Eat/Drink

  • Last Christmas, this pasta stole my heart... like a kiss under the mistletoe

    1 month ago

    Last Christmas, this pasta stole my heart... like a kiss under the mistletoe

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — Roast turkey with stuffing. Mashed potatoes and extra gravy. Bowls of cranberry sauce. Christmas pudding barely held together with suet and enough brandy...

  • Restaurant trends to look out for in 2020: Less alcohol, more plant-based fare

    1 month ago

    Restaurant trends to look out for in 2020: Less alcohol, more plant-based fare

    NEW YORK, Dec 21 ― Look out for more vegan options, low-alcohol booze and collagen-spiked beverages for skin care in 2020. Those are among some of the food and restaurant trends...

  • Welcome to the Guest House, where Huaiyang and Sichuan dishes are given a Taiwanese twist

    1 month ago

    Welcome to the Guest House, where Huaiyang and Sichuan dishes are given a Taiwanese twist

    TAIPEI, Dec 20 — The broth is thick and unctuous. Rich and golden. Its aroma sublime. This is the chicken soup of our dreams. Simmered for over 12 hours using only the best...

  • Hong Kong has two new Michelin three-star restaurants

    1 month ago

    Hong Kong has two new Michelin three-star restaurants

    HONG KONG, Dec 19 — Braised abalone and sushi. These are the respective specialties to be honoured by two new three-star listings in the 12th Michelin Guide to Hong Kong and...

  • The Christian December dish nothing to do with Christmas

    1 month ago

    The Christian December dish nothing to do with Christmas

    ABOUD, Dec 17 — Stirring a giant vat in a village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian Christian Maryam Salem prepares a special festive dish — not for Christmas,...

  • Singapore artist channels ‘creepy-cute’ with baby heads in sushi rolls

    1 month ago

    Singapore artist channels ‘creepy-cute’ with baby heads in sushi rolls

    SINGAPORE, Dec 17 ― At first glance the works of Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim have a familiar, edible appearance. But upon a closer look at the sardine tin ― and it’s...

  • Saudis resist ‘throwaway’ culture of food waste

    1 month ago

    Saudis resist ‘throwaway’ culture of food waste

    RIYADH, Dec 16 — The plate is designed to make a meal look bigger — a gastronomic illusion and an innovative way to tame Saudi Arabia’s pervasive throwaway culture which...

  • Singapore's Christopher Tan wants to save heritage 'kueh' by getting you to make it at home

    1 month ago

    Singapore's Christopher Tan wants to save heritage 'kueh' by getting you to make it at home

    SINGAPORE, Dec 16 — Move over, burnt cheesecake. It's time for kueh. Singaporean writer and cooking instructor Christopher Tan wants you to appreciate heritage kueh before it...

  • Ring in the Christmas season with Twenty2Bakery's panettone and amazing sourdough

    1 month ago

    Ring in the Christmas season with Twenty2Bakery's panettone and amazing sourdough

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 – It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with the ambrosial scent of Madagascar vanilla and candied orange peel from Twenty-Two Bakery's panettone....

  • A look at the best airlines for healthy airplane food 2019-2020

    1 month ago

    A look at the best airlines for healthy airplane food 2019-2020

    NEW YORK, Dec 13 ― Alaska Airlines and Air Canada share the top spot in a study of the healthiest in-flight dining options. In the 2019-2020 edition of the Airline Food Study,...

  • Caviar ‘queen’: Chinese roe reigns around the world

    1 month ago

    Caviar ‘queen’: Chinese roe reigns around the world

    QIANDAOHU (China), Dec 12 ― The caviar on the menu of Michelin-starred restaurants may come from an unexpected place: China. The country has endured embarrassing food scandals...

  • World’s hottest peppers grow under Serbian snow

    1 month ago

    World’s hottest peppers grow under Serbian snow

    NISKA BANJA, Dec 12 — December snow flurries in Serbia haven’t stopped Aleksandar Tanic from cultivating his scorching-hot crop: The crinkly chili peppers that are considered...

  • Top trending recipe and diet searches on Google in the US: Meat and potato pie and fasting

    1 month ago

    Top trending recipe and diet searches on Google in the US: Meat and potato pie and fasting

    NEW YORK, Dec 12 — Shepherd's pie was the top-trending recipe search Google in the US this year, while the trendiest diet of 2019 was intermittent fasting.  That's...

  • Michelin to launch in Malta

    1 month ago

    Michelin to launch in Malta

    NEW YORK, Dec 11 — Michelin has announced plans to add Malta to its list of restaurant guides as of next year.  The archipelago, located between Sicily and the North...

  • Whisky galore! Largest ever collection could fetch up to US$10m

    1 month ago

    Whisky galore! Largest ever collection could fetch up to US$10m

    LONDON, Dec 9 — Scottish auctioneers hope to sell off 3,900 bottles of rare whisky for up to £8 million (RM42.8 million) next year in what they said would be the largest...

  • Coffee, tea or... a mystery: So when is a barista not a barista?

    1 month ago

    Coffee, tea or... a mystery: So when is a barista not a barista?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 – Everything has its cycle. One day everyone is drinking kopi O at their neighbourhood coffee shop; the next folks are forking out good money for sugary, ice...

  • 'Disco' in a pan: The hearty Argentinian ploughman's meal

    1 month ago

    'Disco' in a pan: The hearty Argentinian ploughman's meal

    EL CALAFATE (Argentina), Dec 7 — Burgers and fries. Sushi. Thai food. Everything you’d expect in any city around the world, such is the globalisation of consumer palates....

