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Where people around the world eat the most sugar and fat

We all know Americans love their sugar. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that the love may border on lunacy, at least compared with the rest of the world.

Here in the United States, the average person consumes more than 126 grams of sugar per day, which is slightly more than three 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola. That's more than twice the average sugar intake of all 54 countries observed by Euromonitor. It's also more than twice what the World Health Organization recommends for daily intake, which is roughly 50 grams of sugar for someone of normal weight.

In Germany, the second-most sugar-loving nation in the world, people eat roughly 103 grams on average. In the Netherlands, the country with the third-biggest sweet tooth, people eat 102.5 grams. And in Ireland, which ranks fourth on the list, sugar intake falls just short of 97 grams.

At the other end of the spectrum are India, Israel, Indonesia and China, where people apparently don't like sweets. In India, people eat only about 5 grams per day on average. In Israel, it's 14.5 grams. In Indonesia, it's just over 15 grams. And in China, it's just under 16 grams.

Here's the full list (notice that people eat fewer than 25 grams of sugar in only 10 countries):

The good news for Americans is that they fare a bit better when it comes to fat consumption.

Belgium, where people eat 95 grams of fat each day on average, holds the distinction of being the world's most fat-crazed country. Germany, where people eat 86.5 grams of fat each day on average, is second. Finland, where people eat just shy of 81 grams, is third. And the Netherlands, where people eat just over 80 grams, is fourth. The United States is 16th on the list, at 65.5 grams, roughly 12 grams more than the average seen across the 54 countries.

India, Indonesia and South Korea, where people eat the least amount of fat, consume 10 grams, 15.5 grams, and just over 20 grams per capita, respectively.

The U.S. government recommends that people "aim for a total fat intake of no more than 30 percent of calories." Assuming that people consume 2,000 calories a day (which they don't, but let's assume they do), that would mean about 65 grams of fat. So Americans aren't doing all that bad. Here's the full list

Interestingly, neither sugar nor fat consumption seems to be a good indicator of obesity — not at least among those countries that eat the most fat and sugar. Sure, Americans are both eating way too much sugar and outpacing the rest of the world in waistline. But outside of that, there doesn't seem to be much of a suggestion that an affinity for either is associated with higher rates of obesity in these countries — based on this data at least.

Germany, which ranks second in both sugar and fat consumption per capita, is among the skinniest nations in the developed world. Only 14.7 percent of its population over the age of 14 is considered obese, according to data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Similarly, other countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden, are both near the top in sugar and fat intake, and near the bottom in obesity rates.

Lower sugar and fat consumption, however, does appear to align — at least a little more — with lower obesity rates, probably because it reflects lower consumption of food more generally. India, Indonesia and China, which are at or near the bottom of the list in both sugar and fat consumption, also happen to have the three lowest obesity rates (2.1, 2.4 and 2.9 percent, respectively) among the countries the OECD tracks.

What exactly does this all mean? It's unclear. But it does make you wonder whether there's a better gauge for why people in some countries are so overweight and others are not. One possibility is that it's not the raw amount of fat or sugar content alone that matters, it's also the type of food that's being eaten. In the United States, processed foods are still wildly popular, a fact that could offer one more theory of how this country came to have an obesity rate above 35 percent.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/05/where-people-around-the-world-eat-the-most-sugar-and-fat/

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8 alasan seru habiskan akhir pekan di Pasar Santa - Rappler

Revitalisasi pasar tradisional berhasil mengajak kaum urban muda Jakarta mengunjungi Pasar Santa. Apa saja yang bisa ditemukan di sana?

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Program revitalisasi pasar tradisional oleh Kementerian Perdagangan tahun ini mulai menunjukkan hasil. Buktinya, kini kaum muda Jakarta mulai menikmati nongkrong di pasar. Bukan sekedar menemani ibu atau mengantar pembantu berbelanja, namun berbelanja dan menghabiskan waktu di pasar.

Adalah Pasar Santa, sebuah destinasi tongkrongan yang baru dua bulan ini ngetren. Lokasinya memang cukup strategis, di kawasan Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan. Parkiran luas, tongkrongan cukup nyaman, dan pilihan outletnya beragam. Memang saat ini baru beberapa kios saja yang buka dan beroperasi. Namun diramalkan dalam bulan-bulan ke depan Pasar Santa akan makin semarak. Tentunya kamu tidak mau ketinggalan kan?

