Eat/Drink

  • Michelin gives Seoul two new two-starred restaurants for 2020

    2 weeks ago

    Michelin gives Seoul two new two-starred restaurants for 2020

    PARIS, Nov 22 — Michelin has released the winners of the latest guide for Seoul, giving the city two new restaurants with two stars and seven new restaurants to the one-starred...

  • Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant

    2 weeks ago

    Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant

    YOGYAKARTA, Nov 22 ― As he scarfed down a traditional Indonesian meal, Adi Karyanov got himself the two-in-one special at a new restaurant offering pedicures by fish. The tables...

  • High spirits at Singapore’s school for gin

    2 weeks ago

    High spirits at Singapore’s school for gin

    SINGAPORE, Nov 22 ― In a Singapore distillery, the smell of pine, citrus and flowers fills the air as students crush juniper berries, blending them with their own choice of...

  • Robochef: Sony cooks up new AI unit for food revolution

    2 weeks ago

    Robochef: Sony cooks up new AI unit for food revolution

    TOKYO, Nov 20 — Cooking robots and tastier recipes: Japanese electronics giant Sony today launched a new artificial intelligence unit they hope will change the way we cook and...

  • Beyond Beaujolais nouveau: A look at other 'new wines'

    2 weeks ago

    Beyond Beaujolais nouveau: A look at other 'new wines'

    PARIS, Nov 18 — In the complex world of wine, where Beaujolais Nouveau is all about popping the cork on its vin primeur, aka vin nouveau on the third Thursday of every November,...

  • Discovering 'kai see hor fun' all the way in Tropicana Aman

    2 weeks ago

    Discovering 'kai see hor fun' all the way in Tropicana Aman

    SHAH ALAM, Nov 17 — When it comes to food, I am sometimes stuck in a rut. Very often, I'm too lazy to even Google new places to try. Instead, I just hit up my familiar spots....

  • Web auction offers a rare chance to obtain legendary wines from a major Bordeaux vineyard

    3 weeks ago

    Web auction offers a rare chance to obtain legendary wines from a major Bordeaux vineyard

    BORDEAUX, Nov 16 — How many amateur oenophiles can say they have never been frustrated by wine auctions that are not always easily accessible? On the occasion of the centenary...

  • A Nutella-themed hotel pop-up to open in California next year

    3 weeks ago

    A Nutella-themed hotel pop-up to open in California next year

    LOS ANGELES, Nov 14 — A Nutella-themed hotel is set to open next year for diehard fans of the chocolate hazelnut spread. And it will be called: Hotella Nutella. For one weekend...

  • Michelin savors the delights of fine dining in Slovenia

    3 weeks ago

    Michelin savors the delights of fine dining in Slovenia

    NEW YORK, Nov 14 — On Tuesday, November 12, the Red Guide announced that its first ever selection of the best gourmet restaurants in Slovenia will be published in March 2020....

  • Thai cuisine restaurants get two Michelin stars for first time at home

    3 weeks ago

    Thai cuisine restaurants get two Michelin stars for first time at home

    BANGKOK, Nov 13 — Two restaurants in Bangkok have each earned a pair of coveted Michelin stars, the first time the leading guide has awarded the accolade to local establishments...

  • Burger King eyes big bite of Europe market with ‘veggie Whopper’

    3 weeks ago

    Burger King eyes big bite of Europe market with ‘veggie Whopper’

    LONDON, Nov 12 — US fast-food giant Burger King today launched its meatless burger in Europe, hoping to capture a substantial slice of a growing market. The vegetarian version...

  • Beyond vegan burgers: Next-generation protein could come from air, methane, volcanic springs

    4 weeks ago

    Beyond vegan burgers: Next-generation protein could come from air, methane, volcanic springs

    ROME, Nov 8 — It may sound like science fiction, but in a few short years the family dinner table may be laden with steak from a printer and other proteins produced from air,...

  • Hermit's Hut: Learning to escape with a Taiwanese tea ceremony

    4 weeks ago

    Hermit's Hut: Learning to escape with a Taiwanese tea ceremony

    TAIPEI, Nov 8 — The world is harsh and unforgiving. Every new day, every fresh hour, brings another calamity, it seems. It’s easy to understand the urge to get away or simply...

  • Italy gets new three Michelin-starred restaurant in latest dining guide

    4 weeks ago

    Italy gets new three Michelin-starred restaurant in latest dining guide

    ROME, Nov 8 — Italy has a new three Michelin-starred dining destination, thanks to the promotion of Enrico Bartolini al Mudec in Milan. The gastronomic bible of fine dining...

  • Old McDonald’s: Aussie mates show off burger bought in 1995

    1 month ago

    Old McDonald’s: Aussie mates show off burger bought in 1995

    SYDNEY, Nov 7 — A McDonald’s burger bought in 1995 and kept in an Australian shed for years has never decomposed, according to two men who now refer to the quarter-century...

  • Shelling out: Japan crab fetches record US$46,000 at auction

    1 month ago

    Shelling out: Japan crab fetches record US$46,000 at auction

    TOKYO, Nov 7 — A Japanese bidder may be feeling the pinch after forking out US$46,000 (RM190,700) at an auction for a snow crab — a price that "probably set a new world...

  • South Africa’s sacred salt spices up top cuisines

    1 month ago

    South Africa’s sacred salt spices up top cuisines

    GIYANI (South Africa), Nov 7 — With a sleek swish of his knife, Germaine Esau, the head chef at Cape Town’s award-winning Myoga restaurant, slices open a freshly caught tuna,...

