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99. Chinese Steamed dumplings with egg pastry

99. Chinese Steamed dumplings with egg pastry

  Chinese egg dumplings Here, in Italy, everywhere is showing Christmas atmosphere — the Christmas lights, shops, people, Christmas markets… I am really enjoying seeing people crowed in the streets, preparing Christmas stocks, and enjoying the festival atmosphere — while searching for my favorite Italian Christmas food for dinner. :)) Are you preparing Christmas gifts [...]

97. Stewed Chinese style sauerkraut pickled Chinese leaves with frozen tofu (V)

97. Stewed Chinese style sauerkraut pickled Chinese leaves with frozen tofu (V)

  Stewed Chinese leaves with tofu Yesterday, at the German Christmas market in Verona, the smell of sauerkraut was everywhere. I swear my mouth was watering :)), and I really wished I could squeeze through the queuing crowd to grab a portion — o, o, if only they serve without pork sausage. Chinese “sauerkraut” My [...]

Winter ingredient: Northeast pickled Chinese leaves ( Chinese style sauerkraut)

Winter ingredient: Northeast pickled Chinese leaves ( Chinese style sauerkraut)

Image source:http://dongbeicai.abang.com/od/dbss/ig/suancai.-0RM/suancai.htm I have got to face the fact that we are in winter now. I have been using ‘late autumn’ to refer to this time of the year, but it is winter now — and I haven’t finished my autumn recipes yet! And now, I got to start my winter recipes, no matter how [...]

95. Healthy recipe: Chinese bitter gourd omelette (V)

95. Healthy recipe: Chinese bitter gourd omelette (V)

  Chinese bitter gourd omelette We are really starting tasting winter now — it is getting cold. My parents told me that back in my hometown, they are getting heavy snow, the first heavy snow for this winter. On the way back from city centre this afternoon, I even wished if I had a pair [...]


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Culture note: Not all about stir-frying

Culture note: Not all about stir-frying

A few days ago, when I was randomly browsing the internet, (this is how I normally waste my time, really bad:((, I know), saw a few questions such as “why do Chinese people always stir-fry?”. I could not help nodding – yes, stir-frying is one of the distinguishing features of Chinese food. Stir-frying is a [...]

94. The famous Chinese Tofu Dish- Mapo Tofu (V)

94. The famous Chinese Tofu Dish- Mapo Tofu (V)

  Chinese Mapo Tofu I have never been an early bird, so I always miss the morning freshness, and at this time of the year, the morning chilliness as well. This morning, I had to get up relatively early, I could almost feel the winter just there — outside the window. Our bathroom windows are [...]

93. Chinese flat bread recipe: layered flat bread northeast style (V)

93. Chinese flat bread recipe: layered flat bread northeast style (V)

— Homemade ‘Jin Bing” 筋饼 If you have been reading my posts,  you probably already know that I am kind of ‘crazy’ about Chinese flour based food, mainly, Chinese bread, and particularly Chinese flat bread. I find Chinese steamed bread without fillings a little ‘plain’ for me; I have to have it with soup, pickles [...]

92. Chinese snack: Five spices monkey nuts

92. Chinese snack: Five spices monkey nuts

Chinese monkey nuts Wow, everywhere is Christmas atmosphere already — actually a month ago, Christmas already stretched its first step. In the shops, even gym, Christmas songs are already calling people’s festival spirit; the big windows are already decorated with snow flakes, and the shops have started selling Christmas goods — Christmas pudding, Christmas pie, [...]

Heathy ingredient: Bitter gourd

Heathy ingredient: Bitter gourd

  Bitter gourd Couple of weeks ago, when we were shopping in the market where we normally go, I saw bitter gourds. Since they are difficult to find, I decided to buy some, and make a few healthy dishes with them. Before sharing the recipes here, I thought it would be good to talk about [...]


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Culture note: Chinese dining table customs and manners

Culture note: Chinese dining table customs and manners

A few (Western) friends have asked me about Chinese dining table customs and manners. So, I thought that I should talk about this a little bit. I say a little bit only because I don’t think I could ever cover the whole range of customs and rules: too many different regions, ethnic groups and social [...]

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