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Milk tea or 'lai cha': the fuel for Hong Kong's engine

Hong Kong - Some cities are fuelled by coffee. In Hong Kong, it's milk tea that keeps things running - a potent nostalgia-infused caffeine hit, with fierce competition to brew the best in town.

Larry the '110-Year-old lobster' saved from restaurant menu

Maine - Larry, a lobster said to be 110-years old, was recently saved from a restaurant before being boiled and served up as a main course. However, there is a big “but” coming.

Parents may face jail if their kids are on vegan diets

In Italy, there is a proposed law that could affect parents who impose vegan diets on their kids. If passed, parents could be sentenced to jail for up to four years.

Muslim-majority Indonesia outraged at 'Bikini' snack

Jakarta - A noodle snack with a picture of a bikini-clad woman and the words "squeeze me" on the packaging has triggered outrage in Muslim-majority Indonesia, with consumer groups calling Friday for it to be pulled from shops.

Ersatz McDonald's becomes hit in rebel east Ukraine

Lugansk - The yellow M-shaped logo, long noisy queues, children with balloons in their hands: at first glance it seems McDonald's has reopened its doors in separatist hub Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.

The world's most expensive cheese comes from donkeys

Belgrade - At the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve in Serbia, about 80 kilometers west of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, you will find a donkey farm where donkey cheese, called pule, the most expensive cheese in the world is produced.

Cannabis chef takes fine dining to new high

Los Angeles - Christopher Sayegh holds up two syringes filled with cannabis compound, primed to pump tiny amounts into a pomegranate sorbet, or a juicy cut of Wagyu Japanese beef as part of a bold new sensory experiment.

Social media helps drive healthy eating choices

Birmingham - Regular exposure to healthy eating and good food choices via social media drive changes to the eating habits of people, such as consuming more fruit and vegetables and eschewing fatty food. This is according to a new study.

Big Mac latest casualty of Venezuela shortages

Caracas - McDonald's said Thursday it has stopped selling Big Macs in Venezuela, making the US chain's iconic hamburger the latest casualty of severe food shortages triggered by an economic crisis.

Scientists enter into battle with Greenpeace over GM food

Few issues spark as much intensity as genetically modified foods and both sides wheel out scientists to give opinions on the safety (or otherwise) of genetically modified produce. In a new move, a consortium of scientists has gone on the offensive.

Artificial sweeteners can make you fatter — Science proves it

A new study co-led by the University of Sydney showed that artificial sweeteners may contribute to weight gain. Although they were invented for the opposite purpose, eating "sugar-free" and "diet" foods and beverages may actually make you fatter.

Food crime reaches $50 billion per year

London - There are many types of crime and most are widely reported. One area that doesn’t get much exposure is food crime. This ‘hidden’ area results losses to the food sector of up to $50 billion per year. We take a look at the issue.

Portable device detects gluten in restaurants

People worried about gluten in food, especially in restaurants where the ingredients are uncertain, now have a helping hand thanks to a new device that can provide a quick and accurate assessment.

Boko Haram's other human tragedy: Malnutrition

Maiduguri - Halima cries as her mother Yagana lifts her up to be weighed. The one-year-old girl's belly protrudes over legs that are barely more than paper-thin skin and bone.

The Dolly legacy: Are you eating cloned meat?

Paris - Two decades after Scotland's Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal, consumers may well wonder whether they are drinking milk or eating meat from cookie-cutter cows or their offspring.The simple answer: "probably".

Is deep fried water set to be the next big thing?

Despite fried food not being high up on the healthy eating charts, many consumers still pursue food stuff battered and fried in oil. One man has invented ‘deep fried water.’ Will it catch on?

Russia's food embargo fires up counterfeit dairy industry

Moscow - The cottage cheese crackles like popcorn, emits a greyish smoke and finally goes up in flames, burning for an impressive ten minutes, like a well-oiled torch.

Putin extends Western food embargo to end of 2017

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended to the end of 2017 Moscow's embargo on food items from the West imposed in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

Change brings culinary revolution to Cuba

Havana - At 65, Ramon Alfonso has seen a lot of history in his native Cuba. But this is the first time he has eaten a vegan salad.After decades of communist rule and centuries of eating meat and beans, the island is opening up -- and so are its taste buds.

Israeli restaurants in kosher food row with Jewish authorities

Jerusalem - Jonathan Vadai just wanted a certificate confirming his Jerusalem restaurant as kosher, but he found himself fed up with the Israeli religious authorities overseeing the process.

Peru seizes 8 mn seahorses illegally bound for Asia

- Peruvian authorities seized eight million seahorses smuggled onto a Chinese-flagged ship bound for Asia, the government said.

Cornish pasties: the tastiest victims of a Brexit?

Illogan - A favourite of 19th century miners who took them down the pit and a popular lunch to this day, the Cornish pasty and other delicacies with EU protected status could be threatened if Britain leaves the bloc.

Foreign protesters' bark unleashes Chinese dog eaters' bite

Yulin - International groups and celebrities, backed by millions of foreign petitioners, have rallied against an annual dog meat festival in the Chinese city of Yulin: but the protests may have backfired, residents say, spurring more people to eat man's best f...

'Starving to death': Boko Haram displaced facing food crisis

Kano - At least 10 people are "starving to death" every day in a camp in northeast Nigeria for people displaced by Boko Haram violence, highlighting warnings about a food crisis in the Lake Chad region.

Japanese 'naked restaurant' to ban overweight diners

Toukyo - Japan's first "naked restaurant" opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry -- podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat.

North Korea plant makes kimchi under Kim's 'loving care'

Seoul - North Korea is producing kimchi at a new plant "built under the loving care" of leader Kim Jong-Un, who praised the spicy pickle as "one of the world's five health foods", state media said Friday.

Curry house crisis hots up Brexit debate

Watford - Mixing spices in a searing hot pan, cooking naan in the tandoor oven and juggling takeaway orders, restaurant owner Saiful Alam is short-staffed and stressed -- a situation he hopes Brexit will improve.

Food technologists explore why fat is yummy

Why is fat so tasty and why, despite dietary advice, do many people crave excess amounts in their diets? Food technologists have been investigating the chemical properties of various fats.

Beware of barbecue brush risks

The start of summer means for many the dusting down of the barbecue and associated paraphernalia. Outdoor cooking carries risks, and the dangers with undercooked meat are well-publicized. Have you, however, considered the brushes?

A compound from horseradish may help to fight cancer

Scientists have identified a cancer-fighting compound in the spicy root vegetable horseradish. The compound may induce an enzymatic reaction to destroy free-radicals.
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