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August is Asian Noodles Month!

August is officially Asian Noodles Month. Well, okay; it’s not official most everywhere else, but those who visit the Chile Underground know that we don’t let little things like that get in our way around here. Our Undergorund Department of Noodles (UDON) has done all the investigating it intends to, having pored over nearly […]

Reading, Writing, and Regional Cooking: Guizhou Style Chinese

Stan and I were done with our planned site visits, but not with the paperwork. Yes, even in tropical China, there’s always paperwork. So we ate a hearty breakfast, knowing full well that even the condemned get to eat something. The buffet was well stocked, and I tried out more of the Chinese goodies […]

Third Site’s a Charm: One Last Cantonese Feast

Wednesday’s a special day on this trip. We made our last site visit! We saved the “best” for last. At least the longest, anyways. We visited a factory in Guangzhou, which is nearly two hours from Shenzhen one-way.

My previous visit to Guangzhou involved the same factory, nearly three years ago. I have some interesting […]

Rainy Tropical China, and a Great Cantonese Feast

The sun comes up early in Shenzhen, and today it brought rain with it. In fact, a deluge. So much rain it had to get an early start, and the thunder and lightning preceded first light by about an hour. That left plenty of room for a second big storm to hit as dawn […]

Book of the Month: Beyond the Great Wall

If you’re looking for a collection of Chinese recipes that is beautiful enough, both in contents and appearance, then have I got a book for you:

Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China

The authors, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, are experienced global voyagers and their previous books prove they know […]

Restaurant Review Update: Fujian Grand China Buffet Restaurant

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

My father-in-law and I made a run to the Big City for “parts.” (That’s code for, we’re going stir-crazy in this ol’ Ranch house with all the kids and dogs and leftovers.) We had a few legitimate chores, but naturally we took the opportunity to eat out.

It’s […]

Restaurant Review: Fujian Grand China Buffet, Austin

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I’ve been to Xiamen, China several times, and enjoy the food there very much. (Xiamen is in Fujian Province, for those without a China map handy.) Because of that, I watched with interest as the Old San Francisco Steakhouse in Austin morphed into the Fujian Grand China […]

Thursday Fish: Black Bean Garlic Fish Recipe

Here’s a quickie for your fish requirements. (No, those fish don’t need a quickie, YOU do!)

Black Bean Garlic Fish

This one is flavorful and spicy (if you include the chile strips), but what I like about it is how easy it is to make. Almost any firm white-flesh fish works. Probably would work for shrimp or […]