Category Archives: Chinese food

Icy or Spicy? Cooling Foods Across Cultures

Although the Bay Area doesn’t suffer the swoon-inducing heat and humidity of Japan, Peru, India or the Philippines, we can still enjoy their edible solutions for cooling relief. Some like it icy cold with mounds of shaved ice doused with syrups, while others turn to peppers and spice to induce a natural cooling response. Continue reading

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Chinese Carver Jimmy Zhang Makes Melons Bloom and Carrots Fly

Watch video as Chef Jimmy Zhang, Master of the Chinese Art of Fruit and Vegetable carving, creates exquisite watermelon roses and shares the secrets of this ancient craft. HIs passion started with a potato and now he fashions rearing horses out of taro, tropical fish from carrots and a feisty dragon out of giant radishes.. Continue reading

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A Dozen Deaf Foodies Savor Gourmet Ghetto Tasting Tour in ASL

In ASL, it’s no problem to “talk” when your mouth is full. Watch a short video produced for KQED Bay Area Bites where a dozen Deaf Foodies relish the tastes and history of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto during a 3 hour tasting tour presented completely in American Sign Language (ASL) by food writer (and ASL interpreter) Anna Mindess through Edible Excursions Continue reading

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How to Buy a Live Fish in Oakland Chinatown for Chinese New Year

How to get the freshest fish? Buy it live in Oakland Chinatown. Anna Mindess gets a lesson in fresh fish buying and cooking for Chinese New Year from Lisa Li. Continue reading

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Food Speaks in Many Tongues – Edible Idioms in 17 Languages

Porridge Head! Sweetie-Pie. Adaptable Tomato. Every language uses descriptive food phrases as insults, endearments, warnings and advice. Here is a smorgasbord of food metaphors and idioms in 17 languages including French, ASL, Danish, Chinese, German, Spanish, Turkish, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic Continue reading

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Thy Tran’s Asian Cooking Classes Highlight Techniques to Empower Students

Thy Tran’s classes in Asian cooking at OACC and 18 Reasons focus on techniques to empower her students. Besides imparting the secrets to making tasty dishes from a range of Asian cuisines, the knowledgeable chef and author includes history, culture and science. Interview with Thy Tran. Continue reading

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Immerse Yourself in a World of Asian Flavors at Richmond’s Pacific East Mall

Take your palate on a trip of exotic Asian flavors at nearby Pacific East Mall in Richmond. Dine in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese or Thai restaurants. And sample sweets from around the globe. Adventurous cooks and homesick transplants will find almost any Asian ingredient at 99 Ranch. Continue reading

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Tasting Singapore’s Sweets — in Oakland too

A recent trip to Singapore opened up a wonderland of sweet treats, including refreshingly cold Ice Kachang and Chendol and warming sweet bean soups and coconut milk with yam and coconut jelly. Several of these special desserts can also be found in Oakland’s Chinatown, if you know where to look. Continue reading

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Hot on the Taro Trail

Taro-obsessed, East Bay writer goes hunting for ethnic restaurants that cook up this tropical plant in various incarnations and details her Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hawaiian discoveries, both savory and sweet. Continue reading

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A Year of Cross-Cultural Culinary Encounters — and a Giveaway!

East Bay Ethnic Eats happily celebrates its first birthday. In the past year, this blog has provided me a ticket to explore my passion: the intersection of food and culture. With this forum to share my discoveries, I let my … Continue reading

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