Posts in “Food”

Delicious Food in Sri Lanka

Having good food is important to me. I'm Chinese. It's in my genes. It's so important, in fact, that it's a determining factor in where I spend time, as well as how long I can stay. Yummy food = I can stay a while. Not so yummy = I want to go somewhere with yummy food. During my recent visit to Sri Lanka, I was fortunate enough to sample a lot of great cuisine, courtesy of my new friend Chef Champika. Suffice it to say that I scarfed down everything he…

Back in Tonga

I’ve just arrived back in Tonga after a really long trip to get here. It was raining when I arrived in Vava’u, but the weather has cleared up. My head is still foggy from the journey, but fortunately, I didn’t have any issues with jet lag. I slept 12 hours last night! Though my settling-in process has just started, it’s been great seeing friends and saying hello. For example, the photo below is of little Moses, one of my friend’s sons. We…

Strawberry Fields Forever

After waking up just before 06:00 to catch the sunrise on New Year's day, I visited a strawberry farm in Atagawa (just south of where I'm staying in Izu) to pick-and-eat Akihime (章姫) strawberries: Delicious Akihime (章姫) strawberries in Izu, Japan You can't really think of these simply as strawberries. They're sweet, succulent morsels of ambrosia that infuse your mouth with sensuous delight. Yup, really that good. Me eating Akihime (章姫)…

Toshikoshi Soba

Having noodles, specifically toshikoshi soba (年越しそば), on 31 December is a time-honoured tradition in Japan. The process of eating these long buckwheat noodles symbolises crossing from one year to the next. Here's a snapshot of the delicious, handmade soba I just had at my favourite soba place in Izu: Toshikoshi soba to bid farewell to the passing year and welcome the new one

Colo Colo

When I first visited Ambon a couple of years ago, I went for a tour of the island and bought some grilled fish (I think it was bonito or small tuna) along the way, together with a spicy, somewhat tangy sauce. The fish was fresh, and the sauce was out-of-this-world delicious. Turns out that the sauce I had is a local specialty called colo colo (pronounced cholo cholo). Dewa, one of the chefs at

Munching Mikans

To work off some of the calories from indulging in far too many new year treats, I spent most of the afternoon yesterday helping out at a friend's citrus farm, a place called