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If music is the food of love, what is the love of food?

Chinese people first ask if you're full, before anything else. It is equivalent of saying "how are you?"

I tell my friends that I'm a food hacker. I try to suss out the ingredients and then imitate the result. To cook the best food, I need to eat at the best restaurants.

Some of the best food are served in some of the worst environments. For instance, I had a simple Thai meal in an alleyway in Bangkok. Beneath my bench was a hungry dog. For me, it was the most authentic sticky rice, Som Tom papaya salad, and stir fried pork with fresh sweet basil and chilli.

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Manhattan New York

gourmet vegetarian Korean cuisine - of the highest standard


South Kensington, London

modern gourmet north Indian

Il Sogno di Dante

near New Bond Street, London

Nyonya Restaurant

just outside Nottinghill Gate tube station

Majjo's Foods family run restaurant of homecooked Indian food in Covent Garden and East Finchley London

My London Budget:

really delicious and affordable !

Good Morning Vietnam

right outside Clapham Junction train station, the higher numbered platforms

try their roast duck noodle soup for about £4 - much better than other places, including Chinatown. They boast no MSG.

Turnham Green Chinese

special set lunch for 5 pounds: soup and a hearty dish

right outside Turnham Green tube station on the Piccadilly and District Lines

Mawar Restaurant

175A Edgware Road
tel: 0207 262 1663
Edgware Road tube
recently renovated, homecooked Malay food, separate smoking area

basement on Edgware Road (near the station)

Wagamama noodle house

lots of locations in London: Bond Street (Duke and Wigmore Street intersection, behind Selfridges)

consistent quality, fast service, affordable Japanese healthy food (no-smoking)

Mai Thai

set lunch of starter and main course; choice of vegetarian menu, try the vegetarian fried noodles

near Wimbledon station (after Woolworth's but before the Odeon)