Berikut ini kami berikan 8 alasan kenapa sebagai warga anak muda Jakarta, kaum urban, harus nongkrong di Pasar Santa:

Pasar gitu, lho!

Kamu bisa buktikan sendiri bahwa pasar itu nyaman, asyik buat tongkrongan, dan ramah di kantong. Kamu juga pasti terhibur dengan kreatifitas si empunya toko-toko dalam mendesain kios maupun konsep produk mereka. Hip banget.

Eksklusif

Saat ini beberapa outlet hanya buka pada akhir pekan; Jumat malam, Sabtu, dan Minggu. Umumnya si pemilik toko memang datang dari kaum pekerja dan menjadikan kios di Pasar Santa sebagai bisnis sampingan. Eksklusifitas semacam ini yang bikin Pasar Santa ngangenin. Rasanya selalu ingin cepat-cepat weekend supaya bisa kembali ke Pasar Santa.

Kedai @roti_eneng

Kedai satu ini menjual menu aneka roti bakar rumahan, homemade pula. Pemiliknya, Leo dan Sarah, mengutip resep roti bakar ibundanya untuk kemudian disajikan kepada tetamu. Menu favorit yang digemari adalah roti hazelnut kresek-kresek. “Ini adalah penemuan abad ini. Kalalu Nutella kawin sama Ovamaltine, ini hasilnya,” kata mereka. Sedangkan minuman yang paling banyak dipesan adalah susu cokelat garam laut. Tapi jangan kaget ya karena porsi es susu cokelatnya kecil. Harganya sih pasti ngga bikin kantong bolong; berkisar antara Rp 15.000 - 20.000 untuk roti dan minuman Rp 3.000 - Rp 15.000.

Bear & Co

Konon katanya, pemilik Bear & Co, Joss Estey, membuat sendiri mesin brewing dan meramu sendiri minumannya. Ada angry panda, minuman serupa lemon lime ice tea soda. Sementara untuk pecinta kopi, ada Grizzly. Harga minuman di kedai ini berkisar antara Rp 20.000 - Rp 35.000. Selain minumannya yang segar dan bikin mata melek, Estey akan dengan senang bercerita di balik nama-nama lucu minuman tersebut. “You can bring the glass keliling-keliling but remember to bring it back here,” kata dia.

Mie Chino

Kedai mie satu ini terkenal karena chefnya yang rupawan. Aksi Chef Oka di dapur yang terbuka, dengan keringat bercucuran, membuat wanita berkhayal ingin jadi handuknya. Mie Chino menggunakan jenis mi karet sehingga membuat kita bertanya-tanya, “Ini sudah matang belum, ya?” Tapi sayang, ayam cincang dan jamurnya kurang banyak.

Sub Store

Toko musik dan barang antik satu ini punya playlist lagu yang keren-keren. Bagi kamu yang tumbuh di era ’60-‘90an, kamu bisa bersenandung sambil mendengarkan alunan musik yang terdengar hingga ke beberapa kios di sekitarnya. Hal ini tentunya tidak mengalienasi generasi-generasi setelahnya. Dijamin, generasi muda ini akan terkagum-kagum dengan indahnya musik-musik jadul yang keluar dari speaker dari Sub Store.

Referensi desain

Berkeliling di Pasar Santa pasti akan memberikan inspirasi untuk menata ruangan terbatas. Toko-toko dibuat begitu chic, modern, dan bikin betah. Ada yang bergaya vintage romantic, rustic, dan minimalis. Keunikan masing-masing toko akan membuat kamu semangat untuk berkeliling.

Sebelum terlambat

Cepat atau lambat, Pasar Santa akan semakin ramai, dan bisa jadi tidak ramah lagi untuk nongkrong. Kamu mungkin harus bawa kursi sendiri dan kipas. Sebelum semua itu terjadi, inilah saatnya untuk merasakan kebangkitan Pasar Santa. Paling tidak kamu pernah merasakan manisnya, sebelum tempat ini digandrungi terlalu banyak orang.

Ayo buktikan sendiri. Happy nongkrong! —Rappler.com

Source: http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/bahasa/71628-8-alasan-seru-habiskan-akhir-pekan-di-pasar-santa

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Food Carts of Jakarta - Taranaki Daily News

Street food is one of the delights of any trip to Asia and as Robin Martin found on a recent visit to Indonesia it's a style of eating that is full of surprises. 

