Ever since I was young, whenever my mother asked me what vegetable I’d like for dinner, my answer 99% of the time was "chao ong choy", the idiomatic Cantonese term for stir-fried water spinach. (In non-idiomatic Mandarin it’s 炒空心菜 cǎo kòng xīn cài.) I don’t know what made me love it from an early age [...]
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Last night Jacob and I escaped our work desks and had a quintessential night out for being young in a small Chinese city: dinner at a sushi-go-round, an hour of games at a local arcades, and drinks at a boba tea café. Boba tea , also known as pearl milk tea or bubble tea, is [...]
Zhongshan is over 2,000 kilometers from Beijing, farther than Miami is from New York City. Twenty years ago, it was hard to find northern-style foods in this Cantonese-speaking and Cantonese-food-eating city. How times have changed. At our local hypermarket Da Run Fa 大润发, the prepared foods section is dominated by northern style foods, including every [...]
Even in a small city like Zhongshan (small by Chinese standards, anyway), there is a huge variety of dim sum restaurants, ranging from tiny mom-and-pop’s to large elegant banquet halls. Prince Restaurant, a 10-minute walk from my parent’s home, fits the latter description. We forgoed our usual bakery breakfast for dim sum with my parents [...]
High temperatures and little breeze did not stop us from hiking the Dragon’s Back trail on eastern Hong Kong island on Sunday. Nevertheless, by the time we finished the 2-hour long hike, we were in need food and ice-cold drinks. Big Wave Bay (Tai Long Wan), a scenic little beach where the trail ended, had [...]
In the US, I make a habit of avoiding fast food chains.* Eating horrible food, wasting mounds of plastic and styrofoam, and sitting somewhere with less charm than a high school cafeteria is not my idea of dining out. In Hong Kong, fast food is a different story. Famished after an afternoon of shopping on [...]
While sipping a Thai ice tea this afternoon, I was reminded of another tea using condensed milk that hasn’t quite made it to the US. On my last visit to Hong Kong, my uncle, a self-professed connossieur of Hong Kong-style cuisine, brought me to a tiny restaurant in Central to see how "silk stocking milk [...]
Shanghai’s Yuyuan Bazaar is best known as a marketplace for all the souvenirs and tsotchkes you could want. It is also a haven for street food: soup dumplings, sweets, even birds-on-a-stick. Weekends are especially crowded, when even neighborhood grannies and little kids jostle with tourists to be next in line.
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