Random Food for Thought

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced on July 15 that it is now legally possible to use the mealworms or Tenebrio molitor Linne, as food ingredients in the local market.

The edible insect, when “manufactured” going through the various manufacturing procedures including cleansing, sterilization and freezing dryness, has nearly 80 percent of protein and fat in its body, confirming its high value as a valuable food resource

Now that the DDP is open, this story is finally over. At least until the city gets bored of it and wants something new. I give it, oh, 40 years max. Until then, I’m done with this place.


220 year old Pine Chopped Down for Photography

The stump of a 220-year-old pine tree is seen after having been illegally cut down by photographer Jang Kuk-hyun. Jang cut down around 25 old trees in Uljin County, North Gyeongsang Province because they were blocking the view in photos he wanted to take. The photos are to be exhibited in Seoul and Paris, and some were sold for between 4 and 5 million won. On the right is an enlarged image of the tree stump. (provided by a Hankyoreh reader


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Dog jumps towards couch, but mistimes it. AnimalsBeingDicks.com

In a rare moment caught on tape, we get to experience the elegance of one of earth’s most agile creatures. 

At Simon Rogan’s Mr. Cooper’s House and Garden in the Midland Hotel in Manchester. Good food but not spectacular. I would say that price and food was well matched. 

Won’t bother you with long explanations of the dishes. Just that it was quite ok for the price.

And here’s the most overpriced kitchen gadget. A kimchi maker. Basically you pay 25$ for a glass jar. But I guess the raw food hipsters don’t mind paying that.

Focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on urban and periurban Papua New Guinea (PNG), we discuss the significance of instant ramen noodles to those now known as the “bottom of the pyramid” (BOP). Although instant noodles are remarkable in that they are eaten by virtually everyone in the world, albeit in different amounts and for different reasons, they are marketed in PNG specifically as a “popularly positioned product” (PPP) for the BOP. Cheap, convenient, tasty, filling, and shelf stable, they are a modern addition to Sidney Mintz’s classic “proletarian hunger killers” of sugar, tea, and coffee. But, we argue, instant noodles have a distinctive contemporary role: they do more than sustain the poor; they transform them into the aspiring consumers of the BOP. As such, instant noodles can be viewed as an antifriction device, greasing the skids of capitalism as it extends its reach. [instant noodles, bottom of the pyramid, Papua New Guinea]

 Two boys raised by their Filipino mother after being abandoned by their South Korean father have won a paternity suit here to confirm their blood relationship, court officials said Sunday, a ruling that is bound to have implications for thousands of others like them.

   The Seoul Family Court ruled that the two boys, who live in the Philippines, are the biological children of the Korean man based on genetic test results and the children’s Filipino birth certificate in which the man was named as their father.

   It marks the first time that a “Kopino,” which refers to children of mixed Korean and Filipino descent of an unwed Filipino mother, won a suit in South Korea to confirm the biological father.

   The father, who is married with children in South Korea, went to the Philippines alone to run a company and had two boys with a local woman with whom he lived with there, according to court documents. The man, however, severed contact after abruptly returning home 10 years ago, according to the documents.

   Names of all people involved in the case were withheld for privacy reasons.

   The mother came to South Korea and filed a lawsuit on behalf of the children with help from a lawyer whom she met through a South Korean center that supports marriage immigration in December 2012.

   The ruling, if upheld by the top court, will allow the Filipino woman to demand child support from the father.

   Cho Dong-shik, the woman’s lawyer, said the mother did not sue the father for financial gains.

   ”I understand she wants to have the two boys included in the man’s official family registry and be raised in South Korea,” he said.

   Civic activists working to help Kopinos say the ruling will have a broad impact as the Kopino population has increased greatly in recent years. Korean men are known to go on sex tours to the Philippines and father children.

   There is no official tally on the number of Kopinos. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the number is estimated at 30,000, citing data from ECPAT International, a global network dedicated to protecting children from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Local activists in the Philippines estimate the number at about 10,000.

And I hope he will have to pay retrospective child support as well as ordered to sponsor the mother and children if they want to move to Korea.

Today I happened to stumble upon Nila’s Burmese pop-up kitchen in Manchester. This Sunday she was at the local plant nursery in Chorlton. I had a delicious curry and great conversation. So if you’re around Manchester, go try it. Highly recommendable.

Burger with rib eye steak, chorizo, chimichurri and Monterey Jack cheese. OK a bit meat heavy, but the most satisfying burger in a long time. At Solita in Manchester’s northern quarter

Burger with rib eye steak, chorizo, chimichurri and Monterey Jack cheese. OK a bit meat heavy, but the most satisfying burger in a long time. At Solita in Manchester’s northern quarter