Squid Ink Garganelli in a Vodka Tomato Creamy Sauce


A throw-together lunch, started cooking at 2.18pm, plated at 2.32pm. Shot at 2.38pm, ate at 2.50pm. It doesn’t get any faster than this!! I first tried vodka tomato cream sauce in a Te Anau restaurant, many many years ago. I remember it was the first time I was hit with this obsession to learn how…

Truffle Pate and Beef Dumplings


What’s your favourite dumpling flavours? For me it’s always been pork and chives as that’s what mum makes at home. When we go out for dinners though, we will get a variety: pork and cabbage, beef and onion etc but I’ve not made any with beef at home… Until this week! This truffle and beef…

Braised pork belly, leek and noodle with vinegar broth


This is one of J’s all-time favourite year-round dish. Using the pressure cooker, it takes only 35 minutes for the pork belly to become soft and meltingly tender. The soup is fragrant from peppercorns and bay leaf, with the big and bold vinegar taste adding depth to the soup. The key here is to use…

Borscht soup, Hong Kong style 羅宋湯


The other night the topic of food trends came up at home. S and I talked about the food we had in our teenage years and shared with J, our fond memories of Hong Kong restaurants that were born out of the then-growing western influence in the 1980s. Their menus typically include pasta, pizza and…