Ambrosia and white liquid fire

2010-11-21 10:14:40

First, let's get the nomenclature clear. Wine as we know it is defined as putao jiu in Chinese, or "liquor distilled from grapes". The single character "jiu" covers not just wine but a host of spirits produced from fruit, grain, tuber or root.

The color of love

2010-11-21 09:28:09

Tomatoes were known as love apples in their native South America, and there are plenty of reasons to love this fruit. Pauline D Loh argues the case with some no-cook recipes.

Season of creamy roe and milt

2010-11-15 09:57:08

Catch the last of the hairy crabs as autumn eases into winter. Donna Mah shares the feast.

Funky breath of fresh air in Houhai

2010-11-11 10:04:19

With their gaudy music, ramshackle interiors, sometimes rip-off prices and generally touristy feel, Houhai's bars are not always the ideal location for a memorable night out.

Enticing scent of coffee

2010-11-07 10:16:41

Longing for the strong brew in Hong Kong? Donna Mah points the way to the best places for an aromatic cuppa.

When East meets West

2010-11-07 10:16:41

The fusion of cuisines can be a work of art, or a total mess. In the hands of a master chef, the union can sparkle, Ye Jun discovers.

In the mood for Modo

2010-11-01 09:51:25

It might be from the same people as Mosto, but new Sanlitun restaurant Modo is an entirely different beast. Alexandra Leyton Espinoza discovers the massive appeal of customer choice

Laowai's Lounge serves up solid quality at Wudaokou

2010-10-28 10:05:28

With a great selection of drinks to compliment an ever-expanding menu, one bar in the west of Beijing is graduating with a degree in customer happiness, Jude Alefounder learns how

Center-stage kitchen

2010-10-11 09:17:15

A minimalist Japanese restaurant hidden in a grove of bamboo is attracting diners who travel for the gourmet delights.

A symphony of tastes

2010-10-11 09:17:15

The food at China World Hotel is considered by the doyens of catering in Beijing as some of the best among five-star hotels in the capital.

Dishes to die for

2010-10-08 09:40:40

A Chengdu restaurant celebrates ancient China's epic Battle of Red Cliffs in a most ingenious way.

A taste of real Mexican food

2010-09-30 09:35:43

The dining scene in the capital has become a cuisine kaleidoscope. International cuisines are on the rise but none more so than South American cuisine.