Dumpling Hong Kong

Yan Toh Heen Hairy Crab & Pork Dumpling

If there’s a Chinese dumpling hierarchy, xiao long bao would undoubtedly be at the top due to the craftsmanship required to achieve the right ratio, structural integrity, and balance. The dumplings, always steamed (preferably...
Fish Hong Kong

Ronin Triggerfish

If there’s one fish you shouldn’t feel bad about eating, maybe it should be triggerfish. According to National Geographic, the colorful, bottom dwelling species is known to wreak havoc on reefs. Males also keep...
Restaurant Taipei

Chang Qing Restaurant: Last Stop for Dumplings in Taipei

My last mission was based on nothing more than a dumpling photo from a W Taipei guide, which led me past luxe shops like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and wedding showrooms to reach Chang Qing...
Restaurant Taipei

Xi Le Man Zu Noodle House: Standout Taipei Niu Rou Mian

Two famous beef noodle soup restaurants are located around the corner from Din Tai Fung, but everybody knows about them. VG Gallery Studio Cafe co-owner Eric Huang directed me to a viable alternative around...
Restaurant Taipei

Shan Xi Dao Xiao Mien: Knife-Cut Noodle Technology

Navigating Taipei without the ability to speak Mandarin (or read Chinese) can be a major challenge, but since I don’t like to limit myself to an itinerary, downtime explorations were inevitable. Promising leads melted...
Restaurant Sign Taipei

1010: Hunan Salvation at 11th Hour in Taipei

My first two Taipei restaurant choices closed, and it was almost strike three, but 1010, located on the sixth floor of the Eslite Bookstore building, bailed me out with stylish Hunan-style cuisine. Pork Rib...