A Walking Tour of Hanoi’s Fabulous Street Food

The chaos of Hanoi’s streets is fascinating. Festooned overhead are vast tangles of electric cables that hang like massive, high voltage beehives, teasing you with the prospect of a sudden unexpected jolt should they decide to fall. And there’s nothing more invigorating than crossing its scooter-laden streets. Walk at a steady pace and watch the … Continue reading A Walking Tour of Hanoi’s Fabulous Street Food

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The Saturday Kitchen – Spicy Turmeric Prawns in Coconut Milk

The cuisines of Southeast Asia are the flavours of the sun. Like the bright colours of the tropics, and the heady vibes of the cultures here, there is nothing subtle about the food of Southeast Asia. Bold, spicy, rich, they are meant to be eaten with steamed rice, our staple which also serves as a … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Spicy Turmeric Prawns in Coconut Milk

The Saturday Kitchen – Sweet Potato Ubi Talam

It has been an eventful week. Singapore just celebrated its 53rd National Day on 9 August, which also happens to be the anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb, which quickly brought WWII to an end in Asia.  From the perspective of a hobby cook & history nerd, this brings to mind sweet potatoes. "Why leh?" you … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Sweet Potato Ubi Talam

The Historic Building D67, Hanoi

When I was in Hanoi not long ago, being the history nerd, I had Building D67 on my must-see list. Purpose-built in 1967, it was where the North Vietnamese generals based their headquarters during the Vietnam War (or the American War, as the Vietnamese call it). Among them was the great General Vo Nguyen Giap, … Continue reading The Historic Building D67, Hanoi

Photo 101 – Connect + Vast

Haunting, mesmerising and simply gobsmacking. This is just a corner of Ta Prohm, one of the most famous temples in the vast Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. Forgotten for centuries, this stone temple which was once an integral part of a powerful Hindu kingdom, had been literally swallowed up by the forest over time. Branches, roots and entire … Continue reading Photo 101 – Connect + Vast