Archive for January, 2009

Tonight there are celebrations for the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox. An ox is called ‘niu’ in Chinese, so you can wish everyone a happy niu-year! Don’t believe it when you read somewhere the Chinese are celebrating the year 4753 or whatever figure you might be reading – traditionally, the Chinese really […]


lotus buns

23Jan09

These ‘lotus leaf buns’ (heye jia or ‘lotus buns’) have been on my to-make-list forever. At least, since I rediscovered them on my trip to China last May, where we had them several times in both Beijing and Shanghai. These lotus buns are a Chinese steamed bread-variety, made from the same dough as baozi, mantou […]


To start the beginning of this new year, I am going to share one of my favorite recipes with you: Chinese noodles, also known as “one-spoon noodles” or “sniffy nose noodles” because it takes a spoonful of all kinds of Chinese ingredients to give these noodles their wonderful kick – and a sniffy nose while […]



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