  • Air New Zealand launches coffee cups you can eat to reduce onboard waste

    1 month ago

    Air New Zealand launches coffee cups you can eat to reduce onboard waste

    AUCKLAND, Dec 6 — Passengers flying Air New Zealand can have their coffee, and eat it too. Well, their coffee cup that is. The Kiwi carrier has launched an innovative pilot...

  • Force-feeding off menu as France trials ‘naturally fatty’ foie gras

    1 month ago

    Force-feeding off menu as France trials ‘naturally fatty’ foie gras

    TOULOUSE (France), Dec 6 — In a barn in southwest France, farmer Valerie Fosserie squirts serum into a gosling’s mouth as a prelude to what she says is production of the...

  • Chef Michel Roux Jr is creating meals for a special crossing of the Queen Mary 2

    1 month ago

    Chef Michel Roux Jr is creating meals for a special crossing of the Queen Mary 2

    NEW YORK, Dec 6 — Next year, for the first time ever, the ultra-famous liner managed by Cunard will organise a ‘Festival of Food & Wine’ at sea. Franco-British chef...

  • Cut down on meat? Top French butcher says less is more

    1 month ago

    Cut down on meat? Top French butcher says less is more

    PARIS, Dec 5 — Romain Leboeuf knows red meat is in the crosshairs of both health experts and environmentalists, and that’s why the Paris butcher thinks this is a prime time to...

  • Alain Ducasse opens US$8m restaurant in Bangkok

    1 month ago

    Alain Ducasse opens US$8m restaurant in Bangkok

    BANGKOK, Dec 5 — French chef Alain Ducasse has planted a new flag in Bangkok, with the opening of a US$8 million (RM33 million) fine dining French restaurant inside a glitzy...

  • French chef who ‘invented’ magret de canard dies aged 84

    1 month ago

    French chef who ‘invented’ magret de canard dies aged 84

    PARIS, Dec 4 — French chef Andre Daguin, credited with inventing the magret de canard dish emblematic of southwestern France and making the rich duck delicacy famous worldwide,...

  • The world’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants are in Asia

    1 month ago

    The world’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants are in Asia

    SINGAPORE, Dec 4 — Just US$2.20 (RM9). That is the price per head that you might pay in the world’s least expensive Michelin-starred restaurant. To get in line outside Liao...

  • TripAdvisor to add Michelin touch to restaurant listings

    1 month ago

    TripAdvisor to add Michelin touch to restaurant listings

    PARIS, Dec 3 — The Michelin Guide of the world’s top restaurants, regarded as the bible for gastronomes, is teaming up with the online travel review site TripAdvisor in a bid...

  • Japanese chef at the top of La Liste says he’s not great — yet

    1 month ago

    Japanese chef at the top of La Liste says he’s not great — yet

    PARIS, Dec 3 — Yosuke Suga does not believe he is a great chef — not yet anyway. The statistics tell a different story. The fresh-faced Japanese cook is at the very top of La...

  • AirAsia bets its in-flight menu can win diners on the ground

    1 month ago

    AirAsia bets its in-flight menu can win diners on the ground

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Airline food has long been the butt of travellers’ jokes, but Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd is seeking to turn that notion on its head - opening its...

  • What goes into making the perfect burger? Thailand's Taiki Tsubota has the answer

    1 month ago

    What goes into making the perfect burger? Thailand's Taiki Tsubota has the answer

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Fed up with how the buns get soggy as you are working your way through a burger? Hate it when your burger is too large for your mouth? Thailand's Taiki...

  • Jing Ze in Section 17, PJ: Unpretentious premium contemporary Asian cooking that won't kill your wallet

    1 month ago

    Jing Ze in Section 17, PJ: Unpretentious premium contemporary Asian cooking that won't kill your wallet

    PETALING JAYA, Nov 29 — Nicholas Scorpion is not your typical chef. The Singaporean, who owns Jing Ze Contemporary Asian Restaurant, is willing to go to great lengths just to...

  • ‘Curry for salarymen’: Top ‘La Liste’ chef recalls early days

    1 month ago

    ‘Curry for salarymen’: Top ‘La Liste’ chef recalls early days

    TOKYO, Nov 30  — A Tokyo chef whose restaurant has been ranked one of the world’s top places to eat told AFP how he was once reduced to whipping up lowly curry to attract...

  • This story has legs: Cambodia ‘bug cafe’ serves up insect tapas

    1 month ago

    This story has legs: Cambodia ‘bug cafe’ serves up insect tapas

    SIEM REAP, Nov 29 — Ant spring rolls, silkworm taro croquettes and a “bug mac” — Cambodia’s first insect tapas restaurant is mixing cocktail culture with creepy crawler...

  • Japanese restaurants rocket to top of best in world list

    1 month ago

    Japanese restaurants rocket to top of best in world list

    TOKYO, Nov 29 — Two Japanese restaurants have shot to the top of the La Liste ranking of best places to eat in the world, with a third one getting the second highest mark from...

  • Bowmore and Aston Martin to release exclusive whisky series

    1 month ago

    Bowmore and Aston Martin to release exclusive whisky series

    LONDON, Nov 29 — Luxury British brands Aston Martin and whisky-maker Bowmore have teamed up in a partnership that will see limited-edition whisky bottlings. The terms of the...