All posts tagged: food

Lookeast Magazine: Southern Thai Food

I love the spicy! So imagine my amazement when I visited Southern Thailand and found that some of their dishes matched my mother’s in spiciness. It made me think of home. However, the deep South of Thailand is sadly an area that many are too afraid to actually visit. Places like Pattani and Songkhla are plagued with political turmoil and factionalism, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the experience of such a rich and exciting cuisine… For the full copy of the magazine, follow the link to the Lookeast’s website. Words and Photographs (on article) by Zipporah Gene ©Copyright 2012 Advertising & Media Consultants Co., Ltd. A Part of The Sehgal Group Advertisements

Bangkok Post: Swissôtel Le Concorde

Zipporah Gene heads off-the-beaten track for a fabulous five star taste of the festive season, sans the painfully hefty price tag, at the Swissôtel Le Concorde’s 204 Bistro & Bar   For the full article, follow the link to the Bangkok Post’s website. And so that concludes my publications for Christmas and New Year’s. As well as making some really good friends, I have to say that I really enjoyed every second of it. My waistline is in need of some tough love but, judging by all the pictures, you’ll all agree with me that it was worth it. Words and Photographs (on article) by Zipporah Gene © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved  

Bangkok Post: Yamazato at The Okura Prestige

Simple, elegant and insanely delicious…Zipporah Gene makes her pilgrimage, for a culinary adventure in the elite art of Kaiseki cuisine My obsession with 日本料理 (nihonryōri/ Japanese food) stretches further back than I can even remember. I love the care, I love the attention to detail, I’m enthralled by the maddening meticulousness. It’s often likened to haute cuisine, but I believe that it’s in a league all of its own. When I found out that I’d be trying the world famous dishes from Yamazato, I practically wet myself with excitement. The experience proved beyond my expectation and only served to deepen my love for Kaiseki cuisine. It’s on my list of things I want to try my hand at, even if I will only ever scratch the surface. For the full article, follow the link to the Bangkok Post’s website. Words and photographs by Zipporah Gene. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.

Courting my taste buds | A light lunch at Chulia Court, Penang

Chulia Court  | 355, 357 & 359 Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia Contact  | China House Price  | Main, dessert and a cocktail for 1 –  70 MYR approx When visiting Penang, two things are certain: – You can’t go to George Town and miss out Chulia (and by extension Love Lane). – You can’t walk up and down the aforementioned streets and miss out Chulia Court (or Five27 as it’s now called). With it’s olio of flavours, ingredients and influences; this restaurant is sure to impress anyone bold enough to step through its doors. Like everything else in Penang, it plays to the beat of its drum and makes a bold play on traditional and much loved Peranakan ingredients, but with a Eurocentric twist. I went for lunch. Poultry: Confit duck, braised young jackfruit, sweet potato and roasted garlic mousseline, watercress and nutmeg relish. With a name like that. How could anyone compete? Although only a page and a bit, the names of the dishes on the menu were quite lengthy. I’m always joking around with the fact …

In case of an emergency… bite the bitter melon |Gin Jay in Bangkok’s East Side

I’m a walker. In search of my usual strange, I’ve been out and about, scouring the lengths and breadths, of breathless Bangkok. Back in good olde London town, I had been known to take the odd walk  or two, from my old haunt in Walthamstow – to central London. No kidding. I’d set out with the intention of taking a nice little stroll and before I knew it, the music of the city would lure me further and further away from my titchy little house in East London. The Liverpool street area, especially happens to be one of my favorite places. On the weekends it becomes this eerily. You have to see it for yourself to understand it’s magnetic pull. At the time, everybody thought I had lost it. I actually think I had. My final year at university was a really dark time for me. But what really kept me going was the walking. Walking helps me think. It helps me soften all that self-debasing pressure, that resides within me, that occasionally gets the courage …

Dolmades | A taste of the homemade Mediterranean cuisine in Bangkok

“When you want something done properly, do it yourself” Right? Well, the same can be said about Dolmades, a distinctive Mediterranean dish; that I tried for the first time, tried nearly a decade ago. You’ll probably remember me mentioning the fact that I used to work for a Greek company, in Chelsea. As with most things, it was a mixed bag of highs and lows. There were magical memories, but also some incidences that I’d gladly give anything to forget. The time spent there, gave me a deep understanding of myself and what I wanted from my career; but more importantly, I snagged some great authentic Greek recipes. Quick and Easy Dolmades A simple Google search will show you that the practice of stuffing vine leaves with rice, meat and various herbs,  is by no means unique to Greece or her islands. From Italy to Lebanon, to even as far out as Russia, its popularity is undisputed. It is only natural then, that with such a rejoiced dish, there will always be countless variations. What I love about this particular recipe …

Why cook or bake?

As a child I loved museums. For one, they were free! As cities go, London is one of the best in the world for its eclectic cultural scene, but cheap it isn’t. You could go there and marvel at humanity’s achievements. I’d go to ogle at the hand-crafted chairs, featured in the likes of the British Museum, and wonder if I could ever create something like that. I would stand in awe at the displays of embroidery, and curse my little butter fingers for only being able to clumsily stitch the buttons back on my jacket. I was a child enthralled, filled with so many passions, that I now realize would definitely have taken many lifetimes to satisfy. Just don’t tell her that. I still don’t know how to do any of these things. But deep down inside, I still want to. So why haven’t I? Well, first, I haven’t got the raw wood, in my inner-city bubble, I’m sorry to say that I didn’t have many encounters of the stuff. Now that I am in Asia, this idea looks a …