ZUMRA Food – Brand Ambassador

I’ve always found it to be quite a challenge to find specialty Asian ingredients in Egypt. One day you find an abundance of items, the next day they’re gone. You would often find yourself having to make many trips to several supermarkets just to find the right ingredient. And then, ZUMRA Food came to the…

Sake No ‘Legend’

Every time I’d go to London with my grandmother, (yeah, I know we used to have a habit for that) we would stay at this very exclusive, little posh hotel in Mayfair. The first thing I would always see on my way out to the high street was “Sake No Hana“; a Japanese fine dining…

Molecular Magic

As a child, I was obsessed with the world of magic, mysticism and arts of the occult. I was just one of these kids who strongly believed in the existence of mythical creatures and fairytales. A horse is a horse. It’s beautiful, strong and majestic in its own way; but it’s still just a horse….

Baky – Staying on Top

A couple of days ago I had the honor of attending Baky Hospitality’s first press conference. The conference was held to announce the addition of a special team member to the F&B giants namely; Chef Reif Othman. As soon as I walked into Kazoku – Baky’s flagship restaurant – where the conference was held, I…

Tres Leches Basbousa

In an attempt to take a more positive approach this Ramadan, I thought of suggesting one of my own dessert recipes instead of critizing the annual concoctions with ludicrous ingredient combinations. Soaked cakes are known all over the world and every region seems to have its own version of soaked cake. Some call it poke…

Renga Kaisendon

It’s Easter season and Sham El Nessim is just around the corner. This year I am presenting you with a dish that brings together both Egyptian and Japanese culture (as most of my dishes do…). Sham El Nessim is a a traditional Egyptian feast where salted fish is the highlight. Smoked Herring, known in Egypt…

Eggnog Brownies – Christmas Recipe

If you consider yourself a chef, then please add something to tradition. Don’t just go into the kitchen and bake a batch of ginger cookies. Add a twist to classic recipes. Create a new dish out of two older ones. This year I decided to mix two favorite Christmas icons into one decadent Eggnog Brownie!…

Hiyashi Chuka Ramen – Recipe

In Japan, nothing says summer like Hiyashi Chuka Ramen. This cold noodle salad is actually a cross-bred dish between Chinese and Japanese cuisine and it will definitely keep you cool and light during the hot summer days. Hereโ€™s the recipe; Ingredients (serves 2): For the noodle salad: 1 pack instant noodles 1 cucumber 1 tomato…

Cooking Demo at Ruen Thai

If you haven’t tried Thai food before or you still don’t love it, then please make sure you are eating the real deal! Yesterday I was honored to be invited by the Embassy of Thailand in Egypt and the Egyptian Chefs Association (ECA) to a Thai cooking demonstration at Dusit Thani – Lake View Hotel….

Beef in Egypt

Why is it so hard to find a good, locally sourced sirloin steak in Egypt? Why is the beef in Egypt so red and lacking the desired marbling of fat? Well, there are many reasons… But one of the most crucial reasons is the common taste, which comes with complete ignorance as to what makes…

Review: The Four Fat Ladies

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I go on a big rant every year about the ridiculous Ramadan desserts produced by all the pastry shops and restaurants in Egypt. After having gone through the trouble of explaining my point of view on why chocolate and Middle Eastern sweets…

ESCA – Gastronomic Wonder

One of the reasons I started my blog was to find the best restaurants in Egypt and expose them. Before you jump on a high horse of linguistic correctness, I would like to explain that I my judgement on a restaurant’s quality is not just about the quality of the food it serves. The quality…