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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
The story of American Chinese chain Panda Express – is the Chinese food it serves ‘authentic’?

Panda Express has become many Americans’ first — and in some cases, only — exposure to the cuisine, but critics are quick to label it as inauthentic because of its deep-fried, high-sugar offerings.

18 Sep 2019 - 3:28PM

Panda Express has become many Americans’ first — and in some cases, only — exposure to the cuisine, but critics are quick to label it as inauthentic because of its deep-fried, high-sugar offerings.

The story of American Chinese chain Panda Express – is the Chinese food it serves ‘authentic’?
Behind the scenes with Li Ziqi, the mysterious Chinese internet celebrity with 58 million fans

In her videos, she performs the work of a farmer with the grace of a fairy, impressing with her deep knowledge of food, nature and Chinese culture.

18 Sep 2019 - 3:27PM

In her videos, she performs the work of a farmer with the grace of a fairy, impressing with her deep knowledge of food, nature and Chinese culture.

Behind the scenes with Li Ziqi, the mysterious Chinese internet celebrity with 58 million fans