Malatang: the hot pot version of self-serve froyo

Malatang: the hot pot version of self-serve froyo

Malatang (a.k.a. ma la tang or mala tang) is a create-your-own Sichuan variation of traditional Chinese hot pot. It is commonly translated to “spicy numbing hot soup.” This early form of hot pot originated at the Yangtze River in the Chinese province of...
Chinese Food Terms You Must Know

Chinese Food Terms You Must Know

You’ve likely gone to a Chinese restaurant before, but unless you’ve been to China or have a Chinese relative who has cooked for you, chances are you haven’t had authentic Chinese food. If you’re looking for the most authentic experience,...
Dan Dan Noodles: entangle your tastebuds in spicy umami

Dan Dan Noodles: entangle your tastebuds in spicy umami

Dan dan noodles (a.k.a. dandanmian or dan dan mian) are a flavorful traditional street food from the Sichuan province of China. “Dan dan” originally referred to the long shoulder pole used by street vendors to carry the noodles. This dish was easily...
Xiao Long Bao: Chinese soup dumplings for the soul

Xiao Long Bao: Chinese soup dumplings for the soul

Xiao long bao (a.k.a. XLB, xiaolong bao or xiaolong mantou) are Chinese soup-filled dumplings. Typically, bao are steamed puffy white buns (or golden brown when baked) with either savory or sweet fillings. However, this type of bao doesn’t have a puffy bun at...
Chinese Hot Pot: the fondue of China

Chinese Hot Pot: the fondue of China

Chinese hot pot (also hotpot or steamboat) is a method of cooking raw meats, vegetables and other raw ingredients in a bowl of simmering soup. This soup is often a basic water-based stock. Origin According to Chinese Cuisine Stories, the earliest version of the...

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