Different cultures eat different dishes to keep cool in the hot summer months. Photo: Felix Wong Different cultures eat different dishes to keep cool in the hot summer months. Photo: Felix Wong
Different cultures eat different dishes to keep cool in the hot summer months. Photo: Felix Wong
Andrew Sun
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Mouthing Off by Andrew Sun

How the right food can keep you cool in East Asia’s humid summers (and it’s not ice cream)

  • Chinese medicine recommends cooling foods such as hot winter melon soup in the hot summer months, but salads and ice cream are out
  • People from tropical countries eat chillis and spices to bring on the sweat, while southern Europeans and North Africans eat food that is less spicy

Different cultures eat different dishes to keep cool in the hot summer months. Photo: Felix Wong Different cultures eat different dishes to keep cool in the hot summer months. Photo: Felix Wong
Different cultures eat different dishes to keep cool in the hot summer months. Photo: Felix Wong
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Andrew Sun

Andrew Sun

Andrew Sun has dabbled in many shades of the media spectrum for 25 years, from college radio, TV, print and online columnist to starting film festivals, managing music labels and authoring food books. Someday he will figure what he wants to be when he grows up.