It's dusk on the side of a busy Jakarta highway and Asif is demonstrating that dexterity one associates with street vendors across Asia as they go about putting together their signature dishes.

And in this case the warung or vendor definitely needs it, after all there's only one item on Asif's menu - shots of cobra blood - and the preparation thereof is potentially lethal.

Asif is not one for the hard sell. As we peer apprehensively into a cage of writhing reptiles, he merely postulates: "It's good for skin, circulation and virility."

A little arm twisting later (not on Asif's behalf you'll understand) the deal is done and for the princely sum of NZ$5 our vendor goes to work.

Asif reaches into the cage looking for one of the more docile beasties therein and being careful to keep a close eye on the business end, he slots the cobra's head into a wooden vice-like device before swiftly despatching it.

It might be appropriate to note at this point that cobra is not considered an endangered species in Indonesia.

Its body still writhing, Asif squeezes the "snake juice" toothpaste-fashion into an awaiting shot glass that has been primed with the local liquor, arak.

The cobra is then skinned and Asif removes its spinal cord which he finely slices before adding it to the "shot".

One suspects Asif does a nice sideline in snakeskin and the flesh is sought after for specialty satays.

Then comes the moment of truth . . . and well, it's not too bad, rich, sweet and the arak leaves a suitable burn in the throat. The spinal cord, however, is an unnecessary irritant.

But snake juice shots are certainly not for everyone and if you prefer your street food with a little less venom there are plenty of alternatives in Indonesia.

Jakarta's signature street food is kerak telor or as the brother-in- law likes to call it - the Indonesian taco.

A glutinous rice frittata cooked over hot coals, the vendor starts with a portion of sticky rice which is spread thinly in a small fry pan before fried shallots, shrimp and grated coconut are added.

It's seasoned with salt and pepper, and then either a duck or chicken egg is beaten into the mix which explains the literal English translation of kerak telor "egg crust".

A hugely popular snack in Jakarta, interestingly kerak telor is not found all over the city but you will see it at the market at the entrance to the national monument Monas in downtown and at Fatahilah Square in the historic Dutch quarter, Batavia.

A personal favourite is gado- gado, the classic a vegetarian dish which translates as "mix-mix".

A combination of blanched and fresh vegetables, often including cucumber, gado-gado usually also features pieces of tofu and tempeh and a garnish of sliced hardboiled egg, all liberally doused in a spicy peanut sauce.

On the street your gado-gado will most likely be served on brown paper, and almost certainly come with a kripik or deep-fried cracker accompaniment. Gado- gado is a street dish which has made the transition to fine dining so you can seek out this Indonesian classic in a restaurant if you prefer.

Bakso vendors and their ubiquitous pushcarts are found all over Indonesia, serving their hearty broth with meat or fish balls and noodles.

Garnished with fried shallots, hardboiled egg and bok choy, variations might see the meatballs exchanged for dumplings, wontons or tofu, but one thing will always be nearby - a side of sambal or chilli paste to fire up the soup to the customer's personal taste.

Sate or satay - various meats grilled over charcoal - is found all over Indonesian and is subtly different from its Southeast Asian cousins in that the peanut sauce includes either shrimp or fish paste for an extra kick.

Sate ayam (chicken satay) is perhaps the safest bet but for the more adventurous you'll find all kinds of variations, including goat, tofu, liver, intestines and to bring us nearly full circle, coagulated chicken blood.

Street food safety tips

All street food - including the cobra blood shots which I've since learned carry the risk of salmonella poisoning - comes with a health warning.

Even people who eat street food on a regular basis get a bad dish from time to time but following these basic tips can help avoid an upset stomach:

Follow the locals, is the stall busy, meaning the produce is being used quickly?

Is it patronised by a mixture of clientele, officer workers, older people, not just backpackers etc?

Is the stall clean? Check that prep surfaces look clean and watch for cross- contamination.

If possible watch your dish being cooked and avoid precooked seafood in particular.

Avoid dishes containing raw meats or ice- based drinks.

Pickled foods and spices such as chilli have antibacterial properties but this won't remove your risk entirely.

 

Gado-gado

This is a great starter or side dish which goes well with rice and most Southeast Asian dishes. It can also be eaten as a full meal and is a good vegetarian meal option.

