Pho, Again

Ultimate Fusion Food
High Marks for Flavor, Nutrition

Instant Beef Pho

Beef Pho

Pho is the ultimate Fusion food.  It got started when the Vietnamese were trying to  find a use for the leftover Beef after the cattle were slaughtered to make steaks for the French colonial rulers.  Pho became a national dish, all in less than a century, and eventually came to be served in more than a hundred varieties. Continue reading

Worldwide Obesity Epidemic

United States Heads Obese List
Japanese Adults Slimmest

A detailed report in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that Americans are leading in the worldwide obesity epidemic.

Worldwide about 12 percent of adults are obese. This compares with 38 percent in the United States and only 2.7 percent in Japan.  Obesity rates among American children Continue reading

Western Food, Asian Food and the Global Obesity Epidemic

Western Food in the Third World – The Downside
Over 2 Billion Overweight!

The rate of death and disease increases as your weight increases.”–Azeem Majeed. senior researcher

Bringing Western food to developing countries has had a major downside – obesity.  More than 2 billion people are now overweight worldwide.and it’s damaging their health.

New research reported by the Continue reading

Iced Coffee Vietnamese Style

A True Fusion Bevereage
Perfect on a Hot Day

“I’m Thai, but my husband is Vietnamese, so he has to have his Vietnamese, or French-style Coffee.”–Overheard at an Asian Supermarket in Chicago

Vietnamese-style Iced Coffee has to be a true Fusion dish, incorporating as it does, both Milk and Coffee, neither of which were native to Indo-China before the arrival of the French. Continue reading

Chopsticks and Weight Loss I

Preventing Diabetes and Alzheimer’s
The Ogasawara Method, or, What Suri Cruise Knows

“Eat Japanese — with chopsticks.  I lost 10 kilograms and two dress sizes.” — Kimiko Barber

Chopstick Rests

Chopstick Rests,
a Weight Management Tool

Can this tiny bit of ceramic tableware help you lose weight? It might, if you use it in a special way, according to some Japanese experts.And not just lose weight — some simple lifestyle modifications could help ward off diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to some Japanese researchers.

Can using chopsticks help you lose weight? Kimiko Barber thinks so. The London-based food writer reported her success in using chopsticks to lose weight. Continue reading