More than Michelin stars on the menu

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 26 July 2017: CNN Travel readers listed seven* Thai dishes among Worlds 50 Best Foods in its latest Facebook poll that garnered 35,000 responses. Good news for Thai food fans.

If that is not enough to underscore the popularity of Thai food, worldwide, the momentum continue as Michelin Guides prepares to introduce a guide for Bangkok embedded with its famous star-rating.

The Thai government splurged THB143.5 million on the sponsorship deal to bring Michelin and its star rating to Thailand. Under the terms of the five-year contract the first guide will focus on Bangkok’s top restaurants before spreading out to other popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Read more

Shisen Hanten wins stars

July 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 3 July 2017: Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro at Mandarin Orchard Singapore has been awarded two stars in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2017, retaining its lead as the highest Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant in Singapore for the second year running.

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro made its Singapore debut in 2014, with the founding of Japan’s first Szechwan restaurant in 1958 by Chen Kenmin who is regarded as the “Father of Szechwan cuisine in Japan.”

Executive Chef Chen Kentaro, grandson of Chen Kenmin and son of celebrity Iron Chef Chen Kenichi  takes pride in bringing to fruition his grandfather’s vision of contributing to a greater appreciation of Szechwan cuisine through Shisen Hanten’s signature dishes. Read more

Singapore Food Festival 14 to 30 July

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 28 June 2017: The Singapore Food Festival 2017 is back for its 24th edition.

Taking place from 14 to 30 July, locals and visitors alike can look forward to a spread of both traditional and contemporary Singaporean flavours, interpreted through the palates of  home-grown culinary heroes.

Themed “Savour Singapore in Every Bite”, the festival will feature up to 20 gastronomic experiences that celebrate heritage and flavours, and honour the people who work passionately to keep local culinary traditions alive. Read more

Michelin Bangkok launches this December

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the first Michelin Guide Bangkok, due to be published in December, will help to boost the country’s food tourism, while adding value to Thai restaurants that are awarded Michelin stars.

Tourism Authority of Thailand entered  into a partnership with Michelin Travel Partner, last week, to publish a Bangkok edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said the launch would allow local people and tourists to experience the delicious taste of Thai food in many settings.  Read more

Tourism Ministry promotes foodie tourism

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 March 2017: Ministry of Tourism and Sports says it will gear up its foodie tourism promotions to encourage more travellers to visit Thailand while encouraging them to test their taste buds on hot Thai dishes.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul calls the campaign  ‘gastronomy tourism’ claiming the objective is to “introduce Thai culture through Thai food experiences”.

To support food tourism, the Cabinet approved, last month, a USD4.1 million budget for Tourism Authority of Thailand to spend on a Michelin five-year contract (2017 to 2021) to promote food-tourism through its world-famous dining guide. Read more

Three-stars to Seoul diners

November 8, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 8 November 2016: The Michelin food guide unveiled its first Seoul edition, Monday, with two upscale Korean restaurants receiving the coveted three stars, but recognition also for a humbler diner serving vegetarian temple food.

A total of 24 restaurants in the South Korean capital received Michelin stars, reflecting the city’s ambitions as a fine-dining hub and the emergence of Korean cuisine from the well-established shadows cast by those of Asian neighbours China and Japan.

“I think it’s widely seen as one of the hidden gems of world cuisine,” said Michael Ellis, the international director of Michelin guides. Read more

Michelin star shines on hawkers

August 5, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 August 2016: A queue 100-people long snakes out from a tiny food stall in Singapore’s Chinatown, each customer impatiently waiting their turn for a taste of Chan Hon Meng’s prized soya sauce-braised chicken.

He has always had loyal customers but in the days since he was awarded a Michelin star, waves of new gourmands have descended on his stall in such numbers that he’s struggling to keep up with demand.

Chan is one of two “hawkers” — so-called because many started out as street peddlers — awarded one star by the culinary bible when it launched its inaugural Singapore guide in late July. Read more