2 pieces 2-inch square firm tofu

3 medium potatoes

1/2 cucumber

1/2 cup bean sprouts

1 1/2 cups thinly sliced cabbage

1 cup long beans

1 sliced hard-boiled egg

Cooking oil for deep frying

TOFU

Drain the firm tofu of any water and fry on low heat until all sides are golden brown. Drain excess oil on some kitchen towels before cutting into 1 inch cubes.

Potatoes

Peel and boil, cut into 1 inch cubes.

Cucumber

Cut into 1 1/2 inch long thin slices.

LONG BEANS

Peel off the stringy fibre along the spines. Cut the long beans into 1 1/2 inch long slices.

1. Blanch the cabbage and long beans in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water for about 10 seconds. Drain and allow to cool.

2. Put all the ingredients into a salad bowl.

3. Add satay sauce.

4. Mix well and serve.

 

Satay sauce

1/2 lb (226gm) peanuts

1 1/2Tbsp tamarind pulp

6 Tbsp sugar

2 cups of water

6 Tbsp oil

Salt to taste

Spice Paste

8 dried chilies, soak in warm water

2 stalks chopped lemongrass, use only the bottom 3 inches

2 tsp thinly sliced galangal

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

Tamarind pulp: Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of water. Use only the juice, discard the pulp and seeds, if any.

Peanuts: Dry roast the peanuts in a frying pan or wok over low heat until they are brown and fragrant. Allow them to cool. Put the peanuts in a blender and whiz on a low setting until coarsely ground. Put aside.

Spice paste: Remove the chillies from the water, cut tops off, remove the seeds and slice. Put all the ingredients for the spice paste into a blender and grind into a fine paste. If the ingredients are too dry add 1 Tbsp oil.

1. Heat 6 tablespoons of oil on low heat in a pot. Saute the spice paste until it turns and golden brown and fragrant.

2. Add the ground peanut and the tamarind juice. Cook on low heat while stirring frequently so that the sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Add some water if the satay sauce becomes too thick and hard to stir.

3. Cook for about 45 minutes or until a reddish chi;li oil rises to the top of the pot. The satay sauce should have a rich, dark red colour with a thick consistency.

- Taranaki Daily News

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/lifestyle/10586925/Food-carts-of-Jakarta

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The best countries for food - Lonely Planet

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is the highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. Here are 11 countries (in no particular order) that your taste buds will thank you for visiting.

 

1. Thailand

Standing at the crossroads of India, China and Oceania, Thai cuisine is like a best-of of all three’s techniques and ingredients. Dishes generally go in hard with garlic and chillies (especially the phrik khii nuu variety, which literally translates as ‘mouseshit peppers’). Other signature ingredients include lime juice, coriander and lemon grass, which give the cuisine its characteristic tang. Legendary fish sauce or shrimp paste looks after the salt.

 

2. Greece

From olives to octopus, the true taste of Greece depends on fresh, unadulterated staples. Masking or complicating original flavours is not the done thing, especially when you’re dealing with oven-fresh bread, rosy tomatoes and fish fresh from the Mediterranean. The midday meal is the main event with a procession of goodies brought to the table as they’re ready. With Wednesday and Friday traditionally reserved as fast days (ie no-meat days), vegetarians are also looked after.

 

3. China

From back-alley dumpling shops to four-star banquet halls, China has one of the world’s finest palates. Cultural precepts of Yin and Yang (balance and harmony) are evident in the bowl: with food for the day including cooling foods such as vegetables and fruit to counter warming spices and meat. The Chinese revere rice but also choose noodles, with either almost always accompanying a meal. A range of regional specialities exist, variously influenced by geography and history.

 

4. France

From cheese and champagne to snails and baguettes, the French are famous for their foodstuffs. French cuisine has long distinguished itself for dallying with a great variety of foods. Each region’s distinct climate and geography have influenced the array of regional specialities. Many in France consider lunch as the day’s main meal, though the two hour marathon meal is increasingly rare. The crowning meal is a fully fledged home-cooked dinner comprising six distinct plats (courses).

 

5. Spain

Best in Barcelona, Catalan cooking is racking up the accolades from gourmands around the globe. Like other regional Spanish cuisines, Catalan cooking favours spices such as saffron and cumin, as well as honeyed sweets. A mixture of ingredients and traditions adds flair to Barcelona’s fare: using seafood and meats in a rich array of sauces. Dinner is the main event, but never before 9pm.

