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.


A Pledge to Fight Trump’s Racism and Bigotry

People who take on the responsibility of elected office are to be held accountable for their actions. I am not sitting on the sidelines anymore.


Serving Up American Nostalgia in Jakarta

When I first set foot in Applebee’s at Plaza Senayan Mall, I was taken by surprise when I saw the hip décor and modern atmosphere. Gone were the bright and playful...


Jalan Sultan Tirtayasa: Bandung’s Best Kept Secret for Food

Let’s be real. When we travel to Bandung, most of us simply want to hide away in our five-star luxury hotels and sip on expensive cocktails during happy hour. We want...

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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...

Education Guide 2017

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