The year of the dragon is almost over and the year of the snake is upon us. It’s time to take a look back at this amazing year.
This has definitely been the year of the FOODragon. FOODragon was conceived and incubated through the first half of the year of the dragon until in August 2012 it finally hatched in Eggsist Labs. All in all we are talking about 4 baby dragons – two apps, one website and one Facebook page.
FOODragon’s website is is designed to help take your first steps in your journey to explore the great cuisines of the middle kingdom. An essential part of the website is ‘the basics’ section where you will find introduction to the staples of China like rice, noodles, dumplings, types of dishes, kinds of restaurants and more. In the aid section you’ll find some useful cards for basic communication and special requests in Chinese restaurants, and series of shorts lessons in which you will learn how recognize 10 useful characters. I have also started working on a guide for smartphone users in China. Part one is already out.
To help users follow all the excitement that is FOODragon I decided to open a blog. I mostly write about new dishes I add to the app or old dishes which are already there. In the short 6 months the blog has been on the air 15 post about more than 20 new dishes got published (the entire list is here), and we also had a couple of posts dedicated to street food. Since it was winder we started with roasted sweet potatoes and malatang and you can expect more street food in the future.
But FOODragon’s blog is much more than a place to learn about dishes and snacks. It’s a gateway to that special area where Chinese food, Chinese culture and the Chinese language overlap and intertwine. About once a month you learn a Tasteful Expression – an article dedicated to a Chinese saying which has something to do with food. So far we have learned:
If you like photos better than text you might want to take a look at FOODragon’s Gallery where the best photos from various blog are easily accessible. And if you are generally more into visual stuff then check out the collection of Mid Autumn Festival greeting cards and Chinese food meme collection also published in the few months since FOODragon came to be.
FOODragon Facebook Page
The Facebook community page is another way to stay updated with FOODragon’s latest happs, and the place where interesting links, photos, videos and article are posted. Here’s a little taste of what you missed if you haven’t been followed the page so far.
- Several link to articles from the website Let’s Eat China which is also dedicated to experiencing Chinese food while overcoming the language barrier.
- Hilarious mistranslated menu items from the UK Daily mail.
- From the Wall Street Journal, this English video lesson will teach you how to make Mapo Tofu (what we at FOODragon call Grandma’s Tofu).
- Still on cooking, did you know you can make Kung Pao Chicken using a microwave oven? I didn’t try it but you are welcome to let me know if it works.
- Five useful phrases when dining with friends in China for the advanced Mandarin learners.
- This never gets old – 10 funny translations from Chinese to English by China Whisper.
- A video lesson from Sexy Mandarin about how to say your thirsty. There’s also a lesson about saying your hungry if you’re interested.
See more on the page itself and hit ‘like’ to stay updated.
Now that FOODragon 1.0 is out for both iOS on Android it’s time to make it bigger and better. The plan is to keep adding dishes and implement new features like Pinyin, recipes, dish rankings, beverages and much more. Stay tuned and help spread the word around. The more people join, the better app FOODragon will become.
That’s was the year of the dragon. See you at the year of the snake.