News roundup for the hungry traveller.
An eyeful in an apron
Flora Cheung, 26, may not be a professional chef, but that won't stop her from launching a new cooking show in Hong Kong that promises to leave nothing to the imagination. Making its debut on the Ice Fire channel, the show follows Cheung as she shops for ingredients in the city's famous wet markets, then returns to the studio and strips naked before donning her custom-made transparent plastic apron to finish preparing the meal. Her motivation? She told the South China Morning Post, "Most men don't like to cook, but I want to get them interested."
Going out for Indian
From the bhelpuri vendors on Juhu Beach to the grand culinary temples of Apollo Bundar, Mumbai has always been a great food city. Now, it's attracting some of the culinary world's heavy hitters as famous chefs rush to get a piece of the action. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has Wasabi in the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower. Superstar Thai chef Ian Kittichai (who has restaurants in New York and Barcelona) has Koh in the Intercontinental Marine Drive, and British-based Vineet Bhatia (the first Indian restaurateur to be awarded a Michelin star) has Azok in the Juhu Beach neighbourhood. The next few months will see outposts of London's legendary Hakkasan and Megu, which brings modern Japanese food to the city at the Leela Kempinski Hotel.
Camping-gear supplier Brunton, the same people who brought us the folding spork, have unveiled their latest creation: flipsticks, the folding chopsticks. Billed by the company as "the world's first folding chopsticks," the bamboo utensils weigh a mere 1.6 ounces and are designed to take up less room in your backpack than a toothbrush.
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