Tag Archives: Chinese

Chinese Street Food: Bingtanghulu (冰糖葫芦)

China might not be one of the first twenty countries you think of when you want something sweet, so I’ll give you a couple of delicious options for starters.   And now, it’s time for a third. Have you ever wanted … Continue reading

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The Tianzi (Son of Heaven) Building in Yanjiao, Hebei, China

China is – or at least, until recently was- the world’s petri dish for what I like to call bizarrchitecture.  You have malls with Venetian gondolas (and Somali video games), (empty) towns designed to be spitting images of European villages … Continue reading

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One Great Menu: Lanzhou Lamian (China)

How willing are you to try something different…food-wise?  Are you the type that throws caution to the wind – even when you can’t speak the local lingo?  Or, are you a culinary Lutheran, spending more time telling the waiter what … Continue reading

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Study Chinese, Learn English: Signs in China

Where’s a mirror when you need one? Whether or not you’ve visited China, you may have seen photos from that part of the world.  Half of the time, the photos might be of pollution – in which case, have fun … Continue reading

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Chinese Guilinggao: Turtle Jelly, as Bitter as its Consumers

Turtle jelly, or 龟/龜苓膏 (guīlínggāo), is considered one of many types of 凉茶 (liáng​chá), or Chinese herbal teas.  It’s not good.  The end. Ah, no, I won’t do that to you. The preparation of the tea is centuries old.; It was … Continue reading

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No Pork, New York

We’ve seen how creatively Chinese restaurants – particularly those in Manhattan – have been named, but what about in Brooklyn? Is there anything you’re not craving right now?  “No Pork,” a take-out place in Boerum Hill, might have what you … Continue reading

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Fried Mantou with Condensed Milk (China)

When much of the world thinks of Chinese food, do bread, dairy and dessert often come to mind?  I’m not even referring to ingredients or dishes from hundreds or thousands of years ago, or Chinese restaurant kitchens adapted to local … Continue reading

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The 2015 Chinese New Year: The Year of the Escalator

I was wandering around the Times Square mall in Hong Kong at the time of the Chinese New Year in 2007 when it struck me that I wasn’t in New York anymore (on second though, it might be better to say … Continue reading

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Language Study: Conflicted Clothing in China

I was ambling through one of the main shopping corridors of Xiamen, China when I ended up in front of Yarou. Was the woman in the light blue jeans clapping before I got there?  That’s how you know A) You’re … Continue reading

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Kunming, Part 1 of 2: Please Don’t Go

Kunming is the capital of the Chinese province known as Yunnan. Phew…now that we’ve gotten the bookish bits out of the way, it’s important to note that Yunnan is best known for its natural wonders, permitting travelers to sample both … Continue reading

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