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Indonesian hunger for 'cheap and tasty' noodles buoys wheat prices

Indonesians’ growing appetite for cheap wheat-based foods like noodles is underpinning wheat prices. Photo: Reuters

After a hard morning poring over his books, Indonesian student Mohammed Rezky Utama refuels with a steaming bowl of noodles, shunning the more expensive rice dishes that were once his staple diet.

Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 10:29am

On the shelf

I'm not sure what the appeal is of the 'super long' noodles in this Itsuki brand of instant ramen. I did a double take when I saw the price - HK$69, but when you realise that each pack serves three, it doesn't seem as expensive. Instant noodles are pure comfort food for many of us, and the Japanese brands tend to do them the best.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


11 Hing Wan Street, Wan Chai Tel: 2915 2261 Open: 11.30am-10pm Cuisine: modern Chinese noodle house

Price: about HK$110 without drinks or the service charge.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cafe Locomotive

Cafe Locomotive 29 Thompson Road Wan Chai Hong Kong Tel. 2528 3848

Grub: Contemporary Vietnamese.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A gluten-free classic for those who are mung friends

The vermicelli used in this dish is made of 100 per cent mung bean starch, not the rice variety. They might look similar uncooked, but after mung bean vermicelli is soaked, it becomes soft, slippery, springy and - unlike rice vermicelli - translucent.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Greyhound Cafe

Shop 1082, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall Tel: 2383 1133 Open: 9am-10pm (last order) Cuisine: international, but primarily modern Thai

Price: about HK$250 without drinks and the service charge

Ambience: young and hip. The space is decorated in white, black and grey, with whimsical drawings on white tiles, and the menu written on a slate wall.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

King Shing

King Shing G/F, 4A Hoi Kwong Street Quarry Bay Tel 2597 4182

Grub: Dumplings and noodles

Vibe: This is a large and brightly lit noodle shop that is a hive of activity, even at off-peak times. The menu is bilingual, though English is not widely spoken among the staff. The service is fast and efficient.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ippudo ensures oodles of noodles for fans with opening of Island outlet

Hongkongers just can't seem to get enough of their bowls of ramen - but help has arrived. In response to the overwhelming popularity of the city's first Ippudo outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui, which opened to great fanfare in July, the Japanese ramen emporium opened the doors on Wednesday of Hakata Ippudo in Causeway Bay.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bowled over by intense flavours

What goes around comes around, as they say, and Japanese ramen is a fine example of a dish that has crossed the seas from China to Japan, evolved and come 'back' to Hong Kong to immense popularity. Originating in a simple Chinese wheat noodle soup, ramen was served from pushcart food stalls in 1900s Japan.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Fibre is the stuff of health, like it or not

Phoebe asks: I know that fibre is an essential part of our diet, but I really hate cereal. What else can I eat to get enough fibre?

Wynnie says: Fibre is a complex carbohydrate. There are two kinds: soluble and insoluble.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Province's pasta masters proud of their ancient culinary traditions

Liu Yong, a chef at posh boutique hotel Jing's Residence in Pingyao, an ancient walled city in Shanxi, is very proud of his provincial cuisine, but laments the fact that it's not as famous as many of China's better-known cuisines.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

No-knives edict led to one of China's non-rice favourites

In parts of northern China, where wheat is the dominant crop, noodles supersede rice. Wheat-flour-based noodles have featured in Chinese literature since the Han dynasty (206BC-AD220), and come in all shapes and sizes. One type, the chewy, randomly shaped knife-cut noodles, or dao xiao mian, is said to be the result of a happy accident.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Perfect match

To complement Kobe beef udon with seaweed, a drink needs gentleness and a focused flavour approach.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Free tasty treat for elderly at estate

The Cheung family have sold beef brisket noodles in Sha Tin for 54 years - from a time when they cost 30 HK cents a bowl - but now they want to give some away.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Miso Cool

Miso Cool Shop SLG8-9a, Sub-lower G/F Westland Gardens 2-10 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay Tel: 2565 1001

Grub: Mostly Japanese noodles, but there is also a good selection of rice dishes, tempura and snacks to tempt the inquisitive palette.

15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am