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.
Tucked away on the nondescript street 256, behind Preah Kossamak Hospital, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh is a small unsuspecting food outlet.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
On a tropical sweaty late morning, hundreds of black and white cattle are being kept cool by wind blowing from giant fans.
The Brew Cruise is essentially three functions in one: a relaxing sunset river cruise, a hilarious stand-up comedy show and a thumping live music gig. Riel Brewing craft ales will also be available onboard and on tap throughout.
On a cutting board, slices of red and green apples, carrots and yellow pears have been prepared for juicing before being poured into bottles and labelled “So Fresh Juice”.
ONE $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.