May Tien

May Tien is a freelance writer who specializes in culinary anthropology and Asian cuisines. She has worked in the restaurant hospitality industry for many years and mentored students at Le Cordon Bleu in New Zealand.

48 Hours in Yogyakarta

All around Indonesia, there are wonderful experiences to be had even if you are somewhat short for time. This is first in a series of travel articles that will offer...

Alternative Weekend Brunches

Sick of the hedonistic hotel brunches where you feel the need to spend hours on the treadmill to work off the gluttony during the week? Is “international food”...

Two is Better than One at Up in Smoke and One Eyed Jack

Modern dining is taken to the next level as two fabulous restaurants are combined in one expansive space to transport diners into another realm of good eats. This unique...

Meals on Wheels – Jakarta’s Best Food Vans

Food writer May Tien samples the tasty morsels on offer at the latest pop-up food venues. One thing I miss most about living in California is the abundant supply of good...

Eating Like Royalty at Dim Sum King

Satiate your dim sum and Cantonese food cravings at this inviting teahouse located in one of Kuningan’s best situated hotels, the Manhattan. Freshly prepared dim sum...

Comfort Food – Peking Duck Tacos

Food writer May Tien shares one of her most cherished recipes from her very own repertoire of Asian-American influenced cookery. I can’t remember when I ate my first...

Get to McGettigan’s

Excitement is constantly generated in Jakarta, especially in the world of food and drink. In Mega Kuningan – the neighbourly sprawl of five-star hotels, embassies and...

A Beginner’s Manual to Eating Korean Food

As Korean food gains popularity worldwide, food writer May Tien explores the different facets of the cuisine and delves into the varied menu options available in...

Families Brunch it Up at the Grand Kemang Jakarta

Where in Jakarta can you find the best value for a good selection of Western and Asian food in a fun, family-focused atmosphere? The Sperta Restaurant located at the...

Meet the Expat: Chef Chris Salans

What happens when a classically trained chef turns to the island of Bali for inspiration? A new type of cuisine that makes instant delicious shockwaves with fresh local...

Peranakan Cuisine: The Most Delicious Food You Never Knew You Were Eating

May Tien explores the historical and cultural impact of Chinese emigrants and the food they brought to Southeast Asia. The information in this article is condensed and...

How Safe is it to Eat Street Food in Jakarta?

For expats living in Jakarta, eating street food is a risk many are not willing to take. However, for those who are uninitiated in dining “al fresco di jalan” and...

The Royal Kitchen: The Majesty of Northern Indian Cuisine

A popular Indian restaurant on the ground floor of the Bellagio Boutique Mall delivers a brilliant array of Northern Indian fare in the heart of the Mega Kuningan...

Artful Splendour and Refinement at the Raffles Sunday Brunch

Raffles Jakarta is the place to start the perfect Sunday with a delectable and exquisite brunch. Available from 12pm to 3:30pm at Arts Café by Raffles, the virtual...

Education Guide 2017

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