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Abundant mallow harvest a boon for impoverished Iraqis

With rain spreading across Iraq, mallow growing in the northern and eastern parts of the country gives impoverished people food to eat or sell for extra money. Mallow, or Malva pusilla, is a cosmopolitan weed found principally in temperate regions of the world. It is a fast-growing annual or perennial herb with the capacity to grow in dense patches in gardens, yards, roadsides, waste ground, orchards, pastures and agricultural fields.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 16:08:41

Smart hot pot

Would you like to enjoy a truly unique hot pot experience? If so, you could be warmly served by robots. A famous hot pot chain has gained even more popularity since it opened its smart restaurant in downtown Beijing in October 2018. Patrons eager to visit the establishment often have to wait an average of two hours to get a seat.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 16:08:40

Three dishes reveal the history and culture of Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province

History and culture shape the diet of a city, as such local culinary dishes act as the perfect entryway to understanding the history and culture of a locale. Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, has some very unique cuisine that has been influenced by its cold climate and location along the Russian border. Here are the three most distinctive Harbin dishes you must try if you want to know more about the city and its people.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/1 16:38:40

Michelin boosts female chefs in 2019 guide

An unprecedented number of restaurants run by female chefs won plaudits in the new French edition of the Michelin food guide released on Monday, as the guardians of haute cuisine sought to address a glaring gender imbalance.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 19:38:39

Foreign chefs bring new flavors to Beijing with Cantonese fusion

On a cold winter day in Beijing, the noise of construction interrupts the silence of an ancient hutong, or alleyway. A new Cantonese restaurant is about to open. However, this restaurant is different from other such restaurants as each dish is prepared by a Chinese-Dutch chef and a Jewish-Canadian chef.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/22 18:23:40

Five experimental delights to warm the stomach and the heart this winter

Can you imagine cheese flowing down a hamburger like a waterfall? Have you ever eaten the cake that looks like Chinese hotpot seasoning? Have you ever seen how to put bubble tea in chiffon cake? These fancy foods have become increasingly popular on social media and attracted numerous customers, especially younger people, who will drive 1-2 hours just to try them. If the answer is no, let's look at 5 of the most popular restaurants in Beijing in which you can experience the above and more during this cold winter.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/15 18:03:39

Laba porridge ushers in Chinese Spring Festival celebrations

At dawn, Buddhist temples across China started to hand out free Laba congee, a special meal served during the Laba Festival, which ushers in China's New Year celebrations.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/14 17:13:40

Chewing the fat with Pakistan's BBQ masters

The sweet aroma of mutton smoke drifts through a maze of crumbling alleyways, a barbecue tang that for decades has lured meat-eaters from across Pakistan to the frontier city of Peshawar.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/9 17:08:39

Top five organ meats that you must try when enjoying Chinese hot pot

"If you could make any dish in the world disappear, what would it be?" When this question was asked of Chua Lam, a well-known Singaporean columnist and food critic, while he was on Chinese talk show Day Day Up in December of 2018, his answer was unexpected and quite shocking.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/7 16:28:39

Climate change takes toll on French oyster farmers

Gulping down oysters has long been a favorite New Year's Eve ritual for the French, but as winters get warmer and summers get drier many growers worry there will soon be fewer of the prized mollusks to go around.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/3 15:58:39

Torun gingerbread: ancient luxury with a secret recipe

Two master bakers dressed in white use a long knife to carve a heavy, thick slab of molasses-colored gingerbread dough out of a huge metal vat, where, like wine, it has been maturing for a few months, deep in the cellar of one of the oldest bakeries in the world.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/26 17:08:39

Moroccan saffron farmers battle against knockoff spices

Saffron farmers in southern Morocco have long taken pride in the coveted spice they produce from the purple-petalled Crocus sativus, but some are worried knockoff versions are threatening their business.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/20 16:33:40

Rare bottle of Penfolds Grange wine sells for record price at auction in Australia

A rare bottle of 1951 Penfolds Grange wine sold for $57,763 at an online auction on December 16, setting a new record price for the vintage, Australian media outlets reported on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/20 16:18:40

Bangladeshis opting to use chopsticks for more authentic Chinese dining experience

People in Bangladesh usually eat with their right hands at home. Until recently, however, it was almost widely common to see Bangladeshi people using spoons and forks to eat at restaurants.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/13 18:08:40

Asia gets a taste of climate-friendly 'pork'

It's Friday afternoon at the Venetian Macao hotel's Portofino restaurant, and on the terrace a handful of chefs in white uniforms are preparing the casino hub's famous pork chop bun for waiting guests.
Source: Reuters | 2018/12/4 15:13:39

France pushes into world of whisky-making

In recent years, Japan stunned traditional whisky-makers Scotland, Ireland, and the US by exploding onto the international market and winning over connoisseurs of the tipple long considered an exclusive dominion.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/26 18:08:39

Vineyard in Himalayas seeks to change views on Chinese-made wine

A $300 bottle of wine sold in the US and Europe is made in the unlikeliest of places: at the foot of the Himalayas in China, where farmers sing traditional songs while picking grapes.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/21 18:08:41

The peas process: Northern Ireland's Gerry Adams debuts cookbook

Gerry Adams, the former spokesman for Ireland's armed republican movement, has launched a cookbook - touting its platter of recipes as "the best kept secret of the Irish peace process."
Source: AFP | 2018/11/8 10:52:59