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Is this the best way to cook soup noodles? Chefs in this Chinese city swear by the ‘pot-lid’ method

Pot-lid noodles are a speciality of Zhenjiang, where shopkeepers insist their particular cooking method makes a difference

3 Mar 2021 - 5:24PM

Pot-lid noodles are a speciality of Zhenjiang, where shopkeepers insist their particular cooking method makes a difference

Is this the best way to cook soup noodles? Chefs in this Chinese city swear by the ‘pot-lid’ method
Making Fujian misua, China’s longest noodle, is as intense as a workout

It is made by stretching dough to over 30 metres, which is why some people consider it the longest noodle in China.

23 Feb 2021 - 12:31PM

It is made by stretching dough to over 30 metres, which is why some people consider it the longest noodle in China.

Making Fujian misua, China’s longest noodle, is as intense as a workout
How sweet and sour pork gave this former convict in China a second chance - and made her a Xiamen street food legend

Thirty years ago, Du Yaying went to prison for her part in running a gambling den. Finding her passion for food, she is today the chef and owner of a popular restaurant in Xiamen, China.

18 Feb 2021 - 3:28PM

Thirty years ago, Du Yaying went to prison for her part in running a gambling den. Finding her passion for food, she is today the chef and owner of a popular restaurant in Xiamen, China.

How sweet and sour pork gave this former convict in China a second chance - and made her a Xiamen street food legend
The origins of siu mai: how an iconic dim sum staple came to be

Siu mai is popular street snack in Hong Kong, but its origins can be traced further north to Inner Mongolia.

17 Feb 2021 - 11:50AM

Siu mai is popular street snack in Hong Kong, but its origins can be traced further north to Inner Mongolia.

The origins of siu mai: how an iconic dim sum staple came to be
The Chinese calendar: why people in China might say they have two birth dates

For thousands of years, farmers have used the Chinese calendar to figure out the best times to plant and harvest crops.

12 Feb 2021 - 11:45AM

For thousands of years, farmers have used the Chinese calendar to figure out the best times to plant and harvest crops.

The Chinese calendar: why people in China might say they have two birth dates
How oyster omelettes helped the Chinese win a war

Oyster omelettes, or pancakes, are a street food staple in Taiwan and Xiamen. Legend has it that the dish originated in the throes of battle.

3 Feb 2021 - 1:07PM

Oyster omelettes, or pancakes, are a street food staple in Taiwan and Xiamen. Legend has it that the dish originated in the throes of battle.

How oyster omelettes helped the Chinese win a war
Xianzi: the dying art of making Tibetan fiddles by hand

The fiddle-like xianzi has been part of Tibetan folk culture for centuries. But the number of people who can make the traditional instrument is dwindling.

1 Feb 2021 - 2:16PM

The fiddle-like xianzi has been part of Tibetan folk culture for centuries. But the number of people who can make the traditional instrument is dwindling.

Xianzi: the dying art of making Tibetan fiddles by hand
Kueh, the ‘quintessentially Taiwanese’ rice cake that’s ‘no less than a Western or Japanese sweet’

From Minnan - a part of southern China - the snack spread all over Asia, to Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and beyond.

26 Jan 2021 - 3:22PM

From Minnan - a part of southern China - the snack spread all over Asia, to Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and beyond.

Kueh, the ‘quintessentially Taiwanese’ rice cake that’s ‘no less than a Western or Japanese sweet’
Wuhan calling: how the city’s punk rock scene changed China’s youth

Punk is still not a common sight in China, but if you do find a scene, chances are you’re in Wuhan.

20 Jan 2021 - 12:44PM

Punk is still not a common sight in China, but if you do find a scene, chances are you’re in Wuhan.

Wuhan calling: how the city’s punk rock scene changed China’s youth
Why are Chinese students so good at maths?

It’s a stereotype played out on the big screen and the presidential campaign trail. But how much truth is there to it? Some students and teachers in Asia say there is something to it: ‘All my Chinese students are just the next level above.’

