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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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Friday Food No. 175 – Ox Whip

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, hmmm, ox whips. Back in Friday Food 85, I featured Ox Treasures, the euphemism for calves testicles. This is not, by far, the only genitalia to grace local […]

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Friday Food 174 – Alligator

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 going reptilian. The Chinese alligator (alligator sinensis), 短吻鳄 or, more colloquially, 鳄鱼,  although not common, is farmed for food. I’ve eaten it in street night markets and in restaurants, but […]

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Friday Food No. 173 – Yuzu 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 going abroad. This is not Chinese, but I bought it in Liuzhou so, by my rules, it can go here. It is Korean yujucha (유자차), or yuzu tea. The Chinese […]

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Friday Food No 172 – Wax Apples

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 waxing apples. No, I’m not trying to sell you fake apples made from wax; wax apples are a type of fruit, but they aren’t apples and no wax is […]

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