Eat/Drink

  • Nordic trio take Bocuse d’Or gastro plaudits

    3 weeks ago

    Nordic trio take Bocuse d’Or gastro plaudits

    LYON, Jan 31 — Scandinavian nations landed a gastronomic clean sweep yesterday as Danish chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen won the prestigious Bocuse d’Or, France’s prestigious...

  • Hong Kong gifts Pakistan a culinary star

    3 weeks ago

    Hong Kong gifts Pakistan a culinary star

    HONG KONG, Jan 30 — A pair of his father’s old tandoor ovens helped Hong Kong restaurateur Asim Hussain achieve a dream — the world’s first Michelin star for a Pakistani...

  • The Barn: Pet-friendly restaurant and bar to dine at with your furry pal

    3 weeks ago

    The Barn: Pet-friendly restaurant and bar to dine at with your furry pal

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 – Pet owners, don’t you just hate dining out and you have to leave your little furry pal behind? Well, here’s some good news! The heart-wrenching...

  • In Indonesia, rare ‘J-Queen’ durian causes stir with US$1,000 price tag

    3 weeks ago

    In Indonesia, rare ‘J-Queen’ durian causes stir with US$1,000 price tag

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 — Are you willing to fork out US$1,000 (RM4,100) for a single durian? In Indonesia, a purportedly rare durian fruit is a causing a stir with its hefty price...

  • Why we queue for pineapple 'bak kwa'

    3 weeks ago

    Why we queue for pineapple 'bak kwa'

    COMMENTARY, Jan 30 — It’s that time of year again. Time for mandarin oranges and love letters. Pineapple tarts and peanut cookies. Time for bak kwa, those caramelised slices...

  • Parisian restaurant group Big Mamma to open sprawling new space in London (VIDEO)

    3 weeks ago

    Parisian restaurant group Big Mamma to open sprawling new space in London (VIDEO)

    PARIS, Jan 30 — After conquering Paris, the group behind a popular empire of Italian trattorias and bars, Big Mamma Group, has announced plans to plant a flag in London next...

  • Malaysian chocolatier's ruby chocolate creation

    3 weeks ago

    Malaysian chocolatier's ruby chocolate creation

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — If you thought chocolate only comes in dark, milk and white, it’s time to think again. Malaysian chocolatier Harriston prides itself on crafting ruby...

  • No butter, no cream: Malaysian team rules at French pastry competition

    3 weeks ago

    No butter, no cream: Malaysian team rules at French pastry competition

    LYON, Jan 29 — Malaysia's enthusiastic team rose to the challenge, taking the World Pastry Cup in Lyon yesterday with a meticulous crafting of monkeys dressed like Elvis....

  • A slew of French chefs earn places in the new ‘Les Grandes Tables du Monde’ guide

    3 weeks ago

    A slew of French chefs earn places in the new ‘Les Grandes Tables du Monde’ guide

    PARIS, Jan 27 — The Les Grandes Tables du Monde association has announced 13 new gastronomic restaurants joining the prestigious publication’s exclusive list of addresses....

  • Tokyo Travel Guide Part 5: Dining on a dime and more at a Japanese convenience store!

    3 weeks ago

    Tokyo Travel Guide Part 5: Dining on a dime and more at a Japanese convenience store!

    TOKYO, Jan 26 — Dining out in Tokyo can be an expensive affair. The Japanese capital has one of the highest costs of living in the world, after all. A bowl of ramen with the...

  • From Japan to KL: Exquisite cheese cookies, cheesecake, soft-serve ice cream from Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

    3 weeks ago

    From Japan to KL: Exquisite cheese cookies, cheesecake, soft-serve ice cream from Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — If you love all things Japanese, this popular brand from Tokyo ticks all the right boxes when it comes to your snacking needs. Set up in 2011, they are...

  • Queues as US fast food chain makes Thai debut

    3 weeks ago

    Queues as US fast food chain makes Thai debut

    BANGKOK, Jan 25 — Queues stretched around the block yesterday as Thailand’s first ever Taco Bell opened its doors to fast-food fanatics sporting taco-shaped hats and punters...

  • Has the reunion dinner lost its meaning?

    3 weeks ago

    Has the reunion dinner lost its meaning?

    COMMENTARY, Jan 25  — For kids, the most exciting part about Chinese New Year may well be receiving ang pows, making a game to see who can collect the most red packets....

  • Chef Daniel Humm to launch first European restaurant at Claridge’s in London

    3 weeks ago

    Chef Daniel Humm to launch first European restaurant at Claridge’s in London

    NEW YORK, Jan 25 — Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park fame will make his European culinary debut at the tony Claridge’s hotel in London. The luxury hotel announced that...

  • Bean bonanza: Coffee cafes pop up in remote corner of Indonesia

    4 weeks ago

    Bean bonanza: Coffee cafes pop up in remote corner of Indonesia

    TORAJA (Indonesia), Jan 24 — For decades, there wasn’t a coffee shop anywhere in Indonesia’s Toraja region even as its high-quality beans grabbed top dollar on the...

