At Aziza restaurant in Kennedy Town you’ll find different meze dishes such as (top, from left) tabbouleh and bosara, labna (middle), and (bottom, from left) moutabel and hummus. More Middle Eastern restaurants have opened in Hong Kong since the first few in the 1980s and ’90s. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

They taught Hong Kong to love kebabs, hummus, and falafel: how three family-run restaurants introduced Middle Eastern cuisine to city

  • Beirut in Lan Kwai Fong, Zahra in Wan Chai, and Habibi in Central paved the way for the flowering of authentic Middle Eastern gastronomy in the city
  • Families behind those pioneering places, and a new generation of restaurants – Aziza, Beyrouth Bistro and Zahrabel – talk about the passion that drives them
Topic |   Food and Drinks

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At Aziza restaurant in Kennedy Town you’ll find different meze dishes such as (top, from left) tabbouleh and bosara, labna (middle), and (bottom, from left) moutabel and hummus. More Middle Eastern restaurants have opened in Hong Kong since the first few in the 1980s and ’90s. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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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

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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