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Epicurean Concept of the Week - Yusheng, a Chinese New Year Culinary Tradition

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Yusheng, a Chinese New Year Culinary Tradition

Yusheng, also known as the “Prosperity Toss,” is a Chinese New Year culinary tradition. “Yusheng” literally translates to raw fish, but like many things in Chinese, the sound of the words phonetically can also mean wealth and prosperity. Yusheng is a holiday dish, unique to CNY – in...
Best of Accidental Epicurean in 2013 - Asian eats, travels and favourite recipes

Best of Accidental Epicurean in 2013 – Asian eats, travels and favourite recipes

Reflecting back on 2013, I did partake in some amazing meals, travels and learn some new favourite recipes. Along with that Accidental Epicurean won some awards, namely the blog to watch by the UK site 101 Holidays, and Accidental Epicurean also reached #49 rank worldwide for all food...
Japanese Cuisine, Washoku, Makes Unesco World Heritage List

Japanese Cuisine, Washoku, Makes Unesco World Heritage List

Japanese cuisine joins French cuisine on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a world’s priceless cultural heritage. And rightly so. Japanese food, in Japanese called “washoku”, is known for it’s unique precision and detail in preparing, cooking and presenting food. Even sometimes eating comes with very carefully prescribed...
Top Things to Do, See & Eat in Xi'An, China - Terracotta Warriors, Dumplings, Muslim Quarter and more...

Top Things to Do, See & Eat in Xi’An, China – Terracotta Warriors, Dumplings, Muslim Quarter and more…

For any traveler to China, Xi ‘An is a must. But there’s more than just being on the Silk Road and the Terracotta Warriors to get excited about. In this 3,000 year old city, historic sites abound and live in juxtaposition with today’s modern city of 8 million...
Shanghai's 7 Best Wine Bars

Shanghai’s 7 Best Wine Bars

You have probably read about China’s obsession with wine. If you are interested in the intersection of wine and China, you should definitely watch the documentary Red Obsession – narrated by Russell Crowe, this documentary details the relationship between China and Bordeaux and how Chinese demand artificially inflated...
Pollen Restaurant by Jason Atherton - Singapore

Pollen Restaurant by Jason Atherton – Singapore

Of all the cities I travel to, I think Singapore has done an amazing job of combining culinary destinations with sight seeing destinations. What do I mean? You know when you go to a restaurant in a city…the one with the amazing view….and the food is entirely average?...
3 Lychee Cocktail Recipes

3 Lychee Cocktail Recipes

One of the things I love about living in Asia is the tropical fruit. Some of them I had never even heard of until I came to live in this part of the world – now mangosteen, mango, passion fruit and lychee are regular items on my shopping...
20 Words / Terms that Every Food & Wine Lover Should Know

20 Words / Terms that Every Food & Wine Lover Should Know

I am a  foodie / epicurean nerd.  There, I said it! I often don’t realize that as I sit in my world of food and wine magazines, favourite food websites, obsessive recipe reading etc. It’s just so innate in my character that I forget other people are not...
5 Best Weekend Brunches in Shanghai, China - Read Chubby Hubby

5 Best Weekend Brunches in Shanghai, China – Read Chubby Hubby

Brunch is a tradition in my friend group. Maybe it is because we all like our wine and tend to sleep in on the weekends But also, I think it is just a perfect time to relax with friends and catch up. Especially when you live in a...
7 Rules of Etiquette When Eating and Traveling in China - Read Chubby Hubby

7 Rules of Etiquette When Eating and Traveling in China – Read Chubby Hubby

You might think there are no rules in China, that anything goes. Actually, this is not true. There are very clear rules of Chinese etiquette – they are just different than many other places in the world. So slurping soup and spitting in public is totally acceptable –...
Simple but Cool Infographic on Wine

Simple but Cool Infographic on Wine

Wine is complicated. There’s no getting around it. I have been studying wine formally now for 2 years and have about 2 years left before I earn my degree. I really had no idea I would learn as much about farming and agriculture as I would learn about...
A Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hong Kong

A Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hong Kong

When I am in Hong Kong, I make a point to plan my dining in advance. Not only because most of the better known places must be booked well in advance, but also because there are just so many outstanding choices of where to eat – from Michelin...