Eat/Drink

  • Congolese star chef brings secrets of Africa to the dining table

    2 weeks ago

    Congolese star chef brings secrets of Africa to the dining table

    KIGALI (Rwanda), Jan 5 — Congolese chef Dieuveil Malonga learned his craft in Europe’s top restaurants, but says he owes his success to grandmothers across Africa, who passed...

  • One soup, three dishes: Start the day (and the new year) right with a traditional Japanese breakfast at Bangkok’s Okonomi

    2 weeks ago

    One soup, three dishes: Start the day (and the new year) right with a traditional Japanese breakfast at Bangkok’s Okonomi

    BANGKOK, Jan 4 — We are but a few days into the new year yet, for some of us, it doesn’t feel as though the year has quite started yet. Perhaps it’s the post countdown blues...

  • Raise a glass to Dry January with these vegan cocktail hour alternatives

    2 weeks ago

    Raise a glass to Dry January with these vegan cocktail hour alternatives

    PARIS, Jan 4 — Your mission, should you choose to accept this Dry January challenge, is to cut down on, if not totally give up alcohol all month long. This public health...

  • Phase four delivery: Going meatless? Try Puchong's MyEfy Muslim Vegetarian Foods for delicious 'nasi kandar' or 'nasi tomato'

    2 weeks ago

    Phase four delivery: Going meatless? Try Puchong's MyEfy Muslim Vegetarian Foods for delicious 'nasi kandar' or 'nasi tomato'

    PUCHONG, Jan 3 -- With the new year, everyone is rebooting their diets. One friend has signed up for Veganuary. Another is talking about water fasting.  It's a good time to...

  • Haiti’s traditional joumou soup: A tasty reminder of freedom

    2 weeks ago

    Haiti’s traditional joumou soup: A tasty reminder of freedom

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 2 — A mix of meat, vegetables, pasta and the squash for which it is named, Haitians enjoy joumou soup every January 1 to celebrate the new year and their...

  • These New Year’s noodles promise a sweet start to 2022 with mango and roasted garlic

    3 weeks ago

    These New Year’s noodles promise a sweet start to 2022 with mango and roasted garlic

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 – It’s the first of January again. A brand new year, a blank canvas on which to sketch a fresh beginning. Three hundred and sixty-five days waiting for us...

  • What 2021 tasted like: A year of familiar flavours and faraway cravings

    3 weeks ago

    What 2021 tasted like: A year of familiar flavours and faraway cravings

    COMMENTARY, Dec 31 – Food is a personal journey. This is what 2021 tasted like, for me. During the first part of the year, when the lockdown was still in place, many of us got...

  • Wine pairing: If your new year’s menu includes insects what should you drink?

    3 weeks ago

    Wine pairing: If your new year’s menu includes insects what should you drink?

    NEW YORK, Dec 31 — What drink goes best with the grasshoppers, crickets or giant water bugs you plan to consume on New Year’s Eve? Don’t panic, we have some suggestions for...

  • 'Robot chef' cooks up veggie burgers at Israel restaurant

    3 weeks ago

    'Robot chef' cooks up veggie burgers at Israel restaurant

    JERUSALEM, Dec 29 ― An Israeli fast food restaurant is serving up a veggie steak made and cooked by a robot that tailors ingredients and cooking time to customer tastes. “It's...

  • How major champagne makers are going green

    3 weeks ago

    How major champagne makers are going green

    PARIS, Dec 29 ― Sustainable development is the hot topic of the moment in Champagne, France where the area being farmed organically does not exceed 4 per cent. And it may be a...

  • IG-famous for ‘sourdonuts’, Basket Break has just opened a bakehouse in Section 17, PJ

    3 weeks ago

    IG-famous for ‘sourdonuts’, Basket Break has just opened a bakehouse in Section 17, PJ

    PETALING JAYA, Dec 28 — There is a “golden hour” when pastries are fresh out of the oven or fritters are scooped out of hot oil, when they are at their best. Goodness knows...

