Winter Chinese Dishes

The following are some chef-recommended dishes offered by a Chinese (Cantonese) Retaurant in Hong Kong. They will warm up your body and soul.

Shredded Abalone and Five Snakes Thick Soup

Pan-fried Giant Grouper

Rice Cooked with Dried Scallop, Abalone and Chicken in Clay Pot

Rice Cooked with Preserved Sausage and Pork in Clay Pot

Hot Pot of Lamb Brisket and Vegetables

Lunch Idea

Dim Sum Lunch for Two


Combination Platter with Savoury and Sweet Dim Sum

Stir-fried Rice Noodle with Beef and Vegetables

Low Motivation and Attention Prevents Positive Impacts of Labels on Food Choices

The final results from the Food Labeling to Advance Better Education for Life (FLABEL) project, which provides the latest research on consumer behavior and nutrition labels, demonstrate that even though the nutritional information on European food labels is well understood, consumers lacking motivation and attention nevertheless prevent the labels from making a positive impact on food choices.

These results will be presented at the final FLABEL conference and consensus workshop.

Investigators carried out an EU-wide nutrition labeling audit in 84 retail stores involving over 37,000 products from five different product categories, such as sweet biscuits, breakfast cereals, chilled pre-packed ready meals, yoghurts and carbonated soft drinks.

According to FLABEL investigators, 85% of all products displayed nutrition information on the back of the pack, with 48% displaying the information on the packaging front. The most prevalent format with 84% on the back of the packaging was in form of a table or list, showing calorific value and nutrient composition, whilst both an average of 25% of nutrition claims and GDA were the most often used format for the front of pack nutrition information.

Most consumers were able to correctly classify products in terms of healthiness when information on key nutrients, such as saturated fat, fat, salt, sugar and energy was provided. The auditors found that additional information like health logos, GDA or traffic lights only slightly improved the accuracy in which the consumers ranked the products in terms of healthiness.

Although consumers in the study reported a preference for labels that provide complete information, their liking and intention to use these labels had no effect on the actual product they chose.


Learn more about the FLABEL project ….

A Heart-smart Quinoa Salad


2 cups water
1/2 cup dried quinoa
1/4 cup pecan pieces
1 tbsp + 1 tsp canola oil
1 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp pourable sugar substitute
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp dried red pepper flakes


  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, cover tightly, 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve and run under cold water to cool quickly, shaking off excess liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add nuts and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tsp canola oil in the skillet, tilting to coat bottom lightly. Add onion and cook 8 minutes or until richly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside on a dinner plate in a thin layer to cool quickly, about 4 minutes.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Add quinoa, onions and nuts, tossing gently, yet thoroughly, until well blended.

Source: Publication of American Diabetes Assoication

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