The Best of Korean Food in New York City

If there’s a single nation whose food has received worldwide attention (and deserved adoration) of late, it must be that of Korea – South Korea, to be clear. And New York City serves up exemplary Korean food. Written for Fine Dining Lovers. Mokbar Korean Ramen - provided by Mokbar Last year, in the [...]

Korean Food, Hello the Future

Riding the Hallyu, the impressive K-pop culture wave, Korean food has won the hearts and bellies of the food world. For Etihad in-flight magazine, August 2016.  Korean fried chicken (or cauliflower, in some circles) is widely hyped as the new KFC. While Colonel Sanders may need to spill the 11 secret herbs and spices to [...]

By |2017-06-09T14:12:41+00:00January 5th, 2017|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Food Trends 2017 – A Sign of the Times

Food Trends - from vegetable-only menus to shorter, less pricey tasting menus, Ishay Govender-Ypma delves into what's predicted to dominate the dining calendar. For SAA Sawubona, November 2016.  If you went out to a restaurant last night, you might have experienced these changes already. From neighbourhood bistros to upmarket establishments, menus are being influenced by an [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:37:41+00:00December 9th, 2016|Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Quintonil and The Test Kitchen Collaborate in Cape Town

Photo taken by Hein van Tonder The Test Kitchen and Quintonil, both highly ranked on the World’s 50 Best restaurant list, recently hosted a collaboration dinner series. Ishay Govender-Ypma chatted to the chefs. Quintonil and Test Kitchen Collaborate for Mail and Guardian. (@IshayGovender)  “Are those the escamoles?” I ask the waitress, in a [...]

By |2018-08-16T15:14:25+00:00October 20th, 2016|Africa, Chefs, Food, Interview, Reported Work, South Africa|0 Comments

Tracing a Lineage Across Continents – Sour Porridge

South Indian Sour Porridge in South Africa Sunlight streams in the early morning over the vessels on the wood fire outside; the drums with water heating for bathing, the pots with the day’s lunch. A version of this appears on Roads & Kingdoms, August 2016.    sour porridge with spring onions Sunlight streams in [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:13:15+00:00August 15th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|1 Comment

The Rise of Korean Food – New York City Exploration

Koreatown in Manhattan may be a long way from Seoul, but its restaurants serve up delectable national dishes, from bibimbap to bulgogi. For Business Day WANTED, August 2016. K-Town Pops The steeply vertical expanse of Koreatown in Manhattan, fondly nicknamed K-Town, crams an intense scrapbook of neon signage, supermarkets, general stores, beauty parlours and restaurants [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:40:43+00:00August 14th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen

Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen - Things We Were Told Ishay Govender-Ypma reflects on an 80s youth of big hair, Band Aid and misguided rhetoric. Tropes on Starving Kids. This essay was written for Mail & Guardian.  author with neighbourhood kids in the 80s It was the time of Halley’s [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:36:01+00:00August 7th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Interview Profile: Cherae Robinson, Founder of Mobile App Tastemakers Africa

Cherae Robinson Since launching Rare Customs in 2014, which facilitated foreign investment in African SMEs in the fields of agriculture, tourism and market entry, founder Cherae Robinson (nominated a “woman to watch” by the U.N. in 2014) has continued on her upward trajectory. In December 2015 she launched her start-up mobile app Tastemakers [...]

Mexico City Food Guide

Mexico City – colourful, chaotic, and a crash-course in street-food, as Ishay Govender-Ypma learns, tasting her way through markets and curb-side stalls. Fine dining your north star? Check! But you’ll soon be drawn back to the abuela-style dishes found in the simple diners and homes around town. My Mexico City Food Guide For Taste Magazine, [...]

By |2017-06-09T14:54:34+00:00August 1st, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Riga Food Guide

Riga, the cultural capital of the Baltics is offering up lighter, more refined versions of Latvian staples. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) for Fine Dining Lovers. Riga, image Shutterstock Often referred to as the pearl of Latvia in Central Eastern Europe, capital city Riga lies at the mouth of the Daugava River and along [...]

Swahili Food: Taste of the Swahili Coast

Taste of the Swahili Coast - Swahili Food The Swahili Coast runs from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, a unique cultural melting pot that reflects in the cuisine. For Fine Dining Lovers, July 2016.   In the village of Alfeneseni, outside Zanzibar, an east African island popular with holidaymakers for its pristine white shores and [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:14:53+00:00July 30th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

World’s 50 Best Restaurants – New York City

World's 50 Best Restaurants with South Africa taking spot number 22. South Africa’s The Test Kitchen continues to dominate taking spot number 22 on World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Ishay Govender-Ypma reports from New York City. For Business Day, June 2016. Last night at Cipriani Wall Street, Manhattan, New York welcomed its first World’s 50 Best [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:16:11+00:00July 14th, 2016|Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

First South African Chef to Hold a Michelin Star

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen - South African Soul with a French Touch Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, owner of JAN in France, is the first South African to be awarded a Michelin star. Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) chatted to him on his recent visit to South Africa. For Fine Dining Lovers, April 2016. Jan [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:17:07+00:00May 15th, 2016|Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Bree Street – My 5 Favourite Spots

Bree Street has, over the past five years, become the restaurant/bar/fun street in Cape Town. It's tough to pick, but these are five of my favourites. Do you have any must-visit spots on Bree? Read about the transformation on Bree Street for Business Day Chefs Warehouse & Canteen Chefs Warehouse with my friend Linda [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:58:17+00:00May 6th, 2016|Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Reykjavik Food Guide

Although very small, Reykjavik is bustling with bars, brunch spots and bistros that pay homage to Iceland’s rich, and sometimes objectionable food traditions. For Fine Dining Lovers, 28 March 2016.   Reykjavik from the main church   For a capital city this small, home to around two-thirds of Iceland’s total population of 323 [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:55:48+00:00April 8th, 2016|Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

The Changing Face of Brooklyn Dining – A Tour

Brooklyn Dining Tour - New York There’s more to Brooklyn’s culinary scene than Williamsburg. Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) started in Greenpoint and kept walking on a Brooklyn Dining Tour. For SAA Sawubona Magazine, March 2016.  Brooklyn Dining Tour featured in the SAA Sawubona Magazine North of Hip What used to be, if the travel [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:17:54+00:00March 17th, 2016|Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Poland – More Than Pierogi & Vodka

The Baltic regions are on the rise. We explore the splendour of nearby Poland, still shedding the cloak of communism and forging a new identity. Poland - More Than Pierogi & Vodka for Food and Home Entertaining Magazine, March 2016. Fall of the Iron Curtain Classic Pierogi If it’s pierogi – the eponymous Polish [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:54:17+00:00March 9th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Bree Street Food Guide – Cape Town’s “It” Street

Travelling along Bree Street and meeting the locals who are bringing the street back to being 'The place to be'. A Bree Street Food Guide For Business Day 4 March 2016. Crammed at the portside since the colonial days, with seedy dive bars and brothels frequented by sailors, and a mere hundred meters from the sea [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:52:18+00:00March 4th, 2016|Food, Reported Work, Travel|1 Comment

Sugar, Spice and a Question of Identity – Réunion Island Food

Réunion Island Food, where culinary and cultural exploration meet Culinary and cultural exploration are deeply fused, Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) discovers on a visit to the volcanic French island, Réunion. For The National UAE, 4 Feb 2016. Author (2nd left) with a family of local farmers - they titled this: "The Malabar returns home" - [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:21:07+00:00February 14th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments