I have been out of China the last couple of months. I went back home to enjoy a much needed break after my third year and hopefully now I am all fresh and ready to start my fourth and final year. Since there isn’t much Chinese food around my natural habitat I spent my time working on the website’s back end and infrastructure. The website has been moved to a new server and I also used this opportunity to update WordPress and install some new plugins. Here are the highlights of what’s new in FOODragon.
The most important new addition is the glossary, also found under Aid in the top menu. Now there’s a page which contains all the useful food words every laowai needs to know, and what’s more from now on, these words will be underlined and a bubble with a short explanation will appear above them on hover, like in the beginning of this sentence. At the moment there are 40 words, but more will be added in the future.
During the summer there have also been a couple of update releases. The major and most recent one is the southern dishes pack which is based my Guizhou trip with a little something extra:
- Fish in Sour Soup – 酸汤鱼 (suān tāng yú) – Guizhou most famous dish. I have dedicated a separate post to this one including where to find it in Beijing.
- Deep Fried Croaker – 干炸小黄鱼 (gān zhǎ xiǎo huáng yú) – Little fish deep fried to perfect crispyness and eaten whole. Goes really well with cold beer.
- Bacon and Peppers Stir-fry – 尖椒腊肉 (jiān jiāo là ròu) – Smoking meat is a great southern tradition and this dish is classic, simple and delicious.
- Hand Torn Cabbage – 手撕包菜 (shǒu sī bāo cài) – Yet another simple southern dish from neighboring Hunan. Since some variations of this dish are made with pork you might need to use the No Meat card.
- Spicy Fried Rice – 老干妈炒饭 (lǎo gān mā chǎo fàn) – Good old fashioned fried rice but with a spicy kick which comes from the Guizhou very own Laoganma Sauce. Again, the sauce might contain meat so use the card if you wanna be sure.
On top of these five dishes I also added a couple of other common ones which were long overdue:
- Home Style Tofu – 家常豆腐 (jiā cháng dòu fu) – a very common dish made of big tofu slices stir-fried with meat and vegetables.
- Riverside Eggplants over Rice – 鱼香茄子盖饭 (yú xiāng qié zi gài fàn) – This is one of my favorite ganfan dishes because the yuxiang sauce really complements the rice.
And with that FOODragon has made it to dish number 120. Not bad for a little over a year.
There’s more! In case you missed it, an exciting new video has been uploaded to FOODragon’s Youtube Channel (Please subscribe). It’s a Kungpao Chicken cooking lesson straight out from a Chinese cooking program but with English subtitles added by yours truly. I wanna make more of these lessons but researching and translating takes a lot of work so I can’t promise when the next one will be, but I can tell you the dish I am going for is Yuxiang Eggplants.
Another major addition is the fourth and final part of the complete guide to smartphones in China which is a very useful glossary both with smartphone vocabulary and with cellular plans and packages vocabulary. The Useful Characters section has also been modified. Now it’s more visual and it also contains other useful characters I have dealt with in previous posts.
A summer update is not a summer update without watermelons. So I will sign off with this lovely innovative two-piece:
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