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Kitchens of Singapore

From the cheap and cheerful to grand temples of fine dining, Singapore’s rich cultural heritage has produced some of the most exciting food anywhere.

I’m always happy to be in Singapore. It’s one of the great, great eating cities, and nobody says it enough. It has a fantastic natural cuisine but also this exciting mixture of Indian, Malay, English and Arab. Unlike other major Southeast Asian city’s, say Bangkok, Jakarta, and Phnom Penh, Singapore is clean, neat, tidy, safe and efficient. My goodness, it’s efficient: restaurant bookings, taxis, public transport, a coffee order; and people smile.

I spent a long time in Singapore, assigning myself to personal culinary missions, and noticed almost immediately how the city is a homogenous, integrated, international place of choice rather than birth. Not without grit and friction, but amazingly polyglot and variegated.

Mumbai: A City Tasting Tour

As India’s largest city, bustling Mumbai covers the entire culinary spectrum, choked full of hawkers and some surprising culinary temples of fine dining.

Boat Noodles

One of the most popular purchases remains noodle soup, assembled on board the boat with old ladies picking out pre-prepared ingredients.

Four Seasons Koh Samui

I have fantasies of checking out in a tiny shack on one of Thailand’s rural islands. Something small, but charming. Nothing elaborate.

A deep dive into New Zealand's food scene

A growing movement to bring Māori culinary traditions to greater prominence, combined with an outstanding array of homegrown produce, means that New Zealand's drinking and dining scene is really shining.

New Zealand is an over-spilling allotment, flanked by the Pacific Ocean, and for a visitor like me, the munificence of produce creates wild envy. People's relationships with their larders are almost spiritual here, though it makes me wonder: do Kiwis actually know how good they've got it?


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About

David is a British writer based in Bangkok. He writes for a wide range of magazines and newspapers and is a prolific travel journalist. His writing has been published by Tatler, Condé Nast Traveller, The Sunday Times, Escapism, Waitrose Food, Jamie Oliver magazine, Fine Dining Lovers and Bangkok 101, among others. 

His travel writing regularly details his immersive experiences, during which he often travels alone, journeying through unfamiliar territory. He has written across a variety of subjects, including the rise of Botox and cosmetic surgery in Beirut; competed in sports against the indigenous tribes of Tahiti and French Polynesia; sailed against world-class opposition in La Route des Princes; cycled in the Tour de France; travelled along the Gambian River through Gambia and Senegal; taken on the skilled youths of Capoeira in Brazil; and re-traced the footsteps of Bruce Chatwin in exploring Patagonia. His first book, Cowboys on the Move: collected travel writing, 2011-2017 is out soon.