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  • Winter Time = Kitchen Time
    Leave the stained table cloths and botched orders to the lazy. A half-hour in the kitchen and you can return to your computer distractions fresh, aglow with the satisfaction of having accomplished something offline.

  • Chinese Soup for the Sick
    We’re not here to gripe, so much as explain why a whopping vernal cold is an annual rite of passage in China.

  • Two from Dongbei
    Herein two classic Dongbei dishes you can throw together in less than an hour, no filleting or marinating necessary, but tasty and substantive enough to convince you, however temporarily, that north of the Tropic of Cancer isn’t just for the damned after all.

  • Black Chicken Power
    In all objective terms, the black chicken, an wuji in China, a Silkie elsewhere, is the go-to bird.

  • Three Chinese Side Acts
    Someone's a few seconds away from being converted to doufu ru. Wow, that's quite a puddle of ketchup you've got with your French fries there.

  • Boycott Oil, Full Steam Ahead
    One learns to deal with China's culinary pitfalls, because the rewards are great. Cat meat instead of lamb? Stop buying yangrouchuanr on the street. Newspaper-stuffed baozi? Start having zhou for breakfast.

  • Six Chinese Tea Mixes
    Pills don't heal, nature does. Alright, we're not saying pills are useless, but it should be acknowledged that even the cleverest medicine, say Viagra, is a synthetic compound mimicking more natural substances.

  • Make Your Own Ma Po
    The China expat is an epicure, and therefore faces the epicure's dilemma. Thai food? Again? No sushi tonight - not after that saki bender last week.

  • Spring is Here - Duck!
    Spring has come to China. Never mind that snow on the ground - you heard the fireworks. The season is a time of transformation; go out and enjoy nature returning to life.

  • Strength through soup
    Ancient Chinese making tonic soupsIt comes as an existential shock, winter in China. It's rather like the discovery of your first gray hair, signaling the creeping inevitability of old age.