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Success! New York Bans Shark Fins Unanimously

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by ecofrenfood

Success! New York Bans Shark Fins Unanimously

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Though many find them scary, ugly and generally repellent, the world needs sharks: they are important predators and scavengers, necessary to many different aquatic ecosystems.

New York has taken a step towards stopping our species from eliminating them from the oceans: the state legislature has voted unanimously to ban the sale and distribution of shark fins, the central ingredient in shark fin soup.

I wrote about New York’s consideration of a ban for Care2 Causes a year ago, and 1,200 Care2 readers heeded the call and signed a petition to New York’s governor.

State lawmakers took their time about it (which is not surprising given the extreme dysfunction of New York’s legislature, but I digress), but they finally came through. Now it is up to the Governor to sign it.

Maryland beat New York to the punch as the first East Coast state to ban trade in shark fins, adopting the law on May 2, 2013. This side of the country has lagged behind the West Coast, all of which has banned shark fins, as have Hawai’i Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Even landlocked Illinois is shark-fin-free. Momentum seems to be growing to kill the finning industry.

Shark fin soup is prized and very expensive in traditional Chinese culture, making finning a multi-million dollar industry. But even China has taken a (largely symbolic) step away from the dish by banning it at state banquets.

One reason for the hubbub is that killing sharks for soup has wiped out such large percentages of the fish that some species are now endangered and others close to it. According to Sea Shepherd, “many sharks take up to fifteen years to reach maturity and then produce only one shark pup per year. Such a fragile and slow reproduction rate means that their populations may never recover from the damage we have already inflicted.”

The other reason is the horror-show methods fishermen use to get the fins. As I described the process here last year, ”fishermen catch the animal and drag it aboard the boat, hack off its fin muscles, then throw it back into the sea,” unable to move normally and certain to die. They “drown, bleed to death or are eaten alive by predators after this mutilation.”

The common fear of sharks is largely unfounded. As Sea Shepherd points out,

Every year humans slaughter over 100 million sharks.
No more than 12 people a year are killed by sharks worldwide. In fact [it] is more dangerous to play golf than to swim in the ocean with sharks. More golfers are struck by lightning and killed each year than the total number of shark fatalities. Many more humans are struck and killed by boats every year than are attacked by sharks.

New York City is one of the largest markets for shark fins outside of Asia. New Yorker Patrick Kwan of the Humane Society of the United States, who has been advocating for the ban, pointed out to the Village Voice that “every Asian-American lawmaker in the legislature and on City Council stood in full support of the ban. ‘They are not only supporting, but they are also leading the effort.’”

Perhaps the tide is turning in sharks’ favor.

Wong Lo Kat

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Wong Lo Kat is also a type of Chinese herbal tea. It tastes like herbal tea.

The JDB Group is a Hong Kong-based, large-scale enterprise that focuses its business in the production and sales of specialized beverages. In 1995, the group launched the first red-canned “Wong Lo Kat”. In 1999, the group set up its production base as a foreign capital enterprise in Chang An Town of Dongguan, Guangdong Province. It also set up individual production plants in Beijing, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangzhou.

SOURCE: China Knowledge

$1 The Value of a Dollar

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When Jonathan Blaustein purchased 10 early-season organic blueberries for $1, he was a little upset by this price, because six weeks earlier he had purchased 17 organic blueberries from Chile for the same amount of money. And those blueberries from Chile were from 800 miles away but were half the cost of California berries.

Eventually, after seeing many different menus around the world with various dollar-priced meals, photographer Mr. Blaustein, 36, decided to pursue a project “The Value of a Dollar”.

So, what food can you buy if you only have $1 in your wallet? See these photos taken by Mr. Blaustein and find out the answer.


Shurfine flour


A double cheeseburger from McDonald’s


Organic grapefruit from a natural food store


Conventional grapefruit


Tomatillos from Mexico


Candy necklaces from China


Shufrine white bread


Potted meat food product


Organic basmati rice


Tea biscuits from Spain


Shrimp-flavored ramen noodles


Beef shank


Pork floss, or rousong


Fenugreek seeds from India


Saffron


Side salad with ranch dressing from Burger King


Escargot in a can from Indonesia


Early-season organic blueberries from California


Dried smelt

What are the world’s most delicious foods?

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What are the world’s most delicious foods? We thought we knew. Apparently we don’t.

Our list of the World’s 50 most delicious foods stimulated some impassioned debate about the conspicuous lack of French dishes and the merits of ketchup over mayonnaise.

