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[Why Do Chinese Eat] Introducing: Century Eggs

I agree with you: century eggs are gross. They look weird, smell awful, and bring to mind mutated baby godzillas....

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Beijing Zhajiang Noodle

My first bite of Beijing Zhajiang Noodle happened on a scorching summer day in 2002. I was 12 years old...

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Eight things you need to know about Mung Bean Cakes

You know you enjoy creativity and compliments in the kitchen, especially those epic moments when your guests tell you “Ohhh–my—goddd–...

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[Why Do Chinese Eat ...] Braised Pig Feet

Above was my snack last night. Yes, I was diligently gnawing on them while watching Despicable Me. I love minions....

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Soy Sauce Vs. Dark Soy Sauce

Recently, a seasoned chef from America’s Test Kitchen asked me this question: what is dark soy sauce? What are the...

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Authentic Chinese Spring Rolls

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Holiday foods are for the holidays; people hardly eat stuffing at everyday dinners. But exceptions do exist, and one of...

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It’s Dragon Boat Day — So You Must Eat Zongzi

There are three things you must eat today: a hard-boiled salted duck egg, a Zongzi, and Lu Dou Gao (mung...

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Di San Xian (Stir-fry Three Earthy Vegetables)

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“I want to eat Di San Xian,” said Xinying. She lived in my apartment. “What?” Surprisingly, I’d never heard of...

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Authentic Chinese Fried Rice

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It’s 11:50 a.m. The bus is coming in 15 minutes. I’m hungry. I open my fridge and see a bowl...

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Chinese Pursuit of Food – How we shop and eat in China

Hidden in the noisy urban jungle, the quiet, traditional courtyard house seems quite busy this morning. In the backyard, an...

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