Luxurious Food: The US$45 Chicken Wing

Stuffed Chicken Wing with Rice, Smoked Eel, Foie Gras and Matsutake Mushroom

The dish is offered by Belon, a French Restaurant in Hong Kong for HK$348. The stuffed chicken wing is steamed and served with a Chinese wine glaze of smoked eel and bacon, and spinach wilted in butter and orange zests.

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Italian-style Braised Short Ribs in Red Wine


1 (750 ml) bottle full-bodied dry red wine
4 pounds beef short ribs, cut into individual 4-inch-long ribs
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 ounces sliced pancetta, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
5 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
4 thyme sprigs
2 rosemary sprigs
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
2 cups water


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F, with rack in lower third.
  2. Boil wine in a 2- to 3-quart pot until reduced to 1 cup, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, pat ribs dry; rub with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat oil in pot over high heat until it shimmers and quickly brown ribs on all 3 meaty sides (but not bone side) without crowding, in batches, about 1 minute per side.
  5. Transfer meat to a large plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat and cook pancetta over medium heat, stirring, until browned and fat is rendered. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 6 minutes.
  6. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until pale golden, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add carrots, celery, and herbs and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
  8. Stir in tomatoes with their juice and return ribs with any juices to pot, arranging them bone side down.
  9. Add reduced wine and water and bring liquid to a boil, uncovered. Cover pot and transfer to oven, then braise until meat is very tender, 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
  10. Skim off excess fat from surface of sauce and discard herb stems. If a thicker sauce is desired, transfer ribs carefullly to a plate (meat will fall off bones easily) and boil sauce, stirring occasionally, to thicken slightly.
  11. Return short ribs to sauce. Serve with buttered pasta tossed with chopped parsley.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Gourmet Italian

What’s for Lunch?

3-course Italian Lunch at Beer & Spice Super Dry in Tokyo

The Menu

  • Cold Appetizers: Smoked Trout Salmon, Proscuitto, Salami and Liver Paste on Bread
  • Main: Fried Spicy Chicken, White Fish Fritter and Sausages with Potato Chips
  • Pasta with Mixed Vegetables

The Restaurant

Research Team Finds Zinc Eaten at Levels Found in Biofortified Crops Reduces ‘Wear and Tear’ on DNA

A new study by researchers from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) shows that a modest 4 milligrams of extra zinc a day in the diet can have a profound, positive impact on cellular health that helps fight infections and diseases. This amount of zinc is equivalent to what biofortified crops like zinc rice and zinc wheat can add to the diet of vulnerable, nutrient deficient populations.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was led by CHORI Senior Scientist Janet King, PhD. King and her team are the first to show that a modest increase in dietary zinc reduces oxidative stress and damage to DNA.

“We were pleasantly surprised to see that just a small increase in dietary zinc can have such a significant impact on how metabolism is carried out throughout the body,” says King. “These results present a new strategy for measuring the impact of zinc on health and reinforce the evidence that food-based interventions can improve micronutrient deficiencies worldwide.”

Zinc is ubiquitous in our body and facilitates many functions that are essential for preserving life. It plays a vital role in maintaining optimal childhood growth, and in ensuring a healthy immune system. Zinc also helps limit inflammation and oxidative stress in our body, which are associated with the onset of chronic cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

Around much of the world, many households eat polished white rice or highly refined wheat or maize flours, which provide energy but do not provide enough essential micronutrients such as zinc. Zinc is an essential part of nearly 3,000 different proteins, and it impacts how these proteins regulate every cell in our body. In the absence of sufficient zinc, our ability to repair everyday wear and tear on our DNA is compromised.

In the randomized, controlled, six-week study the scientists measured the impact of zinc on human metabolism by counting DNA strand breaks. They used the parameter of DNA damage to examine the influence of a moderate amount of zinc on healthy living. This was a novel approach, different from the commonly used method of looking at zinc in the blood or using stunting and morbidity for assessing zinc status.

According to King, these results are relevant to the planning and evaluation of food-based solutions for mitigating the impact of hidden hunger and malnutrition. King believes that biofortification can be a sustainable, long-term solution to zinc deficiency.

Source: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

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