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What is red cargo rice?

  English: Red cargo rice Mandarin Chinese: 红糙米 The white rice that most people know are “dead rice”, meaning that the outermost layers have been removed and what is left is the core of the seeds. Brown rice are “living…

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Dang-O, or the wife-beating vegetable

  Scientific name: Glebionis coronarium Japanese: Shungiku 春菊 Korean: Sukgat 쑥갓 Tibetan:  Skalzang སྐལ་བཟང་ Mandarin Chinese: Tonggao 茼蒿 Hokkien/Teochew: Dang-o 茼蒿, Pabor-tsai 打某菜 Cantonese: Tongho 茼蒿 Thai: Pak Thang-o ผักตั้งโอ๋ Greek: Mantilida μαντηλίδα Dang-o or Shungiku features heavily in hotpots, a…

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Fried hard tofu 炸豆干

  Most people think there is only one kind of tofu, namely, tofu. The texture of tofu can ranged from very soft, curd-like to very hard and bouncy. In Chinese, the word “doufu” refers only to the curd-like ones. Even…

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Kana-tsai 橄榄菜

Literally translated as “olive vegetables”, one is often mistakenly informed that this Teochew specialty are “leaves of the Chinese relative of the olive tree”. In fact, kana-tsai is composed mainly of mustard leaves. Its history dates back to the Tang…

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