I came up with this Chinese Braised Chicken w/ Mushrooms dish after visiting the Jade Temple (玉佛寺) in Shanghai. The temple got its name from the two jade buddhas that “live” there, each carved from a complete piece of jade and “invited” from Myanmar in the late 1800s. If you find yourself in Shanghai, you […]
This is an almost forgotten dish in the big cities of China today. With such a wide variety of cuisines available and the hundreds of choices across menus everywhere, this dish has been put on the back burner…but it’s still available at small food stalls (大排挡) across the country. Nowadays, though, unless they’re homemade, the […]
Before immigrating to the US when I was sixteen, this was the only spring roll recipe I knew. It’s not to say that other versions didn’t exist, it’s just that I didn’t come face to face with them. Traveling wasn’t exactly in vogue then. Worrying about putting enough food on the table and buying some […]
I am so excited with my recent discovery of 团购 (“tuangou”), which means “group buying.” It’s a Chinese version of Groupon, available in all of China’s big cities, plus some other popular vacation destinations in Asia. It works the same way as Groupon: you prepay at discounted prices for meals, personal care services, hotels, vacation packages, household […]
Chinese people love rocks. It’s also a well-known fact that Chinese people love gambling. (I hate losing so I don’t really gamble; my limit is maybe $20 at the slot machine and it’s never lasted more than 10 minutes.) If you’ve been to Vegas during Chinese New Year, you know what I am talking about. The […]
If you like fava beans (and not everyone in this family does… *i.e. Sarah*), then you will probably very much enjoy this dish. Fresh fava beans will cook faster than ones that have been frozen, so take that into consideration! Ingredients: 1 lb fresh fava beans, or frozen ones, defrosted 1 tablespoon szechuan peppercorn 3 […]
Look at that sky! It may not seem like much to celebrate, but have you seen this?
This is what Beijing looks like this morning: I was supposed to go with Bill to a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) appointment (for his back pain), but I decided not to go. Why should two people breathe this stuff in when one is too many? As of right now, the pollution index is about 342 which is “severely […]