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.

El Asador – The Soul of South America Resides in Kemang

As many Jakartans can attest, it’s tough to get from one place to another at times and most of us would rather spend our hard-earned free time not stuck on the roads...

L’Ambiente Perfetto

Anyone who has ever travelled to Italy knows how genuinely passionate Italians are about their food. Each region has specific ways of cooking and seasoning, and their...

Jokowi to Simplify Foreign Work Permits Process

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) wants to simplify foreign work permit process. The heads of the ministries involved in the procedure: the Minister of Law and Human...

Missing Argentinian Girl Believed to be in Indonesia

An Argentinian girl’s mother has recently arrived in Indonesia to find her daughter after having been missing over eight months. Alum Langone Avalos, aged 7, was...

Club Med Resorts in Hokkaido – A Unique Ski and Winter Wonderland Holiday the Entire Family will Love

Ever wonder what it’s like to experience an all-inclusive resort vacation in one of the world’s top-rated ski destinations? Writer May Tien places another tick on...

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...

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