About Lara Dunston

A travel and food writer who has experienced over 70 countries and written for Australian Gourmet Traveller, Feast, Delicious, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, Get Lost, Travel+Leisure Asia, DestinAsian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, AFAR, Four Seasons Magazine, Fah Thai, Sawasdee, and more, as well as authored some 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Footprint, Rough Guides, Thomas Cook, and AA Guides.

Lum Orng Farm to Table Restaurant and Siem Reap’s Growing Green Movement

2019-09-19T16:03:47+07:00By |

Lum Orng farm to table restaurant has quickly become one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants, serving deliciously imaginative Cambodian food based on just-picked produce and seasonal ingredients. It is part of a flourishing green movement across the region, of which Siem Reap is leading the way. Siem Reap restaurants have been groundbreaking when it comes [...]

Sustainable Souvenirs to Buy in Southeast Asia and, No, Not Elephant Pants

2019-09-16T23:44:50+07:00By |

Sustainable souvenirs to buy in Southeast Asia include anything that's handmade and handcrafted, fair trade and ethically-produced rather than factory-made, and locally created rather than imported. Traditional crafts, art and artisanal wares, along with eco-friendly, pre-loved, recycled, and up-cycled things are all good sustainable choices. Elephant pants are not. There’s a reason I’m singling out [...]

Best Asian Street Food Recipes from Fresh Spring Rolls to Spicy Noodle Soups

2019-09-14T22:20:37+07:00By |

Our best Asian street food recipes cover everything from the fresh spring rolls found in markets and street food stalls across Southeast Asia to the spicy noodle soups from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia that you can slurp on the streets, from mobile carts, and at simple shophouse eateries. We're just back from Saigon, where [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia You Can’t Miss

2019-09-14T17:00:09+07:00By |

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Southeast Asia you can't miss include everything from the near perfectly preserved historic centres of Luang Prabang in Laos and Hoi An in Vietnam to the spectacular sprawling temple sites of Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, Sukhothai Historical Park in Thailand, and Bagan Archaeological Zone in Myanmar. Southeast Asia is [...]

80/20 Restaurant Bangkok Chefs on Rebooting the Evolution of Thai Cuisine

2019-09-07T12:54:36+07:00By |

80/20 restaurant Bangkok chefs Napol ‘Joe’ Jantraget and Saki Hoshino are creating some of Thailand’s most inspired and imaginative contemporary Thai cuisine. Passionate about local produce, little known ingredients, and preservation and fermentation, the husband and wife chefs hope to reboot the evolution of Thai cuisine. Chefs Napol ‘Joe’ Jantraget and Saki Hoshino's 80/20 restaurant [...]

Cambodian Chicken Curry Recipe for a Gentle Comforting Southeast Asian Curry

2019-09-09T11:08:08+07:00By |

This Cambodian chicken curry recipe makes one of Southeast Asia’s most comforting chicken curries. While it has a depth of flavour that comes from dried spices and fresh aromatic ingredients, it has a richness thanks to a liberal use of coconut cream and milk, and a gentleness due to the mild red chillies. When Terence [...]

26 Things To Do In Perth – Most Of Which Involve Eating and Drinking

2019-08-11T21:44:14+07:00By |

Things to do in Perth, Western Australia, that I love include cruising over to Fremantle to feast on fish and chips, picnicking with panoramic Perth views at Kings Park, sipping cocktails at a city centre rooftop bar, walking along the waterfront on Rottnest Island, and savouring sunset over the Indian Ocean at Cottesloe. Most of [...]

Best Hoi An Cooking Classes, Street Food Tours and Culinary Experiences

2019-09-10T22:42:09+07:00By |

The best Hoi An cooking classes, street food tours and culinary experiences include everything from Red Bridge Cooking School's deluxe cooking class where you'll learn to make stock for pho noodle soup and fresh pho noodles from scratch to the Original Taste of Hoi An food tours on which you'll do a whopping 40 tastings [...]

Pork and Crab Congee with XO Sauce Recipe by Chef Christine Manfield

2019-08-23T13:25:04+07:00By |

This pork and crab congee with XO sauce recipe comes courtesy of Australian chef Christine Manfield who shared it with us after I sampled her heavenly take on the Chinese rice porridge in Battambang of all places a couple of years ago. It only took one spoonful of this sublime savoury rice porridge for my [...]

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