S. Korea’s ‘kimchi deficit’ hits record high

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korea’s trade deficit in kimchi, its proud traditional side dish of fermented cabbage, reached an all-time high last year as low-priced Chinese imports flooded the market, statistics showed Wednesday. The spicy foodstuff is emblematic of Korean cuisine and accompanies almost every meal served in the country, whatever its culinary origins, with kimchi-making still an important annual ritual for many families. But the commercial market has been deluged by Chinese […]

Masarap na kapihan na patok para sa coffee lovers, dinarayo sa Iloilo City

(Eagle News) — Sa panahong ito na napakarami na ang mapagpipiliang klase ng timpla ng instant coffee, marami pa rin ang naghahanap ng tradisyunal na timpla ng kape. Sa Iloilo City, mayroon na silang mapupuntahan. Sinong mag-aakalang ang maliit na pwestong ito ni┬áRomeo Dela Cruz ay dinarayo tuwing umaga ng mga kilalang tao sa lipunan para lamang magkape. Ang RJ’s Capehan ay sinimulan pa ng ama ni Dela Cruz noong 1954. Isa itong maliit na […]

Japan’s historic Tsukiji market holds final auction

by Natsuko Fukue Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji fish market held its last pre-dawn New Year’s auction on Friday before closing down for relocation, with the highest bidder paying more than $320,000 for a giant tuna. After more than 80 years in operation, the world’s biggest fish market, a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops, will move to Toyosu, a former gas plant a bit […]

Top Italian chef to open community kitchen in Paris

PARIS, France (AFP) — Top Italian chef Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana was named the world’s best restaurant last year, is in talks to open a community kitchen in Paris that would serve the homeless and other people in need. “Discussions are underway to set up a canteen in the basement of the Madeleine Church,” Jean-Francois Rial, chief executive of the group Voyageurs du Monde, told AFP Thursday. “It is still just a project, nothing […]

Feeding a metropolis: Mexico City’s Central Market

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — With hotels, car rental agencies, restaurants and even banks, Mexico City’s main fruit and vegetable market, the “Central de Abasto,” is more than just a place to get your groceries — it is a mini city within a city. The mega-market supplies a vast capital city and its surroundings with produce from its labyrinthine hallways, with almost half a million people shopping there daily for avocados, tomatoes and a variety […]

Eating leafy greens may stave off memory loss: study

  MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Eating one serving of leafy greens per day may stave off memory loss in old age and keep the brain more youthful, according to research published Wednesday. The difference found between elderly people who ate greens and those who did not was stunning: the equivalent of being 11 years younger in age, said the study in the journal Neurology. While the research was based on survey responses and therefore […]

Of Cabbages and Kims: Korea’s changing kimchis

By Hwang Sunghee in Seoul and Sebastien Berger in Pyongyang Agence France Presse PYONGYANG, North Korea (AFP) — North and South Korea are radically different societies, one ruled by the same family for decades and the other a freewheeling democracy and thrusting economy. But one thing unites them — their love of fermented cabbage. Kimchi, originally a means of preserving the vegetable during winter and which can vary from mild to fiery, has been a […]

Naples pizza twirling wins coveted UNESCO ‘intangible’ status

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Naples’ pizza twirling joined UNESCO’s list of “intangible heritage” Thursday, securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures including a Saudi artfrom traditionally practised only by women. The art of ‘pizzaiuolo’ — which has been handed down for generations in the southern Italian city — was given the nod by the UN cultural body’s World Heritage Committee, who met on the South Korean island of Jeju. It comes […]

Factory worker wins first Tiramisu World Cup

by Giovanna Girardi with Ella Ide in Rome Agence France-Presse TREVISO, Italy (AFP) — An Italian factory worker won the first ever Tiramisu World Cup on Sunday, beating 700 other amateurs to whip up the softest and creamiest version of Italy’s famous dessert. Hundreds of would-be pudding maestros descended on the city of Treviso armed with whisks and sieves to compete in the two-day challenge to make the best tiramisu, which means “pick-me-up” in Italian. […]

Balkan pepper relish stirs appetites and pride

by Rachel O’Brien with Rusmir Smajilhodzic Agence France-Presse LESKOVAC,┬áSerbia (AFP) – It’s a source of Balkan rivalry but one ubiquitous smell: the wood-fire roasting of peppers wafting through towns and villages each autumn as families prepare the region’s best-loved relish. Slathered on bread, nibbled with cheese or served alongside meat dishes, “ajvar” has for generations filled the shelves of winter pantries — and the rich spread’s production is a matter of no little pride. “We […]

McDonalds to limit use of antibiotics in chicken supply

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — McDonalds says it will start globally rolling back use of antibiotics in its chicken products from 2018 as part of efforts to curb microbial resistance to drugs and the rise of superbugs. The decision follows a similar move undertaken in the US market in 2016. It applies to drugs that are also used in human medicine, called Highest Priority Critically Important Antimicrobials (HPCIA) by the World Health Organization (WHO). […]