1 Oct 2020 - 4:26AM

It’s a stereotype played out on the big screen and the presidential campaign trail. But how much truth is there to it? Some students and teachers in Asia say there is something to it: ‘All my Chinese students are just the next level above.’

Why are Chinese students so good at maths?
The special ‘gold’ Chinese noodle that’s thin as a thread

Known as jinsimian in Chinese, gold thread noodles are thin as hair and reserved for important occasions. To achieve the effect, chefs carefully run a heavy knife back and forth across dough – a technique that takes a career to perfect.

16 Sep 2020 - 2:08PM

Known as jinsimian in Chinese, gold thread noodles are thin as hair and reserved for important occasions. To achieve the effect, chefs carefully run a heavy knife back and forth across dough – a technique that takes a career to perfect.

The special ‘gold’ Chinese noodle that’s thin as a thread
Why Chinese people don’t find talking about money taboo

While talking about money can be taboo in the West, many Chinese people discuss money with candour. Apart from religious practices and ancient superstitions, booming private wealth in recent decades helped remove social taboos around openly talking about money.

17 Jul 2020 - 5:40PM

While talking about money can be taboo in the West, many Chinese people discuss money with candour. Apart from religious practices and ancient superstitions, booming private wealth in recent decades helped remove social taboos around openly talking about money.

Why Chinese people don’t find talking about money taboo
Why do Chinese people love drinking hot water?

For many outsiders, the Chinese love affair with hot water is perplexing – it is one of the most searched questions about Chinese people on Google.

25 May 2020 - 6:59PM

For many outsiders, the Chinese love affair with hot water is perplexing – it is one of the most searched questions about Chinese people on Google.

Why do Chinese people love drinking hot water?
Fong On’s Paul Eng: the man selling Cantonese rice cakes to hipsters in New York’s Chinatown

When Paul Eng of Fong On decided to reinvent his family’s rice cake and tofu business, there was one problem: he didn’t know the recipes.

26 May 2020 - 9:50AM

When Paul Eng of Fong On decided to reinvent his family’s rice cake and tofu business, there was one problem: he didn’t know the recipes.

Fong On’s Paul Eng: the man selling Cantonese rice cakes to hipsters in New York’s Chinatown
What is Taiwanese papaya milk, bubble tea’s quirky sidekick?

Boba might be Taiwan’s most famous cultural export, but there’s one drink that says even more about the island’s history and unique climate. Topped with a slight froth, papaya milk is creamy, mildly sweet and refreshing to its fans, while others might find it pungent and intolerable.

26 May 2020 - 9:50AM

Boba might be Taiwan’s most famous cultural export, but there’s one drink that says even more about the island’s history and unique climate. Topped with a slight froth, papaya milk is creamy, mildly sweet and refreshing to its fans, while others might find it pungent and intolerable.

What is Taiwanese papaya milk, bubble tea’s quirky sidekick?
Hong Kong’s bamboo scaffolding: dangerous and difficult to work with, so why is it still used in construction?

The city is one of the last places in the world where bamboo is still widely used as a building material. It remains a viable yet threatened industry, with few companies specialising in the craft. Those that do have trouble finding new blood.

26 May 2020 - 9:49AM

The city is one of the last places in the world where bamboo is still widely used as a building material. It remains a viable yet threatened industry, with few companies specialising in the craft. Those that do have trouble finding new blood.

Hong Kong’s bamboo scaffolding: dangerous and difficult to work with, so why is it still used in construction?
Why does northern China eat so many buns?

The region’s harsh winters have created some of the world’s best comfort food.

26 May 2020 - 9:48AM

The region’s harsh winters have created some of the world’s best comfort food.

Why does northern China eat so many buns?
She moved back to her Chinese village to take care of her ailing father. Now Dianxi Xiaoge’s an online cooking sensation

For her millions of fans, Dianxi Xiaoge’s soothing cooking videos offer a glimpse into life in rural China. But how did she get started, and is her life really as idyllic as it seems?

