CUISINE ADVENTURES WITH HELEN READ AND ABBY LEONG
BRILLIANT BREAKFAST? HR: The Wolseley in London for its institutional charm. AL: Bills in Sydney for the Eggs Benedict. LUSCIOUS LUNCH? HR: Longjing Manor in Hang Zhou offers a daily set menu of about 20 scrumptious dishes based on produce from local farms. AL: The rolls at Luke’s Lobster in New York. TEA FOR TWO? HR: Botanical for its afternoon tea set. AL: Bouchon in Time Warner Center, NYC. PERFECT DINNER? HR: Joel Atelier Robuchon; I love sitting at the bar watching the chefs cook while we eat. JUST DESSERT? HL & AL: At home in our kitchen! IF YOU COULD COOK FOR ANYONE IN THE WORLD,WHO WOULD IT BE? HR & AL: Ina Garten ( Barefoot Contessa) and Giada De Laurentiis. FIRST RECIPE EVER CREATED? HR: Coconut candies I made as Christmas presents when I first went to England at 19. AL: Five-spiced chicken with soya sauce. A SCENT THAT ALWAYS REMINDS YOU OF PEOPLE YOU LOVE? HR: Banana cupcakes – my children have this on demand whenever we have family dinnernight at home. AL: Preserved beancurd or nam yu, which my mother used in all my favourite dishes when I used to cook with her. PERFECT GUESTS? HR: My darling family. AL: Benedict Cumberbatch! APPETISERS TO LUST AFTER? HR: Sashimi. AL: Anything with foie. THE PLAYLIST? HR: Dinner conversation; music distracts me. AL: Light, soothing waves of music. VENUE YOU LOVE? HR: Home. AL: Helen’s home. ‘Helen & Abby: Home Favourites’ (RM109) is now available at Ms. Read, Dude & The Duchess, Sundays, and Ben’s Independent Grocer at Publika Solaris Dutamas.