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ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic 5/2017

ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.

Country:
Singapore
Language:
English
Publisher:
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
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In this issue

1 min.
the way of tea

A friend presented me With tender leaves of Oolong tea, For which I chose a kettle Of ivory-mounted gold, A mixing-bowl of snow-white earth. With its clear bright froth and fragrance, It was like the nectar of Immortals. The first bowl washed the cobwebs from my mind – The whole world seemed to sparkle. A second cleansed my spirit Like purifying showers of rain, A third and I was one of the Immortals – What need now for austerities To purge our human sorrows? Worldly people, by going in for wine, Sadly deceive themselves.…

2 min.
editor’s note

They are the two things so many of us take for granted every day: food, and health. The proof is in the soggy pudding: An estimated 1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry. Another 1 billion people are overweight. Our health is intricately tied to our diet, and growing public consciousness to this effect has ignited some of the biggest controversies in the news. But so much of what we think we understand is incorrect, owing, in part, to deficits in scientific reporting. It’s time to spill the beans. In this issue, we unpack several health controversies, from MSG to processed foods (p54). The insect food revolution (p64) is creating a buzz in top-end restaurants globally, pioneered by the likes of Noma in Copenhagen, and Bangkok’s latest culinary tour…

3 min.
discover india december 9–16, 2017

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL) DECEMBER 9–10 Delhi Arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, we transfer to the hotel for the night. The next morning, we proceed to Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, followed by a visit to Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, which was designed and established by Princess Jahanara in 1650. We also visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara. We spend a second night in Delhi. DAY 2 DECEMBER 11 Jaipur We catch a domestic flight to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. This busy town is teeming with bazaars selling jewellery, textiles and local crafts. We visit the Hawa Mahal (the “Palace of the Winds”), and then head to Jaipur’s Royal City Palace. In the afternoon, we discover one of the astronomical observatories built by…

2 min.
hues of the day

ALEX GOH CHUN SEONG has over 20 years of experience as a photographer, and has covered major news events in the region; he is constantly expanding his travel photography portfolio. From his hometown of Penang, he has travelled extensively, creating photo documentaries. His work has been published in regional and international publications, including GEO and National Geographic (Spanish edition). His accolades include a Sony World Photography Award (category winner 2010) and a Humanity Photo Award (2011); he was also a winner in the Emirates Photography Competition (2012). He is an official photographer for Airbnb, covering the northern region of Malaysia. He is a member of the Photographic Society of Penang, the Photographic Society of America and Royal Photographic Society. www.alexgohchunseong.com…

3 min.
trial by tongue

Monosodium glutamate (“MSG”) has gained a somewhat notorious status globally as a foodie villain – a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The Japanese ingredient has been blamed for making people nauseous, even ill, in what has been dubbed “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” (CRS), with symptoms including headaches and asthma. And yet in most of Asia, it appears that people hold no fear of MSG, which has been credited with the sensation of “umami”: the fifth taste. In fact, the Japanese have gone so far as to pay public homage to it, in the form of the Yokohama Ramen Museum and Amusement Park. As food critic Jeffrey Steingarten famously challenged in 1999, if MSG is so bad for you, “Why doesn’t everyone in China have a headache?” Numerous studies have attempted to unpack the connection…

3 min.
hot stuff

DID YOU KNOW? SPICY FOODS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HEALTH BENEFITS 1 Adding extra spice can speed up weight loss! Hot peppers increase your body heat, which boosts metabolism 2 Peppers impact the body’s circulation, and can lower blood pressure; capsaicin may also help prevent blood clots 3 Capsaicin can block cancer cells! In one study, it killed 80 percent of cancer cells in mice 4 A recent study showed that people who ate spicy foods six or seven times a week had a 14 percent lower risk of dying prematurely. Eat hot, live longer! 5 People suffering from arthritis, shingles – even some kinds of headaches – can buy cream with capsaicin as the active ingredient to relieve pain ASIA’S CONTENDERS ALEPPO PEPPER At about 10,000 SHU, the Aleppo pepper, also referred to as the Halaby pepper, gets its…