26 May 2020 - 9:47AM

For her millions of fans, Dianxi Xiaoge’s soothing cooking videos offer a glimpse into life in rural China. But how did she get started, and is her life really as idyllic as it seems?

She moved back to her Chinese village to take care of her ailing father. Now Dianxi Xiaoge’s an online cooking sensation
Hot dry noodles, the iconic Wuhan breakfast staple, and the mistake that birthed one of China’s most beloved dishes

Reganmian is so tied to the city’s identity that natives who emigrate often open hot dry noodle shops wherever they settle.

26 May 2020 - 9:46AM

Reganmian is so tied to the city’s identity that natives who emigrate often open hot dry noodle shops wherever they settle.

Hot dry noodles, the iconic Wuhan breakfast staple, and the mistake that birthed one of China’s most beloved dishes
Meet Lu Kaigang, the Chinese ‘village supermodel’ and internet star who can make fashionable dresses out of anything

Known as Liuxianren online, he became famous on China’s TikTok for modelling outfits made from tarp, leaves and even an air-conditioner. His videos have given him international attention, landing him a spot at London Fashion Week and a photo shoot in Hong Kong.

26 May 2020 - 9:45AM

Known as Liuxianren online, he became famous on China’s TikTok for modelling outfits made from tarp, leaves and even an air-conditioner. His videos have given him international attention, landing him a spot at London Fashion Week and a photo shoot in Hong Kong.

Meet Lu Kaigang, the Chinese ‘village supermodel’ and internet star who can make fashionable dresses out of anything
Behind Hebei Pangzai: the Chinese stunt drinker turned Twitter star is an introvert, family man and aspiring chef

Liu Shichao, known as Hebei Pangzai, won over Twitter with videos of himself chugging six beers in under a minute and smashing bricks with his bare hands. How did a man from rural China break through the Great Firewall to become a global internet sensation?

15 Jan 2020 - 6:45PM

Liu Shichao, known as Hebei Pangzai, won over Twitter with videos of himself chugging six beers in under a minute and smashing bricks with his bare hands. How did a man from rural China break through the Great Firewall to become a global internet sensation?

Behind Hebei Pangzai: the Chinese stunt drinker turned Twitter star is an introvert, family man and aspiring chef
Why ‘Chinese Hawaii’ of Hainan is surfer’s paradise, says China international Monica Guo

Surfer, 33, who represented nation at ISA World Longboard Championship last year, has moved to the resort island permanently to pursue her passion for the sport. The province is now home to China’s national surfing team and academy.

22 Apr 2020 - 4:42PM

Surfer, 33, who represented nation at ISA World Longboard Championship last year, has moved to the resort island permanently to pursue her passion for the sport. The province is now home to China’s national surfing team and academy.

Why ‘Chinese Hawaii’ of Hainan is surfer’s paradise, says China international Monica Guo
Chinese cabbage, or napa cabbage – one of the most recognisable vegetables in Asian cooking

You can find the cabbage fermented as kimchi, wrapped around larb or served in warm broth. That speaks to its versatility – it can be steamed, boiled, fried, braised or pickled, one reason why it can be found in nearly every grocery store in the world.

5 Dec 2019 - 8:15PM

You can find the cabbage fermented as kimchi, wrapped around larb or served in warm broth. That speaks to its versatility – it can be steamed, boiled, fried, braised or pickled, one reason why it can be found in nearly every grocery store in the world.

Chinese cabbage, or napa cabbage – one of the most recognisable vegetables in Asian cooking
Taro – the starchy sweet tuber that’s delicious, versatile and has more calories than potatoes

Its potato-like texture makes it an ideal and cheap carb; cooked with just the right amount of heat, you get a cornucopia of tasty dishes. Domesticated in Southeast Asia, taro is considered one of the world’s oldest food crops, with a history of more than 9,000 years.

2 Dec 2019 - 6:15PM

Its potato-like texture makes it an ideal and cheap carb; cooked with just the right amount of heat, you get a cornucopia of tasty dishes. Domesticated in Southeast Asia, taro is considered one of the world’s oldest food crops, with a history of more than 9,000 years.

