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Friday Food 186 – Insect Shit Tea

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are getting shitty. A recent trip to the Dong ethnic minority (侗族) lands in Sanjiang Autonomous County (三江侗族自治縣) in the far north of Liuzhou prefecture, where Guangxi, Guizhou and Hunan meet. […]

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Friday Food 185 – Liangfen

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are having fun. Liagfen (凉粉) is a type of noodle made from starch and water. It is sometimes referred to as ‘starch jelly’ and is usually made from mung bean starch […]

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Friday Food 184 – Buckwheat Noodles

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are bucking trends. Recently, a new arrival in Liuzhou asked me where she might find buckwheat noodles in town, as she is gluten intolerant. I was, happily, able to tell her […]

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Friday Food 183 – Lentils

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are lovin’ some lentils. You are probably thinking there is nothing ‘unusual’ about lentils, but there is round here. A few days ago, I came across the red ones being sold […]

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Friday Food 182 – Chinese Celery

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are looking at celery with a difference. There are two types of celery widely available in China. First is what we westerners think of as regular celery (Apium graveolens), known in […]

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Friday Food 180 – Long Beans

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are longing for  beans. Long beans, yard long beans, snake beans, long-podded cowpeas, asparagus beans, pea beans,  or Chinese long beans are all the same thing, Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis, a […]

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Friday Food 179 – Edamame

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are boiling beans. “Edamame” isn’t a term you are liable to hear anywhere on the streets or markets of Liuzhou. It is the Japanese name for immature soy beans (Japanese:枝豆), known […]

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Friday Food 178 – Mushroom Extract

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are mincing mushrooms. This mushroom extract is being marketed as “more healthy” alternative to the dreaded, but falsely maligned, MSG. Basically it is salt and powdered dried mushrooms (boletus, shiitake and […]

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Friday Food 177 – Red Potato Shoots

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are seeing red. I was in the supermarket a while back  and became confused – not for the first, or last, time. Among the many mysterious green vegetables on offer was […]

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Friday Food 176 – Five Spice Powder

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are doing some arithmetic. Is there anything more typically Chinese than five spice powder (五香粉)? Well, yes. Many years ago, I worked in an office overlooking London’s China town. By around […]

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