Korean American culinary sensation David Chang is asked, What is the most under-rated cuisine? Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, he says Chinese food and explains that China is larger than Europe and that US Americans have no idea what real Chinese food is, nor does he believe they want to go beyond Panda Express, egg rolls, and General Tso’s Chicken.
I love that he mentioned the aesthetics of Chinese food as being unappealing to Eurocentric eyes. I think this is really important!!
Chinese dishes are often thought of as unrefined and unappealing precisely because they’re presented in a different manner than European/American/Western food is presented. You’ll seldom see Chinese food in small ass portions on large ass white plates because Chinese food is traditionally eaten communally. Even in the high class, super fancy restaurants in China and Hong Kong (I was dragged along to quite a few as a young child by my parents), the food is presented on a large platter in the middle of the table, meant to be shared by all members of the dinner party. Unless you’re at a noodle joint or a Western restaurant, no one orders individual dishes and everyone decides on the dishes together. Presentation in Chinese cuisine reflects abundance and community. Also, there’s just no need to dress up food that you know is going to taste amazing.
SYL IPoh White Coffee @ Kota Damansara
Pork noodles with various fish balls and stuff, economical maggi and special egg toast
Did you know?
Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.
A scene from the classic book 孔雀东南飞.
At a medicine shop near Temple Street. In Kowloon, Hong Kong
Wala namang tangkay.
Wala namang ugat.
Wala namang lupa.
Ito’y isang uri ng ligaw na halaman,
Hua Chiao, Tsino sa ibayong dagat"
There are leaves,
There is no stem.
There are stems,
There is no root.
There are roots,
There is no earth.
This is a type of wild plant
Hua Chiao, overseas Chinese
The Wild Plant (Ligaw na Halaman)
by James Teng Choon Na (aka Yun He/Cloud Crane) a poet who writes about the Tsinoy (Chinese Filipino) experience.(via thisisnotpinoy)
(Thank you, dormeats!)
roll each piece into a ball and let rise for another 10 minutes
roll out each ball into a large disk
don’t worry if it looks more like a pacman ghost. nobody will know ;)
put ~ 1-2 teaspoons of filling in the middle. i over-stuffed this one!
pleat and pinch making sure the seal is tight. check out those sick crimping skills!
place each bun on its own foil or parchment square.
into the steamer! ….if the seal isn’t good, they open up in the steamer
i got the hang of it eventually! serve with soy sauce or plum sauce to balance out the doughy taste of the wrapper. here is the recipe i used for reference:
2684. Homemade Steamed Buns. Whoa, a fantastic picture recipe to make in the dorms. Thank you for the mouthwatering pictures!
The reluctance of the educational system - public and private - to grasp the Chinese nettle is a metaphor for a much wider problem: our ignorance about China and our failure to appreciate just how much it will change the world and transform our lives.
The great task facing the West over the next century will be to make sense of China - not in our terms but in theirs. We have to understand China as it is and as it has been, not project our own history, culture, institutions and values onto it. It will always fail that test. In truth such a mentality tells us more about our own arrogance and lack of curiosity than anything about China.
Let’s take one example. We assume that the nation-state, that long-standing and remarkably influential European invention, is more or less universal. True, China has called itself a nation-state for about a century. But 100 years is a mere pin-prick for a country that dates back over two millennia. Modern China emerged in 221. By the time of the Han dynasty - still more than 2,000 years ago - China’s borders already closely resembled those of eastern and central China today. China is very old, the longest continuously-existing polity in the world. And for more than 2,000 years, it was not a nation-state but a civilisation-state. In essence it still is."
Polytech MAK 90 Sporter
A neutered AK built in China and imported in this configuration to meet the Assault Weapons Ban requirements. It has no flash hider or muzzle brake, no bayonet lug, and a single piece thumbhole stock. This was as best an attempt to demilitarize the rifle. With the AWB gone it’s a simple conversion back to it’s original form. Note the 5-round magazine.
A great solution to this would be not using a racist caricature as the villain. >
In the Iron Man comic books, The Mandarin is a Chinese exile bent on revenge. In Iron Man 3, he’s Ben Kingsley — decidedly not Chinese. “It’s less about his specific ethnicity than the symbolism of various cultures and iconography that he perverts for his own end,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says.
Here’s a first look at the character — thoughts?
On the one hand, I like the acknowledgement that this character specifically perverts iconography and that’s part of the reason why he’s a bad dude. But this also kind of smacks of classic Orientalism, which is way less than cool.
my initial reaction is pretty viscerally negative, just based on casting.
the only way this might be anything like alright is if they overtly acknowledge it within the movie:
Mandarin, being an Asian villain from comics’ Golden Age, is a horrendous racist characature. They’re possibly trying to avoid this by casting a non-Asian actor, buuuut this could still be pretty awful.
there’s ways it might not be awful, but you know, probably not.
Funny how that thought never seems to cross the mind
Why is Ben Kingsley all the Asians?
I’m perfect in my imperfections, happy in my pain, strong in my weaknesses and beautiful in my own way because I’m me.
Smoke break XI…
A rebel fighter on the Ivory Coast with a Chinese Type-56 II. These were the side-folding bakelite stock models that were also exported and sold to the U.S civilian market. Very coveted and collectable, the stocks alone can cost upwards of $400 to $600 if all the parts are there.