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Braised aubergine (紅燒茄子, hóngshāo qiézi) is a dishI love and remember fondly from my mother’s cooking. Making braised aubergine is very simple, using few ingredients. Aubergine absorbs oil easily and people usually make aubergine using too much oil. No one likes greasy aubergine. However, my mother’s braised aubergine is not greasy at all. [...]Continue Reading →
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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Beijing, China — Previously Juling He (aka Adeline) posted a lovely story depicting a harmonious collaboration with her husband making là cháng (腊肠, Chinese homestyle sausage). Many of our readers loved the story but wanted something a little easier to save in their recipe bookmarks.
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On March 24, 2011 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
Learned from Zhōu Shifu, Xiao Zhou‘s father
Shǒu sī zhúsǔn (手撕竹笋, hand-torn bamboo shoots) is a simple dish made with fresh bamboo shoots. Canned bamboo shoots won’t do the flavor justice and may only hint of a shoe closet. Before coming to China, I thought [...]Continue Reading →
Baishicun, Changsha, Hunan, China — In Beijing, a fellow Beijing food blogger, Xiao Zhou, invited me to an event where several Chinese food bloggers stacked sliced bread artfully, photographed the sculptures, then uploaded the photos to their respective blogs. Xiao Zhou is from Hunan and told me of Continue Reading →
On March 21, 2011 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
Suān là zhēng jī (酸辣蒸鸡, free-range chicken steamed with pickled chili peppers) is a popular dish in Hunan and everyone makes it differently. Varying by the cook’s style, every bowl I’ve come across is easy to make yet so delicious. Zhou Shifu‘s version is especially easy, and the most simple in flavor as it only [...]Continue Reading →
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 →