Month: November 2010

Bespoke: La Elite Fashion

Unknown to many, Hong Kong is also all about bespoke suits and not just the food. Its British heritage left behind an Asian version of Savile Row in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Where Hong Kong magazine recommended nine established bespoke tailors. Some of these skilled tailors can finish a suit in 24 hours upon request for those who are just in transit. Some can suit you up in the same fabric used by Ermenegildo Zegna for a price, and some can even have your order shipped to wherever you are in the world. David Fashion La Elite Fashion Lapel Gents & Ladies Tailor L&K Custom Tailor Nita Fashion Punjab House Raja Fashion Sam’s Tailor Shaniel Custom Tailor From Where Hong Kong Mr. Diplomat has long been a connoisseur of bespoke suits, dress shirts and shoes, and has been loyal to his tailor, Valerio. A consummate gentleman has to be suited well, and so, our journey down this path begins anew as we try on the tailors of Hong Kong. Our first stop…La Elite Fashion. …

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Fab 5’s Mushroom Risotto

Pressured to brush up on our culinary skills (following my earlier post Notes from the Field: Mauritania, Part II from The New Diplomat’s Wife), Mr. Diplomat attempted to make mushroom risotto for lunch. The recipe is recommended by Ted Allen in the book (of the show) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better, which we love so much that we brought it with us when we moved here. Mr. Diplomat was not able to find chives at International and decided to add prosciutto instead. I don’t think that makes sense, but the risotto was goood! Forgive us for the plating.

Hong Kong: 10 things to Do in 24 Hours from Time

1. Victoria Peak 2. Lin Heung Tea House 3. Charter a Junk 4. The Intercontinental’s Infinity Pools 5. Temple Street Night Market 6. Heli-Tour of Hong Kong 7. Cha Chan Teng 8. Star Ferry 9. Chungking Mansions 10. Roof of the IFC Mall From Done with one. Gave up on one. Plan to book one. Don’t want to try one. Curious with one. Still looking for one.

Michelin-starred Din Tai Fung

Bingyi Yang started Din Tai Fung as an oil company in Taiwan. The name is a combination of Heng Tai Fung, the cooking oil company he first worked for in the country, and Din Mei Oils, his oil supplier. The dumpling restaurant came about as advised by a friend during a low season for their oil business. Today, their xiao long baos are enjoying global recognition through their branches in Taiwan, Japan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and Malaysia, even in Los Angeles and Sydney. A new branch is opening this month in Seattle too (! Din Tai Fung was one of the world’s top 10 restaurants according to The New York Times in 1993 ( This year, its Hong Kong branch was awarded 1 Michelin star. Location From Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit A1, go right along Haiphong Road and left at Canton Road. Go inside Silvercord, where the restaurant occupies much of the 3rd floor. Queue Besides dumplings, this restaurant is also known for its queue as they do not accept reservations. But try …

Eastern medicine

Reminds you of chemistry class? I had the same sentiment. Little Miss Siu Baau had 5 days of cough and cold that just won’t clear. After a diagnosis of upper respiratory tract infection and allergic airway at Human Health, she was given cocillana + Bisolvon, Dimeta-2, salbutamol, cetrizine, and Phenergan + diprophylline for 3 days. We had to space them at one medication every 30 minutes just so she can take them all without throwing up. And I thought Ventolin with Babyhaler was scary. Here, the medication you need will be given after a consultation with a private doctor. You do not have to buy them at a pharmacy as there is none here, except for the dispensaries at health centers and local shops where you can buy medicines without prescription. Over-the-counter drugs are available at 7-11, Circle K, Watson’s and Mannings. Are you a doctor? Tell me what you think.