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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.

Surry Hills to Soho

A Sydney-born wine bar is introducing artisanal Italian drops to Hong Kong.

Opposite Tong's Machinery Shop, dwarfed by residential high-rises and just down the hill from a century-old shrine to a Taoist deity is the edgy spot Andrew Cibej picked for his new 121BC, a streetside wine bar in Hong Kong's burgeoning Soho entertainment district.

121BC is Italian in both kitchen and cellar, and a logical step for the proprietor of Sydney restaurants Vini and Berta, and the Surry Hills wine bar of the same name.

"We travel to Italy to meet wine producers, and Hong Kong is on the way," Cibej says. "I looked around and there seemed to be an absence of the sort of venue we have back home and little in the way of Italian wines."

Sommelier Giorgio De Maria has compiled an impressive wine list, and triumphantly declares, "Ninety-nine per cent of the wines are self-imported - you don't find them anywhere else in Hong Kong, and all of them are sustainably produced by small artisans."

With seating for 50 or so in a small space with a minimalist fit-out, 121BC presents a succinct menu, including traditional favourites such as buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, and roasted eggplant with ricotta. 121BC, 42-44 Peel St, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2395 0200.


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