Eat/Drink

  • McDonald's to scrap plastic in UK 'Happy Meal' toys

    3 weeks ago

    McDonald's to scrap plastic in UK 'Happy Meal' toys

    NEW YORK, March 17 ― McDonald's pledged today to end the use of plastic found in toys served with children's “Happy Meals” in the UK and Ireland by the beginning of 2021....

  • Love melt-in-the-mouth 'char siew'? Ara Damansara's Tian Tian Lai Roasted Chicken Rice is the place to go

    3 weeks ago

    Love melt-in-the-mouth 'char siew'? Ara Damansara's Tian Tian Lai Roasted Chicken Rice is the place to go

    PETALING JAYA, March 15 — When it comes to char siew, everyone has their individual preference. Some like the lean cuts, others enjoy fattier pieces. Sometimes, it can be hard...

  • Italian dares to make French bread great again

    3 weeks ago

    Italian dares to make French bread great again

    PARIS, March 14 — Adriano Farano is on a mission to teach the French how to make great bread again. The Italian admits that this takes quite some courage, and no little...

  • Guinness adds Irish twist to American craft brewing

    3 weeks ago

    Guinness adds Irish twist to American craft brewing

    BALTIMORE, March 14 — The coronavirus has canceled most St Patrick’s Day festivities, but as the luck of the Irish would have it, Americans can still drown their sorrows with...

  • New limited-edition €7,000 cognac launches from Louis XIII

    3 weeks ago

    New limited-edition €7,000 cognac launches from Louis XIII

    PARIS, March 14 — Cognac lovers may be interested in a new €7,000 (RM33,330) limited-edition collector’s cognac from Louis XIII which pays homage to Paris in the year 1900,...

  • Top French chef heads to Asia without telling customers

    3 weeks ago

    Top French chef heads to Asia without telling customers

    PARIS, March 14 — Without warning prepaid customers, Michelin-star chef Thierry Drapeau has suddenly but sheepishly pulled up stakes in western France and left for Asia to start...

  • Miss the authentic taste of HK's beef noodles? Head to Kepong's Hong Kong Noodle right now

    3 weeks ago

    Miss the authentic taste of HK's beef noodles? Head to Kepong's Hong Kong Noodle right now

    KEPONG, March 14 — Flavourful chilli oil, check. Comforting beef broth, check. Tender beef brisket, check. Stewed beef innards, check. Milk tea, check. It almost feels like...

  • Cooped up by Covid-19, millions in China discover the joy of cooking

    3 weeks ago

    Cooped up by Covid-19, millions in China discover the joy of cooking

    BEIJING, March 13 — Apron-clad Zhang Xuesi adjusted the flame on his cooking stove, while wielding a spatula to flip in his pan the ingredients for a dish of Cantonese-style...

  • Ina Garten to drop new cookbook this year

    4 weeks ago

    Ina Garten to drop new cookbook this year

    NEW YORK, March 11 — Ina Garten, best known as the Barefoot Contessa, is coming out with a new cookbook this fall that is described as a collection of childhood comfort foods....

  • Plant-based macarons launching at Ladurée in Paris

    4 weeks ago

    Plant-based macarons launching at Ladurée in Paris

    PARIS, March 10 — Ladurée has made tweaks to its traditional recipe to launch a vegan version of its signature macarons in Paris. Starting this week, Ladurée shops across the...

  • Vodka maker warns buyers tipple won't stave off virus

    4 weeks ago

    Vodka maker warns buyers tipple won't stave off virus

    WASHINGTON, March 9 — US vodka distiller Tito's has warned buyers that making hand sanitiser out of its liquor will not help them fight off the coronavirus, in response to a...

  • A tale of two cities in Thailand... and two different 'khao soi'

    1 month ago

    A tale of two cities in Thailand... and two different 'khao soi'

    CHIANG MAI, March 7 — This is the last place we expect to be looking for khao soi in Chiang Mai. Navigating the small soi (street in Thai) in a residential neighbourhood away...

  • The best baguette in Paris can be found in the 17th arrondissement

    1 month ago

    The best baguette in Paris can be found in the 17th arrondissement

    PARIS, March 6 — The best baguette in Paris can be found at a bakery in the 17th arrondissement, where patissier Taieb Sahal has been crowned the ultimate bread baker. For the...

  • Gaggan Anand helping to bring new dining guide to India

    1 month ago

    Gaggan Anand helping to bring new dining guide to India

    MUMBAI, March 6 — Chef Gaggan Anand has been tapped to help lead a project that will bring a new restaurant dining guide to India.  Set to be released next month, Culinary...

  • Starbucks bans personal cups over new coronavirus

    1 month ago

    Starbucks bans personal cups over new coronavirus

    NEW YORK, March 6 ― Reusable cups are in vogue for reducing waste but are no longer welcome at Starbucks cafes over fears of the coronavirus, the coffee chain announced. “We...

  • Celebrated pastry chef Philippe Conticini opens his first shop in London

    1 month ago

    Celebrated pastry chef Philippe Conticini opens his first shop in London

    LONDON, March 5 — Travellers to the British capital now have a new go-to venue to satisfy cravings for Paris-Brest and millefeuille pastries in the city’s ever popular Camden...

  • Vinexpo Hong Kong gets new dates amid coronavirus threat

    1 month ago

    Vinexpo Hong Kong gets new dates amid coronavirus threat

    HONG KONG, March 3 ― Organisers of Vinexpo have announced new dates for their Hong Kong trade fair. The global fallout from the effects of Covid-19 continues. Vinexpo Hong Kong...

