Indonesia pitches Tempeh for Unesco intangible cultural heritage status
Tempeh served with tofu.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

Tempeh will be proposed as a Unesco intangible cultural heritage in 2021.

 Mr Made Astawan, head of the Indonesian Tempeh Forum, said tempeh must first be acknowledged as a national cultural heritage.

5000 free meals made from ugly food to raise awareness
The Singapore edition of the international event 'Feeding the 5000', held at City Square Mall on March 25, 2018. — Picture by Nuria Ling/TODAY

SINGAPORE, March 26 — About 1,500kg of blemished or unused vegetables that would otherwise have been discarded were used to cook halal and vegetarian meals for 5,000 people at City Square Mall yesterday.

Cold Storage Giant and Hero stores axed in Southeast Asia on back of poor results

Pan-Asian retailer Dairy Farm International – the owner of stores such as Cold Storage, Giant and 7-Eleven – has closed a series of outlets in Southeast Asia "after a disappointing year" for its food businesses.

Malaysian food delivery startup dahmakan acquires Thai competitor

Malaysian food-delivery startup Dahmakan, which raised US$2.6 million early this year, has acquired Bangkok-based competitor Polpa for an undisclosed amount.

Chinas state television combats fictional dangerous food combinations

China's state television broadcasters have taken a strong stance against the widely-practiced Chinese belief that combining certain foods when cooking will produce a fatal poison.

During its annual televised gala for the ‘National Day for Protecting Consumer's Rights’, there was a 13-minute-long segment in which they attempted to debunk a number of pervasive myths about the detrimental combination of specific foods.

Malaysia helps Philippines grow halal industry: official

Malaysia helps Philippines grow halal industry

MANILA – Malaysia said it was helping the Philippines develop its halal market, as it called on increased cooperation among Southeast Asian nations to develop the industry that caters to Muslims.

Malaysia’s halal exports hit RM43.4b in 2017

Malaysia s halal exports hit RM43b
Roti King, a Malaysian restaurant in London

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 ― The Malaysian halal sector's exports last year rose RM1.2 billion to reach a total of RM43.4 billion.

North Korean Beer Banned For Export Sold as Fake in China
A billboard in China advertises Daedong River Beer in an undated photo. RFA

A popular North Korean beer banned under international sanctions for export outside the country is now being bottled in China and sold to restaurants as a smuggled product, sources living near the border say.

Your Bottled Drinking Water May Contain Plastic Particles

Your Bottled Drinking Water May Contain Plastic Particles

Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic.

In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined.

India s food safety authority proposes traffic light labelling for foods sold at schools

The regulator believes that using colour-coded labelling will encourage the consumption of healthier ‘green’ foods — mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, lean meat, eggs and fish — and discourage the consumption of ‘red’ foods — those with high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) content such as deep-fried foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, processed foods and confectionery.

Myanmar food fights back

myanmar food fights back

Amid the recent surge in popularity of foreign cuisine, restaurateurs look to raise the profile of traditional Myanmar food

Korean food. Thai food. European food. Yangonites are increasingly spoiled for choice when choosing where to go for a meal. While broadening one’s culinary horizons can only be a good thing, traditional Myanmar restaurant owners are wondering whether this new found love for all foods foreign means that traditional cuisine will be left by the wayside. 

7 sandwiches of Asia, from Roti John to Noodle Bun

7 sandwiches of asia

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Except for a few countries in Asia, bread is not a staple food in much of the continent.

Perhaps that is why when food vendors do come up with sandwiches, they are quite unusual – and excellent.

war on diabetes

SINGAPORE: In its continued war against diabetes, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has set aside S$15 million to support the food industry in developing lower-sugar desserts, sauces and beverages.

Nestles Milo PR problem spreads to Australia following Sri Lanka and Malaysia spats

Nestlé’s persistent PR problem about the nutritional value and high sugar content of its Milo drink shows no sign of abating after the firm moved “to avoid confusion” over its star rating in Australia, hot on the heels of similar disputes in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Nestlé recently announced it is removing its Australian Health Star Rating (HSR) of 4.5 on its powdered Milo product, “pending the Australian Federal Government’s review of the HSR system”​.

In an official statement, the multinational firm said powdered Milo’s HSR of 4.5 had been “correctly calculated under the relevant regulations”​.

Plump but malnourished health of urban poor children a ticking time bomb

NUR Hayati Elia, 13, didn’t have a proper breakfast and looked worn out as she walked home from school to her flat at the People's Housing Project (PPR) in Kampung Baru Ayer Panas, Kuala Lumpur.

There was no lunch waiting for her either. Her first proper meal for the day will be dinner that her mother usually brought home after work. But this was her daily routine, she said.

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