Wednesday, March 30, 2022

news: 2022 ASIA’s 50 BEST

Team Taiwan 🇹🇼 chefs celebrated the 2022 #Asias50Best yesterday in Taipei in an unofficial gathering, along with chefs in Tokyo, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Macau. Two restaurants - Logy and JL Studio made it to the Asia’s 50 Best list- and an additional five restaurants in the top 100, with Mume and Ryugin, and new entries Adachi, Liberte and Le Côté. Mume also was honored with the 2022 Sustainable restaurant award.

 It’s been a continued unpredictable few years for restaurants, but great to see chefs coming out to support each other. Congrats to all of chefs in Asia’s 50 Best and their teams- hope to be able to (re)visit again someday soon. 

🇹🇼 2022 Asia’s 50 Best 
#38 LOGY @ryogotahara_logy 
#45 JL STUDIO @jlstudio_tw @jimmy_jlstudio 
#52 ADACHI (new entry)
#54 MUME @mume_taiwan @richie_lin (also 2022 Sustainable Restaurant award)
#57 SHOUN RYUGIN @shounryugintaiwan @ryohei_hieda 
#72 LIBERTE @liberte_taiwan @kenji.liberte 
#99 LE COTE @lecotelm @lanshuchen (new entry) 

1 Den Tokyo 
2 Sorn Bangkok 
3 Florilege Tokyo 
4 Le Du Bangkok 
5 Chairman Hong Kong 
6 La Cime Osaka
7 Suhring Bangkok 
8 Odette Singapore 
9 Neighborhood HK 
10 Nusara Bangkok 
11 Sazenka Tokyo 
12 Fu He Hui Shanghai 
13 Ode Tokyo (highest climber) 
14 Villa Aida (highest new entry) Wakayama
15 Narisawa Tokyo 
16 Mingles Seoul 
17 Sezanne Tokyo (new) 
18 Joo Ok Seoul (new)
19 Ensue Shenzhen (new)
20 Meta Singapore (new)
21 Masque Mumbai 
22 Indian Accent New Delhi 
23 Les Amis Singapore 
24 Caprice Hong Kong 
25 Blue by Alain Ducasse (new)
26 7th door Seoul 
27 Mosu Seoul (new) 
28 Da Vittorio Shanghai (new)
29 Sushi Masato Bangkok (new)
30 Onjium Seoul (new)
31 Samrub Samrub Thai Bangkok (new)
32 Mono Hong Kong 
33 Gaa Bangkok
34 Wing Hong Kong (new) 
35 Ministry of Crab Sri Lanka
36 La Maison de La nature Goh Fukuoka 
37 Zen Singapore 
38 Logy Taipei 
39 Ultraviolet Shanghai 
40 Labyrinth Singapore
41 Burnt Ends Singapore 
42 Ete Japan (new) 
43 Cenci Kyoto (new) 
44 Cloudstreet Singapore 
45 JL Studio Taichung 
46 Raan Jay Fai Bangkok (new) 
47 Wynn Lei Palace Macau 
48 Otto E Mezzo Shanghai 
49 Megu New Delhi (new) 
50 Dewakan Kuala Lumpur 

Wednesday, March 02, 2022


Lemon kale bean soup just sounded so good and perfect for winter, and of course, halfbakedharvest takes the best photos, so I had to try this recipe. (I wish my kitchen had the window light that hers does, but sadly no windows in my kitchen). 


▢ 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
▢ 1 shallot, chopped (x) 
▢ 4-6 cloves garlic, smashed
▢ red pepper flakes (x)
▢ 2 tablespoons salted butter
▢ 2 cups dry orzo pasta (i used fagoli, 1 cup next time, soaks too much liquid) 
▢ 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
▢ 1 can white beans 
▢ kosher salt and black pepper
▢ 1/2 bunch kale, finely shredded
▢ 1/2 cup basil pesto (I added less) 
▢ 1/2 cup whole milk (I added a little heavy cream) 
▢ 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (I added 1/2 cup) 
▢ zest and juice of 1 lemon (I did 1/2 lemon)

Yum would make this again though I would add less starch so it’s more soupy than not