Ginger farmers using toxic pesticide

Highly toxic pesticide aldicarb is not approved for use on ginger. Photo: SCMP

Farmers in Shandong have been overusing an illegal and highly toxic pesticide to grow ginger for years on end, adding yet another concern to the country’s growing list of food scandals.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 4:21pm 4 comments

Shooting forth

Myoga is often called ginger flower or ginger shoots, but it doesn't come from the same plant as the pale tan-coloured, spicy-sweet rhizome used in Asian cuisines. Myoga, or zingiber mioga, is botanically related to the ginger-root plant, but the parts eaten are the shoots and unopened flower buds, both of which are often pickled and sliced (or shredded).

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ginger spice

Now is the season for young ginger, also known as spring ginger. Young ginger has smooth, pale skin with pink and/or green tips, the flesh is juicy and tender - unlike the more fibrous regular ginger - and the taste is mild.

Burmese young ginger salad (pictured)

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


From the pickle you eat with sushi and the accompaniment to your grandma's steamed fish, to gingerbread at Christmas and ginger ale when it's hot out, ginger is an essential ingredient in both Western and Asian cuisines

Eat out

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

On the shelf

One of my biggest baking challenges was macarons - the delicate pastries are notoriously temperamental. Now that I'm making them consistently well, I've been attempting to branch out and make some unusual flavours.

22 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


Fare Italian, American, Japanese, Indian and Thai dishes, all vegetarian and with no MSG.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am


35 Elgin Street, SoHo

Tel: 2545 9966

Open: Monday-Friday noon-3pm, nightly 6pm-11pm

Cuisine: Japanese.

Price: About HK$380 for dinner without drinks and before adding the service charge.

24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

This week's question: What's the best thing you've ever done during the summer?

Justine Nicolas , 18

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

the mixer

Ginseng is renowned for its healing qualities, so it's only logical modern mixologists are using it in their cocktails; added to a long summer drink, it works as a pick-me-up in the enervating hot weather.

18 May 2008 - 12:00am

Ginger wins again

Hong Kong's top female golfer successfully defended her title when she outplayed her opponents during the final round of the Ladies Close Amateur Championship of Hong Kong at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club last Friday.

Ginger Mak Jun-ki romped to a 15-shot victory with a combined three-round total of 224 (76-72-76).

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

lily buds

Lily buds are also known as gum jum choi, golden needles and lily flowers.

What are they? The unopened buds of the tiger lily plant.

How are they available? They're usually dried, but they're sometimes available fresh, when they have a more delicate taste and softer texture.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Off the vine

New to Ginger Lily are unusual Philippine coco-and-sigid coffee tables shaped like non-aligned half moons ($8,800, below). Layers of coco are bound with sigid (a vine) and covered with resin, according to shop owner Carole Day. The process continues until the required thickness is achieved. Another product is the rubber-weave lounge suite ($28,000, pictured behind the coffee table).

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Rice wine

Wine made from rice has been a popular drink and cooking ingredient in China (where it's known as huang jiu) and Japan (where it's known as sake or mirin) for centuries.

2 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Christmas Trivia

1. Which country issued the first Christmas stamp: Brazil, Vatican, Austria or Canada?

2. What is the most popular tree topper?

3. Traditionally, does the eldest or youngest family member open the first present?

4. When did flashing Christmas lights debut, 1930s or 1950s?

21 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Beauty Flash

Ocean beauty

Kiehl's has launched a new series based on abyssine, a substance harvested from the deep recesses of the Pacific Ocean. Its Abyssine line includes a sunscreen ($405) which moisturises as it protects. It is light enough for everyday use and can be worn under make-up. Also featured in the series is a cream for the face and neck and an eye cream ($290).

17 Oct 2004 - 12:00am