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The yum cha rules you need to know

Yum cha is a group activity that involves everyone around the table. As it’s centred on sharing, there are certain things to bear in mind when you’re being served or serving others. My grandmother, the eldest in our weekly yum cha gathering, has always been quick to straighten out everyone’s table manners. A few rules that she frequently mentions include finishing the last grain of rice in the bowl so a future spouse’s skin will resemble the smoothness of the clean bowl; and to never stick chopsticks straight down into a bowl of rice because it resembles incense for the dead and will bring bad luck. She also reminds us to never bang our chopsticks on the bowl for fun because that was what beggars used to do for attention and is thus believed to bring poverty to the family.Karen Chiang (BBC)

Bosnia’s intriguing dessert made by 12 hands

Tebe su pravile lijepe djevojke da bi okupile svoje drage momke. Momci alčak bili – šećer posolili, posolili pa se sami počastili.traditional Bosnian song

The tasty tradition of Taiwan’s midnight meals

While most countries only have three meals a day, Taiwan worships food so much that there’s a fourth and final meal: the midnight snack, or xiaoye in Chinese. That means while most of the world is winding down after dinner and getting ready for bed, the wakeful people of Taiwan are gearing up for their late-night ritual – which is, bluntly put, to hit the open streets and nosh until their jeans are ripping at the seams.Leslie Nguyen-Okwu (BBC)

Macau’s rare fusion cuisine

The Chinese wives tried to cook as close as possible to the dishes that their Portuguese husbands grew up eating back in Portugal. But of course they didn’t have all the ingredients in Macau in those days, so the wives used some Chinese and South-East Asian ingredients as substitutes. That’s how this fusion food came to be.Sonia Palmer (Riquexó)

In Ireland, a taste of the underworld

In ancient Ireland, Celtic men and women had equal rights, and whoever brought more wealth and property to a marriage was seen as the ruler of the household, regardless of sex. […] Celtic women, unlike their counterparts in other ancient European nations, were not bound by the rules of monogamy and were free to take lovers.Addison Nugent (BBC)

The ingenious story behind Michelin stars

The Michelin company began producing travel guides in 1900, starting with a guide to France that was handed out to motorists for free. Road maps followed within a decade. The books and maps enticed drivers to explore their country, making detours to appealing restaurants and staying somewhere overnight to lengthen their travels – a deft move to encourage longer journeys by car, which, in turn, meant bigger tyre sales.Anita Isalska (BBC)

An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind

Wind catchers are tall, chimney-like structures that protrude from the rooftops of older houses in many of Iran’s desert cities. In their simplest form, wind catchers harness the cool breezes and redirect them downwards either into the home or into underground storage rooms to refrigerate perishable foods. Studies have shown that wind catchers can reduce indoor temperatures by around 10 degrees.Shervin Abdolhamidi (BBC)

The Turkish city that lives for breakfast

Van and breakfast are synonymous in Turkey, and Van-style breakfast restaurants have opened to fanfare in Istanbul and Ankara, serving regional delicacies such as the famous otlu peynir, a slightly crumbly, potent cheese spiked with an herb called sirmo, locally referred to as ‘wild garlic’. And while some of these establishments may be representing the city well, to truly experience the famous breakfast, you need to go to the source.Paul Benjamin Osterlund (BBC)

Switzerland’s valley of the cable cars

To the farming families of the Engelberg Valley region, which lies about 35km south of Lucerne in the Swiss cantons of Nidwalden and Obwalden, cable cars aren’t built for ski holidays and scenic views. They’re basic transportation, used to haul supplies and run errands. But the Buiräbähnli (German for ‘farmers cableways’), which are concentrated in the region, also welcome hikers, who can pay a small fee to hop aboard, like an Uber of the Alps.Larry Bleiberg (BBC)

Lorighittas: an all-but-lost Sardinian dish

Sometimes lorighittas were prepared by unmarried young women and teenagers who would hang the pasta on their ears after drying them under the sun. They’d pretend that these were real jewels since not everyone had access to gold back in these days.Agostino Demontis (Pomodoro Restaurant at Cervo Hotel)

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