Tag Archives: Chinese cuisine

Mature Vinegar &Dumplings

I live in Dafen ‘Oil Painting Village.’ I often remark to David what fun it is to live here because we’re ‘surrounded’ by art–supplies, paint, brushes, finished art, trashed art, defaced art, copy art, art. To which David scoffs because … Continue reading

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Chinese Traditional Medicine

I bumped my knee during my 24 hours in Hong Kong. Heart monitor still strapped to my body. As I settled into a chair to take a sip of Starbucks, ‘gingerbread latte,’ my knee cap slammed into the metal leg … Continue reading

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Slop vs. 40%

Slop: My first encounter with ‘slop,’ happened in the first school I taught at, two years ago, Longhua Middle School. Lunch consisted of sifting through vegetables and bits of meat avoiding as much bone as possible. Once during lunch, a … Continue reading

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Downhome Dinner: Chinese Family Style

It’s your first dinner at a Chinese family’s home, be prepared for the following: Gift for your host: Bring fruit. Preferably, apples or oranges. 5-12 of them. Never bring four of anything. Chinese associate four with death. It is most … Continue reading

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Have a try

Since yesterday David and I have a new attitude for everything:: “Have a try..” Whenever I see something I haven’t tried I tell him and he convinces me to try it and he tries it if he hasn’t. It’s pretty … Continue reading

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beans and frogs, oh my.

Today I ate frogs. Something about plucking tiny pieces of frog vertebrate and gnawing the “meat” off, hoping you don’t break a tooth on the cartilage like frog bone is something to be desired. Reminded me of crabs but much … Continue reading

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but oh the smell of burnt…

I tried a fried cicada and starfish this evening. Starfish was incredibly fishy. Fried fishy. Cicada was okay tasted like juicy potato chip. I felt sick afterwards so I came home. My jetlag has finally subsided. I rode on a … Continue reading

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