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Asia’s Best Floating Restaurants

June 3rd, 2011 by

There are hundreds of dining options to consider in Asia. After trying first class restaurants, fast food fares, and hawker stalls, one can be a tad bit more adventurous and give floating restaurants a try.

Here is a list of the different floating restaurants that are guaranteed to provide a truly unforgettable dining experience in Asia.

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Jumbo Kingdom (Hong Kong)

The Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong has to be the most popular of the lot. It’s also one of the world’s biggest floating restaurants given that it can accommodate a total of 2,300 people each time.

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Dumpling Fatigue in China

May 13th, 2011 by

Any trip to China is made even more special because of the scrumptious array of culinary delights available. Foreigners need not fret about what to eat as options are definitely not only limited to dumplings, dumplings, dumplings. When it comes to dining in China, the possibilities are truly endless.

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Chinese cuisine makes use of fresh ingredients combined with exotic spices that create the aroma that is only distinct to kitchens ruled by Chinese cooks or chefs. Chinese cuisine is not only limited to dumplings. In fact, Chinese cooking can be further categorized into more specific types wherein the most popular cuisines include Anhui, Beijing, Cantonese, Szechuan, and Shanghai just to name a few. These various cooking approaches are influenced by geography, lifestyle of the people, and the available resources in the region where a particular dish originated.

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Asia Tea Guide

April 29th, 2011 by

Tea soothes the palette and brings serenity to a person’s inner being. Its curative properties, gentle aroma and taste has made it a popular drink most especially in Asian countries, where tea leaves are cultivated. Even the seemingly simple tea ceremony has its own underlying meanings and techniques and varies from one culture to the next.

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Prepare to be revitalized! Here is a wonderful list of the most famous tea varieties in Asia.

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Best Local Chain Eats in Metro Manila

April 15th, 2011 by

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a gastronomic roller coaster ride.

Check out some of the best and most typical chain restaurants close to the best Metro Manila hotels.

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Makati, Las Pinas, Makati, Manila, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, and Taguig

Andok’s is primarily known for litson manok (roasted chicken) prepared on rotating skewers behind piping hot grills enclosed in glass. The juicy chicken is the main draw but fried chicken, barbequed pork, roasted pork, and even breakfast, is available.

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Best Michelin Restaurants in Asia

March 23rd, 2011 by

When the Michelin Red Guides for 2010 hit bookshelves last year, food critics worldwide had a field day. For the first time ever, a city other than Paris had amassed the most stars; those precious little gems inspectors out of Clermont-Ferrand bestow on restaurants to denote quality of food, wine and beverage service, décor and myriad other elusive characteristics. Precious little gems that make or break careers and, in the case of more than one perfectionist French chef, drive some to commit suicide.

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The city in question, by the way, was Tokyo. A surprise in some epicure circles, where a staunch French food bias persists, but overall, no major shock. While a few notable food journalists went wild on the story, the Japanese were relatively calm in response. Those familiar with the culinary scene in Tokyo simply shrugged and nodded in agreement. Why should Paris always dominate the Michelin star process? Read the rest of this entry »

Manila Weekend Guide

March 18th, 2011 by

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is notorious for its crazy traffic jams and narrow streets that are always clogged with vendors.  Still, it is easy to fall in love with this city.  The people are always helpful, warm, and ready to greet you with a big smile.

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Manila is energized with rich culture, unique traditions, superb restaurants, gigantic malls, idyllic getaways, and superb hotels.  It is a fantastic destination not only for long vacations but also for those who only have a weekend to spare.

Here is a list of things to do during a quick stay in vibrant Manila.

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Asia’s Best Rooftop Bars

March 4th, 2011 by

Rooftop bar-come-restaurants are becoming popular because of their smooth blend of cocktails and breathtaking views. Consider this list the next time you visit exotic Asia.

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Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur

The chic Luna Bar provides a superb panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vigorous capital.  Its long indoor bar has a stylish design that leads guests towards the outer edge of the rooftop for a heart-stopping view of Kuala Lumpur’s twinkling city lights.  Each visit is made extra special not only because of the unique mix of cocktails available but because of the prominent sight of the Petronas Twin Towers.  The pool in the middle looks tempting when the action turns sweltering hot!

The bar is open from 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. from Monday to Thursday.  The party starts at 3:00 p.m. and ends around 4:00 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.

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15 Best Restaurants in Beijing

January 14th, 2011 by

Beijing’s place as a top food city is often a topic of fierce debate among gourmets, street food aficionados and culinary connoisseurs. What is not, however, is the fact that the colossal capital of the People’s Republic of China has some remarkable restaurants. From mid-range to high-end, here are 15 of the best tables in Beijing.

Green T. House

This ultra-swish designer tea house/art gallery/restaurant in the Shunyi Villa District of Beijing is as much a museum of contemporary décor as a temple of haute-gastronomy.

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Discover the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival

October 26th, 2010 by

From the 1st to the 31st of October, 2010 Kuala Lumpur will celebrate its food culture with the 10th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. With this year’s theme being “Magic Chefs”, you can guarantee a month of food fantasy as 30 of Malaysia’s top restaurants send their best chefs to present their wondrous cuisine.

Sunway Pyramid

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Delicious Korean Desserts

August 16th, 2010 by

Hangwa is the Korean term for sweets and husik is the term for dessert. Remember these words well on your next visit to South Korea because undoubtedly, you will want to partake in what the country has to offer in terms of after-dinner treats.

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A traditional Korean rice cake made from glutinous rice flour, Tteok has been around since the Three Kingdoms Period from two millennia ago. Tteok can be boiled or steamed, while gangjeong more specifically refers to rice cakes that are fried and coated. Tteok is a favorite during celebrations, and is commonly served during weddings and birthdays. Read the rest of this entry »

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