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There’s more to food than meets the eye. Not only does it nourish, food also has the power to bring together kith and kin together, changing strangers into friends and bridging cultural differences. Now go forth and travel, explore and eat to your heart’s content!

Words: Alice Yong

Merdeka Hi Tea

‘Eats’ a celebration

Visitors to Singapore may want to mark its National Day on August 9 with a celebratory feast of chilli crabs. Check www.bestfoodinsingapore.com for the best restaurants to savour this dish. Then rejoice over Indonesia’s Declaration of Independence Day on August 17 with a delicious Nasi Padang meal at Garuda Nasi Padang (Jalan Gajah Mada, Medan, Indonesia).

     In celebration of Malaysia’s National Day on August 31, One World Hotel’s Cinnamon Coffee House will offer a sumptuous high-tea spread featuring dishes from Malaysia such as chicken rice, assorted noodles, satay, roti canai, dim sum, rojak buah, rendang, Malay kuih and ice kacang, among others. www.oneworldhotel.com.my


Amazing Avocados

Healthy and rich in fibre, folate and vitamins C, E and K, avocados also contain good monounsaturated fats that are beneficial for heart health. The high water and fibre content make avocados perfect for appetite control.

     Use mashed avocado as a healthy dip, or as a creamy base for soups, sauces and gravies in place of cream. Spread avocado mash onto steamed or grilled corn, sandwiches and cream crackers instead of butter. Diced or sliced avocado can also be added to prawn cocktail salads, sushi or spring roll filling. If you have dry or sensitive skin, apply this avocado facial cleanser which is effective against pollution and grime. Make it on alternate days and refrigerate between uses.

• Beat an egg yolk until light and frothy.

• Add ½ cup milk and half a ripe, skinned avocado.

• Mash it until mixture has a lotion-like consistency.

• Apply on face like regular cleanser.

• For dry skin, wash off with warm water, but if you have normal skin, use mild soap and water.

More tips and ideas at www.avocado.org.au

Image: Adam Lee

Ayam Penyet

Literally meaning ‘smashed chicken’, this mouth watering dish from Indonesia has become hugely popular lately and outlets have cropped up in various parts of the world. Basically, it is a piece of crispy, fried chicken smothered in tangy chilli sambal and often served with steamed rice and slices of cucumber. Try this dish at REMBOELAN restaurant at Plaza Senayan Rotunda (4th Floor, Main Gate) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Coffee Studio logo

Coffee Haven

Bali’s first specialist coffee boutique, Seniman Coffee Studio (Jalan Sriwedari, Ubud, Bali. T:+62 (0) 361972085), founded by David Sullivan and Rodney Glick, prides itself on roasting on premise its organic Arabica beans that are responsibly sourced from various Indonesian isles. The different roasts are handcrafted to perfection using the pour-over or hand-pulled espresso methods to bring out their best flavours. A selection of salads, soups, sandwiches, classic Indonesian dishes and desserts is also served at this stylishly designed cafe. www.facebook.com/senimankopi

 Camera lens mug

Snap This Up

Shaped remarkably like a DSLR telephoto lens with realistic detailing, the camera lens mug can used for hot or cold drinks. It also  comes with a lens hood that doubles up as a coaster or small plate for tidbits. www.thinkgeek.com

Edward Kwon

Ed on a Mission

Catch the inspiring, offbeat gastronomic adventures of Edward Kwon, South Korea’s latest tourism ambassador and former Burj Al Arab Hotel’s head chef in the TV series EdVentures In Asia. Shown on the Life Inspired (LI) channel, the 13-episode series will see the charming chef heading to Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Osaka, Macau, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Delhi, Beijing, Jeonju (South Korea), Nha Trang (Vietnam) and Ulan Bator (Mongolia) in his attempts to globalise Korean cuisine. www.litvchannel.com

Appetizer corner featuring a variety of Malaccan and international delightsFast & Feast

Muslim visitors to Kuala Lumpur will be spoilt for choice when it’s time to end their fast in the holy month of Ramadan. Our favourite buka puasa (breaking of fast) spread is at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel, which offers a lavish spread called Santapan de Raja (royal cuisine) from nine Malaysian states at Essence. More than one hundred mouth-watering specialties and international dishes can be savoured at RM108.00++ per person until August 19. www.eatdrinkandmore.com/sheratonimperialkualalumpur

Freshly grilled seafood at Pattaya beach

Pattaya’s Moveable Feast

“The best thing I’ve eaten in Pattaya, Thailand is freshly barbecued squid and deep-fried baby crabs by the beach. Doused in fish sauce and a sprinkling of chilli powder, I can never get enough of the scrumptious seafood that’s cooked right on the spot over a portable, makeshift charcoal stove! It’s a moveable feast at your beck and call as the mobile hawkers walk up and down the entire beach, peddling ice lollies, prawn crackers, burgers, som tam (Thai papaya salad) and drinks to those lounging around enjoying the sun, sea and sand.”

~ AirAsia guest, PR consultant and avid shutterbug, Ching Yee Sing