J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
, managing culinary director at food blog Serious Eats
, recently took an extended trip to China and southeast Asia with his wife, Adri, after driving across the country
during a move from New York to San Francisco. He documented his Asia trip on a personal blog
set up to elude Chinese censors. [more inside]
The history of the hamburger
could be a relatively short story, or one spanning centuries and continents, depending on how far you disassemble the modern hamburger. If you look for the origins of ground meat between two pieces of bread, that's something American, but where and when exactly is the question
. But how did we get the ground meat patty? You can thank the Mongols and Kublai Khan, who brought their ground meat to Russia
. Oh, and don't forget the fish sauce
! [more inside]
You've just purchased a meal at a restaurant that offers a salad bar, with the stipulation that you can only take items from it once. How do you get the most out of your one trip? Simple: build a salad tower
. [more inside]
About one tenth
of China's farmland is polluted
with heavy metals, with whole villages
being poisoned. All too frequently, local governments have reacted by ignoring the problems and
even denying treatment
Testing by Food Safety News has shown that more than 75% of the honey being sold in the United States does not qualify to be labeled for sale as "honey". [more inside]
Fast food in South India
is fast | in Thailand iced tea is really cool
| in Sri Lanka tea is cooled with dramatic effect
| in Delhi the bread is made fast
too | in Calcutta it puffs up
magically | tea serenely
| or two at a time
| in China tea is served with a long spout
, acrobatically. [more inside]
Why can't China guarantee safe milk for its babies?
"From the outset, in what seemed like some bizarre parallel universe, rather than alert Chinese parents as soon as possible to potentially life-saving information about the melamine
contamination, baby formula producer Sanlu
and various levels of government tried to shut down information. (...) Chinese journalists say the government's Central Propaganda Department
, however, issued orders that Chinese media not send their own reporters to further investigate the story." [more inside]
The World's Most Unbelievable Invention
Pursuing the demand for fresh eggs, Chinese manufacturers have come across the most amazing solution: man-made chicken eggs. More here
International Dim Sum Directory
from Journeywoman, the travel website, created by their readershop. My favourite Dim Sum
are those steamed meatballs
, although it's interesting to note that many popular dishes such as Crispy Aromatic Duck
are in fact British inventions
(mixing Peking duck with Sichuan style duck).
Is It Politically Incorrect To Decry The Eating And Killing Of Civet Cats?
Is Western consciousness of hypocrisy (due to the enormous number of animals we kill for food) preventing us from criticizing countries, like China, where practically all animals are eaten? Is sentimentality and the protection of animals we regard as cute better than having no qualms at all? I'm sure that the ratio of animals killed-per-capita is higher in the West than in China. Is there any moral difference? Probably not. Why, then, is it so shocking?
Who Was General Tso And Why Are We Eating His Chicken?
Unlike Chicken Marengo, a dish created to celebrate Napoleon's victory
, or Beef Wellington, named, it seems for the Duke's boots
, General Tso's Chicken
has a humbler origin as a traditional Hunan dish revived in a New York Chinese restaurant in the 1970s, when Szechuan was the latest craze. But this article will teach you a bit about the General Sherman
of Ch'ing-period China.