Spanish Tapas and Cantonese Dimsum

bowzerWhat are the differences and similaries between Chinese dim-sum and Spanish Tapas? Let's see what our contributors said ...

By Cheng Chang and Sherry Kuei-Chan

New Healthy Vegetarian Lifestyle Nurtures Humanistic Mindfulness

lotus flower artFood is embedded with cultural meaning beyond the physical need of survival. The most significant historical factor to prompt vegetarian practice arises from the integrated essence of Confucius’ “curbing desires” and Buddhist’s “compassion for all sentient beings.”  

Shih De-Yin and Yu-Mei Tsai
釋德慇  蔡裕美

Chop Suey: From East to West?

chopsueyChop Suey, is pronounced as Za Sui in Mandarin, or Tsap Seoy in Cantonese. According to The English-Chinese Word-Ocean Dictionary, the term 'Za Sui' refers to the concept of cooking chopped entrails of sheep or oxen, also referred to as 'Xia Shui'.

Compiled by Sally Wang

Chinese Food and Wine Culture

Chen ChanDid you know that Minister Li Hongzhang of the Qing Dynasty was a food connoisseur and had lived in luxurious environment with numerous servants and cooks under his employment?

Cheng Chan
單聲

"Swallow Twitters" -- Preserving an Archaic Catering Terminology

William PoonAccording to people of my father’s generation, the 1930s and 40s saw a great trend in the use of jargon, or specialist terminology, in the catering trade. Indeed, it became somewhat of an obsession with restaurateurs uttering it in every sentence, to the extent that it gave rise to much confusion and misinterpretation.

William Poon
潘偉廉

The Memories of Ken Lo

ken loYou want me to talk about food, migration, and my father. His Memories of China? What can I say? They say ‘home is where the heart is’. But what if you have no home? Where is your heart then?

The Memories of Ken Lo
羅孝建先生回憶錄

Chinese Food Culture in Britain

Deh Ta HsingChinese cuisine has gone through thousands of years of refinement and development, and cultural exchanges between China and the outside world have taken place ever since the time of the Roman Empire...

Deh-Ta Hsiung
熊德達

The Wok

Ken HomThe wok has been central to my life as a professional chef and food writer. But it was central to my childhood and youth as well. To grow up Chinese means enjoying wonderful foods prepared in the wok.

Ken Hom