12 May 2020 - 11:51AM
Chinese diners’ taste for spice is blurring regional cuisines, says Macau chef

‘In Hong Kong, there is a big trend in marrying luxurious ingredients with Sichuan cooking techniques,’ says Charles Cheung, executive Chinese chef at the Four Seasons Macao and its Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Zi Yat Heen.

‘In Hong Kong, there is a big trend in marrying luxurious ingredients with Sichuan cooking techniques,’ says Charles Cheung, executive Chinese chef at the Four Seasons Macao and its Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Zi Yat Heen.

2 May 2020 - 12:42PM
The Hong Kong chef reinventing Chinese classics at Macau’s three-Michelin-starred Jade Dragon restaurant

Hong Kong chef Kelvin Au Yeung’s inventive ideas at three-Michelin-star Macau restaurant breathe new life into dishes such as sweet and sour pork and rabbitfish soup.

Hong Kong chef Kelvin Au Yeung’s inventive ideas at three-Michelin-star Macau restaurant breathe new life into dishes such as sweet and sour pork and rabbitfish soup.

2 Apr 2020 - 6:03PM
When Deng Xiaoping asked for fatty lamb, against the doctor’s orders: Macau chef remembers

Liu Guo-zhu, the master chef of Wynn Macau’s two-Michelin-star Golden Flower restaurant, where he specialises in Tan family cuisine, talks about cooking for China’s late paramount leader.

Liu Guo-zhu, the master chef of Wynn Macau’s two-Michelin-star Golden Flower restaurant, where he specialises in Tan family cuisine, talks about cooking for China’s late paramount leader.

16 Feb 2020 - 11:38AM
Latin America’s top chef on cooking in the now – ‘I like to cook the way I live and I live one day at a time’

Mitsuharu Tsumura, chef-owner of Maido, in Lima, No.1 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, talks about living and cooking in the now, why being a chef is about having a passion for food, not fame, and his first foray into Asia – Aji, in Macau.

Mitsuharu Tsumura, chef-owner of Maido, in Lima, No.1 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, talks about living and cooking in the now, why being a chef is about having a passion for food, not fame, and his first foray into Asia – Aji, in Macau.

18 Dec 2019 - 3:50AM
Eat like a local in Bangkok: forget about Michelin – and discover these five hidden gems

Bangkok’s gastronomic scene is one of the most exciting in Asia. Just steps away from some of the city’s most famous places, there are hidden spots where locals enjoy some of the most delicious meals in the city.

Bangkok’s gastronomic scene is one of the most exciting in Asia. Just steps away from some of the city’s most famous places, there are hidden spots where locals enjoy some of the most delicious meals in the city.

13 Sep 2019 - 12:56PM
Chef Tam Kwok Fung on preserving the taste and soul of Cantonese food

Tam Kwok Fung, the executive chef of Wing Lei Palace, at the Wynn Palace in Macau, talks about selecting the finest ingredients and sauces, and staying true to his native cuisine.

Tam Kwok Fung, the executive chef of Wing Lei Palace, at the Wynn Palace in Macau, talks about selecting the finest ingredients and sauces, and staying true to his native cuisine.

6 Jun 2019 - 6:00PM
The essence of Cantonese cuisine is simple, says a three-Michelin-star chef in Macau

Joseph Tse, executive chef of restaurant The Eight at the Grand Lisboa, in Macau, says some customers still appreciate the Manchu Han Imperial Feast, which is made up of more than 108 dishes

Joseph Tse, executive chef of restaurant The Eight at the Grand Lisboa, in Macau, says some customers still appreciate the Manchu Han Imperial Feast, which is made up of more than 108 dishes

7 Apr 2019 - 12:17PM