DRE illustrationsMontreal, QC, CA
Dre grew up in Hong Kong, moved to Montreal, and embraced her affinity with food in her career and travels along the way. Her illustrations and design work reflect her culinary journey as a food historian, chef, and now food-based creative designer. Her paintings, with their cultural backstories, have a notorious tendency of making people hungry and inducing wanderlust. As a freelancer, she combines illustration and graphic design to create unique branding, packaging, and promotional services. Dre’s work is currently spicing up culinary hubs, musicians, and publications alike in North America and Europe.
Recipes By DRE illustrations
The end of summer inches closer with each day, giving us the dreamiest of peachy sunset colours. What better than to match that golden hour than by making a warm, melting seasonal peach pie? Sieze the moment and enjoy some peaches before the season is over!
茶餐廳 (cha chaan teng, "tea restaurants") are the Hong Kong equivalent of a quick and dirty greasy spoon diner experience, endearingly brusque service included. Their menus reflect the mesh of traditional Cantonese cooking with Western ingredients from the British colonial period which only ended in 1997.
Elbow macaroni is usually tied to thick and creamy mac n' cheese in North America, whereas in Hong Kong diners it is more likely found in soups, topped with slightly browned Chinese spam and the perfectly fried egg. In the very same diner, you can order freshly baked sweet "pineapple buns" with a thick, cold slab of butter sandwiched in the middle. (How these places hide a running bakery behind a crowded active restaurant in the middle of the busiest narrow streets is always beyond me.)
Oh, and don't ever miss out on trying Hong Kong style milk tea. Creamy, luscious, with a slightly deep-set savouriness, it coats your tongue with a warm, roasted aroma that brings a well-sought comfort in any weather. Even under 38C. But to be honest, I would probably opt for the iced version, which is a thrilling treat with the signature sweet and bitter taste.
Be a local: save one of the complimentary sit-down hot teas for soaking your utensils! Yes, we love to drink hot tea no matter what the temperature.
banner: I really X love Hong Kong
bubble: One daily special, please!
If I were to go on a PIKUNIKKU (Japanese romanization of the word picnic), I would vouch for a nice long hike underneath the sakura blossoms in March. There would be nothing more fitting than an ornate and delicately welcoming Japanese bento box, along with some seasonal mandarins. The "ben" in "bentou" comes from the word convenience, which shows in the cute and compact shapes of each food item. While I was growing up, I was fascinated by the creative ways people would dress up common ingredients, such as cutting up hot dogs into octopus shapes, or the "onigiri"- rice balls "molded" into different forms with a variety of seasonings. Now I can make my bento boxes however I want, but for this illustration I wished to satisfy my childhood fantasy with the picture perfect vegetables and octopus hot dogs, with full on Japanese headband and silly octopus face.