Taro – the starchy sweet tuber that’s delicious, versatile and has more calories than potatoes
Chinese bitter melon – why the polarising ‘gentleman’s vegetable’ is just misunderstood

Some people love the bitter melon, especially when blanched with saltwater; others abhor its flavour. In the proper climate, its fast-growing nature can make it a great edible perennial.

3 Dec 2019 - 4:53PM

Some people love the bitter melon, especially when blanched with saltwater; others abhor its flavour. In the proper climate, its fast-growing nature can make it a great edible perennial.

Chinese bitter melon – why the polarising ‘gentleman’s vegetable’ is just misunderstood
Chinese water spinach, or kangkong – eaten widely across Asia, but considered a weed in the US

In Southeast Asia, where the vegetable is most prevalent, it is cooked with chilli, shrimp paste and fermented bean sauce. Early European records note the plant’s extreme productivity; it can grow both on land and in water.

3 Dec 2019 - 4:52PM

In Southeast Asia, where the vegetable is most prevalent, it is cooked with chilli, shrimp paste and fermented bean sauce. Early European records note the plant’s extreme productivity; it can grow both on land and in water.

Chinese water spinach, or kangkong – eaten widely across Asia, but considered a weed in the US
The Chinese tattoo artist turning traditional watercolour paintings into skin art

Chen Jie started with the style by chance, and says the tattoos require great precision to achieve a watercolour painting’s faded look. She hopes her style will help tattoos gain greater acceptance in China. Already, she has seen more local customers than she did 10 years ago.

21 Oct 2019 - 7:15PM

Chen Jie started with the style by chance, and says the tattoos require great precision to achieve a watercolour painting’s faded look. She hopes her style will help tattoos gain greater acceptance in China. Already, she has seen more local customers than she did 10 years ago.

The Chinese tattoo artist turning traditional watercolour paintings into skin art
Chinese food doesn’t have to be cheap, says chef selling US$30 fish noodle soup in New York

A new wave of immigrants from China has brought diversity to the food scene, serving dishes that provide a taste of home. The owner of Hunan Slurp feels ‘Chinese food is undervalued in the US’, while his dishes showcase a zealous focus on quality.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:22AM

A new wave of immigrants from China has brought diversity to the food scene, serving dishes that provide a taste of home. The owner of Hunan Slurp feels ‘Chinese food is undervalued in the US’, while his dishes showcase a zealous focus on quality.

Chinese food doesn’t have to be cheap, says chef selling US$30 fish noodle soup in New York
Hong Kong’s milk tea: how it went from a beverage inherited from another culture, to a symbol of the city’s identity

While milk in tea is nothing new, Hong Kong’s rendition is particularly unique. It’s a mixture of tea from heavily oxidised blended black tea leaves and evaporated milk, at a general ratio of 70 to 30.

25 Sep 2019 - 5:09PM

While milk in tea is nothing new, Hong Kong’s rendition is particularly unique. It’s a mixture of tea from heavily oxidised blended black tea leaves and evaporated milk, at a general ratio of 70 to 30.

Hong Kong’s milk tea: how it went from a beverage inherited from another culture, to a symbol of the city’s identity
Patua, Macau’s dying language, and the 103-year-old Macanese woman who speaks it

As a young girl, Aida de Jesus spoke Patua with her grandmother at home. Today, only 50 people speak the critically endangered creole language. Her daughter feels she is witnessing the last chapter of her people, the Macanese – people in Macau with mixed Chinese-Portuguese ancestry.

28 Sep 2019 - 1:33PM

As a young girl, Aida de Jesus spoke Patua with her grandmother at home. Today, only 50 people speak the critically endangered creole language. Her daughter feels she is witnessing the last chapter of her people, the Macanese – people in Macau with mixed Chinese-Portuguese ancestry.

Patua, Macau’s dying language, and the 103-year-old Macanese woman who speaks it