Posts made in May, 2014

Sticky Indonesian Pork Stir-fry

Sticky Indonesian Pork Stir-fry

Every time we travel to China we return a few pounds lighter despite eating our way through most of the trip with a typical dinner including five or six different dishes.  We also feel physically better after a few weeks of Chinese food and, although we try many unusual ingredients, we have never once experienced a bad stomach during our travels there. I’m convinced that the reason we feel so good on the food is that there is a much...

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Longevity Village and a Grill Mates BBQ on the outskirts of Beijing

Longevity Village and a Grill Mates BBQ on the outskirts of Beijing

It’s Friday night and I have been watching Des Bishop on the Late Late Show, clips from his “Breaking China” series a welcome reminder of our time in Beijing. Truth is I am homesick for my home from home. And this time it’s not just Shane, Shan, Dermot and his squdigy hugs that I’m missing. I’m feeling the loss of place and pace – the group of nai nai in the lobby of Shane’s 25 floor apartment...

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Sichuan Dinner at Yuxiang Kitchen

Fun on the magic stairs Yuxiang Kitchen Lido Square Yuxiang Kitchen Crispy duck Sichuan black bean beef Sichuan fried green beans Yes… I think…. I like...

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A Taste of Yunnan Province at Feng Huang Zhu Restaurant Beijing

The English wooden sign on the door simply says Yun Nan Restaurant Bar but Shan tells me the Chinese characters read Feng Huang Zhu – which translates as Phoenix Bamboo. It is an unprepossessing place from the outside, one of the many little hutong houses just around the corner from Drum and Bell Towers and a short walk from Hou Hai lake. I love this area of Beijing. It is touristy but oozing with character and if I blot out the tackier...

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Sichuan Fish Hotpot at San Zhi Er, Beijing

“I’m not so sure of these Husband and Wife Lungs MaMa!” “But I snuck a bite of these sesame pancakes!” Make your own sauce time Two types of hotpot stock Thinly sliced beef Tofu slices Quail Eggs Wo...

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