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 […]
Here it is everyone, the very first Grandma Recipe in our series. Three Cup Chicken, or “San Bei Ji” is a popular standard dish in Chinese cuisine. The name refers to the recipe used to make it, i.e. a cup each of the three ingredients that create the sauce: rice wine, soy sauce, and sesame […]
Every so often, my grandparents will come to the house to visit (i.e. check up on me), because my grandmother wants to make sure that I’m not slowly going crazy living solo (she also calls me daily…you know, just to make sure). She also seems to be under the impression that I am somehow forcibly […]
Mama had a hankering for some baked yummies so I checked out what we had in the fridge and found some dried blueberries. Inspired by the Summer Berry Pie, I whipped up a quick batch of blueberry yogurt scones. Check these babies out. I’ll put this recipe up against any one out there! Preheat the […]
Zhouzhuang is a town in Jiangsu Province that lies between Shanghai and Suzhou. This ancient town has more than 900 years of history, with many houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The place has been called “The Venice of the East,” and it does kind of remind me of a Chinese version of Venice, […]
When dropping off Kaitlin back in Philly after the 4th of July Weekend a couple weeks ago, I decided to stay and hang out for a few days. Even Jakie came along: We whipped up a few dinners in her tiny apartment kitchen… And this Chicken and Thai Basil Stir-fry was one of the fastest […]
Found this picture from last spring break. Rockin’ the face mask because we were actually walking through a sand storm. (Hence the wild hair and slightly manic glint in my eye.) What better time to pause for a selfie and a little Asian peace-sign lovin’?
I’d never had a mangosteen until I came to China. I had no idea what it was, what it tasted like, or how to even eat it. Last year, during my first summer in Beijing, one of my colleagues at work sent me a batch of these fruits via mail order (I was surprised that they […]