April 02, 2014

Las Vegas Tackles Chinese Street Food

My love for China’s never-ending variety of street food is documented on this site, most notably Beijing’s jian bing pancakes (dare I say the best street food of all?)  But, as you know, I have a more difficult relationship with fusion food.  So I was a nervous about my first dining experience at Jose Andres’ […]

March 17, 2014

Chinaful’s Five Favorite Teas

Tired of Earl Grey, morning after morning? There are several different types of Chinese teas that you can choose instead, from the peppery chai of Oolong to an earthy Pu’erh. By now, the benefits of green tea are well-known even in the West. Green teas boost your metabolism, fight disease and cell damage, and improve […]

February 26, 2014

5 Easy Steps to Steaming with a Bamboo Basket

Have you ever seen bamboo steamers at a specialty cookware store and wondered, how do you use that? While it may seem intimidating, the bamboo steamer basket is one of the easiest tools you can find. These steamer baskets are ubiquitous in China, all over small markets and in most homes. You can use them […]

January 31, 2014

Happy Lunar New Year! Everyone is Celebrating.

{Source: Picture from Oodles of Noodles for Chinese New Year, The Today Show} Happy Lunar New Year to you! January 31 marks the start of this week long celebration, and it seems like everyone is ready to celebrate. Here in the US, lots of media are covering the start of the Year of the Horse, sharing […]

January 10, 2014

Chinaful Cooking: Shrimp with Roasted Butternut Squash

I’ll say it right now – I’m not a fan of fusion cooking, at least where Chinese food is involved. I’m a purist. I’ll take a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant, any style of cooking – in China or the US – over most fusion concepts. My only exception is for a chef that truly understands traditional […]