Our trip to Chaoshan was inspired by the Netflix series, "Flavourful Origins". Although, I have always toyed with the idea of visiting my ancestral homeland for a while now, I needed that extra push to make it a reality. Well, the splendid documentary on Chaoshan food was that proverbial straw that broke the camel's back! So, we headed off to the land of the Teochews to look for olives, aged chai poh, beef hotpot, beef balls, marinated crab etc etc.
Ieatishootipost Taikkyi School Building Project Our ieatishootipost community has always supported various humanitarian projects over the years. We have done a school building project in Sandakan as well as an orphanage project in Batam in the past. This year we are starting on a new community development project with World Vision in Myanmar. You might […]
Here is a list of some of the places we visited during our family trip to Osaka and Kyoto last December. It wasn’t a dedicated food trip so I didn’t get to eat all the stuff I would have wanted to, but there were a few good places that I can recommend. For a more […]
Hong Kong is a well known food paradise, but that doesn’t mean that you can pop into any old shop and expect to eat something amazing! Like any other country, you still need to do some research to find out where all the best eats are! Fortunately for me, I have a local food guru […]
I generally eschew buffets. I find most of them to be pretty generic and nowadays I usually only have them when it is part of the hotel breakfast package. Oh, there was a time when I used to love buffets. But that was a long time ago when my appetite was much bigger and my palate, less discriminating. Buffets were a great idea then. You starve yourself for the whole day, then pay one price and try to eat more than your money’s worth of food. It used to be a profitable venture for me, but not anymore since I can’t eat as much and the prices of buffets have gone up significantly in the last decade.
Ever thought of making a road trip to Kluang? No? Me neither. But I was invited by a friend of mine to do a trip over the long weekend and it actually turned out to be a very interesting and foodful trip! The town is just big enough to have a variety of good eats that would fill your itinerary for two to three days and a few activities to digest the meal in between.
Asahikawa and Higashikawa: Things to Do, Food to Eat
After our stay at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, we made our way to Asashidake (Mt Asahi) which is the the tallest peak in Hokkaido. Asahidake is part of the Daisetsuzan (Great Snowy Mountains) mountain range which consists of 20 peaks that are over 2000m in altitude.
Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is an integrated resort comprising of two hotels, 25 ski courses, restaurants, outdoor activities, ice village and even an indoor beach which is kept at 30°C all year round. In the summer, crowds make their way up to Unkai terrace to experience the "Sea of Clouds" and stay a few days to enjoy other summer activities like white water rafting, trekking, horse riding and hot air ballooning.
Akigawa Keikoku Valley: Akiruno, Hinohara and Hinode machi
Located just over an hour's train ride from central Tokyo is the beautiful Akigawa Valley which is located inside the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park. This is where Tokyo residents head for some respite from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
Asahikawa is the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido after Sapporo and the gateway to the central region of the island. It also has the distinction of being the coldest place in Hokkaido with a temperature of −41 °C in 1902, the lowest ever recorded in Japan. So if it is snow you are after, this is certainly the place to find it.
I soon found out that the signature food of Furano is omukare (omelette, rice and curry) after picking up a brochure in the hotel lobby which lists a dozen place in Furano which you can try the dish! One of the 12 places listed was Natural Dining which is the in-house restaurant at Natulux. I had the opportunity to learn how to make omurice from the chef there.