Northern Chinese

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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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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Braised Eggplant 红烧茄子 (hóngshāo qiézi)

Braised Eggplant 红烧茄子 (hóngshāo qiézi)

Serves: 4

This is my favorite Chinese dish. It is vegetarian and extremely flavorful. You can adjust the spiciness by changing the amount of crushed pepper. Actually, this dish is even better the next day, when all […]

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