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Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

When the master of Thai food pinpoints anything as his favourite, we sit up and listen.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Gifts under $100 at our pop-up Christmas Boutique

Whether it's a hand-thrown pasta bowl, a bottle of vodka made from sheep's whey or a completely stylish denim apron, our pop-up Christmas Boutique in collaboration with gift shop Sorry Thanks I Love You has got you covered in the $100 and under budget this Christmas.

Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

David Thompson's Nahm named best restaurant in Asia

David Thompson and the Nahm team

David Thompson and the Nahm team

"I have no right to cook Thai food," mused David Thompson during a panel discussion on food authenticity.

"I arrived in Thailand a novice, uncertain and very unfamiliar with what has become a cuisine that has preoccupied me for the last 25 years."

Despite Thompson's misgivings, Nahm, the Australian chef's Bangkok fine diner, was last night named the S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna best restaurant in Asia.

Joining the former Darley Street Thai chef to accept the award were Nahm sous chef Prin Polsuk and Thompson's partner Tanongsak Yordwai.

While Australian restaurants aren't eligible for the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list, there was a subtle antipodean twang to the awards announced overnight at Singapore's Capella hotel.

Waku Ghin, Tetsuya Wakuda's Singaporean venture, broke into the top 10 to grab seventh place. Thompson protégés Duangporn 'Bo' Songvisava and Dylan Jones lend their names and skills to Bo.lan, the couple's Bangkok restaurant that climbed almost 10 places to number 28 after placing 36th on last year's inaugural poll.

Will Meyrick, chef at Bali's Sarong (number 47 and Indonesia's top-placed restaurant), counts stints at Sydney's Longrain and Jimmy Liks on his CV.

While China and Japan dominated the list again this year, other countries featured in the winners' circle. Despite Restaurant André slipping from fifth to sixth, chef André Chiang took home the peer-voted chefs' choice award.

Jungsik, both the highest new entry and South Korea's top table, debuted at number 20. Lanshu Chen of Taiwan's Le Moût was named this year's best female chef, while 2am Dessert Bar's Singaporean Janice Wong made it two in a row for best pastry chef.

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