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ChengduSichuan, China — I thought I knew what Má Pó Dòufu (麻婆豆腐, Pock-marked Old Mother’s Tofu) was until I had the real thing in Chengdu. Going to the Asian food aisle in a Western supermarket and picking up a packet of Ma Po Tofu instant sauce to help [...]

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Beijing, China — My husband and I left San Francisco and moved to Beijing in January 2007. Leaving the variety of restaurants in San Francisco, though heartbreaking, we found solace in Beijing’s myriad of restaurants. I can still remember when my husband suggested Café Sambal and led me on a [...]

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对于我们来说这是一个有着特殊意义的地方,在这里我们曾经庆祝了一个除夕夜,也是在这里我们介绍双方的父母相互认识, 还是在这里我们招待了远道而来的客人。

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“我们做菜,不需要计量用料的多少,跟着心里的感觉走就能做好菜。” -杨宏影

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“While cooking, we don’t measure ingredients. We cook with our heart.“ ~Yáng Hóngyǐng 杨宏影

ChengduSichuan, China — In 2007, a visit to Chengdu with my nephews barely hinted at the flavors and character I had yet to discover three years later. The difference between traveling guided by a 

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I learned this easy recipe from Zhang Shifu in SuijiangYunnan, but the dish originates from Sichuan (Szechuan).

This favorite has traveled many years, far distances, and arrived at our palettes in many variations. Gōngbào Jīdīng (宫保鸡丁, Kung Pao Chicken or Spicy Diced Chicken) is named after a Gōngbào (palatial guardian) [...]

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Méixiàn 梅县, Guangdong, China — I am fascinated by the diaspora of any people. Given the ease of mobility, we find ourselves in every country of the world and even on the moon. The family I met today is Chinese, of the Hakka minority group. They migrated from China to Indonesia and descendants dispersed from there; some moved to the United States while some like my host, Wēn Pó (age 82), “returned” to China. Chinese who have lived abroad and return to live in China are called huáqiáo (华侨).

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中国,广东,梅县-世界上各民族散居的现象总是让人称奇。正是世界人口流动的方便性,我们会发现自己呆在一个国家时却像生活在地球村,甚至有时候感觉生活在月球上。今天我访问的家庭是中国人,来自广东客家族。他们曾经从中国移民到印度尼西亚,而他们的后人如今分布在世界各地:有一部分移民到美国去了,还有一部分像招待我的主人-82岁的温婆一样,最后又回到了中国居住。

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