Food & Drink

In this version, we use glass jars instead to present a sugared treat of candied orange peel, or kumquats, if preferred. (Image:  Gaëlle Didillon/Taste of Life )

Live Sweet and Prosper

An inextricable part of the lantern-lit magic that surrounds Chinese New Year celebrations is its rich symbolism, rooted in millennia-long traditions and the wisdom of an ancient culture. Some of the Lunar New Year’s most meaningful rituals revolve around food…

Tender, savory mushrooms with fragrant basil pesto and fresh salmon roe make for a nature-inspired dish that’s simple, yet flavor-rich, an elegant addition to the table. (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Baked Mushrooms with Basil Pesto

The earthy, flavorful mushroom plays an important role in both Western and Chinese cuisines. With thousands of varieties to choose from, the white St. George’s mushroom (Calocybe gambosa) is one of the most popular. Its thick caps are hearty and…

During my formative years in Germany, star anise was the flavor of choice to add to plum jams that we cooked and preserved for the winter. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Food Facts: Star Anise

During my formative years in Germany, star anise was the flavor of choice to add to plum jams that we cooked and preserved for the winter. The spice gave the jam a fragrant, licorice-like fragrance, which we were so fond…

Fruit vinegar is rich in pectin, vitamins, organic acids, and other nutrients. (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Thirst-Quenching Fruit Vinegar

Legend has it that fruit vinegar, now a popular Chinese snack, was first created during the Tang Dynasty by Yang Guifei, a beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong. Yang loved to eat lychee fruit. Whenever they were ripe, the emperor would…

Can the humble spud take on a sophisticated new personality? This tantalizing new take on the baked potato will leave you craving more. (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Baked Potatoes With Mushrooms

From French fries to salad, the potato is a well-loved and versatile staple, if somewhat plain. We’ve upped the excitement factor on this familiar standby by reinventing the classic baked potato. With savory wild mushrooms, sweet roasted tomatoes, and a…

The ancient Chinese understood food in relation to the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang — the principles that form the backbone of traditional Chinese medicine. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Yin-Yang of Foods

In an earlier article on food for health and wellness, you learned about the Japanese dish yuki nabe, or “snow” hot pot, made with daikon and tofu. This article is about why a dish of fish and burdock root, known…

Shanghai smoked fish is one of the most famous of Huaiyang cuisines.  (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Shanghai Smoked Fish

Most people have heard of the masterpiece Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s four great classical novels. Yet, few may realize that the dishes described in the novel are Huaiyang cuisine, which originates from China’s Jiangsu Province. This region was…

Most Americans are unaware that pumpkin seeds are very healthy. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Pumpkin Seeds Pack a Punch

Every year, come late November, cooks in small towns and big cities all over America scoop out precious pumpkins seeds and toss them away, with only the very committed cooks setting the seeds aside to serve later as snacks. This…

Lasso your tastebuds with soba noodles doused in a scrumptious Alfredo sauce. (Image:  Courtesy of Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life )

Eastern Spaghetti

Few know that pasta originates from ancient China. After spreading throughout Asia, it’s said that Chinese noodles found their way to Italy around the 8th century. In this recipe, Japanese buckwheat noodles saddle up for a new twist on an Italian…

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Rice 2 Ways

Don’t just serve up simple, plain rice at your next dinner. Instead, let your taste buds enjoy the flavors of these 2 rice dishes that have few ingredients and are quick to…

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Live Sweet and Prosper

An inextricable part of the lantern-lit magic that surrounds Chinese New Year celebrations is its rich symbolism, rooted in millennia-long traditions and the wisdom of an ancient culture. Some of…

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Baked Mushrooms with Basil Pesto

The earthy, flavorful mushroom plays an important role in both Western and Chinese cuisines. With thousands of varieties to choose from, the white St. George’s mushroom (Calocybe gambosa) is one…

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Salt and Pepper Prawns Recipe (With Video)

The following recipe is inspired by a Chinese cooking show called Daydaycook on YouTube. If you are a seafood fan and love cooking, then this Salt and Pepper Prawns recipe might…

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Food Facts: Star Anise

During my formative years in Germany, star anise was the flavor of choice to add to plum jams that we cooked and preserved for the winter. The spice gave the…

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Thirst-Quenching Fruit Vinegar

Legend has it that fruit vinegar, now a popular Chinese snack, was first created during the Tang Dynasty by Yang Guifei, a beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong. Yang loved to…

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Baked Potatoes With Mushrooms

From French fries to salad, the potato is a well-loved and versatile staple, if somewhat plain. We’ve upped the excitement factor on this familiar standby by reinventing the classic baked…

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The Yin-Yang of Foods

In an earlier article on food for health and wellness, you learned about the Japanese dish yuki nabe, or “snow” hot pot, made with daikon and tofu. This article is…

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Shanghai Smoked Fish

Most people have heard of the masterpiece Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s four great classical novels. Yet, few may realize that the dishes described in the novel are Huaiyang…

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Pumpkin Seeds Pack a Punch

Every year, come late November, cooks in small towns and big cities all over America scoop out precious pumpkins seeds and toss them away, with only the very committed cooks…

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Eastern Spaghetti

Few know that pasta originates from ancient China. After spreading throughout Asia, it’s said that Chinese noodles found their way to Italy around the 8th century. In this recipe, Japanese buckwheat…

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Mediterranean-Style Grilled Fish

The Mediterranean diet features many disease-preventing foods, and people who live in that region have fewer instances of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

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Real Soy Sauce

The most famous sauce in traditional Chinese cuisine is soy sauce. It is made by fermenting soybeans and roasted cracked wheat with brine in wooden containers that are regularly opened…

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Top 5 Fruits Good For Health In Winter

Cold weather is upon us, so we’d like to show you the top 5 fruits for good health in the winter months to help you increase your well-being all season…

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The Beneficial Broth

Broth is the touchstone of all traditional, gourmet cookery. “Without broth, one can do nothing,” claimed Auguste Escoffier, the grandfather of French cookery. But it wasn’t just the French who…