Posts by: Shanti Christensen (湘緹)

Toron — a favorite my Filipino mother made for me as a kid. It’s like lumpia, but sweet.

Ingredients: As Asian a ripe banana as you can find, sliced lengthwise Fresh jackfruit, canned will do Brown sugar cooking oil, I use sunflower Method: Wrap one banana slice, two pieces of jackfruit, and a sprinkle of [...]

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Cheap Eats, Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu  — All dumplings of the rainbow Published in TimeOut Beijing, Jan 2011

Pockets needn’t run deep when searching for sustenance in Beijing. Located behind the Great Wall Sheraton Hotel and Hard Rock Cafe on Maizidian Jie, an unassuming spot with a [...]

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Last update: 22 Jun 2011 | Food Winner 2011

With wine bar Enoterra tucked into a corner next to Agua on the fourth floor of Nali Patio, Sanlitun becomes an even easier place to never leave. Choose from a selection of 10-12 wines by the glass and enjoy two glasses [...]

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The 15th day of the lunar year is called Yuánxiāo Jié (元宵节, Lantern Festival). In Chinese, Yuánxiāo (元宵) means the first full moon night of the year.

Tāngyuán (汤圆), also called yuánxiāo (元宵) in some places. Tāngyuán’s pronunciation is similar to tuányuán (团圆, to come together). In the past, people only ate tāngyuán on the [...]

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I accidentally went to Jingkelong with no more than 100RMB ($15.17). Returning home to re-cash my wallet was not an option so I thought about what I could make other than Spring Festival jiaozi (dumplings) for Valentine’s day.

I thought, ‘fondue!’ I’ve never prepared a 

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Beijing, China — I’ve moved from the ease of Sanlitun to a new neighborhood with new comforts. Just south of Chaoyang Park, my apartment isn’t just a stone’s throw from The Village at Sanlitun, but I look forward to spring and summer for picnics across the street.

One thing I’ve come to realize while living [...]

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Beijing, China — One cold night, I met with my friend Frederica at Hercules for their 2-for-1 happy hour (4-8pm daily). With a glass of cabernet (45RMB), I order Honey Ribs (58RMB) served with shoestring fries; meat so tender and falling off the bone. I thought this was my dinner [...]

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Suizhou, Hubei, CHINA — This past weekend I attended Adeline‘s wedding in her village, 2 hours out of Wuhan, Hubei Province. The ground was frosty, the air chilly, but the smiles of her community warmed the weekend-long celebration. The morning of her wedding, we sat in her family’s [...]

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