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American Chinese Food


American Chinese Food

The Chinese immigrants who brought their cuisine to the US in the 19th century soon modified their cooking for Western tastes and ingredients. Today, “American Chinese food” differs greatly from authentic Chinese cuisine. One of the many differences is the types of vegetables used; Chinese cuisine relies on leafy greens like bok choy and gai-lan, while Americanized dishes often feature more readily available produce like broccoli and carrots. What is the origin of the fortune cookie? More… Discuss

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Chopsticks


Chopsticks

Chopsticks, developed about 3,000 to 5,000 years ago in China, are the traditional eating utensils of East Asia. Various materials, including wood, ivory, bamboo, and metal, have been used to produce the tapered sticks, which range from the plain to the ornately decorated. The etiquette surrounding chopstick use, and in fact the style of the sticks themselves, varies from culture to culture. To avoid unintentional insult at the table, one should keep in mind what rules when dining in China? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: YONGLE EMPEROR (1360)


Yongle Emperor (1360)

Born Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the favorite son of the founder of China’s Ming dynasty. He spent his youth developing a military career but was passed over for the throne. He rebelled and seized the throne from his nephew in 1402. As emperor, he greatly extended China’s scope and influence. He moved the capital to Beijing, built the Forbidden City, and sponsored the compilation of an immense encyclopedia of Chinese culture and history. What was the Porcelain Tower of NanjingMore… Discuss