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Chinese Hainan/Qiong

Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup 海南羊肉汤

The Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup 海南羊肉汤 is such a classic, that is fast fading into oblivion. As society globalises, traditional dishes sometimes move into the background as tastes change and evolve when influences from other cuisines catch our attention. This soup is the taste of my childhood. By posting this here, I hope others will take it up again so that we remember the cooking of our forebears.

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Chinese Northern

Kaolaolao 山西莜面栲栳栳: Naked Oat Pasta from Northern China

Youmian Kaolaolao is a typical staple in the northern province of Shanxi 山西, where this unique species of oat grows. The word ‘Youmian’ 莜面 refers to the flour made from the Eurasian ‘naked oat’ called ‘Youmai’ 荞麦, which is only commercially grown across northwestern China from Inner Mongolia to Gansu. Youmian Kaolaolao is eaten very much like rice or noodles, so there are no specific instructions on what normally is eaten with this oat pasta. The texture of Youmian Kaolaolao is smooth, and compared to normal pasta made from wheat, you do not feel bloated after eating it.

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Rare & Unusual

The Ruby of the Mushroom World: Pink Oyster Mushroom

I came across this gem at my favourite mushroom seller Fred. A big fan of pleurotus mushrooms, commonly called ‘oyster mushrooms’, I was really curious when I first saw the pink oyster mushroom. The ‘Pleurotus djamor’ is smaller than its usual white and offwhite siblings, and it simply looks beautiful.

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Chinese Hakka/Kejia, Chinese Hunan/Xiang, Chinese Medicinal, Chinese Northeastern, Chinese Northern, Chinese Sichuan

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‘Jiuniang’ 酒酿, also known as ‘Laozao’ 醪糟, is a traditional homemade Chinese sweet rice liquor. Unique to the Han Chinese population, this practise is popular in pure Han communities in central, northern and western parts of China, as well as in migrant Han enclaves such as the Hakkas 客家 in southeastern coastal China and on Taiwan island.

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