 

6. Mexico

Would you like some magic-realism with that enchilada? The Mexican sensibility for enchanting influences is also brought to the table in its food, particularly during celebrations. Mexican cuisine has an overriding Spanish influence, with a twist of French and African thanks to its history. Corn and bean-based dishes are prominent – prepared in a multitude of world renowned ways including tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas. And who could forget the worm that waits at the bottom of a bottle of Mezcal?

 

7. Italy

Its food is arguably Italy's most famous export, and it’s with good reason that the world wants it. Despite all the variations that exist between regions, some common staples bind the country’s culinary creations. Think thin-crust pizza and al dente pastas and risottos. And to drink? One word: coffee. The Italians do it best – from perfecting a distinguished roast to the gentle extraction of its essence into the cup. Perfecto!

 

8. India

India’s protean gastronomy changes shape as you move between neighbourhoods, towns and states. The basis of all meals is rice in the south, and roti in the north. These are generally partnered with dhal, vegetables and chutney. Fish or meat may also be added. Whatever the ingredients: the dish usually contains a heady cast of exotic spices that make the taste buds stand up and take notice.

 

9. Japan

If you can wrap your tongue around pronouncing the menu, Japan’s cuisine is a most rewarding mouthful. Most Japanese restaurants concentrate on a specialty cuisine, such as yakitori (skewers of grilled chicken or veg), sushi and sashimi (raw fish), tempura (lightly battered and fried ingredients) and ramen noodle bars. The pinnacle of Japanese cooking, kaiseki (derived as an adjunct to the tea ceremony), combines ingredients, preparation, setting and ceremony over several small courses to distinguish the gentle art of eating.

 

10. Indonesia & Malaysia

Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines are one big food swap: Chinese, Portuguese, Indian, colonists and traders have all influenced their ingredients and culinary concepts. They are nations well represented by their food. The abundance of rice is characteristic of the region's fertile terraced landscape, the spices are reminiscent of a time of trade and invasion (the Spice Islands), and fiery chilli echoes the people’s passion. Indonesian and Malaysian cooking is not complex, and tastes here stay separate, simple and substantial.

Source: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/76220 

 

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Muslim tourists flock to Vietnam for delicious food, cheap prices

More and more Muslim tourists have chosen to visit Vietnam on account of delectable food and cheap prices, with airlines from the Middle East offering direct services to the Southeast Asian country and Vietnamese restaurants improvising to serve their special diners.

The Muslim tourists mostly come from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and the Middle East. 

One day, a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter followed a group of Muslim visitors from Indonesia, a country where 90 percent of the population practices Islam.

Most of the tourists have visited Vietnam more than once.

Affordable goods, delicious food

The majority of the Indonesian tourists said that they love Vietnam because of its high quality, affordable products, and flavorful food.

An Indonesian man, who was waiting for a car in front of a hotel in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City with a group of people, decided to pay VND100,000 (US$4.72) for a wallet from a peddler.

The man immediately put his money and cards from his old wallet into the new one.

Sartina Kendari from Sulawesi Tenggara, a province of Indonesia, said that she bought some T-shirts at Ben Thanh Market in District 1 on her first day in Vietnam.

“A T-shirt here costs only VND400,000 ($18.83). In Indonesia we couldn’t buy such good-looking T-shirts at this price,” the woman said.

Yanti Makassar, another Indonesian who visited My Tho City, in the Mekong Delta, said that she loves Vietnam more than other countries she has traveled to because it is a good shopping venue, in addition to its beautiful landscapes and delicious food.

Makassar, who has visited Vietnam a few times, added that she even had to buy extra suitcases to fit all the clothes she has bought here.

Nguyen Xuan Thinh, a guide at a tourism firm in Ho Chi Minh City, said that the number of Muslim tourists from Indonesia and Malaysia has risen rapidly in recent years.

Five to six Indonesian tourist groups arrive in Vietnam each month, together with several others from Malaysia, Thinh said.

The Muslim visitors from Indonesia love buying items such as clothes, bags, and cloths at Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square Center, a small shopping mall in District 1.

They also prefer “banh pia,” a Vietnamese cake filled with durian, shredded lard, salted egg yolk, mung bean paste, and coconut.

