Eat/Drink

  • What Malaysians in Bangkok crave when they miss home

    3 weeks ago

    What Malaysians in Bangkok crave when they miss home

    BANGKOK, April 22 — My mind has been wandering the soi — the narrow streets and alleys — of Bangkok recently, especially with the Songkran celebration last week. (Sawasdee...

  • Mouth-watering snacks bring joy to Yemen during Ramadan

    3 weeks ago

    Mouth-watering snacks bring joy to Yemen during Ramadan

    SANAA, April 21 — At the thought of breaking his Ramadan fast with a snack of sambusa, a deep-fried savoury pastry triangle popular in Yemen, Issa al-Shabi’s face lights up...

  • CMCO delivery: Delicious Western meals from Klang's Skinny Legs Barbeque

    3 weeks ago

    CMCO delivery: Delicious Western meals from Klang's Skinny Legs Barbeque

    KLANG, April 21 — Started in May last year, Skinny Legs Barbeque is a pandemic baby run by Mauritian Yuvan Vyde who is a professionally trained chef. He had worked around the...

  • Happiness buns and rainbow ‘mantou’: How Zoey’s Homemade celebrates the sacrifices single mothers make for their children

    3 weeks ago

    Happiness buns and rainbow ‘mantou’: How Zoey’s Homemade celebrates the sacrifices single mothers make for their children

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The rainbow hues of the steamed buns attract attention, and not just from the little ones. You start guessing: the green must be from pandan, the...

  • Makcik Kiah’s firewood baulu, sought by many

    3 weeks ago

    Makcik Kiah’s firewood baulu, sought by many

    KUALA KANGSAR, April 19 — Kuih baulu (baulu cake) is among the favourites not only during Hari Raya, but also as a tasty treat in the morning or evening accompanied by coffee or...

  • CMCO takeaway: It's all about bouncy handmade noodles at Kepong's New Ban Lee Restaurant

    3 weeks ago

    CMCO takeaway: It's all about bouncy handmade noodles at Kepong's New Ban Lee Restaurant

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — I admit I am a noodle head. Whenever I hear of handmade noodles, I must give them a try. I had stumbled upon New Ban Lee Restaurant via someone's social...

  • Missing the street food of Bangkok? How to enjoy 'pad Thai' without leaving home

    4 weeks ago

    Missing the street food of Bangkok? How to enjoy 'pad Thai' without leaving home

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — It’s hard to imagine but for most of us travel has been nothing more than a memory for the past year as most borders remain closed worldwide. So when...

  • CMCO takeaway: So who has the best apple strudel in the Klang Valley?

    4 weeks ago

    CMCO takeaway: So who has the best apple strudel in the Klang Valley?

    KLANG, April 16 — For 30 years, Fruity Bakery & Cafe in Klang has held the crown for the best apple strudel. Their Apple Talk strudel is said to be based on a recipe from...

  • Cocktail hour: Ginger brings a fiery kick to alcohol-free options

    1 month ago

    Cocktail hour: Ginger brings a fiery kick to alcohol-free options

    NEW YORK, April 16 ― Fresh, spicy and fiery, ginger makes a great pre-dinner drink. With summer just around the corner, ginger is proving to be a versatile cocktail hour partner...

  • Celebrate Songkran this week with 'khao chae' for a cooling Thai summer treat

    1 month ago

    Celebrate Songkran this week with 'khao chae' for a cooling Thai summer treat

    BANGKOK, April 15 — We scoop the rice into our bowls, every grain separate yet without the tell-tale slick of oil. There is a floral — no, it’s more smoky than floral,...

  • Ipoh’s famous mutton bubur lambuk returns

    1 month ago

    Ipoh’s famous mutton bubur lambuk returns

    IPOH, April 14 — The India Muslim Mosque in Ipoh has resumed the tradition of distributing its famous mutton bubur lambuk or a savoury porridge to local residents during Ramadan...

  • CMCO delivery: Munch on these cornflake cookies and 'dodol' this Hari Raya

    1 month ago

    CMCO delivery: Munch on these cornflake cookies and 'dodol' this Hari Raya

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — As most places close their orders early, here are my two picks for must-eats this Hari Raya. Both of them use incredibly fragrant sugar extracted from...

  • Top French chef Yannick Alleno plots post-Covid revolution

    1 month ago

    Top French chef Yannick Alleno plots post-Covid revolution

    PARIS, April 14 — He has scaled the heights of French gastronomy, now Yannick Alleno says it is time to reinvent fine dining for a post-Covid age, both on the table and in the...

  • Forget every flavour under the sun, Kuukii knows chocolate chip cookies are all you want

    1 month ago

    Forget every flavour under the sun, Kuukii knows chocolate chip cookies are all you want

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — “Let us keep your cookie jar filled.” That is the premise — and promise — of Kuukii, a small home-based cookie maker. Not just any cookies but...

  • CMCO delivery: Awesome Penang 'asam laksa' from Subang Jaya's Cynthina Low

    1 month ago

    CMCO delivery: Awesome Penang 'asam laksa' from Subang Jaya's Cynthina Low

    SUBANG JAYA, April 12 — I've been on the hunt for an authentic Penang style asam laksa for some time. Most of the ones sold at the stalls tend to use ikan kembung and they don't...

  • Laughter all year round with these saucy, 'no-sauce' tomato chilli prawns

    1 month ago

    Laughter all year round with these saucy, 'no-sauce' tomato chilli prawns

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 – Prawns ought to make us laugh. I don’t mean we should expect fresh shrimp at the supermarket to do a stand-up routine at the Seafood section, melting...

