Eat Drink Asia podcast – from World’s 50 Best Restaurants unpacked to trying out Hong Kong’s cart noodles
In episode three, we talk about the lack of female representation on the latest top international restaurants list, head to Hong Kong’s Koreatown for street food, and I introduce my co-host to the world of pig’s blood and beef tendon
Welcome to the third episode of the Eat Drink Asia podcast.
This month, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list was announced in Bilbao, Spain, but it caused a bit of controversy online. We talk about the lack of female representation on the list, the narrow scope of cuisines represented, and how the restaurants are ranked.
Next, we head to Wan Chai to Hong Kong’s new “it” restaurant, Francis. Who knew it would be a place that serves Israeli cuisine? We talk to the co-owner, James Ward, who explains how Francis came about and how difficult it was to find the right space for the restaurant.
From Israel we head to Korea – Koreatown, that is. On Kimberley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, we meet SCMP summer intern Cho Kyung-min, who takes us to try three must-eat street foods, and of course some bona fide Korean drinks to wash it all down.
Finally, my co-host Alkira Reinfrank takes on the food challenge we set her last time – dining at one of Hong Kong’s ubiquitous cart noodle restaurants. Originally, there were literal carts dotted along many streets in Hong Kong that served noodles with several toppings to choose from, but now cart noodles are found in shops.
We head to one in Sham Shui Po with Chinese food writer Emily Tong, and get Alkira to try some other Cantonese delicacies with her noodles.
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