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Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves (fiction)
by Dave Lowry

As someone with an abiding interest in Chinese cuisine and, and Asian martial arts, you'd think I'd be predestined to love Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves, a novel that centres around Tucker, a twenty-year old college dropout, and involves a road trip, a chance meeting with a girl at a highway rest stop and a subsequent halting romance, a diamond theft, Chinese gangsters, and a female FBI agent with much time on her hands. But all this adds up to a slight plot, little more than than a series of excuses to edify the reader on what appear to be the author's twin passions: Chinese cuisine and Asian martial arts … read more

 
   
 
Chinese Recipes
Dongpo Pork  

Dongpo Pork 東坡肉 (dong-1 po-1 rou-4) Hangzhou's trademark dish. To eat dongpo pork is to begin to understand the role of fat in making meat taste good.

Deep Fried Tofu  

Deep Fried Tofu 炸豆腐 (zha-4 dou-4 fu-3) Great as a snack or as part of a meal.

Taiwan Steamed Fish  

Steamed Fish 清蒸魚 (qing-1 zheng-1 yu-2) A really simple dish that requires only the most basic arsenal of Chinese ingredients.

Pickled Cucumber Salad  

Pickled Cucumber Salad 涼拌黃瓜 (liáng bàn huáng guā) A lightly pickled salad commonly served in Taiwan as a zesty appetiser.

Hot and Sour Soup  

Hot and Sour Soup 酸辣湯 (suan-1 la-4 tang-1) This is a hearty, chunky Taiwanese version of the soup that can be found in Chinese restaurants worldwide.

Anchovies with Peanuts  

Fish Fry with Peanuts 丁香花生 (ding-1 xiang-1 hua-1 sheng-1) A classic Taiwan savoury appetiser.

Cold Noodles  

Taiwan-style Cold Noodle Salad 台式涼麵 (tái shì liàng miàn) Taiwan has many refreshing drinks, snacks and appetisers to keep you cool in summer, but actual cold meals are hard to find, so you can count this easy noodle salad with a tangy sesame dressing as a rarity.

Chinese radish (turnip) cake recipe  

Fried Radish Cake 蘿蔔糕 (luóbo gāo) Radish cake is one of the great staples of breakfast stores and dim sum restaurants.


 
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Chinese stinky tofu: love it or hate it, there's no ignoring it.

Chinese pigs, pork  

China, A Nation of Pork Eaters
Pigs were among the first animals domesticated for food in ancient times, and all through their history Chinese have been dedicated eaters of swine flesh.

 

 
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The True Origin of Kiwifruit

Although its name strongly suggests a New Zealand origin, the kiwifruit is in fact, native to China's Yangtze Valley. Until midway through the 20th century, the fruit was known as Chinese gooseberry. Once a commercial industry was developed in New Zealand, fruit growers apparently decided that the furry egg-shaped fruit bore a symbolic resemblance to their native flightless bird, the kiwi … more

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