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两年半之前，我到达了上海，在那里我沉迷于形形色色的街边小吃，并开始学习普通话。两个月之后，我来到了北京并一直居住到今天，每天都看见起重机为了建造 2008北京奥运会的建筑不停地升升降降。这两个城市都在不停的进行着房子的拆除和新的购物中心的修建。我所到之处，食物的种类很丰富，从六块钱一碗的面条到188元一只的烤鸭应有尽有。很多朋友和亲戚在途经北京的时候给我这个乐趣让我带他们去我最喜欢的餐馆，经过那些摆满了和加州一样好的产品的市场。但我始终感觉缺少着一种鲜活的家的感觉.直到过去的两个星期，我在那些邀请我到他们的家中并且和我分享他们最喜欢的家常菜的烹饪法的家庭中找到了它。Continue Reading →
Tōngzhōu 通州, CHINA — I get off the subway at Li Yuan station in Tōngzhōu 通州, hungry.
Near the station, we enter the gate to a cluster of six-floor apartments. Someone is practicing the drums a few stories above and the neighborhood echoes my childhood when the [...]Continue Reading →
On June 13, 2009 By Juling He (何菊玲)
Walking east along Guanghua Lu, I spot a shop with people seated at five small tables outside, slurping soup. I look inside the shop and see a poster featuring the same dish everyone is eating. My nephew, friend, and I sit at a table and order three of whatever they’re having.
First, the server brings [...]Continue Reading →
Here in Beijing, I believe everything is fast! The cars, the bicyclists, the language, production, and food. A popular fast food chain with the young locals is Xiabu Xiabu, appropriated from the Japanese term Shabu Shabu, Japanese hotpot. Don’t expect great service from the Xiabu Xiabu fuwuyuans (waitresses), but count on [...]Continue Reading →
On June 7, 2009 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
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From 11am to 4am, I have a spot where I can comfort myself with popular Taiwanese food. I’ve lived in China for two and half years now, and Bellagio 鹿港小镇 continues to satiate my daily and nightly cravings with guilty pleasures like their Taiwan Stewed Fatty Pork (Taishikongrou) and Dry [...]
Beijing, China — When friends from out of town visit me in Beijing, the host in me lights up during mealtimes. My husband and I send our friends off for long hikes on the Great Wall and walks within the walls of the Forbidden [...]Continue Reading →
On May 30, 2009 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
While living in Beijing, my home was blessed with an Āyí (Chinese for aunt, another term for home helper) who could cook well. Āyí gave me my first cooking lessons in China. Hóngshāo Páigǔ is a favorite in her home and easily became one of my favorites as it had an ingredient close [...]Continue Reading →