Slightly Peckish Monday: Michelin-starred dim sum at Tim Ho Wan

3 February, 2014

Umami Mart

It’s been a while, right? It doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating. At the end of last year, I did a runner for my birthday and flew to Perth with my friends and stopped in Hong Kong on the way back. It was 3 days of eating and sightseeing and boy did we manage to eat lots and lots of incredible Chinese food. And we insisted on only Chinese food. And we started with Tim Ho Wan, the Michelin-starred dim sum joint where you have to queue with the locals and there is no special treatment. But it is SO worth it. Check me out at Umami Mart: Slightly Peckish!

In bookish news, I finally finished parts 1 & 2 of Haruki Murakami’s chunkster, 1Q84. I’ll review it once I finish part 3 which I am dying to read. It’s proving to be one of my favourite Murakami novels at the moment. I’m currently trying to finish Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, my pick for this month’s book group which I can only describe as different.

Upcoming is a brand new literary festival hosted by Daunt Books, details here, on March 27th and 28th. Some quality sessions including one to celebrate Virago Modern Classics. Deborah Levy will be there and they will be discussing Barbara Comyns, one of my favourite authors! So do put it in your diaries. I recently swung by Daunt Books in Marylebone and got myself one of their canvas bags in navy and a copy of Sisters By A River.

I’m so glad that Virago is bringing Comyns back into print. I wouldn’t have discovered her if not for Simon T kindly sending me an out of print copy of Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead which was magnificent. More people need to read her!

Sisters By A River

4 Responses to “Slightly Peckish Monday: Michelin-starred dim sum at Tim Ho Wan”

  1. eriko Says:

    Mmh, HK… looks awesome. So, 1Q84 is good? Still haven’t had the courage to put my hands on. Every time I go to the bookstore, the volumes make me hesitant. Finished ‘Questions of Travel’ and am restarting ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet’. Love the details so far. David Mitchell seems to be coming to the Tokyo Int’l Lit Fes early March. Must see him.

    • sakura Says:

      You must see him! I still haven’t read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – I seem to keep all my favourite authors’ novels ‘for a rainy day’ and never get round to them. I should really change my reading strategy! And you must try 1Q84 – I’m almost near the end and don’t want it to end even though I need to know what happens next!

  2. Tamara Says:

    Hi, good on you for taking on the Murakami giant.. I consumed it much fasted that I thought I would, although if I recall correctly – part three was hardest of all to get through. But it does remain a bit of a fav for me too. I’ve just posted on my Japanese Lit Challenge 7 books – no Murakami this year, but I’m keen to find one I haven’t read yet – perhaps what I think about when Im running – now that I’ve started running too. I’m also a little intrigued by David Mitchell (as mentioned by Eriko above) – so now I’m off to check him out. All the best with getting back into it.

    • sakura Says:

      Hahaha, I’ve been meaning to read it for 2 years and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get to it sooner! David Mitchell is a lovely writer so I do hope you try him. And Murakami’s running book is a wonderful reflection on the meditative quality of running. I hope it gives you encouragement!

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