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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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Friday Food No. 171 – Dongbei Wild Rice Stems

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 wild about rice. I’m not sure what to call this. A number of resources label it as “Manchurian wild rice”, but Manchuria as a name is anathema to most […]

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Friday Food No. 170 – Brake Root Vermicelli

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, broken black noodles. I mentioned brake (and fiddleheads) back in Friday Food 95. Now we have a by-product, brake root vermicelli or 蕨根粉丝. The starchy root of the plant is the main […]

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Friday Food 169 – Burdock

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time, we are going underground. Roots, mon. When I was a kid, aeons ago, we used to drink dandelion and burdock. This was traditionally a slightly alcoholic beverage, but the soft drink companies […]

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Friday Food 168 – Longan

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time, we are looking at dragons looking at us. It is longan season! One of the best. Longan (龙眼 or 桂圆 – the latter being more common for the dried fruit) is a […]

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Friday Food 167 – Sweet Potato Shoots

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time, we are looking at another of the myriad examples of greenery found in the supermarkets and markets. These are the young shoots and leaves of sweet potatoes. Known locally as 红薯苗, although […]

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