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Fast Food

China health under pressure from rapid change in diets

A woman eats at a fast food restaurant in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

It’s a timely coincidence. Diet is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 1:00pm 2 comments

Lip-smacking profits in smuggling KFC to Gazans

A man holds KFC food in an underground tunnel beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. Photo: Xinhua

Fast-food starved Gazans can now order home-delivered Kentucky Fried Chicken, thanks to a new smuggling service which brings takeout from Egypt via a network of underground tunnels. It is not exactly "fast", taking several hours to arrive, with the Palestinian delivery firm behind it charging hefty prices to cover the cost of fuel and transport.

17 May 2013 - 4:22am

Fast food nutrition levels in US 'unchanged in 14 years'

A pedestrian walks past a Burger King restaurant near downtown Los Angeles. Photo: AP

Fast food restaurants in the US have failed to raise the nutritional value of their dishes in 14 years, despite pledges to offer healthy choices, researchers say. The global obesity crisis and rising levels of chronic diseases such as diabetes and strokes have put pressure on fast food chains to cut the salt, fat and sugar content of what they sell.

9 May 2013 - 3:34am

World's best fast food found at London Boy Scout hut

Story's Lee Hollingworth with a margherita. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A restaurant in a former Scout hut in east London serves a pizza that is the most delicious fast food item in the world, according to voters in the Chowzter Fast Feast awards. Story Deli took the top prize as well as the pizza award for its margherita, made with organic flour, rolled thin and baked for 30 seconds.

30 Apr 2013 - 2:01am

Hunger for Western food and fashion grows in Pakistan

A Pakistani Fatburger employee serves burgers in Karachi. Photo: AFP

The rupee may have nosedived, a third of the population may live in poverty and sectarian violence may be at a record high, but remarkably, consumer spending is up among a resilient elite fond of imported luxuries.

4 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

Western food blamed for rise in Crohn's disease in Japan

Models taste McDonald's Japan's latest product in Tokyo. Photo: AP

The rising consumption of Western foods is predicted to trigger a rapid increase in Crohn's disease among Japanese people more used to a diet that is heavy in fish, vegetables and rice.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Study links fast food linked to childhood asthma

 Fast foods may be convenient but it is possible they aggravate asthma. Photo: Dickson Lee

Children who frequently eat fast food are far likelier to have severe asthma compared to counterparts who tuck into fruit, a large international study published on Monday said.

15 Jan 2013 - 5:06pm

McDonald’s to become 'Macca’s' in Australia

Only in Australia ... This week 13 McDonald’s restaurants around Australia will change their signage this week to ‘Macca’s to coincide with Australia day celebrations. Photo: AFP

Global fast food chain McDonald’s is embracing its Australian nickname Down Under, with selected stores around the country changing their signage on Tuesday to “Macca’s”.

The world-first change -- a temporary measure -- comes after a branding survey commissioned by the hamburger restaurant found that 55 per cent of Australians called the company by its shortened name.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:12am

Briefs, December 24, 2012

Dozens of people were killed and wounded in an air strike on a bakery in Syria's central Hama province yesterday, activists said, with some reporting up to 200 dead.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:07am

Hongkongers' love affair with fried food spikes cholesterol levels, says survey

A group of medical students organise a signature collection campaign to urge for energy labelling in fast- food shops. Photo: SCMP

A survey of Hongkongers’ eating habits has shown that 83 per cent of respondents frequently eat high-cholesterol food, consuming cholesterol amounts way over health practitioners’ daily recommendations.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:11pm


Illustration: Tom Tsang


When I was in California a couple of months ago, I ordered a hamburger in a restaurant, asking for it to be cooked medium-rare. I was told I couldn't have it that way because they only cooked burgers medium-well.

14 Oct 2012 - 12:17am

Hong Kong's finest late-night nosh

Dim sum at Loyal Dining.

Software developer John Chapman regularly eats dinner after midnight, courtesy of a job with unusual hours, one that requires testing software on real-time financial market data overseas.

27 Sep 2012 - 12:45pm

It's a bunfight

On any given Friday or Saturday, Lan Kwai Fong is carpeted with drinkers, the smarter among them eating something pre-pint, while others turn to a midnight snack. Bread is unscientifically recommended as a way of soaking up any alcohol that hasn't already made it into the bloodstream, and in answer to that call, LKF's burger scene has long flourished.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm

Golden moments

It's not clear who 'invented' the chip (aka the French fry and the pomme frite). Many countries lay claim to being the first, but it's possible that cutting potatoes into long, slender pieces and deep-frying them is a method that people in several parts of the world came up with independently, because it is fast and efficient, needing little fuel.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Yum ready to gobble up more of mainland market

Fast-food chain giant Yum Brands put its mainland expansion plan into high gear after setting a new goal to add 700 restaurants this year in the world's second-largest economy.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am