Shimen (石门) County of Changde (常德) prefecture in Hunan province — On a trip through Hunan to learn home-style recipes, the train from Changsha passes flooded rice fields gridding the landscape. A mixture of earthen homes and tile-faced two-story homes perch themselves in between. It is the weekend and students have packed the train, having bought standing […]
Shanghai, China— Prior to living and traveling China, I’d never cooked a whole fish. My mother always bought whole fish then fried, baked, broiled, or boiled it for our family, but much to her dismay, I’ve been the sort who buys the fillet of salmon or halibut to grill on a pan. I’ve just always found the idea […]
A chicken is seasoned, wrapped in lotus leaves and slowly baked in clay. Legend has it that this delicacy, of humble, obscure origins came to existence by chance. A beggar had stolen a chicken and ran away. In order to avoid being caught red-handed, he dug a hole in the ground near the river, where […]
Written by Mark Graham of South China Morning Post, the following article shares tasty traditions around China over winter solstice, which is generally celebrated in Hong Kong as a public holiday. From Chinese herbal soup to Eight-treasures sticky rice, here’s quick overview of the hearty treats often eaten on this cold day… ———- In northern China, […]
Last week, WildChina had the opportunity to host Anissa Helou, the “internationally known food writer, art collector, journalist, broadcaster, and one of the leading experts on the cuisines of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.” She came to get a taste of what Chinese cuisine had to offer, and here is a portion from her blog. […]
A few days ago, my colleague introduced Jen Lin-Liu as a chef, writer, and owner of the a restaurant in Beijing, Black Sesame Kitchen. Tonight, I had the opportunity to go to BSK for dinner with a few friends… The location is excellent- Just a few meters from the hip and trendy Nanluoguxiang, the restaurant […]
While most of China is frozen or at least quite cold, there are still some parts of the country’s south that are enjoying shorts and t-shirt weather during the winter months. One of those is Xishuangbanna, a tropical region in southern Yunnan province that borders Myanmar and Laos. In addition to being a great place […]
The charm of these stands comes from men (typically) tending their grills, as well as the diverse clientele of the chuar stands.
When returning from a trip to China one doesn’t carry only the memory of the sights and sounds of a far-off land: a journey here is also an immersion in a world of exotic flavors and aromas.
One of our favorite things about getting off the beaten path in China is that no matter how well you think you may understand the country, there’s always a surprise waiting to prove you wrong. This was illustrated when we visited the small village of Nongyang, several miles outside of Menghai, in southern Yunnan. We were in […]
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