Category Archives: China

Shenyang bleg

Not too long from now, I’ll be in Shenyang, formerly known as Mukden, and largest city of Liaoning province. It is also the largest city in China’s Northeast. What should I do there, and what/where should I eat? What else … Continue reading

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Notes from Changsha, Hunan province

Changsha is the ugliest and most ungainly Chinese city I have seen, which is saying something. Nonetheless for a food pilgrimage it is a serious rival for #1 spot in the world, perhaps surpassing Chengdu for the quality and novelty … Continue reading

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Nanjing bleg

I’ll be there – what to do, what to eat? Have any of you been to the Rising Sun Anger Release Bar? (For a fee, you can beat up and abuse the staff.) How about The Crying Bar? Lots of … Continue reading

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Xian bleg

What to do, where to go, and above all what to eat? I do of course have the standard guidebooks, what can you add to the basic advice? And how easy is it to buy a ticket for the fast … Continue reading

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China fact of the day, or why Chinese food will decline in quality (and rise in safety)

In the United States, at least 70 percent of all the food we eat each year passes through a cold chain. By contrast, in China, less than a quarter of the country’s meat supply is slaughtered, transported, stored or sold … Continue reading

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How to find good food in Chengdu

1. Many people in Chengdu are experts on the local food scene. Recruit one of them, but don’t be shocked if they insist on paying for your meal every time. 2. Go downtown to the Crowne Plaza hotel, walk out … Continue reading

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How to eat well in Beijing

Look for the hutongs (traditional, alley-based neighborhoods) which are not too far from the wealthy areas, but not right on top of the wealthy areas either. At the outer “lip” of those hutongs there will be numerous small restaurants and … Continue reading

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