Monthly Archives: August 2014

Xinjiang(?) Hami melons in Chinatown

With the bulk of my food experiences in China being more than ten years ago already, and with the continually changing norms of food import/export and larger Chinese consumer markets in the US, I constantly come across things that were … Continue reading

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A brief visit to Montreal and Thai green peppercorn

This past week La and I journeyed to Montreal for a long weekend.  It was rainy all weekend, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, eating and drinking our way around the city.  Everyone knows the European influence on Montreal is strong, … Continue reading

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“Sichuan pepper” and some of its relatives

Last week I wrote about the growing trend of Northwestern Chinese food in Philadelphia and New York.  Another trend that I’ve noticed over the years, especially clear in places like Madison, Wisconsin, is the continually growing popularity of specialty Sichuan … Continue reading

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Bike trip to Turkish Delran, NJ

Today I decided on a whim (and sadly, without sunscreen) to ride my bicycle to Delran, New Jersey.  I already knew of the well-stocked Turkish shops and restaurants that exist there.  I had a craving for lahmacun and it was … Continue reading

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On the growing popularity of “Xi’an” and “Northwestern Chinese” cuisine

I picked up the new “Metro Chinese Weekly” today while in Chinatown.  For those who are unfamiliar, this is a thick (eat your heart out, Village Voice), free, and weekly Chinese language newspaper, printed for Chinese communities in the Philly … Continue reading

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Fermented tea leaf salad

I started to notice fermented tea salad packs from Myanmar about 2 years ago in Wisconsin.  In Philadelphia, these packages can be found at markets that cater to Southeast Asian tastes.  The best selection will be from South 7th St’s … Continue reading

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