“Ketchup? Pop Corn? Chips? Plenty of Thai but few Malay food? What about Chinese (Sichuan, Cantonese, etc)? No Brazilian or Argentinean?” queried commenter Max.

Reader LoveFoods wrote, “OMG why are people hating? If you don’t like the list, make your own! I love Thai and Japanese foods.”

LoveFoods was right. So we threw it open to a vote on a Facebook poll.

And now, after more than 35,000 votes, it appears we got it all wrong. The world’s most delicious food is not Massaman curry, as we suggested, but a meaty, spicy, gingery dish from west Sumatra.

Couscous and lemon curd cake both took scores of votes, but didn’t make the list. Some 439 people thought gelato deserved a place in online history.

The top 50 foods according to CNNGo readers are below. Bon appetit.

Goi cuon
50. Little packages of delightful herbal freshness.
50. Goi cuon, Vietnam

This snack made from pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper is served at room temperature. It’s “meat light,” with the flavors of refreshing herbs erupting in your mouth.

Dipped in a slightly sweet sauce laced with ground peanuts, it’s wholesome, easy and the very definition of “moreish.”
lechon
49. Great tan, better taste..jgn try,harem
49. Lechon, Philippines

Young pigs, chosen for their tender meat, are rotated and roasted thoroughly over a fire pit for hours. The result is a thin layer of crispy skin on juicy, succulent meat. Every mouthful makes you wonder why you eat anything else.

Great way to kick off this list.

Also on CNNGo: The making of Bali’s incredible pig roast
maple syrup
46. Canada’s greatest food.
48. Parma ham, Italy

Possibly the most versatile food of all. You see it folded around melon, wrapped around grissini, placed over pizza, heaped over salad.

There’s good reason for that: these salty, paper-thin slices of air-dried ham lift the taste of everything they accompany to a higher level, following the same theory as the Italian guy who thinks carrying around a copy of “Candide” makes up for the tiny Speedos.

Also on CNNGo: 11 artery-clogging and delicious Vietnamese dishes
Roti prata
45. A flippin’ great dish.
47. Fettucini alfredo, Italy

Saying no to fettucini alfredo is like turning down Monica Bellucci. It’s just wrong.

The main ingredients are butter and Parmesan cheese; it’s rich and creamy and it can be made in 15 minutes (consumption time included). A good serving of this can turn dinner with the family into something you actually look forward to.
Hamburger
42. Yes I love you. Now gimme a bite.
46. Maple syrup, Canada

With poutine and Montreal-style smoked meat not making the top 50, maple syrup becomes the sole Canadian representative in the list. But before selling you on its natural flavor and balanced sweetness, we must give credit to its mentor, the waffle, playing Batman to maple syrup’s edgier, sexier Robin.
bibimbap
40. See, healthy food can taste good.
45. Roti prata, Singapore

The truth is curry wouldn’t be curry if it wasn’t for this dough-based pancake.

Looks and tastes like Indian naan, roti prata is flipped and turned and flipped again before it’s heated over a grill plate. Its preparation is so theatrical you’ll feel like dancing a jig while you’re eating it.
44. Laksa, Singapore

Whether it originates in Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia as reader Bob Haris Mandela claimed, an authentic bowl of laksa always comes with slippery vermicelli, a spicy broth (the spicier the better), generous toppings of shredded chicken and fresh prawns.

One whiff of its pungent curry-coconut aroma and you’ll be transported to all three countries. Best way to travel ever.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Singapore foods
Masala Dosa
39. Breakfast for one billion people.
43. Fajitas, Mexico

This assembly kit of a dining experience is a thrill to DIY enthusiasts everywhere.

Step 1: Behold the meat sizzling on a fiery griddle. Step 2: Along with the meat, throw side servings of capsicum, onion, guacamole, sour cream and salsa into a warm, flour tortilla. Step 3: Promise all within hearing range that you’ll have “just one more.” Step 4: Repeat.
molten chocolate
38. The dessert you can use to compare all the world’s restaurants.
42. Hamburger, Germany

When something tastes so good that people spend US$20 billion each year in a single restaurant chain devoted to it, you know it has to fit into this list. McDonald’s may not offer the best burgers, but that’s the point — it doesn’t have to.

The bread-meat-salad combination is so good that entire countries have ravaged their eco-systems just to produce more cows.
41. Galbi, Korea

“Yeah, I would have thrown Kalbi Jim or something similar on there,” wrote reader Nobody. “Some Korean dishes are savagely good.”

