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Behind the Great Wall

Image for the Pingyao story.We decide to go intrepid and take an overnight train to one of the most historical places in all of China – Pingyao, Shanxi province. Story featured in Dish Magazine issue 49. Read more

The Real Food of China… available now!

To write the definitive book on Chinese cuisine would involve several life times… this is a vast topic. We’re talking one of the world’s oldest civilizations, with over 1.3 billion people, five time zones, twenty two provinces and five autonomous regions. There are over fifty distinct ethnic groups and literally dozens of languages and dialects. Read more

Kawhia Kai Festival

Once a bustling trading port, Kawhia today is a back-water on the ruggedly desolate west coast of the central North Island. The Tainui canoe, of a fleet that carried Maoris to New Zealand some 800 years ago, landed here. Those onboard stayed and flourished thanks to an abundance of food, particularly seafood. Staunchly protective of their land rights, today the Tainui retain much of the acreage around picturesque Kawhia Harbour, keeping any kind of property development well and truly at bay. Read more

Kung Hei Fat Choi… from Chinatown Sydney

Kung Hei Fat Choi!! Recent Lunar New Year celebrations have seemed as good a time as any to contemplate the best of Sydney’s Chinatown, a precinct that’s been fizzing with buying, selling and eating activity since the 1920s. These days, it’s home to legions of overseas students who live in the densely packed apartment blocks dotted about, and gets swamped, come the weekend, by tourists and bargain hunters. Read more