As her In­sta­gram han­dle sug­gests, MELISSA TSE is a su­per­taster with above-av­er­age tast­ing abil­i­ties. Tse has a back­ground work­ing in plan­ning and strat­egy for For­tune 500 com­pa­nies. She spends her free time trav­el­ling the globe and eat­ing. Her goal in lif

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What’s the most amaz­ing thing you’ve tasted?

The wagyu steak at Shima in Tokyo and the Palamós prawns at Asador Etxe­barri in Spain.

How do you eat what you do but stay in shape?

I don't reg­u­larly work out but I hike and swim oc­ca­sion­ally. It's all about mod­er­a­tion for me. I may try a lot of dif­fer­ent restau­rants but if I know that I'm go­ing to have a big meal at din­ner, I will eat less at lunch, for ex­am­ple.

Do you re­mem­ber your first post? Can you de­scribe it?

My first-ever blog post was about the ori­gin of my blog name, Su­per­taster Mel. I came across an ar­ti­cle about su­per­tasters and dis­cov­ered that I was one of them.

Who in­flu­ences you?

My hus­band, who's also my part­ner in crime when it comes to our eat­ing ad­ven­tures around the world. He's quite knowl­edge­able when it comes to food and wine, and we would have long dis­cus­sions about the food that we we're eat­ing.

What’s your favourite place to eat in Hong Kong?

That's hard. I'm go­ing to have to name two: VEA for its French-Chi­nese cui­sine and Tast­ing Court for its tra­di­tional Chi­nese cui­sine.

Your favourite city in the world for food? Why?

San Se­bastián in Spain. It has more Miche­lin stars per capita than any­where else in the world and the va­ri­ety and qual­ity of food there is amaz­ing: from pin­txo seafood to fine-din­ing restau­rants.

What’s your guilty plea­sure?

Any­thing spicy, like spicy hot­pot, noo­dle soup, curry, Sichuan food.

What’s on your bucket list?

My other pas­sion is pho­tog­ra­phy and I would love to travel to far-flung places such as Africa and Antarc­tica to pho­to­graph an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

What would be your dream Hong Kong week­end itin­er­ary?

Go have dim sum in the morn­ing and then ex­plore Hong Kong, like hik­ing the Twin Peaks or go boat­ing in Sai Kung. We would have af­ter­noon tea at a lo­cal cha chaan teng with Hong Kong-style milk tea and French toast, and buy seafood at a lo­cal fish mar­ket and cook din­ner at home.

What’s the best meal you ever had, and where?

This year, it would have to be lunch at Alain Pas­sard's pri­vate gar­den in Nor­mandy. Alain Pas­sard started grow­ing his own veg­eta­bles in 2002, and he now has three gar­dens in France to meet his need to serve the best veg­eta­bles at his three­Miche­lin-starred restau­rant, L'Ar­pège. Our lunch ended up tak­ing al­most six hours and it was one of the most amaz­ing culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences of my life. The food was fan­tas­tic, of course, but it was a great honour to see Alain Pas­sard in ac­tion up close and per­sonal.

The best ad­vice any­one ever gave you?

Life is too short to eat bad food.

What’s on your playlist?

Bruno Mars.

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