We could forgive Nobody for opening 222 Facebook accounts to put Galbi in the list. But we’re pretty sure the balance of sweet and savory in Korean short ribs means there’s no underhand vote-rigging required.

Also on CNNGo: Best 7 restaurants for the Seoul herbivore
potato chips
37. The world’s cheapest delicacy?
40. Bibimbap, Korea

Mixed vegetables and beef, sitting atop steaming-hot rice, held together by a half-raw egg. The beauty of this Korean dish lies at least partially in the diner’s DIY mixing of the ingredients.

Bibambap is best when served in a heated stone bowl, and eaten with metal chopsticks.
39. Masala dosa, India

A crispy, rice-batter crepe encases a spicy mix of mashed potato, which is then dipped in coconut chutney, pickles, tomato-and-lentil-based sauces and other condiments. It’s a fantastic breakfast food that’ll keep you going till lunch, when you’ll probably come back for another.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Mumbai foods
shrimp dumpling in hong kong
34. Small but brilliant.
38. Warm brownie and vanilla ice cream, Global

There are some diners who will not frequent an establishment if it does not have brownie and ice cream on the dessert menu. You may call them fools.

We do, too, but having done so we then happily leave the first restaurant after the main course to visit one we know has this perfect dessert on offer.
lobster
32. If you were on a million menus you’d have big claws too.
37. Potato chips, United States

Despite major criticisms suggesting that potato chips aren’t real food, voters like Deepti Ravi believe that they “rock.”

What started as a chef’s trick on a fussy diner is now one of the world’s most child-friendly foods. But think of them this way — if a single chip cost, say, US$5, it’d be a far greater (and more popular) delicacy than caviar, a prize worth fighting wars over.

fried chicken
31. Clucking great.
36. Moo nam tok, Thailand

Grilled pork combined with lemon juice, green onions, chili, mint sprigs, fish sauce and toasted rice. Legend has it the blood from the meat along with the dressing inspired some happy carnivore to name this brilliant dish “waterfall (nam tok moo) meat.”
35. Neapolitan pizza, Italy

The best pizza was and still is the simple Neapolitan, an invention now protected by its own trade association that insists on sea salt, high-grade wheat flour, the use of only three types of fresh tomatoes, hand-rolled dough and the strict use of a wood-fired oven, among other quality stipulations.

With just a few ingredients — dough, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and basil (the marinara pizza does not even contain cheese) — the Neapolitans created a food that few make properly, but everyone enjoys thoroughly.
34. Shrimp dumpling, Hong Kong

Succulent shrimps, steamed well but not overdone, wrapped inside translucent rice paper. This simple form of dim sum has been a must-eat dish for decades.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Hong Kong foods

Words on the street say the more pleat folds there are the more skillful the chef is.
33. Seafood paella, Spain

The sea is lapping the shore by your feet, a warm breeze whips the tablecloth around your legs and a steamy pan of paella sits in front of you. Shrimp, lobster, mussels and cuttlefish combine with white rice and various herbs, oil and salt in this Valencian dish to send you immediately into holiday mode.

Though if you have it in Spain, you’re probably there already.
32. Lobster, Global

Forget all your fancy, contrived lobster dishes deployed by showoff chefs eager for Michelin endorsement. When you have something as naturally delicious as these little fellas, keep it simple. The best way to enjoy lobster is simply to boil it and serve with a side of melted butter and slice of lemon.
31. Fried chicken, United States

“I have had almost everything. But they left off fried chicken… ” reader Michelle Souza commented.

Michelle: your fellow readers have made up for this unforgivable lapse. This all-time American favorite makes its entry with all the artery-choking goodness that made Colonel Sanders a very happy, if not healthy, man.

BBQ pork
28. The best pork comes barbecued and honey-drizzled.
30. Cheeseburger, United States

The power of cheese? Add it to an ordinary hamburger, the food gets pushed up 13 spots in the poll.
Penang Assam Laksa
26. As photogenic as a food can get.
29. Chili crab, Singapore

Reader ST suggested that chili crabs, contrary to popular beliefs, aren’t difficult to make. “Fantastic list of delicious food! Chilli Crabs are actually very easy to prepare. Here is an easy recipe for you :)”

ST forgot to mention, however, that it is difficult to stop eating it.

Also on CNNGo: Food fight! Malaysia wants its ‘unique’ dishes back
bulgogi
23. The messiest, meatiest food for champions.
28. Barbecue pork, Hong Kong

Along with many comments left by reader Louis4, s/he wrote, “TX bbq tastes like turds. Is that all you have beside that boring food?”