“They buy a lot of ‘banh pia’ during their time in Vietnam. They often buy around 10 pockets of ‘banh pia’ each time, but sometimes a person can buy 40 pockets,” Thinh shared.

Vietnamese hospitality

Lam Duy Phong, the owner of a candy factory in My Tho, was seen introducing, serving and selling his durian-flavored candies to tourists in Indonesian. Phong said he learned the language from tour guides to communicate better with his customers.

“Most of the Muslim visitors like candies, so being able to speak their language could facilitate my sales,” Phong said.

Vietnamese restaurants have also put forth great effort to serve Muslims.

Bach Tung Vien, a restaurant in My Tho, has put aside not only an eating area that uses separate drinking glasses, bowls, chopsticks, spoons, and utensils for Muslims but also a praying space in accordance with the minimum standards of their religion, although the food is not Halal, a certificate indicating that food meets Islamic dietary codes.  

Pham Thi Bach Tuyet, a restaurant representative, said that they never serve pork in the designated area, and sometimes they help customers order food from eateries in Ho Chi Minh City – about 70km away – that have Halal certificates.

“The number of Muslim tourists has soared in the last three years. We are finding chefs who can cook meals following the Halal requirements, and are trying to get the certificate,” Tuyet said.

The restaurant also serves such fish plates as ca kho to (fish braised in a clay pot), ca tai tuong chien xu (deep fried gourami fish), andcanh chua ca dieu hong (Vietnamese sour fish soup) to Muslim visitors.

Yanti Makassar told Tuoi Tre that Muslim people are not allowed to eat pork, so she and her friends really like fish dishes.

Vietnam – A shopping paradise

La Quoc Khanh, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, said that the number of tourists from Muslim countries, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, has gone up considerably in recent years.

“When I talked to 17 Malaysian tourism firms in Kuala Lumpur the other day, they told me that Vietnam is a safe destination and also a shopping paradise, as the goods are cheap, catchy, and easy to buy,” Khanh said.

Most Indonesian and Malaysian tourism firms have said that tourists choose to visit Vietnam because the country offers affordable tours and commodity prices that fit their budget.

Many carriers from the Middle East – including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines – have opened direct routes to Vietnam, helping to raise the number of Muslim tourist arrivals to the Southeast Asian nation.

A representative from Vietnamese tourism firm Saigontourist said Qatar Airways has even established a division specializing in serving Muslim tourists in Vietnam.

Dato’ Syed Mohd Razif Al Yahya, a representative of Malaysian tourism corporation Sutra, observed that Muslim tourists create a potential market for Vietnam and many other countries, as the Muslim population in the Asia-Pacific region is now more than 972 million people.

“Vietnam is currently considered one of Muslim tourists’ ideal tourism destinations. There will be more restaurants, hotels, and tours that mainly serve this type of customers in the near future,” the Malaysian said.

Source: http://tuoitrenews.vn/business/23027/muslim-tourists-flock-to-vietnam-for-delicious-food-cheap-prices

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Indonesian Culinary Introduced in Beijing

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian culinary is being introduced to the people of China in a food festival that will occur for a whole week in Beijing.

Various dishes typical of the archipelago are presented in the Indonesian Food Festival which takes place in a hotel in Beijing in cooperation with Garuda Indonesia airlines.

“During a week, various Indonesian culinary will be presented buffet-like along with other culinary menus that are usually presented by the hotel party,” said General Manager Garuda Indonesia Beijing, Asa Perkasa, in Beijing on Tuesday.

He said, everyday the hotel will serve five combination menus of Indonesian food.

“Every guest who attend could try the Indonesian culinary series, everyday with a different menu combination,” Asa said.

The typical Indonesian food served during the festival is part the 30 culinary archipelago icons that is established by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, including rendang and soto.

Garuda Indonesia brought an Indonesian chef to present the various archipelago foods in the festival.  The Indonesian Food Festival will end with a cooking performance class for the guests and business associates.

Source: http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2014/08/27/199602568/Indonesian-Culinary-Introduced-in-Beijing

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Australian interest in Bali holidays spikes after TV show What Really Happens in Bali

NRL bad boy Todd Carney’s Bali break has raised a few eyebrows, but he’s part of a wider trend.