  • French pastry chefs' tips for minimising waste during the baking process

    3 weeks ago

    French pastry chefs' tips for minimising waste during the baking process

    PARIS, Dec 28 ― If you're doing a lot of home baking this holiday season, you'll probably want to follow in the footsteps of the top pastry chefs who precisely weigh everything...

  • Soweto’s ice cream vendor keeps generations smiling

    3 weeks ago

    Soweto’s ice cream vendor keeps generations smiling

    SOWETO, Dec 26 — The melody of Sipho Mtshali’s ice cream van has drawn hordes of Soweto children since South Africa’s violent apartheid years, flocking to lap up creamy,...

  • Chockful of chocolate and cherries, this bread pudding will make your Yuletide a dream come true

    4 weeks ago

    Chockful of chocolate and cherries, this bread pudding will make your Yuletide a dream come true

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 25 — There will be eggnog and there will be mince pies. A roast turkey, perhaps, though a roast duck or ham might be more manageable (and tastier too)....

  • Old Hands Cafeteria: The place for fluffy red bean 'daifuku mochi', breads, drinks and a dash of Japanese culture

    4 weeks ago

    Old Hands Cafeteria: The place for fluffy red bean 'daifuku mochi', breads, drinks and a dash of Japanese culture

    PETALING JAYA, Dec 24 — Tucked within Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara — just a few kilometres from 1 Utama Shopping Centre — is Old Hands Cafeteria run by 56-year old Okamoto...

  • Raise a glass to kvass, the drink that gives new life to leftover bread

    4 weeks ago

    Raise a glass to kvass, the drink that gives new life to leftover bread

    MOSCOW, Dec 23 ― Bread is sure to find a place on the festive menu, whether it's rye bread for oysters or sourdough for smoked salmon, toasted or fresh and soft. But it is also...

  • Of Christmas markets past and of Christmas markets yet to come

    4 weeks ago

    Of Christmas markets past and of Christmas markets yet to come

    COMMENTARY, Dec 23 — Time flies. This is a refrain I have been hearing a lot of late, from friends and colleagues, from family and even my friendly neighbourhood barista. The...

  • And the European dish with the biggest carbon footprint is...

    4 weeks ago

    And the European dish with the biggest carbon footprint is...

    LONDON, Dec 23 ― Beef-heavy Bulgarian moussaka tops the list of Europe's most CO2-intensive culinary specialties. Researchers have calculated the carbon footprint of several...

  • In Kelantan, fried grasshoppers still in demand even during monsoon season

    1 month ago

    In Kelantan, fried grasshoppers still in demand even during monsoon season

    PASIR PUTEH, Dec 22 — Having fried grasshoppers as snack food or a side dish to eat with rice during meals is normal for the farming household in Kelantan. Fried grasshoppers...

  • Phase four takeaway: Enjoy the old fashioned taste of KL's Overseas Union Garden Liandy Homemade Butter Cake

    1 month ago

    Phase four takeaway: Enjoy the old fashioned taste of KL's Overseas Union Garden Liandy Homemade Butter Cake

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — When I last visited the Overseas Union Garden weekend market for lor mai chee, I was reminded of the stall that used to sell butter cakes. Maybe I was too...

  • The little Perakian that could: From selling ‘chee cheong fun’ online to opening her own shop in Taman OUG

    1 month ago

    The little Perakian that could: From selling ‘chee cheong fun’ online to opening her own shop in Taman OUG

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — It is a rainy afternoon when my friend and I escape the incessant downpour outside and step into the small shop. The aroma of freshly fried goodies is...

  • Phase four takeaway: Reliving delicious memories with this awesome curry mee from KL Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah's Kedai Kopi Ming Sing

    1 month ago

    Phase four takeaway: Reliving delicious memories with this awesome curry mee from KL Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah's Kedai Kopi Ming Sing

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — I had almost forgotten about this curry mee which I probably ate more than 10 years ago but a random chat with a friend brought up memories of its...

  • Brazil’s unsung craft cheese winning fans in high places

    1 month ago

    Brazil’s unsung craft cheese winning fans in high places

    ALAGOA, Dec 20 — Good luck finding a GPS signal or sign to get to Rita de Cassia’s secluded farm in the mountains of southeastern Brazil. The best bet for food-lovers chasing...

