Southeast Asia’s bubble tea craze

Bubble tea, first introduced in Taiwan in the 1980s has done on to become a global phenomenon made popular by Internet foodies. In a recent Grab article titled ‘Bubble Tea Craze in GrabFood’, the ride-hailing giant highlighted Southeast Asia’s growing obsession with the drink. GrabFood is an extended service of Grab, the transportation network company, that does food deliveries.

8 June 2020

Malaysian teens are overweight

Malaysia’s food culture may bond people together over a variety of meals. But this same food culture has led to 13.3 percent of Malaysians becoming obese, the highest among Southeast Asian countries. According to a United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) survey, 12.7 percent of Malaysian children aged five to 19 years old are obese, the second highest in Southeast Asia behind Brunei.

11 May 2020

Is food in Singapore affordable?

Singapore is cheap. This is something you will not hear from many tourists who go to visit the popular island state. As such, the fact that Singapore has one of the most affordable food prices in the world may be a little hard to “swallow” at first.Nevertheless, this is exactly what the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) revealed in its recent Global Food Security Index published on 9 December.

15 December 2019

Eating less meat can fight climate change

Food has an environmental impact. A 2018 study by J. Poore and T. Nemecek titled ‘Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers,’ published by the University of Oxford revealed that food production is responsible for 26 percent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, contributing to global warming.

26 October 2019

Childhood malnutrition and obesity in Vietnam

Children around the world are not getting the nutrients they need, undermining their capacity to grow, develop and learn to their full potential. According to the State of the World’s Children 2019: children, food and nutrition’ report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one in three children under five is not properly growing due to malnutrition.

23 October 2019

7 Best Spots to Have Authentic Muslim-Friendly Chinese Food in Hong Kong

One of the bigger concerns of our Muslim friends when they’re planning for their trip to Hong Kong is the difficulty (or the idea) of finding proper halal food there, or even Muslim-friendly ones for that matter. But the good news is, it’s not that hard to find — some are even close to landmarks. Another thing to note is that when you go to Hong Kong, you’re definitely going to want to try proper Hong Kong and Chinese food.

28 June 2019

A 4D/3N Guide For The Non-Swimmer At The Gilis, Lombok

Everyone dreams of a beach/island getaway; it’s a given. We’re helplessly attracted to the seas and sand, and some fun under the sun. However, for us non-swimmers, this could pose as a problem — or even a risk, at most.But, we can’t help it. We want to dip our toes in the hot sand and experience the clear, blue waters and come out of the sea looking like Halle Berry.So, what’s a person to do?

19 June 2019

Food delivery services in Southeast Asia

Food delivery services are not new, but apps and smartphones are expanding the reach of delivery services. Globally, the online food delivery market is worth more than US$35 billion annually, and is forecasted to reach US$365 billion by 2030. One of the benefits to online delivery is that consumers are spoilt for choices as they can order from a variety of menus through a single app. The varieties available also allow them to try out new food every day.

10 June 2019

9 Ways To ‘Fall’ In Love With Kyushu, Japan

You may have been to Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido, and may even proclaim yourself to be a true lover of Japanese culture, people or history — a Japanophile, or the Japanese equivalent, ‘shinnichi’ (親日). However, you wouldn’t call yourself a true fan unless you’ve been to Kyushu.Earlier this year, AirAsia launched a new route to Kyushu.

29 May 2019

Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Autumn in Perth

As the cool winds of autumn start to sweep across the rugged, rural landscape of Western Australia, the sunny state brims with exquisite seasonal offerings.Zip lining through the obstacle course at Yanchep National Park is a great way to experience and appreciate the unique beauty of Western Australia’s forests. Sunrise drapes itself over Perth’s skyline, drawing its bright crimson curtains over the Western Australian capital.

29 April 2019

Singapore to submit UNESCO hawker nomination

Singapore will submit a nomination for its hawker culture to be listed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by the end of this month.Speaking in Parliament on 8 March, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu said that the outcome is expected to be announced at the end of 2020.“Hawker culture represents an integral part of our way of life (and) a succe

15 March 2019

ASEAN’s delicious food is a goldmine

ASEAN countries should do more to promote their cuisine globally via gastrodiplomacy and tap into the vast potential it offers.The practice of promoting a country’s identity, heritage and diversity overseas through its cuisine or “gastrodiplomacy” is an increasingly popular government strategy for diplomacy and branding and can serve several purposes.Its best definition can perhaps be provided by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism, an international n

9 March 2019