Indonesia has embarked on an ambitious push to be a global halal hub. It had planned to make halal labelling mandatory for consumer products and services from October, but has delayed the measure. Illustration: Perry Tse

Everything halal: consumer goods makers exploit Indonesian push for products that satisfy Islamic law, selling ‘halal fridges’ and ‘halal cat food’

  • Islamic law only covers the preparation of food, drinks and cosmetics, but many other goods are marketed to Indonesian Muslims as halal
  • The country’s government recently tried to rush in a law requiring halal certification for all consumer goods and services; for now this remains voluntary
Topic |   Indonesia

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Indonesia has embarked on an ambitious push to be a global halal hub. It had planned to make halal labelling mandatory for consumer products and services from October, but has delayed the measure. Illustration: Perry Tse
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Le Petit Saigon chef Theign Yie Phan with a pork banh mi. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world

  • Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes
  • Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but it is now also a hit around the world
Topic |   Eat Drink Asia Podcast

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Le Petit Saigon chef Theign Yie Phan with a pork banh mi. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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