Here you go, Louis4. Your fellow readers suggested the Chinese version of barbecue pork. This honey-coated meat is sweet, tender and it goes well with everything — rice, noodles or even by itself.

Ask for the half-fat, half-lean barbecue pork to really indulge in this delicacy.
egg tart
22. Egg on your face can be a good thing.
27. Tacos, Mexico

A fresh, handmade tortilla stuffed with small chunks of grilled beef rubbed in oil and sea salt then covered with guacamole, salsa, onions, cilantro or anything else you want — perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is the reason few visitors leave Mexico weighing less than when they arrived.

Fish and chips
21. A salty, vinegary homage to the basics.
26. Penang assam laksa, Malaysia

Poached, flaked mackerel, tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, pineapple … one of Malaysia’s most popular dishes is an addictive spicy-sour fish broth with noodles (especially great when fused with ginger), that’ll have your nose running before the spoon even hits your lips.
25. Chocolate, Mexico

The Mayans drank it, Lasse Hallström made a film about it and the rest of us get over the guilt of eating too much of it by eating more of it. The story of the humble cacao bean is a bona fide out-of-the-jungle, into-civilization tale of culinary wonder.

Without this creamy, bitter-sweet confection, Valentine’s Day would be all cards and flowers, Easter would turn back into another dull religious event and those halcyon days of gorging yourself to eruption point at Christmas would be fanciful imaginings.
pho
20. Vietnam’s answer to “What should I eat today?”
24. Fried rice, Thailand

It’s true, anyone can fry rice. But can you fry it as well as the Thais? We suspect not.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Thai foods
23. Bulgogi, Korea

Literally meaning “fire” and “meat”, this Korean dish has been in existence for nearly 1,000 years.

A bowl of bulgogi gives everything you need in a balanced diet — carbohydrate (rice), protein (beef and egg), vitamins and minerals (mixed vegetables), and fat (oil). Four good reasons to order a second bowl.

Also on CNNGo: Buldak: South Korea’s torturous but irresistible dish

Green curry
19. It’s easy eating green.
22. Egg tart, Hong Kong

Flaky on the crust with a sweet and smooth egg custard in the middle, egg tarts are best eaten hot when they’re fresh out of an oven. This dessert can be ordered in the most rundown bakeries and most glamorous hotels in Hong Kong.

Former Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, declared eating egg tarts one of his favorite pastimes in the city.

Also on CNNGo: Behind the scenes of Hong Kong’s most loved egg tart bakery
Gelato
17. So many flavors to choose. Why bother?
21. Fish ‘n’ chips, England

Anything that’s been around since the 1860s can’t be doing much wrong. The staple of the Victorian British working class is a crunchy-outside, soft-inside dish of simple, un-adorned food fundamentals.

Sprinkled with salt, vinegar and dollops of tartar sauce, it is to nouveau cuisine what Meat Loaf is to Prince (or whatever he’s calling himself now).
20. Pho, Vietnam

This oft-mispronounced national dish (“fuh” is correct) is just broth, fresh rice noodles, a few herbs and usually chicken or beef. But it’s greater than the sum of its parts — fragrant, tasty and balanced, the polar opposite of the moto rider who brought you to the little café where you find the best stuff.

19. Green curry, Thailand

Kermit got it wrong. It’s not hard being green, it’s delicious. For many this coconutty-creamy and spicy curry should have made the top 10. Goes with steamed rice like bikinis go with Thai beaches.
Satay
14. Stick it, soak it, eat it, lick it.

18. Croissant, France

Flaky pastry smothered in butter, a pile of raspberry jam smeared over the top and a soft, giving bite as you sink in your teeth; there’s nothing not to love about this fatty, sweet breakfast food that must be married to a cup of strong coffee.
kimchi
12. How much money have Korean restaurants lost out on by giving this away for free?
17. Gelato, Italy

Thanks to “Eat, Pray, Love,” the best dessert in Italy is now more popular than ever. True gelato makers use only fresh ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors, and allow you to mix and match as many different flavors as you want.

With a higher density and less fat than ice cream, gelato often tastes richer but healthier — perfect for your own “no-carb-left-behind” experiment.
lasagna
11. Lasagna is right on so many levels.
16. Kebab, Turkey

For keeping starvation at bay for the entire student population of the United Kingdom, the doner kebab should clearly be honored. But they are hardly the delicious prototype worthy of representing a region.

