Shenjianbao at Dahuchun

Bizarre Foods in Shanghai with Andrew Zimmern

Hello world. It’s been a minute.

A couple of days ago, as if by the flick of a switch, a cold front swept through Shanghai and we are now firmly ensconced in the grips of what is shaping up to be the coldest Winter in years. The hibernation is making me reckon with an impressive backlog of posts, so here goes.

Firstly, I never got to share this episode of Bizarre Foods I filmed with Andrew Zimmern back in March. It came out on the Travel Channel in June, and I think it’s really well done! Zimmern is the OG food and travel television personality, with his show Bizarre Foods running for over 10 years now. Most of his crew members have been with him since day one, and the tight team dynamics really show on set and in the final product.  I think he’s one of the few truly genuine personalities out there, along with fellow OGs Bourdain and Alton Brown, guided more by the thrill of discovery rather than their own celebrity.  Andrew was a joy to be with,…


My Top 5 Places to Eat in Shanghai

The good people over at Smartshanghai just profiled me for their Industry Nights series, where they tap people in the F&B industry for recommendations on where to eat and drink.  Here is the article, along with a mean mug.  Note: These aren’t actually my top 5 places, it’s hard to pick top places, and I always give different lists to different audiences.  But these are solid, and definitely some of my most frequent haunts.


The co-founder of Baoism drops recommendations for rowdy all-night Korean, high-end Japanese beef, and serene vegetarian vibes.

Industry Nights is a semi-regular column featuring the haunts of chefs, restaurant owners, F&B managers and other marginally sane people with good eating recommendations.

Like the gua bao – those steamed buns stuffed with meats and fillings and folded over like a taco, which David Chang and Eddie Huang popularized in the west

Jing | 22.01.16 at 04:17 PM |
Lamb bao at Bao London The dessert spread at Ottolenghi on Motcomb Street Feast London at Dalston Yard Smokestack BBQ at Street Feast Dalston Yard Brick Lane Beigel Bake The spread at Honey & Co

5 Best Things I ate in London

It seems I’ve been on a perpetual travel and food binge over the last few weeks, I am thankful for those of you who are still connected to me on social media despite the deluge of posts that do little more than inspire anger and hunger, probably at the same time.

But all those kilos gained weren’t all for naught, here are the best five things I sampled in London for your reference.  I’ve eaten an abhorrent amount to uncover these, so you don’t have to. The things I do.

First up:
1. The Trotter Nuggets at Bao London £4

Bao is a new restaurant in Soho that started from a pop up stall (sound familiar?) serving Taiwanese style fluffy buns with creative flavors like panko crumbed daikon, soy milk marinated chicken, and lamb shoulder. I tried almost every one on the menu (lamb shoulder with coriander sauce had the most punchy flavours), the buns definitely shine. But the stars of the meal were actually the sides for me, in particular …


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