The Food Capital of the World

The Food Capital of the World

With its unique mix of cultures, languages and religions, Kuala Lumpur often gets described by locals as a ‘big melting pot’, where different traditions are openly celebrated.

The melting pot is also often more literal than metaphorical in Malaysia’s biggest city and capital. “Food is always the quickest way to get acquainted with a culture, and what food in Malaysia tells us is that an ethnic mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay can work, really well,” said Jeff Ramsey, a Michelin star chef from Babe restaurant based in Kuala Lumpur. But the food here takes on its very own distinct flavour that can’t be found anywhere else. “For example, when eating a large spread of Chinese food here, you won't taste much that you can find in China, if at all,” he said.

Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide
Pakistani vendors selling fried sweets made with oil containing trans fatty acids. The World Health Organization has announced a plan to eliminate the use of trans fats around the world.

The World Health Organization on Monday announced a sweeping plan that urges governments around the globe to eliminate the use of trans fats, the industrially produced edible oil that gave birth to margarine, Crisco and other artery-clogging products that have been linked to millions of premature deaths.

Indonesia’s F&B players gear up for Ramadhan

Indonesias FB players gear up for Ramadhan

Food and beverage (F&B) industry players are gearing up for the fasting month of Ramadhan, where demand for sahur (pre-dawn) and iftar (breaking the fast) meals is expected to increase.

Working out the kinks in organic farms

Working out the kinks in organic farms

Efforts to build this value-added segment are stymied by numerous inefficiencies, writes Phusadee Arunmas

Indias Packaged Food Market

More working women and smaller families will drive consumption of packaged food in India. Particularly when hiring a household help is becoming costlier.

Tips for eating in Asia: The golden rule of Asian food

Tips for eating in Asia

OPINION: You have to love a unifying theory of life. You have to enjoy a brazen, sweeping generalisation to suit your particular point of view.

Southeast Asia’s Fisheries Near Collapse from Overfishing

Southeast Asias Fisheries Near Collapse from Overfishing

Approximately 12 percent of the world’s population relies upon fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihood, and over half of the world’s people get a significant source of their animal protein from fish and seafood. In Southeast Asia, this proportion is significantly higher. The region’s seas not only serve as a major source of food and livelihood for hundreds of millions of people, they generate several billion dollars in GDP for the region.

World's 10 most divisive foods

Worlds 10 most divisive foods

OPINION: You either love them or hate them, or have no desire to taste them in the first place.

Here are foods from around the world that you gag for or gag because of.

battle among Chinas food delivery apps

China’s tech companies are known to offer especially generous subsidies to take over niche markets. The upshot for users is that, from time to time, they can enjoy nearly free services. Such was the case with ride-hailing before Uber stopped competing against local rival Didi and became a stakeholder instead.

Chicken’s Million Steps to the cooking pot

chickens million steps to the cooking pot
Chickens at a farm in China's Hebei province wear electronic trackers to count the exact number of steps they take before they are sold.PHOTO: SINA.COM.CN

SHIJIAZHUANG (Hebei) - A farm in China is taking the idea of free-range chicken seriously - each fowl wears an electronic tracker to count the exact number of steps it takes.

"We don't sell them until they have taken over one million steps, roughly 160 days," said chicken farm manager He Xiaofei.

significant drop in demand for rockmelons

SINGAPORE: Demand for rockmelons has fallen sharply in Singapore following a recent listeria infection outbreak in Australia, with some suppliers reporting a fall in sales of between 50 and 90 per cent. 

Do you know about Acacia Gum
Acacia / Arabic gum is a natural gum consisting of the hardened sap of various species of the acacia tree.

Alland & Robert, France based supplier of food additive Acacia gum has done a study on the nutritional knowledge about Acacia gum, in the UK, Germany, Japan, and the USA, through the polling organisation Toluna.  Company finds huge misunderstanding about Acacia Gum uses, according to its study.

Difference between Halal and Halalan-Toyyiban

Difference between Halal and Halalan Toyyiban
Not all halal certified foods are halalan-toyyiban, which is a more comprehensive method of international standards compliance that is universally acceptable. PIC BY FAHMI YUSOF

HALAL is an Arabic word connoting a state of permissibility for objects or actions according to Syariah principles.

The Quran states that: “Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good” (2:168). This verse implies that humanity is expected to eat, use and act in accordance with what is not only permissible but also good, pure or wholesome. The verse expresses the godly commandment using two important words, namely “halal” and “toyyib”.

Wild salmon versus farmed salmon: Which is healthier?

Wild salmon versus farmed salmon
While both wild and farmed salmon are generally healthy options, the determining factor lies in how you want to prepare your salmon.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

It is often assumed that wild seafood is healthier because it comes from natural sources, while farmed seafood contains parasites and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But that is not the case, according to Mr Jon Erik Steenslid, regional director of the Norwegian Seafood Council of Southeast Asia. We speak to the seafood expert to reveal some surprising facts about farmed salmon. 

Banana sugar and cricket protein
Cambodia's National Fruit: Chicken Egg Banana

Start-ups including a Cambodian firm that produces a unique banana sugar and a Vietnam cricket protein company are among the 23 businesses selected to take part in the Mekong Agritech Accelerator (MATCh) programme.

The chosen cohort includes 13 startups from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, and 10 international firms proposing agritech solutions for these country markets.

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