The former Sharks star was spotted hanging out with convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby and sister Mercedes as new figures came to light showing Australians’ love affair with the Indonesian island is stronger than ever.

Statistics on Bali interest in the wake of the reality TV show What Really Happens in Bali reveal rather than being put off by the high-rating show’s depiction of the destination, Australians appear to be even more inclined to take a break there.

Figures from hotel search site trivago.com.au show Australian interest in Bali has grown in the two months since the show first went to air.

Searches spiked for some of the most popular — and notorious — holiday spots among Australians, including Kuta (a 59 per cent increase), Nusa Dua (64 per cent) and Seminyak (86 per cent).

The Channel 7 show, which premiered to more than 1 million viewers, drew attention to the seedier side of the popular destination, from the spread of STDs to dangers lurking in locally brewed drinks. 

In comparison to last year, Indonesia jumped from the third most searched-for country during June to the second most popular this year, trivago spokeswoman Bianca Delbao said.

“Although the majority of television series reveals the negative reality of a Balinese holiday, our data shows that the exposure actually creates hype and increased travel interest to the featured destination,” she said.

Official figures also show an increase in Bali travel. From January to the end of March, 831,625 foreigners visited the island, compared with 727,013 in the same period in 2013.

Most (25 per cent) were Australians — 207,475 compared with 179,375 last year.  

Political instability in Thailand, which culminated in a coup in late May, has also been credited for driving renewed interest in Bali, with the local tourism industry ramped up promotions and deals in a bid to capture holiday-makers reluctant to go to Thailand.

“I don’t want to laugh over our neighbour’s misery, but this kind of opportunity must be used to its maximum,” the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association’s Bali chairman Tjokorda Artha Ardana Sukawati said in the wake of the coup.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/travel-news/australian-interest-in-bali-holidays-spikes-after-tv-show-what-really-happens-in-bali/story-fnjjv9zn-1227009043058?nk=b39c4d53e4163b0e0c9879f88452f71a

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Bali the No.1 destination for Australian tourists despite rising death rate

AUSTRALIA’s favourite overseas holiday destination is also one of the deadliest, with 48 Aussies losing their lives in Bali in the last year, or one death every eight days.

Figures provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also showed 118 Australians fell ill or were admitted to hospital in Bali, and 20 were arrested in the year to June 30.

The deaths included those of Noelene Bischoff and her daughter Yvana, 14, who died from a rare form of food poisoning in January.

And last August, legendary surfboard shaper Allan Byrne died after a motorbike crash.

The number of Australians losing their lives in Bali - from either misadventure, natural causes or foul play, has increased steadily since 2011-12, when 39 people died.

But the Indonesian island’s dangerous reputation has proven no deterrent to Aussie travellers who have made Bali our top choice for an overseas holiday.

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Statistics based on hotel bookings, show Bali came from fourth on the Hotels.comindex last year to claim the top spot in the first six months of 2014.

The 2013 favourite, New York City in the US, was relegated to second.

It is the first time since the index was compiled in 2007 that Bali has topped the list.

Singapore held its position as our third favourite international destination, followed by London which slipped to fourth from second, and Paris — up three places from eighth to fifth.

Australians’ love affair with Bali has not only weathered the 2002 terrorist bombings, but a reputation for crime, poor safety standards and a hard line approach to drug possession.

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DFAT’s official travel advisory warns travellers to exercise a high degree of caution, and to be aware of rough seas and strong currents, bag snatchings and the risk of road crashes when riding motorcycles.

However Australian Federation of Travel Agents CEO Jayson Westbury said it was not surprising to see Bali in the No.1 spot.

“It’s probably fair to say that Australians tend to stay for longer (in Bali), putting down roots for seven or even 14 nights,” said Mr Westbury.

“As an island, there’s been some significant investment — beautiful new resorts and some substantial new infrastructure.”

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But Mr Westbury said Bali tourist officials still had some work to do to attract “premium” visitors to their island.

“It’s all well and good to develop the top end $1000 a night accommodation but there’s still a bit of a misfire as far as the supporting infrastructure is concerned,” he said.

“Serious leisure travellers don’t want to be locked in a hotel, they want to get a decent taxi, they want the roads to look right, and they want good hospital care if the need arises.”

Source: http://www.news.com.au/national/bali-the-no1-destination-for-australian-tourists-despite-rising-death-rate/story-e6frfkp9-1227028462330

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