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Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

On the Pass: Danielle Rensonnet
16.02.2017

Bellota chef Danielle Rensonnet talks us through the current menu at the restaurant and her favourite summer ingredients.

Melbourne's Tomato Festival is back in 2017
15.02.2017

Returning for another year, Melbourne’s Tomato Festival is ripe with cooking demonstrations, talks, and produce stalls dedicated to plump produce.

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Persian love cake

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

New South Yarra restaurants

The Melbourne suburb lost some of its lustre in recent years, but is now bouncing back.

Fast summer dinners

From an effortless tomato and ricotta herbed tart to Sri Lankan fish curries and chewy pork-and-pineapple skewers, these no-fuss recipes lend to relaxing on a humid summer's night.

Long Chim, Melbourne review

David Thompson brings the heat to Melbourne with his newest incarnation of Long Chim. Michael Harden drops by for dinner.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

What to eat, drink and do in Siem Reap

Viroth’s Hotel

Viroth’s Hotel

More than a gateway to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a centre for Khmer culture, authentic cuisine and chic shops, writes Lara Dunston.

STAY
Sala Lodges
The 11 antique Khmer timber houses at this three-year-old resort were discovered in the countryside and transported to a palm-shaded property adjoining rice paddies on the outskirts of Siem Reap. They've been refurbished and decorated with rustic furniture, handmade quilts and unexpected touches, such as contemporary rocking chairs. There's a swimming pool in the garden and a restaurant serving light dishes made with local produce, such as fish from Tonle Sap Lake with mango and wild rice. 498 Salakomroeuk

Viroth's Hotel
Opened last May, this 35-room boutique hotel in the slowly gentrifying Wat Bo area tips a hat to the Modernist architecture of Cambodia's 1960s "Golden Age". A passion project for French-Cambodian owners Fabien Martial and Kol Viroth - who also run Viroth's Villa and Viroth's restaurant - the airy, whitewashed building has a picturesque courtyard pool and is furnished with a mix of contemporary pieces, retro furniture and vintage gems. Street 24

DO
Make offerings at a Buddhist pagoda before scouring a market for ingredients and learning to cook Khmer dishes on a Cooks in Tuk Tuks tour, run by the River Garden hotel. Or join the hotel's Street Food Adventure on a roving snack tour for stir-fried crickets or barbecued offal.

SEE
The hilarious Phare Cambodian Circus is an uplifting Khmer take on the Cirque du Soleil-style experience, featuring aerial ballet, acrobatics, contortion, slapstick and Cambodian music and dancing.

SHOP
Siem Reap surprises with its stylish shopping and outstanding craftsmanship, exemplified by designer Eric Raisina, who worked with Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix. His bold-textured garments and silk "fur" handbags are fast becoming essential souvenirs at his couture house. Hap Guan Street is still a local secret - here, Siem Reap's best coffee can be found at the Little Red Fox Espresso, an Australian-run hair salon-cum-café. The street is also home to cool concept shops, such as Louise Loubatieres, where the designer sells beautiful homewares developed with local artisans - admire her bamboo table-runners and lacquer trays - and Trunkh for quirky objects such as hand-painted vintage shop signs and travel pillows stencilled with Mekong catfish.

DRINK
Sink into recycled rice-sack cushions at Asana, the last traditional Khmer house in the old town, with a Khmer cocktail such as Little Sweet, made from wild ginger, turmeric, sugar-cane juice and gin. Then slip around the corner for Rose and Lemongrass Martinis and dim sum beneath red lanterns and birdcages at Shanghai-inspired Miss Wong.

EAT
Cuisine Wat Damnak
French chef Joannès Rivière focuses on authentic flavours in creative interpretations of Cambodian dishes, in one of the nation's finest restaurants. Two dégustation menus are offered each week based on seasonal produce. Book ahead. Wat Damnak St

Sugar Palm
Home-style dishes such as amok trei (fish curry soufflé), and tangy green mango and smoked fish salad are served in a Khmer timber house. Kiwi-Cambodian owner-chef Kethana Dunnet is the go-to for visiting chefs filming cooking shows, Gordon Ramsay and Luke Nguyen among them. Taphul Rd

Chanrey Tree
Siem Reap's most stylish restaurant blends old and new in its Cambodian-chic design and refined Khmer cuisine, including dishes based on recipes from owner Kann Soan's mother. Try rice crackers with fried frangipani and natang sauce; prahok k'tis, a pleasantly pungent dip of fermented fish and minced pork; and char kroeung, stir-fried frogs' legs with lemongrass. River Rd


DON'T MISS
The Made in Cambodia Market features more than 50 stalls selling local artisan-made products, from funky recycled accessories at Friends 'n' Stuff to Ammo jewellery made from bullet casings. Shinta Mani Resort, French Quarter; Saturday and Sunday, 4pm-9pm.

DAYTRIPPING
Once you've visited the temples of Angkor, gain an insight into rural life and meet locals on a Treak Village Walk and Talk run by Beyond Unique Escapes. Or try harvesting rice, weaving rattan and taking an ox-cart on its Day in the Life of a Village tour.

GETTING THERE
Singapore Airlines and sister carrier SilkAir fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth to Siem Reap via Singapore. 

DON'T MISS
The Made in Cambodia Market features more than 50 stalls selling local artisan-made products, from funky recycled accessories at Friends 'n' Stuff to Ammo jewellery made from bullet casings. Shinta Mani Resort, French Quarter; Saturday and Sunday, 4pm-9pm.

DAYTRIPPING
Once you've visited the temples of Angkor, gain an insight into rural life and meet locals on a Treak Village Walk and Talk run by Beyond Unique Escapes. Or try harvesting rice, weaving rattan and taking an ox-cart on its Day in the Life of a Village tour.

GETTING THERE
Singapore Airlines and sister carrier SilkAir fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth to Siem Reap via Singapore. 

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