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A Mongolian Summer
Going in Search of the Original Horse Meat Steak Tartar - and How To Cook A Camel
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.
Tales from China's Kitchen
Just about every dish, humble as fried dough or refined as dim sum, has its origins not in simple matters of filling the belly, but filling it while surrounded by intrigue, betrayal, or some other salient aspect of Chinese culture.
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.
Eating in China
It would be hard to find someone who would not be happy with the food 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.
China's Snack Streets
There's so much to see, and eat, in China that it's a shame to waste too much time in big, fancy restaurants. The fawning wait-staff and death-sentenced fish in their tanks will take the edge off the keenest appetite.
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.