Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

Aug 28, 2016

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

The city of Gose in Nara Prefecture on Saturday set a new world record for nagashi somen — noodles flowing in water through a line of bamboo flumes — over a 3,317-meter (10,883-foot) stretch. The previous record holder was the commerce and industry association ...

Aug 23, 2016

Australian unearths 'beast' of a truffle

An Australian has uncovered what is thought to be the largest black truffle ever discovered in the country, a 1,511-gram (53.3-ounce) monster that could also be a world-beater. Stuart Dunbar said he had known since February that a truffle had been growing in the ...

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Aug 21, 2016

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Cheap instant “bubble tea” has become one of Taiwan’s best-known culinary exports. Now a new wave of entrepreneurs hopes a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide. Taiwan has been producing tea for more than 200 years, and a cup ...

Aug 2, 2016

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate misses target again

The nation’s food self-sufficiency rate on a calorie intake basis was 39 percent in fiscal 2015 for the sixth year in a row, falling short of the government target of 45 percent, the farm ministry said Tuesday. In the year through March, the self-sufficiency ...

Jul 31, 2016

India providing food to laid-off workers in Saudi Arabia

India’s foreign minister said the government is providing food aid to thousands of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who are not able to buy food after losing their jobs in the kingdom. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a series of tweets over the ...

Eel sells well on Day of Ox despite climbing prices

Jul 31, 2016

Eel sells well on Day of Ox despite climbing prices

Grilled eel sold well across the country on Saturday, the Day of the Ox, although prices rose from their peak last year due partly to poor catches of glass eel for farming. Retail giant Aeon Co. raised the retail price of its best-selling size ...

'Sweetest' town clings to Hershey, adding to takeover hurdles

Jul 7, 2016

'Sweetest' town clings to Hershey, adding to takeover hurdles

The town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, calls itself the “sweetest place on Earth.” But if chocolate giant Hershey Co. considers any new acquisition offer in the coming weeks, it could face bitter opposition from some in its namesake town, where residents have prospered from its ...