At Tampopo we have a passion for all things food and all things East Asian. This page lets you know of some of the places we have been to, together with books and magazines we have read over the years and would like to share with you.

Everything shown has been experienced by Tampopo's co-owners Nick Jeffrey and David Fox. We hope you find them interesting. If you have anything you have experienced (especially from the items shown), which you would like to share with us, please let us know by emailing

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey is an epic culinary journey on which he learns about the authentic food of the Far East.

In this tie-in cookery book to the BBC series, Rick recreates the tantalizing food of his travels, capturing on the plate the rich and varying cultures of the Far East. With over 150 new recipes and breathtaking on-location photography, this book evokes the magic of bustling markets, exotic locations and exciting flavours.

Beer Lao

You may have tasted Beer Lao in Tampopo and if you would like to enjoy the drink at home it is available online via our supplier. Further details can be found on the website: Beer Lao is proclaimed as Asia’s best beer by TIME magazine and hailed as the Dom Perignon of Asian beers by The Bangkok Post and you can taste it on your doorstep at Tampopo. It is premium rice beer, and for anyone who has been to Laos and tubing heaven (for those in the know) it defines a nation and accompanies anything and everything in the land of smiles.

Caphe Vn Coffee

Want to buy some of our Vietnamese Coffee to try at home, now you can direct from our supplier. CapheVn is a small family business offering Vietnamese tea and coffee in the UK. They source their products exclusively from small Vietnamese producers with all processing and packing takes place in the central highlands of Vietnam.

Action Asia

A great magazine for those who love the idea of adventures and exotic excursions all over Asia.

Bali Travel Forum
Thailand Travel Forum

If you are an independent traveller going to Bali or Thailand, these websites are a must. You can post messages and read any comments from other visitors to and residents of Bali / Thailand. The forum is particularly good to get to the most up to date information places to eat and stay. It is also great if you want specific information that would not be extensively written about in guidebooks (e.g. advice on cookery schools, travelling with kids, obtaining medicines etc).

Bumbu Bali Cooking Course

A great cooking school teaching you all about Balinese cuisine which in many aspects is unique to the rest of Indonesian food, due in large part to the Hindu influences of this beautiful island. A highlight is the early morning market and a trip to the beach to see the daily landing of fish – including some of the world’s best tuna. Run by an engaging Swiss chef who has settled in Bali and knows a lot about food in general. He also runs a great restaurant, which has won Indonesian restaurant of the year.

Chiang Mai Cooking School

One of the longest running and most established cooking schools in Chang Mai – a city that is awash with cooking schools. Sompet has been in the business for years and this shows in the extremely well structured classes. You can learn about the basics of Thai cooking in a hands on manner as well as gaining an understanding of the regional differences in Thai cuisine

lazat Malaysian Home Cooking Class

juwita cafe Malaysian Home Cooking Class

Destination Asia

A magazine packed with great plans to visit and stay across Asia. As the magazine is solid in SE Asia, you can get the inside track of the places to stay in the region.

Hot Sour Salty Sweet - Cookbook

A great cookbook written by two “travellers, cooks, photographers and writers”. There are some great photos and the book demonstrates two authors interest in appreciating daily home-cooked foods in their cultural context.

Thai Food

By the chef of the only Michelin starred Thai restaurant (in the UK). For your serious Thai food addicts this is the bible. Be prepared to work hard for your dinner.

Thai House Cooking Course

A relaxed cooking school set in a beautiful traditional Thai House, run by a delightful self-taught lady called Pip. Only an hour out of Bangkok. They pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Thai House through the canal systems around Bangkok.

Red Bridge Cooking School, Hoi An, Vietnam

Starting with traditional Vietnamese coffee, followed by a trip around the market - look out for the unrefined palm sugar. A short boat trip along the river then takes you to the cooking school where you will learn traditional Vietnamese clay pot cooking and how to make rice paper from scratch!

Sofitel Metropole Cooking School, Hanoi, Vietnam

The grand old Dame of Hanoi hotels with a delightfully refined cooking school managed by the French executive chef. Look out for the barbequed dogs in the market....don't worry they are not on the menu in the cooking classes!