Food and identity
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25 May 2017
Food can be a big part of a city’s identity. But as cities adapt to technology and changing demographics, is the food tradition changing too? We head to Paris, Cairo and Hong Kong to have a look at what’s on the menu.
25 May 2017
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Hong Kong’s very first food-truck experiment has finally hit the road. The brand-new culinary experience was designed to revolutionise how people eat and what’s on their plates. But has it been successful?
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