Reader Elena Vorobyeva told us, “There are so many forms and shapes of it: doner, iskender kebab, shish kebab, chop shish kebab, orman kebab, etc.”

So summon the shish kebab. Pick your meat, shove a stick through it, grill. Then wonder why you don’t eat like this every day.
15. Ice cream, United States

Somehow there’s always room for a tooth-rotting, U.S.-style pile of ice cream with nuts, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

Thank God for extra long spoons that allow you get at the real weight-gain stuff all mixed up and melted at the bottom of the glass.

Also on CNNGo: Best cold treats in Hong Kong
14. Satay, Indonesia

Reader Paul Peh wrote, “I can make satay too but the prep will take at least half the day and [the eating will be done] in less than half hr. lol.”

Half an hour? What’s the hold up? Last time we drowned some skewered meat with this peanut-based sauce we were ready for seconds before you could say “mmmm”.
13. Chicken rice, Singapore

Often called the “national dish” of Singapore, this steamed or boiled chicken is served atop fragrant oily rice, with sliced cucumber as the token vegetable. Variants include roasted chicken or soy sauce chicken.

The dipping sauces — premium dark soy sauce, chili with garlic and pounded ginger — give it that little extra oomph to ensure whenever you’re not actually in Singapore eating chicken rice, you’re thinking of it.
12. Kimchi, Korea

Is Korea the most generous nation or what? Korean restaurants provide this starter dish of fermented vegetables for free. Perhaps because few Koreans can last more than two days without it.
11. Lasagna, Italy

Lasagna overtook pizza to become the most sought-after Italian food in this delicacy list. There’s a reason this pasta-layered, tomato-sauce-infused, minced-meaty gift to kids and adults alike is so popular — it just works.

Dee Dodge wrote, “I love Lasagna.” The lack of exclamation marks tells you how seriously true fans take this dish.

Massaman curry
10. Still a top 10 entry.
10. Massaman curry, Thailand

Although not the world’s most delicious food, it is still emphatically the king of curries. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory, its combination of flavors has more personality than a Thai election.

Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce.
Ramen
8. World’s loudest food?

“The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing tag-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the best curry is sold on nearly every street corner.
9. Peking duck, China

“Peking duck! its a wonder…..” wrote Shan Cao on our Facebook page.

We can only guess Shan Cao was in the middle of forking a piece of this maltose-syrup glazed duck dish into his/her mouth and forgot to finish the sentence. Slow-roasted in an oven, the crispy, syrup-coated skin is so good that authentic eateries will serve more skin than meat, and bring it with pancakes, onions and hoisin or sweet bean sauce.

Other than flying or floating, this is the only way you want your duck.
dim sum in hong kong
7. Family lunches are fun again.
8. Ramen, Japan

Japanese protocol says the tastier your ramen is, the louder you should slurp it up to show respect to your chef. Not that they need more respect. One mouthful of this most Japanese of noodle broths will quickly tell you that either you have a ramen trigger in your brain, or Japanese chefs are geniuses.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Japanese foods
7. Dim sum, Hong Kong

Equally fun and delicious to eat, a trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without trying this traditional Cantonese lunch food. Popular with everyone from pass-through tourists to local kids and the elderly, most dim sum come in bite-size pieces so you don’t have to waste time cutting the stuff up.

Bring a few friends and wash the food down with the free-flow tea.
pad thai
5. Even better when it’s messy.
6. Som tam (Papaya salad), Thailand

After reading reader Kun Chotpakdeetrakul’s comment, “Papaya salad and som tam [are] the same thing. You should combine vote for these two together,” we did just that, pushing som tam to just 80 votes shy of the top five.

To prepare Thailand’s iconic salad, pound garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya.

Also on CNNGo: Everything you need to know about som tam — including where to find it
tom yum goong
4. Do you eat or drink soup? Either way just get it inside you.
5. Pad thai, Thailand

Here’s a food Thai people can’t live without.

Similar to Bulgogi (see #22), pad Thai is packed with nutrients stirred into one glorious fried-noodle dish.

The secret’s in the sauce — tamarind paste. If anyone ever creates a Hall of Food Fame, that should be first on the list.
sushi
3. Rice, salmon, wasabi — world’s greatest trio?
4. Tom yam goong, Thailand

Reader Supot Sakulwongtana made it clear that “delicious includes a little bit hot.” A little bit hot is right because you need room for a load more flavors too.

This Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favorite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap.
Nasi Goreng
2. More rice — a common factor in many of these dishes.
3. Sushi, Japan

When Japan wants to build something right, it builds it really right. Brand giants such as Toyota, Nintendo, Sony, Nikon and Yamaha may have been created by people fueled by nothing more complicated than raw fish and rice, but it’s how the fish and rice is put together that makes this a global first-date favorite.

This perfect marriage between raw fish and rice has easily kept sushi in the top five. And like one reader, Nymayor, wrote, “Now to be fair, DELICIOUS can be simple.”

The Japanese don’t live practically forever for no reason — they want to keep eating this stuff.

Also: How to eat sushi properly
2. Nasi goreng, Indonesia

“I like rendang and nasi goreng, two of most popular food in Indonesia!” Reader Rizky Ramadhika’s got it. And thousands of other voters agreed.

The wonder of combining rice with egg, chicken and prawns strikes again. The second fried rice to make the list, this Indonesian delight received more than 10 times the vote of its Thai counterpart (see #23), propelling the former from non-runner to runner-up.
rendang Indonesia
1. No. 1 as voted by you.
1. Rendang, Indonesia

Reader Kamal F Chaniago showed great foresight when he wrote, “Rendang is the best.” A clear winner with a loyal following, this beefy dish can now rightfully claim the title of “World’s Most Delicious Food.”

Beef is slowly simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies, then left to stew for a few hours to create this dish of tender, flavorful bovine goodness.

The Indonesian dish is often served at ceremonial occasions and to honored guests. It’s not only delicious but also comes with a simple recipe. If you haven’t already, go ahead and take reader Isabela Desita’s advice: “Rendang should be the first! It’s really nice, you should try!”

World’s 50 most delicious foods: Readers’ picks #3 | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/eat/readers-choice-worlds-50-most-delicious-foods-012321?page=0,2#ixzz1XH1B2EQZ

China food safety

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2011 by ecofrenfood

101 East – China food safety – Dec 11 – Part 1

101 East – China food safety – Dec 11 – Part 2

Japan’s Poison Dumplings Made in China

Toxic Chinese Dumpling Poisoned by Workers

Beware of Imported Chicken from China!

Toxic Food & Products from China

“Three Squeak” Boiled Cat in China

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Regular readers already familiar with these strange Chinese dishes such as “virgin” eggs, soup of the infants and the “three squeak.” Today, your attention is invited to the next culinary omnivorous Chinese – boiled cat

Restaurants where you can enjoy koshatinu, hiding on the outskirts of Canton (Guangzhou). And the only sign “boiled alive cat» (水煮 活 猫) attracts people’s attention to the food served here. Cat meat costs 10 yuan per half kilo, cat brain is estimated at 30 yuan per half kilo, and the intestines of animals costs 50 yuan per pound.

See what kind of dish – “boiled alive cat”? Cook of the restaurant said:
The cat should not be beaten to death, then its a little to cook, this is called a “living cooked cat
Why do so many people like to eat cats? Visiting the restaurant, which serves cats, divided into:
Eating cat meat can cure asthma, it improves health

Cat on the wholesale market provides over a thousand cats, packed in tight metal cages





Most of the cats sold in Guangdong province (Guangdong), because the Cantonese (people of Guangdong Province) is particularly fond of cats. The use of cats in the food first became popular in the Chaozhou-Shantou region (Chaozhou-Shantou) in Guangdong Province. The Chinese, according to their traditions, believe that the cat meat is effective to help balance the yin and yang of man. The reason why the cat meat in high esteem, is the naive belief in consumers that it has sanative effect.

The following is the process of making the cat.

Chef Cat restaurant removes all the cat hair. Upon completion of the process of “plucking” whole bird, cat, hung on a hook for weighing



Still breathing cat is placed in boiling water and boiled alive. Then cook the interior of cat extracts


To ensure the freshness of cat meat, most cats are used brutal beating of restaurants and similar methods of slaughtering of live cats.
The greater the suffering, the better the taste. This is done in order to be completely absorbed in the blood of flesh, then the cat meat will taste great

Piggy EARs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Pigs Ears Snack

Chinese BBQ Pigs Ears

Classic Chinese Sliced Pigs’ ears

Teochew Chinese Pigs’ ears

Pigs’ ears with wine

Pressed Pigs’ Ears

Hu Mu Palo – Thai salad Sliced Pigs’ Ear

Pig ears are a very underrated part of the pig. They have a soft meat and plenty of fat for taste