Made in Jiānádà: Suzhou Porky Mooncakes

Hello. I’ve been away for a while, haven’t I? It’s been a very hot,  busy summer, much of it nowhere near a kitchen to call my own. We were in Morocco for a month, which was lovely in spite of the fact that it was 46 degrees in the shade AND Ramadan for most of…

Made in Jiānádà: Homestyle porky Eggplant (家常茄子)

Eggplant (茄子 or qiézi) was one of the first words I learned in Mandarin back in early 2009, partly because we ordered it so often that it inevitably had to stick in my head, and partly because it sounded like a hybrid between cheese and chaise (as in longue). Kind of like ch’yay’zuh. Except not really….

Made in Jiānádà: Lanzhou Lāmiàn (broth!)

This is part 2 in my noodle series. Part 1 (the hand pulled noodles) is here. This is quite possibly the best broth in the whole universe. Except, perhaps, for a fine Tom Yam with all the bark and twigs still nestled at the bottom of the bowl. This one has its own mighty collection…

Made in Jiānádà: Garlicky Chinese cucumber salad

Er, hello. It’s been a while. You may remember me as the person who used Xinjiang noodle dough to make pretty much everything. I’ve been, one might say, busy. I got a new job about two months ago. I can’t remember if I mentioned it. Academic director of a new start up school. Or, as…

Made in Jiānádà: Lanzhou Lāmiàn (noodles!)

This is Part 1 in a series on Lanzhou noodles. Part 2 (the broth) is here. This one has been a long time coming. Seriously. This dish is quite possibly the one thing we have eaten the most of in China. At 6rmb a bowl (like, 80 cents, maybe) and incredibly delicious, it’s hard to…

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