When Sars first spread, Guangzhou residents sought out vinegar

When Sars first spread, Guangzhou residents sought out vinegar

When 20 people were approached at random in Guangzhou and asked what first comes to mind when they think about Sars, 15 said vinegar. Four mentioned the isatis root, a Chinese medicine rumoured to be useful against Sars and one mentioned civet cats, which hosted the Sars virus and transmitted it to humans.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 3:52am

Initiative aims to redress global food imbalance

Katy Yung (left) and Stephanie Tan formed a charity organisation that promotes healthy eating. Photo: Nora Tam

Obesity and malnutrition may be at opposite ends of the nutrition spectrum, but they're both pressing problems in today's world.

About one billion people in the world are hungry, while roughly an equal number suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other health-related issues of overconsumption.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:40am

Hip hip, hooray for strawberries

Strawberries are possibly the most summery of fruits: fragrant, juicy and sweet. Accompanied by a dollop of cream, they're an important part of the famous Wimbledon tennis championships.

If you're lucky enough to have picked them yourself, you've experienced one of the most joyful summer activities.

Strawsamic sauce

15 Aug 2012 - 10:46pm

Firm and fair: ling is just the thing for an absolute beginner

Ling - the largest member of the cod family, which grows to 2 metres long - is popular for its mild flavour, versatility and good value. The firm, white flesh stands up to all types of cooking - pan-frying, grilling or baking - making it simple to handle even for novice cooks.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Want a low-fat, low-salt dish? Get yourself into a stew

Produced in Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy since the Middle Ages, traditional balsamic vinegar is made from reduced grape juice that has been aged (in some cases for more than 12 years) in wooden casks.

The dark brown syrupy vinegar is both slightly tart and sweet, making it a versatile pantry staple.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Tim Godwin

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Indians love Hui Lau Shan ... They love putting mango and milk together for shakes and lassi

Chetan Bhagat, Indian author and Hong Kong tourism ambassador, on the dessert chain

American people in overwhelming numbers don't want to go back to the same policies that got us into this mess

David Plouffe, Barack Obama's campaign manager in 2008

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

An eggstra special Easter

Since ancient times, eggs have symbolised rebirth and the coming of spring. Decorating them as Easter symbols became popular in 988, when Christianity came to Ukraine.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

On the shelf

1 A salad spinner is the type of kitchen tool you don't realise is essential until you have one. Until getting our first spinner, we let our greens air-dry (which takes hours) or patted them dry with paper towels.

19 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Brand story: EcoStore

Who's behind it? New Zealander Malcolm Rands began selling his products by mail order in 1993. Rands says the brand applies a precautionary principle to chemicals. There are no petrochemicals, enzymes, optical whiteners, phosphates, synthetic perfumes or dyes, chlorine, ammonia, TEA, DEA, MEA, SLS, parabens, propylene glycol, formaldehyde or NPEs.

2 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Top tips: feeding follicles

The kitchen cupboard could be your solution for healthy, shiny hair. Try some of these homemade recipes for various hair woes - you can even eat the leftovers.

15 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

On the shelf

1 Chances are you won't ever have the pleasure of dining at El Bulli in Spain - even if you can afford it (the food isn't that expensive for a Michelin three-star but the journey there's another story), your chances of getting a table are slim.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Unlike most other types of fruit, which are eaten when ripe, mui are picked and used when green.

What are they? Mui are also known as ume (in Japanese) and sour plums (although they're actually in the apricot family). The fruit is picked when it is small (about 2.5cm in diameter) and hard.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am


Veteran green activist Dr Simon Chau Siu-cheong pioneers a healthier way of eating. He is chairman of the Produce Green Foundation and the Vegetarian Society of Hong Kong. Here he talks about his favourite vegetarian dishes.

Pickled Radish

29 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Customers quick to take their medicine at vinegar bar

It may not be the most refreshing drink after a hard day at the office, but patrons at the 'vinegar bar' in downtown Shanghai say their tipple helps stave off Sars.

The Hengshun Vinegar Bar's manager claims vinegar has several medicinal qualities and offers protection from Sars by boosting the immune system.

16 Apr 2003 - 12:00am