bak zang season

      It’s been on the to-do list for years, but this year was the year – our year for bak zang. You see, it’s a lot of work making bak zang and the devil, as usual, is in the detail. Prepping the leaves, marinating the pork, soaking the mushrooms and so on, is […]

chinese new year in melbourne

Lion dance on Little Bourke Street. I have very few actual memories of celebrating Chinese New Year in Malaysia (we migrated to Perth when I was five), so coming to Melbourne and witnessing firecrackers, everyone wishing Happy Chinese New Year and so, so many lion dances was a fabulous kind of shock and awe. On […]

beaufort street festival

What do you do when there’s no traffic on Beaufort Street? Roll out the fake lawn! It was an unseasonably hot spring day but droves (100,000 people apparently!) turned up for the Beaufort Street Festival. Closed from Queens Crescent all the way down to Lincoln, this is Perth’s biggest, most impressive street festival. If you […]

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