Robyn Eckhardt writes on food and travel in Asia, Europe and Turkey for The New York Times, Saveur, Wall Street Journal, SBS Feast and other publications. She was the founding Food Editor at Time Out Kuala Lumpur and wrote a column on street food for Wall Street Journal Asia. Robyn has written food guides to Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam for Lonely Planet and contributed essays to The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets.

Robyn often collaborates with her partner, IACP award-winning food and travel photographer David Hagerman; together they publish the award-winning food blog EatingAsia, which has been cited for excellence by the New York Times, Travel+Leisure, CNN and The Splendid Table.

Robyn’s first cookbook Istanbul and Beyond stories, photographs and over 120 recipes from Turkey’s cultural capital and its far eastern reaches — will be published by Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2017. Publisher’s Weekly has named Istanbul and Beyond one of Fall 2017’s Top Ten Cookbooks

After twenty years in Asia (China, Thailand, Vietnam and twelve years in Malaysia) Robyn recently moved to Piemonte, Italy. When not on assignment she teams up with David to offer food writing and photography workshops in Asia, Turkey and Italy, as well as bespoke culinary and photography excursions in off-the-beaten-track Turkey.


Twitter: @EatingAsia

Instagram: @IstanbulandBeyond

A sample of published work:


For The Economist‘s lifestyle magazine 1843: A feature on young farmers in Piemonte, Italy.

For Saveur: On pomegranate molasses, Malaysian palm sugar and Turkish cuisine.

For the New York Times: Restaurants in Taipei capitalising on the island’s bountysea urchin season on Spain’s Costa Brava, chasing anchovies on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, food market hopping in Aegean Turkeyexploring Cambodian flavors in Siem Reap.

For SBS Feast (Australia): A historic market neighbourhood in Chiang Mai, culinary adventures in north eastern Turkey’s cow country.

For Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia: Feasting in Taipei, dining out in Istanbul, indulging an obsession with chilies in Sichuan, China.

For Wall Street Journal Asia: Seasonal eating in Istanbul, the original artisan toast.




  1. Hi Robyn, I was really touched the other day reading the article about your helping Ms Ooi to get her back to restarting her char kway teow business in Penang. I thought then what a wonderful person this NYT food writer is. And then this afternoon I saw you on Nat Geo bringing John Torode around the Chowrasta market in Penang. Wow! Talk about coincidences. So I thought I’d just drop in to say hi.

    Here’s the article in case you haven’t read it:

    Also, from further reading up on you and your good work, I stumbled upon your blog about your home renovation but not able to find the page on the finished product, if there is one. If it’s available for public access (the page I mean), could you please point me to it? Would love to see the transformation. Thank you.

    • Hi Happy, thanks for your comment. As you can see I have not updated this blog in ages, and though we have been
      living in the house for over three years now I probably will not post finished photos for a while.
      You can also find me (a bit more regularly from now on, hopefully) at my food blog

      I can’t accept credit for the donations to Ms. Ng (her real name, it turns out) — all of that credit goes to the literally
      hundreds of people who shared my Facebook post and/or came through with donations. We collected a little over RM 3,900
      for her, and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver the balance of it to her in the next couple days. Again — with huge
      thanks to Malaysians, Singaporeans and people of other nationalities who showed their concern by sharing and/or donating.

      I like to think I did what anyone else in my position would have done, if they could.

      All the best,

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