ancient cuisine, chinese food, soudui, stir-fried pebbles, street food, yangtze river

Stir-Fried Pebbles: Chinese Vendors Are Making a Dish Made of Stones

Chinese street food vendors have amused the world by creating a unique cuisine; stir-fried pebbles, also known as soudui (suck and throw). It has been dubbed “the world’s hardest food.” The delicacy is prepared by stir-frying small river pebbles with chili, oil, garlic, rosemary, and purple perilla.  The meal costs around US$2, and those who ...

Nathan Machoka

Stir-fried pebbles.

Delectable ‘Tri-colored Umami’ Seafood Dumplings.

These Tri-colored Seafood Dumplings are a perfect comfort and umami food for those cold, somewhat dreary winter days. Not only will your five senses be enticed, but your eyes will also feast on an array of colors, shapes, and artful presentation. Here the selected ingredients are always fresh and nutritious. The clever way of using ...

Jenny Low

A plate is filled with seafood dumplings with dough of three colors: plain, orange, and green.

Delicious Stewed Pork Ribs With Mushrooms and Tofu

These delicious stewed pork ribs with mushrooms and tofu are the kind of meal that your body begs you to cook on a Sunday night after an outdoorsy weekend. I recommend serving them with some steamed rice. The meat is literally falling off the bone after being stewed, and it’s topped with the favorite protein ...

Jenny Low

Delicious stewed pork ribs with mushrooms and tofu.

Delightful Fried Meat and Pickled Vegetables

(Option to prepare either fried meats or pickled vegetables only) This week’s recipe is fried meat and pickled vegetables, a fresh and nutritious meal bursting with taste and color. Pickled vegetables are excellent for gut flora because they are a source of probiotics. Eating these good bacteria is like tending to the garden in your ...

Jenny Low

A variety of pickled vegetables on a plate along with some fried chicken and beef presented in a meticulous and beautiful way

Sardines in Tomato Sauce

Sardines are highly nutritious, containing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B-12 and D, calcium, the minerals niacin, iron, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus, along with protein. Served in tomato sauce, they are also delicious. Prepare time: 50 mins Serves: 4-6 Ready in: 50 mins   Ingredients 8-10 small fresh sardines (about 1lb) 1 red onion (small) sliced ...

Jenny Low

A plate of sardines in tomato sauce garnished with vegetables cut into fancy shapes.

Tomato and Beef Noodles

This tomato and beef noodles dish is a hearty soup with noodles that is good anytime, but it is particularly good in the winter. Prepare time: 15 min Serves: 4-6 Ready in: 70 min   Ingredients 1.5 pounds flat-cut beef brisket 4 large tomatoes 2 large potatoes, in cubes 3 carrots, in cubes 2 fresh ...

Nspirement Chef

A bowl filled with noodles, pieces of beef, potato, carrot, tomato, and green Chinese veggies.

Fried Nori Rolls With 3 Meats

Nori seaweed is a common ingredient in Japanese dishes. Nori rolls are popular worldwide. Try these fried nori rolls for something different, yet delicious. Prepare time: 35 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Ready in: 45 minutes   Ingredients Ground beef — 1/4 lb (160 g) Ground chicken — 1/4 lb (160 g) Shrimp (prawn meat) ...

Jenny Low

Fried nori rolls.

Steamed Shrimp

Almost everyone loves steamed shrimp, also called prawns. Here is a simple recipe that will have everyone clamoring for more.   Prepare time: 20 mins Cook time: 10 minutes Ready in: 30 minutes Ingredients Large shrimp — 12 Mushrooms — 2 (chopped) Carrots — 1/4 cup (chopped) Spring onions — 1/4 cup (chopped) Egg mixture ...

Jenny Low

A plate of steamed shrimp.

The History of Spring Rolls (Plus Bonus Recipe)

Every country has its unique appetizer that the local population takes pride in. Mexicans have their Quezo Fundido, Malaysians have Chicken Satay, Swedes have their Gravlax, and Chinese have their spring rolls. Spring rolls are a seasonal dish that’s prepared during the spring festival. Like many dishes, this savory roll of delight has a long ...

Raven Montmorency

Spring rolls.