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Sushi, sake and soy: star chef’s love affair

Publication date 10 August 2018 | 13:55 | ICT

Foie gras paired with wasabi, Japanese-style open kitchens and a fierce work ethic: Joel Robuchon, hailed as “chef of the century” on his death this week, drew great inspiration from Japan, where 10 establishments now bear his name.



  • Bookcases, biryani collide at Ikea India

    Publication date 10 August 2018 | 11:32 | ICT

    Curious customers lay on beds and nestled into armchairs Thursday as Ikea opened its first Indian outlet, hoping to wow a burgeoning middle class with offerings tweaked to local tastes, including its famous meatballs.

  • Coffee with a side of furr at capital’s Chhma Catfé

    Publication date 10 August 2018 | 09:27 | ICT

    Unlike most cafés where one can recognise the gentle murmur of small-talk floating in the air with the sound of relaxing jazz, at Chhma Catfé, the first thing you would hear as soon as you open the door is meow, meow, meow – soft an

  • Drinks with exotic pets at Reptile Café

    Publication date 27 July 2018 | 10:05 | ICT

    In a coffee shop surrounded by greenery, a pretty young lady smiles as she cuddles an iguana.

  • ‘Hipster’ coffee brews up change in Qatar’s capital

    Publication date 13 July 2018 | 14:30 | ICT

    Doha’s Tawar Mall looks much like any of the other unremarkable shopping centres dotted around Qatar, but tucked away in one of its corners, a tiny cultural revolution is taking place.

  • At Banana Kitchen, cuisines prepared by fact-finding

    Publication date 25 May 2018 | 11:13 | ICT

    Foreseeing plenty of challenges resulting from a highly competitive market in Phnom Penh, the restaurateur behind Banana Kitchen, located in a busy neighbourhood of the capital, built the restaurant on findings from detailed research.

  • The cocktail bar Hub is one of a row of bars and eateries which may be forced out of their location on the edge of Wat Botum Park.

    City tells street-side bars by Wat Botum Park to relocate

    Publication date 01 May 2018 | 07:42 | ICT

    The popular street-side bars and restaurants that line Wat Botum Park in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district have been told to move out by Tuesday or face eviction, vendors said on Monday.

  • Fears tarantula may go off the menu in Cambodia due to deforestation, hunting

    Publication date 11 April 2018 | 12:02 | ICT

    While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.

  • Kim Sotheary manages Cha Kdam Kampot, or ‘Kampot Crab Fried Rice’, a new food cart in the capital with a very limited menu.

    Fresh crab, without all the work, in Tuol Kork

    Publication date 16 March 2018 | 10:07 | ICT

    Along a row of food carts inside the sparkling compound of CUPS Coffee on Street 337 in Tuol Kork, an extension of a Kampot favourite has recently set up shop in the capital.

  • Mohammed Rashid at his cart on Sothearos Boulevard, where he serves up a taste from home – roti with a variety of toppings – on a plaza along Sothearos Boulevard.

    Comfort food from a cart is a Rohingya migrant’s link to home

    Publication date 09 March 2018 | 10:56 | ICT

    On a popular Phnom Penh strip, lined with the usual Khmer street food offerings – chicken feet, fried noodles, palm sugar juice – a bright red food cart stands out.

  • Phoey Phorn prepares kralan along National Road 6 last weekend.

    Hard work put into roadside snack favourite kralan

    Publication date 21 February 2018 | 09:22 | ICT

    With its subtle flavour and compact packaging, kralan seems like a simple but satisfying snack, but making it is a laborious process for those who stake their livelihoods on it.