For decades, Chinese food has been under-appreciated on the world stage. That’s finally changing

In 1997, restaurateur Danny Yip moved back to Hong Kong from Australia.

Having worked in the food and beverage industry since the 1980s, he vowed he would never open another restaurant again.

“It was overwhelmingly exhausting,” he recalls during an interview with CNN Travel.

Instead, upon returning to his home city, he founded a successful internet company.

It didn’t take long before he broke his vow.

Missing the action and the fun of the industry, he sold his company in the 2000s and opened The Chairman, a humble two-story Cantonese restaurant located in a quiet street in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district.

It ended up being a sound decision — today, The Chairman is widely considered to be the epitome of modern Chinese restaurants.

First Chinese restaurant to win No.1

The Chairman won the top spot in this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards — the first-ever Chinese restaurant

Read More

The best and worst takeaway options revealed



Scouring the menu for healthy takeaway options? With a few careful tweaks, it's possible to enjoy a nutritious meal from your favourite restaurants.


© Daniel Grill – Getty Images
Scouring the menu for healthy takeaway options? With a few careful tweaks, it’s possible to enjoy a nutritious meal from your favourite restaurants.

If you’re aiming to be healthy or stick to a weight loss plan, is it possible to still eat fast food? Given that most takeaway dishes contain considerably more than your recommended daily intake for salt, added sugar, and fat, the idea of a healthy takeaway sounds like a contradiction. And while the occasional fast food binge won’t hurt, frequently gorging on junk food can do a serious number on your health.

But the good news is while most fast foods are packed with fatty ingredients, many takeaway restaurants now offer healthier alternatives and eating well doesn’t mean you have to give up your weekend treat. So before you resign yourself to cooking from scratch, take a fresh look at

Read More

Covid Feeds Eating Disorders and the Dark Side of Asia’s Obsession With Beauty

At a recent doctor’s visit, my endocrinologist admonished me for gaining two pounds. “You’re not obese” — I’m not even close — “but it’s something to watch,” he told me.

I left the appointment equal parts indignant and unsure. It wasn’t the first time I’d encountered this level of frankness about my body or appearance since moving to Asia. When I was pregnant in Hong Kong, my Chinese teacher confirmed that I must be having a boy. “Boys give mothers beauty, girls take it away,” she said. Years later, my property agent in Singapore was relieved to hear I was pregnant with my second child: “I thought you were just getting fat!”

This hyper-attentiveness to appearances comes alongside a cultural love affair with food. Singaporeans often joke that they start planning lunch as soon as breakfast is over, and “Have you eaten?” is a standard way of saying hello.

Read More

Restaurant chain in China apologizes for suggesting menu items based on customer weight

A Chinese food buffet. 

<p class=Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images

” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/AmfciBXlXOvQ17zW6qtEtw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTUyOC44NTMzNzI0MzQwMTc2/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/SKteWBWf1mp0HwILRsqqiw–~B/aD0xMjc5O3c9MTcwNTtzbT0xO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/EN/business_insider_articles_888/60ea5bf16c7965da755922905be087ea” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/AmfciBXlXOvQ17zW6qtEtw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTUyOC44NTMzNzI0MzQwMTc2/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/SKteWBWf1mp0HwILRsqqiw–~B/aD0xMjc5O3c9MTcwNTtzbT0xO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/EN/business_insider_articles_888/60ea5bf16c7965da755922905be087ea”/

A Chinese food buffet.
  • A chain restaurant in China apologized for weighing customers for food recommendations, CNN reported.

  • The popular Hunan chain Chuiyan Fried Beef asked customers to step on a scale to weigh themselves so that a guide could recommend dishes based on their weight. 

  • In efforts to build food security and reduce food waste, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized that fostering “a social environment where waste is shameful and thriftiness is applaudable,” state-run media reported.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A restaurant chain in China publicly apologized for weighing customers to give them menu recommendations before entering the restaurant, CNN reported.

Chulyan Fried Beef, a popular chain based in Hunan, asked customers to step on scales so that they could weigh themselves before entering the restaurant. Based

Read More