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My Favorite Breakfast (Tofu Nao)

My Favorite Breakfast (Tofu Nao)

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Posted: 2016-09-05

My son Tom found my favorite cold cereal at a shop in his Beijing neighborhood, but after eating a Chinese breakfast with him around the corner, there’s not a chance of my eating cereal while I’m here. (Though […]

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Shanxi 山西 noodles in Beijing

Shanxi 山西 noodles in Beijing

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Posted: 2015-06-04

I first tasted these honeycomb oat noodles near the Summer Palace on a cold December day a couple of years ago. I tried to find instructions for making them, and assumed that the tubes of […]

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Yunnan Mint Salad

I had this at a Yunnanese restaurant in Beijing and was blown away by the idea of a whole bowlful of beautiful mint leaves as a side with spicy food. The leaves were lightly dressed […]

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Sichuan Mouthwatering Chicken (Ma La Ji Pian)

Sichuan Mouthwatering Chicken (Ma La Ji Pian)

This excellent cold dish, served in China as an appetizer, can be treated as a super-charged chicken salad. There are many variations of the traditional Sichuan chicken in chili oil sauce. The Chinese name means […]

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Sichuan Mouthwatering Beef (Ma La Niu Rou)

Sichuan Mouthwatering Beef (Ma La Niu Rou)

This beef is best served cold either as an appetizer or in combination with other cold dishes.

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Uyghur Five-Spice Blend

Uyghur Five-Spice Blend

This five-spice mix forms the backbone of Uyghur cuisine – at least that part of it that deals with roast meats.  Variations of this mix are used to flavor many Uyghur dishes, with other ingredients […]

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Uyghur Big-plate Fried Chicken

Uyghur Big-plate Fried Chicken

Laura Kelley: This is a quintessential Uyghur dish of stir-fried chicken, potatoes, and bell peppers in a rich sauce redolent of star anise and cinnamon. The base flavor of the sauce is roasted cumin, with […]

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Sichuan Ma La (Spicy) Crawfish or Shrimp 麻辣小龙虾

On one of my first trips to Chinatown in New York I was entranced by a tub of crawfish, which I knew were a treat in France and Louisiana. But we weren’t fans: there was […]

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Hot and Sour Potato Shreds 酸辣土豆丝 (suān là tǔdòusī)

Serves: 4

Here’s how to make a really delicious home-style comfort dish that can be found in almost any restaurant in China. You basically thinly julienne potatoes and then toss them in a wok with oil, Chinese […]

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Beef Noodle Soup 牛肉面 (niúròumiàn)

Serves: 4

This slow-simmering soup is a popular fast food in northern China. This recipe is one of our favorites because it’s rich and rather authentic. Bean or rice noodles can be substituted for ordinary wheat noodles […]

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