Cuisine of the Southern United States

Generous to a fault

Chinese hospitality is a wonder to behold: towering, looming, all-encompassing. It lifts you up in its large, fluffy paw, swings you around a bit and squeezes all the willpower out of you before dropping you down with varying degrees of gentleness.

Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

Sugar, peanut prices surge amid shortage

Despite a slight drop in pork prices last week, the cost of other agricultural commodities continues to surge on the mainland, with sugar breaking records and peanuts nearly doubling in a year.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fry-by-night joints are jumpin'

Cheap beer and seafood - and plenty of it - has become a winning formula for Taipei's new 'seafood-100 fast-fry' joints. At Xin Ke Zhan on Minsheng East Road, the fried clams cost just NT$100 (HK$27). So do oysters and the sweet-and-sour fish slices.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Eating at home hots up

In many homes, barbecues are now regarded as an extension of the kitchen. So, instead of relying purely on your indoor cooking space, consider adding a barbecue spot, particularly if you have a balcony or outdoor area.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Culinary adventure

Blogger Angi, of Rice and Wheat (, is an intrepid world explorer - at least in her kitchen. As she writes in her blog's About Me section, 'I'm obsessed with what people are eating in exotic, faraway places'.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Nut cases

After years of being reviled by nutritionists for being high in fat and calories, nuts became a popular snack during the Atkins/South Beach diet crazes. Although the fat and calorie content of nuts hadn't changed for the better, followers of these diets du jour suddenly felt free to gorge on them because some nuts were discovered to be low in carbohydrates and low on the glycaemic index.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Food festivals

1. Dia de la Tradicion (San Antonio de Areco, Argentina;

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Shelling out

Many people think eating fresh, whole crab is more trouble than it's worth. That's fine: it leaves more for those of us who don't mind the mess. Although I love crab, I admit it isn't easy dealing with the shells, but the reward is (small) mouthfuls of sweet, tender meat.

Crab boil (pictured)

16 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Grill seekers

The popular image of Hong Kong is of a steaming concrete jungle, with people scurrying from one air-conditioned high-rise building to another. But anyone who hikes at weekends knows about the vast amounts of open space in country parks and on beaches.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

At a glance


Refined sugar should provide less than 10 per cent of total energy. 'It's a lot of empty calories, so although in itself it does not damage your health, it gives you energy without many nutrients, and this results in weight gain,' Ms Ng said. Brown sugar and refined sugar were the same when it came to nutritional value.


29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Now's the time for lime

My colleagues and I recently received attention-grabbing party invitations which contained several fresh limes. Nobody else wanted the fruit so I took their limes home and now have to work out ways to use so many of them.

5 May 2002 - 12:00am

Quote unquote

If he threw some peanuts at Richard (Branson - above) - I think the worst thing that could happen is that Richard would throw some peanuts back at him.

A Virgin Blue spokesman after the airline hired the pilot sacked by Cathay Pacific for throwing peanuts at its chief executive.

23 Dec 2001 - 12:00am


Home-made hairspray - Slice lemons and boil in water until the volume of water is reduced by half. Filter the solution and refrigerate overnight until it thickens. Use to style hair.

Since one litre of water is lost every time you flush, buy a new cistern with two flushing controls - one which uses less water for liquid waste and the other for solid waste.

7 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Police patrols plea

I refer to the letter from Ko Tin-fook, of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), headlined 'Area cleaned up' (South China Morning Post, April 10).

If Mr Ko believes the closure of the barbecue pits in Deepwater Bay has any bearing on the appalling state of Sea View Promenade, I am afraid he is mistaken.

21 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Toxic lard deaths spur hygiene blitz

Hygiene inspectors will increase checks on unlicensed lard factories amid fears industrial lard may be being used in food preparation.

The move follows reports that industrial lard imported from Hong Kong killed three people and put hundreds more in hospital last week when it was used for cooking in Jiangxi province.

12 Jan 1999 - 12:00am