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Culture note: Chinese new year: ‘the Spring festival’ (part I)

> Image source:http://www.nipic.com/show/4/110/4378639k6baf27cf.html :))) Since Chinese New Year is around the corner now, and it is this blog’s first Chinese new year, let’s talk about this important Chinese festival, its traditions and customs. According to Chinese history, the celebration of Chinese new year started during the Xia dynasty, over 4000 years ago. The main celebration [...]

Chinese Culture note: today is ‘Xiao Nian’ (little new year) !

> Image source:http://photo.xinzhou.org/2009/0118/picture_1161_5.html   Image source:http://tieba.baidu.com/p/1376530070 As I said yesterday, today all the Chinese new year celebrations are starting!! In Chinese, today is called ‘Xiao Nian’, which literally means ‘little new year’. It should probably be called ‘pre-new year’ instead. Xiao Nian normally happens 7 days before Chinese new year day; however, different regions, and even different [...]

106. Hot and spicy pot (Vegetarian Ma la tang) I

106. Hot and spicy pot (Vegetarian Ma la tang) I

  Chinese Ma La Tang   After weeks of my mother-in-law’s amazing Spanish food, I started cooking myself again. You know what, I found myself panicking a bit, also with a little bit memory loss — I could not remember where the things are in our own kitchen. — How much I have been spoiled [...]

Chinese culture winter solstice in China

Culture note: Winter solstice in China and the food for the celebration

  Happy winter solstice! How good — days are getting longer, but it also means that winter is coming. So I am a bit happy and sad at the same time. However, just like poet Shelley said ‘if winter comes, can spring be far behind?’ — Probably I should enjoy the winter snow, while waiting [...]


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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 [...]


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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 [...]

how to make Chinese steamed rice cake

Chongyang festival: the flower cake (Chinese steamed cake recipe)

  Chinese steamed cake 重阳花糕   If I were to use Chinese words to describe my state when I was making this cake I would say that  ”there is no bottom in my heart”. Ha… it means I was in a bit of a panic mood and was feeling unsure about this recipe, since this [...]

Chinese culture and festivals 'Chongyang festival'

Culture Note: Chinese Chong Yang festival

  Ooh, beautiful Italy made me forget time and place — I have missed two major Chinese festivals, one is Chinese National Day on 1st Oct, and the long holiday in China that follows the national celebration; and the other one is Chong Yang Festival, which was yesterday. I guess I will have to leave [...]

Making Chinese moon cake at home

Chinese Moon Cake with red bean fillings

Chinese moon cake Making moon cake at home Making moon cake at home? – I never thought I would even dare to try one day. Back home, people would give moon cake as gifts to each other, so they are ‘everywhere’, or if I like particular fillings, then there are too many choices!. Don’t even [...]

Chinese culture and food mid autumn day

Culture note: Typical Mid Autumn Day food — Moon Cake

(Image source:http://www.lecaitt.com.cn/tuangou/detail_82287/) If there is one single thing you definitely must eat in Mid Autumn Day, that would be Chinese Moon Cake. A mid autumn day celebration without moon cake is not such. Chinese Moon Cake Moon cake in Chinese is called “Yue bing” (Yue as moon, bing – I have mentioned a few times [...]

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