The story of chef Ivan Torres has been told in some of San Antonio’s best kitchens. Just 26, the owner of the Mexican-Asian fusion food trailer Mai-O-Mai already has worked the stoves with chefs Geronimo Lopez at Botika, Luca Della Casa at Nonna Osteria and Steve McHugh at Landrace.

But like so many upwardly mobile chefs, Torres wanted something to call his own. Drawn to Asian cooking by the Peruvian-Chinese-Japanese menagerie at Botika and influenced by the food he grew up eating as a San Antonio native, he lit the fires on an idea to fuse Mexican and Asian styles.

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Despite its poor reputation in the west​ due to sustainability concerns, palm oil is one of the most common food products used in the APAC F&B industry, penetrating almost every possible sector from bakery to snacks to beverages.

According to edible oils brand Mewah, at present the use of palm oil is extremely widespread both geographically and in terms of applications, so much so that completely replacing it at this juncture would be a near-impossible attempt.

“Palm oil is currently consumed by over three billion people in some 150 countries [and] virtually every sector within the Asian food industry is

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MILWAUKEE — I met Edgar Lin, one of the founders of ElevAsian, a local group of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who strive to elevate the visibility of people, business, and issues in the AAPI community – at his favorite restaurant, Bento Xpert.

“You can get Chinese food just about anywhere,” said Taiwanese immigrant Edgar Lin. Lin also went on to say “There’s a lot more to Asian cuisine than just sweet & sour chicken.”

Bento Xpert is one of the few restaurants in the Milwaukee area that serves authentic Taiwanese cuisine. Owned and operated by Samuel Yin and his

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Discover a world of Asian flavors in Pearland where you can explore authentic Filipino, Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and other international cuisines, including unexpected combinations. There are spicy curries, rich soups, loaded sushi rolls, fusion egg rolls, local seafood, teas and much more. Plan your journey with this list, and go to Visit Pearland to find more great Asian restaurants to enjoy!

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The massive Dragon Platter at Boiling Dragon in Pearland comes with two pounds each of snow crab and shrimp, plus corn, sausage and potatoes all doused with housemade garlic butter. Photo courtesy of Boiling Dragon.


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Hey, people of Tampa! Carlos Hernandez here with a brand-new Tampa Daily.

In this issue, you’ll learn about a goat rescue, local rooftop bars raising money for victims of Hurricane Ida, a new Asian food hall coming to Tampa, a Tampa woman featured on The Food Network, and more. Now, let’s get started.

First, today’s weather: Rain until evening. High: 86 Low: 76.

Here are the top stories in Tampa today:

1. Firefighters in Hudson rescued a goat from a 30-foot sinkhole on Sunday. It is the 6th sinkhole rescue this year from the High Springs Fire Department. The

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — To Kimmy and Jacquie and the dozens of other readers who continue to reach out to the Advance to ask, “Are there any updates on Asian Foods Market opening on Staten Island?” The answer is October, predicts Stuart Waldman, the grocer’s landlord who is developing the Roman Blum shopping center for the store’s new home.

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Refrigeration and shelving is installed at the soon-coming Asian Foods (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

Asian Foods is formerly of Travis. It closed in December 2018 and management simultaneously announced its move to Mariners Harbor in this new complex underway at Forest

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