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Beijing, China — I’ve met over 30 families in China from various regions, but I hadn’t yet stepped within a Beijing home until now. Zhu Dandan connected with the ShowShanti project through her blog on Sina. I was excited to meet her and her family.

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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 [...]

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在北京时,来自湖南的美食博主小周曾邀请我参加一场美食艺术秀。记得在那场艺术秀上,几个美食名博把切好的面包片艺术地堆在一起,拍下照片,再上传到自己的博客上。她还告诉过我她很喜欢的菜是腊味合蒸。后来,我来到她的老家,从她父亲-周师傅那里学到了更多他们家人喜欢的家常菜。

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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 [...]

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Learned from Zhōu Shifu, Xiao Zhou‘s father

shǒu sī zhúsǔn (手撕竹笋, hand-torn bamboo shoots)

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 [...]

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BaishicunChangsha, 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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One month ago, just after returning to Beijing from  Changsha, I was inspired to pickle chillies the way two families pickled theirs.

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