Bite-sized Questions

What has been your mostmemorable dining experience?

After several expensive yet disappointing meals in Beijing, stumbling upon a young man grilling lamb skewers over hot coals set into a hole in the wall — literally. The skewers were delicious and reminded me of how amazing simple food can be.

In the name of food research, is there anything you wouldnevertry?

No, except maybe monkey brains.

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Cantonese salty fish, rice, and Chinese sausage.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That would be fried chicken. I’m from the South.

After a long week, what’s your tipple of choice?

A full-bodied, ricey junmai-style sake like Jikon. Or a bottle of Champagne.

What are the three finer things in life that you secretly indulge in?

I have no secret vices, but I am fond of diver scallops, Champagne, and uni.

Describe yourself in three foodie words…

Monkfish liver pâté.