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On February 8, 2012 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
Lively, bold, and unconventional — Spirited stories from the women of Hua Dan.
Guest speakers Caroline Watson (CEO, Founder) and Dong Fen 董芬 (Operations Manager)
tell the stories behind the organisation using theatre to inspire
the full potential of migrant women and children.
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Beijing, China — I hadn’t seen my friend Cristina in a while. 2011 was a magically prolific one for her as she zipped about Asia, touching down in Beijing for 24 hours at a time. Somehow, Cristina found time during her jetset lifestyle to start her beautiful food blog FlavorfulFilipina. Even while [...]Continue Reading →
I’ll be cooking a small dinner for eight this Saturday. With it being just before the eve of Chinese New Year (春节, Chūnjié), I’ve decided to tailor my own Chinese New Year dinner menu based on a few rules of the occasion. This menu is poultry-free as one of my dinner guests is allergic to poultry. [...]Continue Reading →
On October 19, 2011 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
There has never been a more simple hóngshāo ròu (红烧肉, red-braised pork belly) known to me until the day I visited Chen Chen’s family in Shanghai. Deliciousness is the result after braising pork belly in soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and star anise. This recipe is for a hóngshāo ròu of a sweeter flavor. For my friend’s [...]Continue Reading →
Cris Alvarez, a California-born native of Mexican heritage, recently visited Jordan and I in Beijing. Cris and Jordan attended culinary school together in San Francisco. In his repertoire are a handful of Mexican home style recipes. He shared a few with me while he was in Beijing (See Mexican [...]Continue Reading →
Beijing, China — This past week, my nephew Jordan Wittrock had his friend Cristobal Alvarez visited Beijing. Cris and Jordan attended culinary school together in San Francisco. While Cris was here to explore Beijing culture, history, scale the Great Wall, meander through hutongs, and bike to the markets, he [...]Continue Reading →
On August 25, 2011 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China — ShowShanti owes a lot of its success and existence to the families found using social media. One such family of brother Jiǎng Yì (蒋毅) and sister Jiǎng Lì (蒋利) was found online. We broadcasted our desire to meet families in Sichuan region to learn [...]Continue Reading →
About the author: Juling He, writer and translator, is married to Zuofei Yuan, a happy young man who sings songs while washing clothes and listens to music while cooking at home after returning from his research at the Chinese Academy of Science. With the spare time he had on holiday, he cooked a lot and found [...]Continue Reading →
Twice-cooked pork is a famous Sichuan dish. It takes its name from the method of cooking the pork… twice. I learned this dish from Jiǎng Yì (蒋毅) in Chengdu. Jiǎng Yì can prepare eight recipes of twice-cooked pork. This recipe is lighter in spice and flavor than the variation usually served in a [...]Continue Reading →