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Oodles of noodles: Britain prefers Chinese to curry

Forget chicken tikka masala. Chinese food is the most popular ethnic cuisine, according to new research that suggests Britain's immense enthusiasm for foreign cooking is marching eastwards across Asia.

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Hard to see how there's any justification for this Korean take on the cult spaghetti western: are we being primed for the rise of the noodle western? Some fancy setpieces here and there, and gunplay just about everywhere, but none of the principals can begin to rival the sacred trio of Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and the other one.

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Can the Manning brothers add some Liverpudlian sparkle to their new, Wagamama-style noodle bar?

HoSt, 31 Hope Street, Liverpool, tel: 0151 708 5831

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Another year, another 280 meals out. Our restaurant critic Terry Durack presents the only food awards that count – as he recalls what slipped down a treat and what stuck in his throat

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Packed lunches used to mean curly sandwiches and brown bananas. These days, they've gone gourmet. Simon Usborne gets cooking

Prom 64 (Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle)<br/>Prom 62 (Gustav Mahler/Davis) <br/>Prom 61 (BBC Symphony Orchestra/Belohlavek)<br/>Prom 63 (BBC Singers/Hill) Royal Albert Hall, London

A highly charged performance of some of the most erotic music in the orchestral repertoire is as classy as it is explicit

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You get the feeling watching Kung Fu Panda that they came up with the title and the range of toys first, and didn't start thinking about the story until much, much later.

Sport on TV: Harsh lessons at Bath's school of hard knocks

They say you should never go back. Not least because you might not recognise anyone. This is especially so at top-flight sports clubs. 'What Happened Next: The Rugby Club' (BBC4, Tuesday) looked back at David Stafford's series about Bath's first season as a professional outfit. Few if any of the original protagonists are still there. After the decision to go pro, most of them found themselves heading for an early bath.

Three&rsquo;s a charm: Three Tuns, Hay-on-Wye

When is a country pub a gastropub? There's a simple test. Turn up just before they close the kitchen and see what the welcome's like. At a Welsh pub with an unpronounceable name in Glasbury, we came into the bar and said, "Hi there, we'd like some dinner, please." "Sorry," said the barman. "Kitchen's closed, you see." "But the notice outside says you're serving dinner until 9pm and it's five to..." "That's right," said the barman, smiling grimly. "Kitchen's closed." Had he continued, "and the sooner you shag off back to London, the better for all of us," his meaning couldn't have been clearer.

Thanks to Alan Yau's Cha Cha Moon, the number of Chinese noodle (mian) bars in Britain looks set to sky-rocket

Cha Cha Moon, 15-21 Ganton St, London W1, tel: 020 7297 9800

Tea-smoked duck with egg noodles

Serves 4

Use your noodle: Chinese takeways with Hix

It&rsquo;s easy to pick up the phone and order a Chinese takeaway. But you&rsquo;d be surprised how simple it is to cook your own soups, hot pots and more, says Mark Hix. Photographs by Jason Lowe
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