  • French winemakers count cost of ‘worst freezing in decades’

    1 month ago

    French winemakers count cost of ‘worst freezing in decades’

    PARIS, March 9 — Desperate French farmers counted the cost today of several nights’ of frost this week which threaten to decimate grape harvests in some of the country’s...

  • CMCO takeaway: Order the addictive 'sate' Madura and 'nasi kuning' from Ara Damansara's Rumah Makan Bu Leha

    1 month ago

    CMCO takeaway: Order the addictive 'sate' Madura and 'nasi kuning' from Ara Damansara's Rumah Makan Bu Leha

    PETALING JAYA, April 9 — Once in a while, you come across a place that just delivers flavour in spades. That's how I feel with Rumah Makan Bu Leha. Tucked in NZX Commercial...

  • Connor’s Stout Porter brew is now available in canned version in Malaysia

    1 month ago

    Connor’s Stout Porter brew is now available in canned version in Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — Fans of Connor’s Stout Porter can now have the iconic draught stout experience in the comfort of their homes. The new version of the crafty stout...

  • CMCO takeaway: Load up on greens at PJ's Restoran Paramount 86's Ah Mei Ho Po Lei Cha

    1 month ago

    CMCO takeaway: Load up on greens at PJ's Restoran Paramount 86's Ah Mei Ho Po Lei Cha

    PETALING JAYA, April 7 — I have always associated Restoran Millenium 86, now known as Restoran Paramount 86, as the go-to place for sinful fried Hokkien mee at night. Apparently...

  • Red alert as US faces ketchup packet shortage

    1 month ago

    Red alert as US faces ketchup packet shortage

    WASHINGTON, April 6 — Americans may soon have to forgo ketchup on their fries and burgers, with manufacturers struggling to keep up with demand for single-use packets as...

  • CMCO delivery: Relive memories of English cream tea with Jozie's Clotted Cream

    1 month ago

    CMCO delivery: Relive memories of English cream tea with Jozie's Clotted Cream

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — A visit to England is not complete without an afternoon tea experience. Usually it's an array of sandwiches or savoury items, scones and pastries and of...

  • Tsarist-era Moscow grocery store set to close, say reports

    1 month ago

    Tsarist-era Moscow grocery store set to close, say reports

    MOSCOW, Apr 4 — A historic grocery store operating in central Moscow for more than a century selling exotic foods in an ornate hall may soon close,Russian media reports said....

  • Nasi Gaul at Haji Bahai’s Warong Kulaan for a taste of traditional Banjar dish

    1 month ago

    Nasi Gaul at Haji Bahai’s Warong Kulaan for a taste of traditional Banjar dish

    BATU PAHAT, April 4 — Nasi Gaul, or mixed rice, is a traditional dish of the Banjar people, but is nearing “extinction” as there are only a few people left who know how to...

  • 'We miss you' tiramisù, and that rare taste of belonging

    1 month ago

    'We miss you' tiramisù, and that rare taste of belonging

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — It’s Easter weekend. The time of year I often think of my Italian friends for some reason. I think about tiramisù, suffused with sweet Marsala....

  • CMCO delivery: Relish these excellent layer cakes from PJ's Soo Chin's Kitchen and Puchong's Jane Wong Home Bake

    1 month ago

    CMCO delivery: Relish these excellent layer cakes from PJ's Soo Chin's Kitchen and Puchong's Jane Wong Home Bake

    PETALING JAYA, April 2 — It seems to be the season for layer cakes. I had bought an Indonesian layer cake from Soo Chin's Kitchen when she posted it on Facebook. This version,...

  • Sky-high: Japan airline offers US$540 meals on parked planes

    1 month ago

    Sky-high: Japan airline offers US$540 meals on parked planes

    TOKYO, April 1 — Airline food might be one of the last things people are missing during the pandemic, but one Japanese carrier has customers flocking to sample luxury in-flight...

  • The coffee snob doth protest too much, methinks

    1 month ago

    The coffee snob doth protest too much, methinks

    COMMENTARY, April 1 — I ought to stop writing about coffee. Friends are calling me a coffee snob. Let me explain. So I like coffee. Which is nothing remarkable given that many...

  • How do you like your eggs? Rome chef’s elegant answer for Easter

    1 month ago

    How do you like your eggs? Rome chef’s elegant answer for Easter

    ROME, March 31 — In a working-class neighbourhood of Rome, crowds gather in front of a pastry shop window to see sumptuous Easter eggs turned into works of art. Laid out like...

  • Hong Kong leading gastronomic hub in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 Awards

    1 month ago

    Hong Kong leading gastronomic hub in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 Awards

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Hong Kong leads the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 list with 11 entries and The Chairman becoming the first Hong Kong restaurant to win top spot....

  • Here’s a preview of Taco Bell Malaysia’s first restaurant (VIDEO)

    1 month ago

    Here’s a preview of Taco Bell Malaysia’s first restaurant (VIDEO)

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Taco Bell is the latest fast food chain to arrive in Malaysia. This is a Tex-Mex restaurant that serves popular Mexican-inspired dishes such as Tacos,...

  • CMCO takeaway: Kampung Cempaka's 99 Hometown Curry Mee is slurpy good to the last drop

    1 month ago

    CMCO takeaway: Kampung Cempaka's 99 Hometown Curry Mee is slurpy good to the last drop

    PETALING JAYA, March 31 — I've always liked Kampung Cempaka. Just off the LDP in the Sungai Kayu Ara area, it is one of those places where you feel you're walked into a small...

  • How these Malaysian farmers grew the world’s most expensive melons... in Putrajaya

    1 month ago

    How these Malaysian farmers grew the world’s most expensive melons... in Putrajaya

    PUTRAJAYA, March 30 — Browsing the aisles of a Tokyo depachika (basement food halls inside Japanese department stores) can be an eye-opening experience. The beautifully crafted...