  • Wendy's launches new breakfast menu in the US

    1 month ago

    Wendy's launches new breakfast menu in the US

    NEW YORK, March 3 ― Along with Burger King, McDonald's and Starbucks, harried commuters across the country looking for a quick brekkie can now stop in at Wendy's in the morning...

  • Michelin adds two new starred restaurants to Croatia guide

    1 month ago

    Michelin adds two new starred restaurants to Croatia guide

    ZAGREB, March 3 — Croatia has two new Michelin-starred restaurants in the latest edition of the gastronomic dining guide. Inspectors of the French dining guide have bestowed The...

  • Germany’s ice wine harvest fails because of mild winter

    1 month ago

    Germany’s ice wine harvest fails because of mild winter

    FRANKFURT AM MAIN, March 2 — An unusually mild winter has left Germany without an ice wine harvest for the first time, the country’s wine institute said Sunday, fuelling fears...

  • Refugee restaurant seeks to win Spanish hearts

    1 month ago

    Refugee restaurant seeks to win Spanish hearts

    MADRID, Feb 29 — Hala and Alex learned to cook with their mothers, Yoli learnt while preparing meals for her large family.  The trio, who were forced to flee Syria, Sudan...

  • Lin Dong Fang: Savouring the best beef noodles in Taipei

    1 month ago

    Lin Dong Fang: Savouring the best beef noodles in Taipei

    TAIPEI, Feb 29 — When you’re sick, there’s nothing quite like chicken soup to nourish and heal you. In Taiwan, they do things differently. Chicken soup is fine and all but...

  • Starbucks Canada adds Beyond Meat veggie 'steaks'

    1 month ago

    Starbucks Canada adds Beyond Meat veggie 'steaks'

    OTTAWA, Feb 29 — In the ongoing battle to dominate the fake meat market in the United States, Californian start-up Beyond Meat has scored a success with a deal to supply its...

  • Japanese ramen chain Ichiran's KL pop-up to serve pork-free ramen

    1 month ago

    Japanese ramen chain Ichiran's KL pop-up to serve pork-free ramen

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Ichiran which originates from Fukuoka will debut their pop-up at Isetan Suria KLCC from March 13 to 20. In Japan, the ramen chain is famous for their...

  • Old wine in new cans? South African startup sniffs new export opportunity

    1 month ago

    Old wine in new cans? South African startup sniffs new export opportunity

    CAPE TOWN, Feb 26 — A South African startup is hoping to cash in on a growing global taste for canned wines as a lighter, more convenient alternative to bottles. Canned wines...

  • Switzerland: 2020 Michelin Guide honors Andreas Caminada but does not designate any new 3-star restaurants

    1 month ago

    Switzerland: 2020 Michelin Guide honors Andreas Caminada but does not designate any new 3-star restaurants

    BERN, Feb 26 — Hot on the heels of France and the Nordic countries, Switzerland has been spotlighted by a new 2020 Michelin Guide to its restaurants. The gastronomic bible did...

  • In Buenos Aires, drink coffee like a Porteño

    1 month ago

    In Buenos Aires, drink coffee like a Porteño

    BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23 — Fashionable-looking Porteños trot past us, managing the ineffable act of being brisk and laidback at the same time. This is Buenos Aires, where even if...

  • Shokudo Niban: Casual Japanese food at Penang's Hin Bus Depot

    1 month ago

    Shokudo Niban: Casual Japanese food at Penang's Hin Bus Depot

    GEORGE TOWN, Feb 22 — When you hear ramen, you probably think of a bowl of soup noodles. Right? What about ramen wrapped around a piece of chicken which is then fried to a...

  • Lab-grown meat? Dutch start-up keeps pork on your plate without wrecking the planet

    1 month ago

    Lab-grown meat? Dutch start-up keeps pork on your plate without wrecking the planet

    ROME, Feb 20 — A Dutch start-up may have found a workaround for eco-conscious consumers struggling to give up meat: pork grown in a laboratory that doesn’t harm animals or...

  • Cape Town restaurant wins Guinness world milkshake record

    1 month ago

    Cape Town restaurant wins Guinness world milkshake record

    CAPE TOWN, Feb 21 — Guinness World Records has named a South African restaurant as the official titleholder for ‘Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available’. With a...

  • Movie magic: Spanish tinned crisp sales boom on Korean film cameo

    1 month ago

    Movie magic: Spanish tinned crisp sales boom on Korean film cameo

    ARTEIXO (Spain) Feb 21 — Cesar Bonilla is still baffled by a surge in demand for the canned potato chips made by his company in northwestern Spain after they appeared in...

  • Scottish distillery launches ‘carbon neutral’ pea gin

    1 month ago

    Scottish distillery launches ‘carbon neutral’ pea gin

    EDINBURGH, Feb 20 — A Scottish distillery yesterday launched a climate-friendly gin made from peas, after five years of research found that it removes more carbon dioxide from...

  • Japan’s deadly fish: Fugu purveyors dream of Olympic revival

    1 month ago

    Japan’s deadly fish: Fugu purveyors dream of Olympic revival

    TOKYO, Feb 20 — In the kitchen at Fukudokoro Sakai, a restaurant across the road from a seafood market at the southern tip of the main island of Japan, the chef casually hacks...