Author Archives: Sakura Gooneratne

May 16, 2014

Slightly Peckish: Tim’s Kitchen (HK)

by Sakura Gooneratne

On my last night in Hong Kong, my friend S asked one of her Chinese gourmet friends for recommendations to a good place. We met up with her at Tim’s Kitchen, a Michelin-starred modern Chinese restaurant on Hong Kong Island. We spent most of the day traipsing through quite local areas so it was a […]

May 2, 2014

Slightly Peckish: Vegetarian Temple Food and Claypot Rice (HK)

by Sakura Gooneratne

One of the things we wanted to do when we were in Hong Kong was to try some vegetarian temple food. So my friend S took us to a modern vegetarian restaurant in the Chin Lin Nunnery and Nan Liang Gardens on Diamond Hill in Kowloon. The restaurant is situated in the temple gardens and […]

April 18, 2014

Slightly Peckish: Snacks + Bites in Hong Kong

by Sakura Gooneratne

As you all probably know by now, Hong Kong is a locus of culinary delights. Every little shop, however much it may be a hole in the wall, will offer something special. On this short trip, we made a point of only having Chinese food even though my friend S was dying to take us […]

March 31, 2014

Slightly Peckish: Breakfast in Hong Kong

by Sakura Gooneratne

I’m not ordinarily a breakfast person, I’d rather get an extra half an hour of sleep instead. However, if I’m going to have breakfast, I want it to be special. And in Hong Kong, we were only looking at two options: congee and wonton noodle soup. The thing I love about Asia is that you […]

March 19, 2014

Slightly Peckish: Shanghai Crab Noodle at Hong Kong Lao Shang Hai Restaurant (HK)

by Sakura Gooneratne

In Hong Kong, one of the places my friend S insisted we try was one of two highly-rated restaurants serving Shanghai crab. Lucky for us, we were at the tail-end of the Shanghai crab season. I love crab but hadn’t tried the Shanghai variety before. As she’s an adventurous soul, she took us to the […]

February 3, 2014

Slightly Peckish: Tim Ho Wan: Michelin-Starred Dim Sum on the Cheap (HKG)

by Sakura Gooneratne

It’s been twenty years since I last set foot in Hong Kong and I was excited to hear about some of the city’s huge changes, including its new airport. The last time I flew into the city, I remember seeing people hanging up their laundry as the plane cruised by the high rises into Kai […]

November 6, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Prawn Mee and All That (Kuala Lumpur)

by Sakura Gooneratne

Believe it or not, I was only in Kuala Lumpur for four days, one of which was spent with family outside KL and another stuck in traffic in KL. Did I mention how terrible the traffic is over there? We spent 1.5 hrs in what should have been a 15 min journey. Sigh. After arriving […]

October 2, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Nonya Cuisine at Old China Cafe (Kuala Lumpur)

by Sakura Gooneratne

After my visit to Sri Lanka earlier this year to see my parents, we stopped off in Kuala Lumpur to meet up with my sister’s family for a few days of shopping and serious eating. The last time I was in KL, I was one year old and my mum was bringing me home to […]

August 20, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Pao Xiang Bah Kut Teh (Kuala Lumpur)

by Sakura Gooneratne

One of the things my mum wanted to eat in Kuala Lumpur was bak kut teh, the rather notorious Chinese medicinal broth in which pork, veg and other delicacies are cooked. We’d heard it can be an acquired taste but my brother-in-law found Pao Xiang, a restaurant in the fantastically modern shopping centre Pavilion, opposite […]

July 9, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Bincho Yakitori (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

Yakitori is the perfect food: delicious, dainty morsels that come in a variety of ingredients and flavours which you keep eating and ordering on repeat. And on skewers. What is it about skewers that enhances the taste of grilled meat and veg a thousandfold? Bincho has been a firm favourite amongst Londoners since it opened […]