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Taiwan traditional medicine stores struggling for survival

Publication date 21 January 2019 | 17:18 | ICT

TRADITIONAL medicine store owner Gu Cheng-pu knows her dispensary can only stay open as long as her ailing father-in-law lives, their careers hostage to a quirk in Taiwanese law that is killing off the industry.



  • Wild coffee facing ‘extinction’

    Publication date 18 January 2019 | 15:34 | ICT

    THREE in five species of wild coffee are at risk of extinction as a deadly mix of climate change, disease and deforestation puts the future of the world’s favourite beverage in jeopardy, new research warned on Wednesday.

  • New deep fried insect takeaway joint pops up in Phnom Penh

    Publication date 18 January 2019 | 15:16 | ICT

    While insects have long been considered a tasty street side snack in Cambodia, a woman in the capital is giving this street food delicacy a modern twist at Phnom Penh’s latest unusual takeaway joint.

  • North Sumatra durian enters global market in ice cream

    Publication date 18 January 2019 | 14:44 | ICT

    WHEN you stop by top shopping malls or other culinary centres in Singapore, South Korea, Australia or Japan and pick durian ice cream – a favourite dessert for many because of its unique

  • Topaz Welcomes Michelin Star Chef Christian Têtedoie

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 17:48 | ICT

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Wednesday January 16th, 2019 Topaz restaurant offers its refined setting to welcome the equally refined cuisine of French Michelin Star Chef Christian Têtedoie*.

  • First ever – coffee shop supports Kingdom’s deaf and non-verbal

    Publication date 11 January 2019 | 14:30 | ICT

    Swapnil Deshmukh’s first encounter with a restaurant hiring exclusively deaf staff was on holiday in Vietnam in 2017, when his server handed him a menu with a pen and a note paper without saying a word.

  • Unique LGBTQ hotpot debuts in Phnom Penh

    Publication date 11 January 2019 | 09:50 | ICT

    Tucked away on the nondescript street 256, behind Preah Kossamak Hospital, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh is a small unsuspecting food outlet.

  • Blind dining comes to Siem Reap

    Publication date 26 December 2018 | 15:06 | ICT

    Picture the scenario – you’re seated at a dining table in a room so dark you can’t see the cutlery and a plate inches before you. A server enters the room; the tantalising smell of your freshly prepared meal fills the air.

  • Porky peak – Manila pig roasters in Christmas frenzy

    Publication date 25 December 2018 | 14:28 | ICT

    ROW upon row of pigs on bamboo spits sizzle slowly over orange embers in Manila just before Christmas, peak season for the Philippines’ pig roasting “lechoneros”.

  • Hanoi winter worm cakes delight diners

    Publication date 21 December 2018 | 14:29 | ICT

    CRISPY, fried and packed full of worms – Hanoi’s “cha ruoi” ragworm fritters are a winter foodie favourite in the Vietnamese capital, but the deep-fried delights are not for the squeamish.

  • Hunting the ‘King of Fruits’ in Oz

    Publication date 19 December 2018 | 15:40 | ICT

    The Star (Malaysia)/ANN: VERY few compelling reasons exist for those living Southeast Asia to visit Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. Most of the time, it’s hot – and I mean blazing hot and dry.