  • Save the date: Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards to be held March 24 in Japan

    1 month ago

    Save the date: Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards to be held March 24 in Japan

    TOKYO, Nov 7 — After Singapore, Bangkok and Macao, the eighth edition of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards moves to Japan in 2020.  New details have been released for the...

  • Cheddar cheese row chef named as an 'immortal' of French cuisine

    1 month ago

    Cheddar cheese row chef named as an 'immortal' of French cuisine

    PARIS, Nov 5 — A French celebrity chef who is suing the Michelin guide for suggesting he used cheddar cheese in a souffle was named as one of the 10 immortals of haute cuisine...

  • From Melbourne to Melaka: The journey of a reluctant barista

    1 month ago

    From Melbourne to Melaka: The journey of a reluctant barista

    MELAKA, Nov 3 — Journeys are about finding oneself, and Jacqueline Wen has travelled quite a distance. Originally from KL, the veteran barista first started working at RAWCoffee...

  • Malaysian film-maker Ho Yuhang makes 'sambal' a supporting actor in his episode of HBO's 'Food Lore'

    1 month ago

    Malaysian film-maker Ho Yuhang makes 'sambal' a supporting actor in his episode of HBO's 'Food Lore'

    PETALING JAYA, NOV 2 — It's an eight-part anthology featuring different Asian film-makers telling stories that explore the human condition with narratives inspired by food......

  • Thai chef aims to turn insect eating into fine dining

    1 month ago

    Thai chef aims to turn insect eating into fine dining

    BANGKOK, Nov 1 — Thai chef Surasit Buttama spent almost a decade cooking international food at upscale restaurants and hotels in the United States and Thailand, but he found his...

  • French producers shrug off New York foie gras ban

    1 month ago

    French producers shrug off New York foie gras ban

    PARIS, Nov 1 ― French foie gras producers yesterday shrugged off the decision by the city of New York to ban the controversial delicacy, saying their access to the US market was...

  • The chosen bun: Decade-old burger's decay livestreamed in Iceland

    1 month ago

    The chosen bun: Decade-old burger's decay livestreamed in Iceland

    REYKJAVIK, Nov 1 ― A decade after McDonald's shut down in Iceland, thousands of online users follow the live slow decay of the last order ― a seemingly indestructible burger...

  • Misty mountains and water lilies: Chiang Mai's Asama Café will enchant you

    1 month ago

    Misty mountains and water lilies: Chiang Mai's Asama Café will enchant you

    CHIANG MAI, Nov 1  — These days you can find great coffee anywhere, provided you look hard enough. Beyond searching for a good cuppa in unusual places, sometimes you just...

  • The race to eat Bangkok’s ‘biggest burger’, a 10,000-calorie challenge

    1 month ago

    The race to eat Bangkok’s ‘biggest burger’, a 10,000-calorie challenge

    BANGKOK, Oct 31 — A Bangkok burger joint has become an internet sensation after YouTubers started challenging each other to eat its biggest meal — a near 6kg patty covered in...

  • New York bans foie gras on animal cruelty grounds

    1 month ago

    New York bans foie gras on animal cruelty grounds

    NEW YORK, Oct 31 — New York can stake a claim to being the culinary capital of the world, but one famous dish is about to be taken off the menu: Foie gras. The city council...

  • On the hunt for healthier boba? Introducing Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea (VIDEO)

    1 month ago

    On the hunt for healthier boba? Introducing Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea (VIDEO)

    PETALING JAYA, Oct 29 — Bubble tea has gained a notorious reputation for being a sugar-laden treat, but change is already on the horizon. Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, the latest...

  • The perils of having a favourite chicken rice stall

    1 month ago

    The perils of having a favourite chicken rice stall

    COMMENTARY, Oct 28 — We are what we eat. And sometimes we are what we don’t get to eat. Let me explain. So I have a favourite chicken rice stall. Everyone has one; if it’s...

  • George Town's iconic cafe Toh Soon opens a branch... and it's not in an alley!

    1 month ago

    George Town's iconic cafe Toh Soon opens a branch... and it's not in an alley!

    GEORGE TOWN, Oct 27 — If you are turned off by the idea of joining the long snaking queue of people waiting to get a seat in popular alley cafe Toh Soon, you can now head over...

  • World’s most expensive bottle of whisky sells for £1.5m

    1 month ago

    World’s most expensive bottle of whisky sells for £1.5m

    LONDON, Oct 25 — The “Holy Grail” of whiskies smashed the record for the most expensive bottle ever sold, going for nearly £1.5 million (RM8 million) at a London auction....

  • No more live crabs: Singapore’s House of Seafood fills claw machine with boxes to exchange for crab dishes

    1 month ago

    No more live crabs: Singapore’s House of Seafood fills claw machine with boxes to exchange for crab dishes

    SINGAPORE, Oct 25 — The owner of the restaurant that has come under fire for its claw machine featuring live crabs said that he will be replacing them with boxes for users to...

  • Anger at Singapore ‘grab-a-crab’ machine

    1 month ago

    Anger at Singapore ‘grab-a-crab’ machine

    SINGAPORE, Oct 24 — A Singapore restaurant today suspended a bizarre promotional stunt where customers use an arcade-style machine with a mechanical claw to catch live crabs...