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.

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The Dutch Golden Age of Charcuterie in Jakarta

Expats around town understand how difficult it is to find decent Western cuisine that doesn’t either slant heavily towards local palates (buttermilk fried chicken and...


Tasting Indonesia

Indonesia is set to become a food destination as the government promotes its cuisine abroad. May Tien reveals the best places to eat regional Indonesian cuisine in and...

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Tugu Kunstkring Paleis: A Culturally Rich Dining Experience in the Heart of Menteng

On a quiet, leafy-tree street corner set amongst stately white mansions and European luxury cars parked roadside is a structural gem designed by the Dutch architect and...


Veni, Vedi, Vino! I came, I saw, Wine!

A South Jakarta hotspot for oenophiles and foodies Tucked neatly away at the end of a long hall of cafes and restaurants at the open-air Cilandak Town Square (aka CITOS)...


Mini-Commis: Children’s Cooking Classes in the Capital

The next generation of master chefs start here. Almost an entire generation of children have been raised on cooking shows from the mildly entertaining to fiercely...