[Recipe] Traditional Austrian Beef Goulash & Spaetzli

Beef Goulash. Is it Austrian or Hungarian?! After having been to both countries and stayed with locals, I learnt that goulash is a shared dish between the 2 nations (kinda like how Aussies and Kiwis claim to have created the Pavlova) but Austrian Goulash is thicker like a stew and uses caraway seeds whereas Hungarian…

[Recipe] Nusskranzkuchen – Nut Ring Cake

My first healthy and guilt-free Nusskranzkuchen got a thumbs up from all my guinea pigs (aka family and some friends)!! Since I bought my Austrian recipe book in Vienna, I had been eyeing this recipe in the book called Nusskranzkuchen. I altered some ingredients to make it lower in sugar. The original recipe called for icing sugar so…

Innsbruck (Tyrol): Hut-to-hut walking

After a few days in Vienna, I boarded the OEBB to Innsbruck to meet a friend. Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol (the state bordering of Italy) and it is definitely a place I highly recommend everyone to go to even for one night. What’s not to love? The encapsulating view of the jagged mountain…

Cinque Terre: Ligurian food & travel

    After a few hours in Pisa, I boarded Trenitalia and made my way to the picturesque Cinque Terre (pronounced as “ching-queh te-reh”) and Portovenere. Really wasn’t sure what to expect, but as we were approaching the first village, Riomaggiore, we saw a glimpse of the sparkling blue ocean, the colourful little buildings, and terrains…

[Recipe] Teh Tarik: Malaysia’s National Drink

Teh Tarik is a hot frothy milk tea made of condensed milk (or evaporated for less sweet) and strong black or Ceylon tea. Delicious! (in moderation) Teh Tarik (in Malay) literally means pulled tea because the mamak guys actually pull the milk tea to make it frothy & creamy! Nowadays, the mamak guys usually use…

6 Lessons from Sekinchan Fruit Orchard

31st January 2016 One of the highlights of my trip to Sekinchan was the free tour of his fruit orchard (Wan Chai Mango King) – My grandma, aunt and I were in 7th heaven! ❤ I’ve never met anyone so passionate about agriculture and fruits like this fruit vendor. You can really feel his energy…

4 Things I learnt from the Taiwanese Tea House

One of the MOST significant highlights of my trip to Taiwan was learning about Chinese teas (i.e. how to drink tea without activating the caffeine etc) 🙂 In the city of Tai Chung, we visited a tea house where we sampled several types of Oolong Teas grown in the highlands as Taiwan is particularly famous for…

Hawaii : Olomana Three Peak Trail

Friday, 20th March 2015: Olomana Three Peak Trail  This was our last full day in Hawaii so I decided it was gonna be more rewarding and more productive use of my time ending a very active holiday with a big hike. I googled and yelped Olomana Three Peak hike and read many different reviews. Some…

Hawaii: Manoa falls & Waikiki

14th March 2015: Manoa Falls & Waikiki Started off my day right with a bowl of oats, topped with sliced bananas, raw cacao nibs and goji berries. Hmm.. We began our day trip to Manoa Falls Trail. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by a pristine rainforest and tropical bamboo shoots. The gravel guides you…

Yosemite hiking & camping trip

24th-25th April 2015 After 5 back-to-back weekends of travelling, we began our last roadtrip together to Yosemite at 3am on 23rd April 2015. I know.. 3am but Yosemite is about 6 hours from LA so we wanted to get the most of the few days we were going there. As usual, I baked some goodies…