Superhot fried chicken eats into KFCs dominance in Indonesia
Fried chicken with traditional chili sauce is served with rice at an ayam geprek restaurant in Jakarta. (Photo by Wataru Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- A cheap, super-spicy dish of pounded fried chicken with chili sauce called ayam geprek has become all the rage in Indonesia. Restaurants that specialize in it have sprung up over the past year, shaking up the fast-food industry and challenging the dominance of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Praying for Kobe beef Kelantan plans Quran recitals for its cows
Che Abdullah said that Kelantan has the country’s second-most cattle exports, adding that it was the first state to export lembu sado bred from prized European stock. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — The Kelantan government is reportedly planning for Quran recitals to be held near locally-reared lembu sado, an imported breed, in the hopes this will help produce meat of similar grade to Japan’s famed Kobe beef.

McDonald’s has a legal problem in pizza-loving India

McDonalds has a legal problem in pizza loving India
A pickup in the economy and growing demand from the planet’s largest youth population are boosting fast-food sales in India. (Bloomberg pic)

Shares of India’s Domino’s Pizza operator Jubilant Foodworks Ltd. have more than doubled in the past year as the country’s biggest quick-service outlet benefits from a surge in online orders for home pizza delivery.

NEW DELHI: McDonald’s Corp. has a problem in India and its rivals are loving it.

Even as the world’s largest restaurant chain tries to woo Indian stomachs with such menu items as the McAloo Tikki (a potato and pea patty on a bun), a legal dispute with a key franchisee partner has put it on the back foot. Shares of India’s Domino’s Pizza operator Jubilant Foodworks Ltd. have more than doubled in the past year as the country’s biggest quick-service outlet benefits from a surge in online orders for home pizza delivery.

Eating dinner alone a major contributor to obesity in Japanese girls
Cover of la Farfa, a Japanese magazine geared specifically to plus size women. Photo: Buzzfeed


Eating dinner alone could be a significant contributor to obesity among adolescent Japanese girls, a study has found.

In the town of Ina in the Saitama prefecture of Japan, a health promotion programme is run as part of its community health services in addition to the annual national health check-ups.

Japanese food giant Ajinomoto

The Indian subsidiary of Japan-headquartered company currently imports aji-no-moto from its Thailand factory which mainly serves to the South East Asian countries.

Bangkok: Japanese food processing and seasoning company Ajinomoto would tap social and digital media to create awareness about safe consumption of its monosodium glutamate (MSG) seasoning product in India, a top company official has said. 

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.

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