Thank you everyone who came out in droves for the Food for Thought Explorer Event at Sai Ying Pun last weekend. We ate a fair amount of mouthwatering dishes and drank plenty of wine. While sampling the gastronomic delights, The Economist also offered some intriguing food-inspired articles to quicken the mind.
Here are a few snippets:
Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine, and we've eaten plenty of it. However, do you know that kimchi was also dubbed keum-chi, the first syllable meaning gold in Korean? This happened when cabbage prices inflated to 2,000 times their regular price in 2010, making it more expensive than pork. To combat the high prices many restaurants sourced cabbages from markets such as China and the US. (We found this article at U-Hang last week.)
Foodies have basked in the glory of many a pizza pie, and it goes without saying, this beloved Italian favourite is also big business. While fast food has seen a distinct dip in revenue earning for the first time in 12 years, people have a growing appetite for pizza; both independent pizzerias and pizza chains. Italians started putting tomatoes on flatbread in the 18th century, and in the 20th century the Italian immigrants venturing to America made it a staple there too. (Pizzeria Italia would be the obvious choice of restaurant to place this article.)
There are coffee drinkers, then there are baller coffee drinkers. The latter spend top dollar for a cup of Kopi Luwak–the most expensive coffee in the world. It's acquired by passing the beans through the gut of palm civets. As is the case with any item of 'prestige', counterfeits are often engendered. But not to fear, Eiichiro Fukusaki of Osaka University have developed a chemical test that can detect the real from the wannabe. (Most naturally, this article was found at Crispy Bistro.)
While the event is over, our exploration has not ended. You can subscribe to The Economist for a month for $38 here.
Hope to see you at our next event!