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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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Fun Facts: Potatoes

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Posted: 2014-09-11

The potato, native to Peru and associated with northern Europe, is well-known in China. In fact, China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of potatoes (81 million metric tons in 2013). Julienned potatoes fried with […]

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Chili or “Red” Oil (Hong You)

Chili or “Red” Oil (Hong You)

Spicy Chinese food came to the United States in the 1980s, when suddenly Hunan and Sichuan restaurants began offering American spicy dishes that hadn’t been known outside ethnic Chinese enclaves before. (Until then, American Chinese […]

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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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