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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 →
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Beijing, China — I learned this dish from Zhu Dandan in Beijing and found it to be one of the most flavorful dishes she taught me. One special technique of seasoning the oil briefly with Sichuan peppercorn (花椒, huājiāo), lends an unmistakeable fragrance to the dish tempting the chopsticks to return for more helpings.
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On March 17, 2011 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
A delicious light-flavored soup that never aims to steal the limelight from other dishes; one bowl of páigǔ dōngguā tāng (排骨冬瓜汤, pork rib and winter melon soup) is never enough. Juling He‘s recipe is easy to make and healthy with her addition of goji berries, another anti-oxidant like blueberries and Continue Reading →
Beijing, China — After a few winter holidays from Christmas, New Year’s and Chūnjié (Spring Festival, 春节), friends return from abroad and the calendars quickly fill. Time to reconnect and catchup over home-cooked meals. It’s part of my new year’s resolution to dine in more as it truly nurtures a sense of quality time, quality [...]Continue Reading →
By Juling He
Beijing, China — Returning home one day, I notice a small restaurant near Tuanjie Hu Subway Station, called Mén Dīng Li Bàodǔ (门丁李爆肚). It is always busy with customers. It is beyond my ability to figure out what kind of restaurant it is from the literal meaning, ‘doornails and cow belly [...]Continue Reading →