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Briefs, September 20, 2012

Zhengzhou Coal 'to aim for' US$600m offering

Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 2:56am


The other day, I was reorganising my overcrowded kitchen cupboards, trying to make it easier to find things. I was surprised by the number of sugars I had: there was granulated, two types of icing sugar, brown lump sugar, muscovado, soft brown sugar, gula melaka (palm sugar) and chouquette sugar.

31 Aug 2012 - 6:01pm

Into the dark: not all bars are created equal

If the health benefits of chocolate derive from the antioxidants in cocoa, as seems likely, then there's no point eating a Snickers bar and expecting it to help your heart. You're going to need something with a higher cocoa content. The problem is, cocoa is bitter, too much so for some.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tart at the beginning

Meizi (or ume, as they're known in Japan) are green apricots, although they're not simply the unripe fruit that will, if left on the tree, ripen into the beautiful golden-orange variety that we eat fresh later in the year (or eat dried). Green apricots, which are very tart, are rarely eaten as they are.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sesame treat

The sesame is the mighty atom of seeds: it's hard to believe something so tiny can be so powerful - in flavour, at least. The seeds, usually divided into white (which are actually off-white) and black varieties, are prized for their nutty, distinctive flavour, which becomes even stronger when the seeds are toasted.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


There are good calories and bad calories, but sugar is 'toxic beyond its calories' and should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health. So argues a team of University of California, San Francisco researchers in a report published in Nature two weeks ago.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

This will definitely put you in the pink

We usually think of beetroot as a savoury food. But Shima Shimizu, raw food chef and founder of Sesame Kitchen, dispels this notion by using beetroot as a key ingredient in a cake.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Alfie's by Kee

M18-19, M/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central. Tel: 2530 4422. With its dark wood, dimmed lights and leather lounges to sink into, Alfie's more than matches the Dunhill boys' club aesthetic. Recommended: Pimm's by Kee and the lemon grass martini.

Angel's Share

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

When it comes to the crunch, almonds get the chef's vote

Chef Que Vinh Dang has a penchant for peanut butter, so it's no surprise the peanut butter and jelly macaroons he serves up sometimes at his SoHo private kitchen TBLS have become the sweet stuff of legend.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Nuttz Vienna Almond HK$35.90 for 100g, Great

Said to be made according to a generations-old Viennese family recipe, these caramelised vanilla-coated almonds are so sweet that there's not much nut taste. The amount of sugar also negates the heart-healthy benefits of the nuts.

Verdict: A few paired with a sugar-free latte might be fine - but that's it.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am