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Chengdu, Sichuan, China — While Xiào Ayi dreams up enticing ways to serve her kids the veggies, her two boys Luō Xiāo 罗霄 and Luō Shìjiā 罗世家 nom on the favorite ribs. The orange sauce is made from scratch, allowing mom to control the amount of sugar fueled antics. Use more or [...]Continue Reading →
On August 23, 2010 By Shanti Christensen (湘緹)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China — Xiào Ayi is a mother whose skin glows with rosy cheeks. Her husband and boys are round, suggesting a healthy appetite and sound diet. My first impressions of the Luō (罗) family were in awe of the mother’s care towards feeding her family well [...]Continue Reading →
Chengdu, Sichuan, 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 [...]Continue Reading →
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).Continue Reading →
从点评网上知道，八佰伴的外婆家是无锡相当有人气的饭店了，迫不及待的想去感受一下。一下火车，放下行李，我们就直奔八佰伴了。到了八佰伴的七楼， 就看见一堵有复古风格的墙壁，（可惜忘了拍下来了哦）。走进一看，“外婆家”三个大字就写在上面。生意相当火暴，排队的人不少呢，看来去外婆家“不排队是不可能的”果真不假。我们也跟着其他人先拿上自己的号， 在专门排队的座位上等着了。环顾四周，只见木结构屋顶、垂地又厚重的帷布，还有那臃懒迷离的灯光，给人一种古典又小资的感觉。还有那店门口的几个有怀古气 息的坛子，真有一种回到外婆家的老屋的感觉呢。Continue Reading →
Fóshān, Guǎngdōng, CHINA — After a thrilling market experience , Qiūfán brings me to her apartment. Her apartment is a stark contrast to most homes I’ve visited; complete with a car parking lot, security gate and balconies. Compared to most homes I’ve visited, her apartment is palatial. Qiūfán [...]Continue Reading →
Fóshān (佛山), Guangdong, CHINA — Every great meal begins with the fun adventure of grocery shopping. This may be tedious for some, but for me it’s another chance to connect with the locals and get seduced into buying other things not on the evening’s menu. Flash [...]Continue Reading →
When is the largest yearly human migration in the world? Chūnjié (春节, Chinese New Year).
For the year of the Tiger, Adeline traveled by train 13 hours (hard sleeper), then three hours by bus to arrive home where her mother and father waited anxiously [...]Continue Reading →
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“If you want to have Liver Beijing style, Make a turn at the Drum Tower.” Perhaps this phrase only echoes in the hearts of old Beijinger’s or those who really [...]Continue Reading →
On January 18, 2010 By Juling He (何菊玲)
Gāomíng, CHINA — Leaving Beijing at sub-zero temperatures, I thought surely I could pack for warmer weather in Guǎngdōng; I was wrong. I greet our new friend Xiǎoēn, hoping that despite government provided heating reserved for homes north of the Yangtze, her home might thaw out my toes. On [...]Continue Reading →
Hong Kong — Holiday season means blazing through a few cities in Asia for quick visits with my husband’s family. A quick hello to see our cousin’s new baby boy also meant a couple of fixes for me off the streets in Wan Chai district.