  • Simple and soulful, this seafood soup will rejuvenate you from rainy day blues

    1 month ago

    Simple and soulful, this seafood soup will rejuvenate you from rainy day blues

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 – The nights are getting colder. Many evenings, it rains. We long to be wrapped up in a thick blanket, to cuddle with our faithful bolster. We want to be...

  • Phase four takeaway: Get a taste of Sarawak at Kepong's Borneo Kopitiam with 'kolo mee', 'kampua mee', laksa and more

    1 month ago

    Phase four takeaway: Get a taste of Sarawak at Kepong's Borneo Kopitiam with 'kolo mee', 'kampua mee', laksa and more

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 – With the mushrooming of more Sarawak eateries in the Klang Valley, I have been eating lots of kolo mee and laksa. Although I'm not from Sarawak, I'm happy...

  • ‘A source of pride’: Senegal fish dish wins Unesco recognition

    1 month ago

    ‘A source of pride’: Senegal fish dish wins Unesco recognition

    DAKAR, Dec 17 — In a small restaurant in Senegal’s seaside capital Dakar, Thiane Ngom has risen early to cook up a batch of thiebou dieune, the country’s most popular dish,...

  • ‘Rosetta of the North’: The latte art and heady brews of Chiang Mai’s coffee scene

    1 month ago

    ‘Rosetta of the North’: The latte art and heady brews of Chiang Mai’s coffee scene

    CHIANG MAI, Dec 16 – Nimmanhaemin Road, to those in the know, is the centre of Chiang Mai’s growing specialty coffee scene. Fondly called Nimman for short, this neighbourhood...

  • Phase four takeaway: Start your day with a huge variety of Malay food from Kota Damansara's Burger Boy

    1 month ago

    Phase four takeaway: Start your day with a huge variety of Malay food from Kota Damansara's Burger Boy

    PETALING JAYA, Dec 15 — If you're looking for a one-stop place to get all kinds of Malay breakfast items, check out the Burger Boy food truck at Kota Damansara. A friend...

  • Savouring ‘yong tau foo’ in Ipoh, and retracing a journey of a thousand steps

    1 month ago

    Savouring ‘yong tau foo’ in Ipoh, and retracing a journey of a thousand steps

    COMMENTARY, Dec 14 — The colourful plastic baskets are filled with tiny treasures, each beseeching us to choose from them. There are crispy wafers of fu chok (fried tofu skin)...

  • Feast on the prized sultan fish at Puchong's Restoran Shan Town Seafood

    1 month ago

    Feast on the prized sultan fish at Puchong's Restoran Shan Town Seafood

    PUCHONG, Dec 13 — If you love steamed fish — prepared simply and well — where freshness  is paramount, hit up the newly-opened Restoran Shan Town Seafood. It's run by...

  • Scent of a moment (in time): These parcels of pandan chicken will evoke the sunsets and sandy beaches of Krabi

    1 month ago

    Scent of a moment (in time): These parcels of pandan chicken will evoke the sunsets and sandy beaches of Krabi

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Food can be a mystery. There are some dishes that linger in our memories for years — a homemade bowl of velvety fa sang wu (Cantonese peanut cream) from...

  • Vietnam War veteran launches ‘affordable’ gold steak restaurant in Hanoi

    1 month ago

    Vietnam War veteran launches ‘affordable’ gold steak restaurant in Hanoi

    HANOI, Dec 10 — A Vietnamese hotel is offering diners the chance to try gold leaf-coated steaks, seeking to tap a wave of publicity after a government minister was caught on...

  • Phase Four takeaway: Fluffy cloud-like sponge cakes and old fashioned cream puffs from Klang's Bakery Cake House

    1 month ago

    Phase Four takeaway: Fluffy cloud-like sponge cakes and old fashioned cream puffs from Klang's Bakery Cake House

    KLANG, Dec 10 — Whenever I walk past an old school bakery, I'll pop in to look at what is on offer and buy some to try. I've actually been on a search for cream puffs. The...