  • Global culinary footprint of France's newest triple Michelin-starred chef

    4 weeks ago

    Global culinary footprint of France's newest triple Michelin-starred chef

    PARIS, Jan 23 — If you haven't heard of Italian-Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco, odds are high you soon will. On Monday, Colagreco earned a place in Michelin France‘s...

  • Spain dominates ranking of classic ‘heritage’ restaurants across Europe

    4 weeks ago

    Spain dominates ranking of classic ‘heritage’ restaurants across Europe

    BARCELONA, Jan 22 — A restaurant that has been described as a hidden gem and Spain’s best kept culinary secret has topped the 2019 edition of Opinionated About Dining’s top...

  • Michelin boosts female chefs in 2019 guide

    4 weeks ago

    Michelin boosts female chefs in 2019 guide

    PARIS, Jan 22 — An unprecedented number of restaurants run by female chefs won plaudits in the new French edition of the Michelin food guide released yesterday, as the guardians...

  • The Michelin Guide explained

    4 weeks ago

    The Michelin Guide explained

    PARIS, Jan 22 — The Michelin Guide to fine dining, which unveiled its 2019 edition yesterday, began recommending restaurants in France a century ago before branching out to...

  • Chef Andre Chiang to open Szechuan restaurant at Wynn Palace Cotai, Macau

    1 month ago

    Chef Andre Chiang to open Szechuan restaurant at Wynn Palace Cotai, Macau

    SINGAPORE, Jan 21 — After closing one of Singapore’s hottest restaurants last year to the distress of the local foodie glitterati, top chef André Chiang is set to resurrect...

  • Michelin gives stars back to chef who didn’t want them

    1 month ago

    Michelin gives stars back to chef who didn’t want them

    PARIS, Jan 21 — A French chef who shocked the culinary world in 2017 by handing back his Michelin stars was stunned today to find himself back in the prestigious guide’s new...

  • Historic restaurant among shock losers in 2019 Michelin

    1 month ago

    Historic restaurant among shock losers in 2019 Michelin

    PARIS, Jan 21 — A restaurant that has held three Michelin stars for half a century was pushed down a rank today in one of the biggest shocks of the French culinary guide for...

  • From London’s Brick Lane to Davos, veganism on the menu

    1 month ago

    From London’s Brick Lane to Davos, veganism on the menu

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Teenage London restaurant manager Abdul Muhaimen settled his first-year university bill by cashing in on a rising trend: veganism. Working with his father, the...

  • Under 18? You can now buy food products containing alcohol in Singapore

    1 month ago

    Under 18? You can now buy food products containing alcohol in Singapore

    SINGAPORE, Jan 21 — Many consumers welcomed the freedom to buy, and eat in public, ice-cream and other food containing alcohol after 10.30pm from last Friday (Jan 18). But few...

  • Coffee clash brewing in China: Startup Luckin takes on Starbucks

    1 month ago

    Coffee clash brewing in China: Startup Luckin takes on Starbucks

    BEIJING, Jan 20 — When Starbucks came to China two decades ago, it promised to open a new store every 15 hours. Now a homegrown rival, Luckin Coffee, plans to build a high...

  • Rung Rueang: The best pork noodles in Bangkok

    1 month ago

    Rung Rueang: The best pork noodles in Bangkok

    BANGKOK, Jan 20 — They say a bowl of chicken soup cures all ills but for me nothing works better than chu yuk fun or pork noodles. Sweet broth, deceptively clear but brimming...

  • Raising healthy kids on plant-based diet? Possible, says mum of vegan baby

    1 month ago

    Raising healthy kids on plant-based diet? Possible, says mum of vegan baby

    SINGAPORE, Jan 20 — It took six-and-a-half-year-old Ahaana Majumder Govil just a day to give up her favourite foods of cheese and yoghurt when her parents switched to a vegan...

  • American yogurt: The race to find the next blockbuster

    1 month ago

    American yogurt: The race to find the next blockbuster

    NEW YORK, Jan 20 — While Americans eat comparatively little yogurt, there is fierce competition to capture the latest trend and find a new hit seller to dethrone the superstar:...

  • Hutton Grill: Where the Spice Route meets the Straits Settlement

    1 month ago

    Hutton Grill: Where the Spice Route meets the Straits Settlement

    GEORGE TOWN, Jan 19 — Chutney, jam, cheese and vegetable purée eaten with soft warm grilled bread make for an explosion of flavours and textures in your mouth. And a wonderful...

  • Creative force behind 'world's best bar' Dandelyan to open new projects internationally

    1 month ago

    Creative force behind 'world's best bar' Dandelyan to open new projects internationally

    LONDON, Jan 19 ― The creative force and mixologist mastermind behind London's Dandelyan, regularly declared the world's best bar, has announced plans to open a trio of new...