Japanese ramen chain Ippudo's Indonesian outlet is the company's first to serve up a noodle dish made with chicken rather than pork broth, catering to the city's Muslim-majority population. Walking into ramen restaurant Ippudo’s first ever outlet in Indonesia at the Pacific Place mall in South Jakarta, you notice a sign promoting not just the latest additions to its world-famous lineup of ramen bowls, but also an emphasis on the different and special utensils used for its newest creations. At first glance, this chunk of the promotional banner may seem odd. But a closer look at the menu and it becomes clear why it’s there.

The image of balloons over Bagan could be at risk if the Ministry of Culture has its way. The ministry has asked the President’s Office to stop the hot-air balloons from flying low over the city’s fabled pagodas in case they do damage. No balloon-pagoda collisions have occurred, at least in the past 10 years, say local hoteliers and operators, but the ministry is still concerned at the apparent risk.

Cambodia has imported 15 rats from Africa for the purpose of locating landmines and unexploded ordnance in the country, a senior landmine official told Kyodo News on Thursday. Heng Ratana, director general of Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC), said the rats were imported from Tanzania in April and are now undergoing training in the northern province of Siem Reap. He said testing of the rats is set to begin by the end of this month or early next month to see if they are qualified. 

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The Dayak Cultural Festival (DCF) this weekend will feature an art and tattoo exhibition by renowned Dayak artists, cultural shows and various traditional delicacies from throughout Borneo. To be held at the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) centre at Jalan Kumpang, organisers Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) and Dayak National Congress (DNC) are inviting the public to experience the best that Dayak culture has in store.

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