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Eating in China: How many home cooked Chinese dishes have you tried? read more
Dec-19th-2013 | Post by expatree

Do you still remember the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black? Although it’s received nearly 60 million views on YouTube since September 2011, it was called the worst music video ever. Just when you thought you had erased this ultra annoying song from your mind, a new song has emerged: “Chinese Food.” This song already has 5 million hits and the singer, Alison Gold, is being labelled the next Rebecca Black due to her bizarre song. According to the song writer, Wilson, explaining his inspiration for writing the song, stated: "There's a restaurant I go to, they have chicken wings, they have beef with broccoli, that’s what I love. The song is based on my experience — what I know about Chinese food." This song brought up a variety of offensive arguments due to certain conflicts introduced in the video. Nonetheless, we are interested in the Chinese dishes resented in this video, some of which you might already have tasted.
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Are you in "Real" Japanese Restaurant in Shanghai? read more
Jan-24th-2013 | Post by expatree

As a Japanese expat living overseas for a long time, I occasionally miss Japanese food, but the problem is that Japanese food in other countries is NOT “real”.  I am not saying they are not “real” because they are made by non-Japanese.  In fact, one of my favourite sushi restaurants that I used to go a lot when I was in Australia was run by a guy from Hong Kong, and he made really nice sushi, whereas another Japanese restaurant in my neighbourhood was horrible, even though it was run by Japanese.

According to the report (in Japanese) by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in 2010, there were 1,434 Japanese restaurants in Shanghai at the time of 20 October 2010.  Given that the number of Japanese restaurants was 1,199 seven month before the October research, the industry had been growing rapidly.  This might be because of the fact that there were nearly 50,000 Japanese lived in Shanghai at the time of the research, as well as the popula
Who is crying for Fast Food in China? read more
Jan-10th-2013 | Post by expatree

When almost all people are expecting and enjoying the 2013 New Year approaching, but someone have spent endless nightmares during this time. After “Milk Scandal Incident”, it’s then the turn for KFC China being pushed in front of public opinion.

Indeed, health concerns have been one of the biggest concerns for expats living in China.  Fortunately, it seems that food safety in China has improved recent years.  However, Chinese Fast Food safety has been brought to question again at the last month of 2012.  According to Reuters, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) revealed that 8 out of the 19 butches of chicken samples supplied by Liuhe Group Co. for Yum Brands (a parent company of KFC, and Pizza Hut chains) in 2010-2011 were contaminated with some antibiotics.  This was announced a few days after CCTV revealed that some of the chicken supplied to KFC in Shandong province was found to contain antibiotics and hormone drugs in order to gr
The Sweet Taste of Moon Cakes read more
Sep-6th-2012 | Post by expatree
Moon cakes Godess

With Mid-Autumn Festival quickly approaching, the sight of moon cakes has become ubiquitous throughout Shanghai. As anyone taking a cursory trip to a nearby grocery store has likely witnessed, clamoring for the ornately-decorated confections has become a bit of a national pastime. Moon cakes now come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the traditional lotus seed pasted-filled to the über-modern Häagen-Dazs ice cream variety. Despite being laden with calories (800 per cake on average), they make excellent treats paired with a strong tea. As they are often exchanged as gifts with family members and business partners, a bit of knowledge about moon cakes can be quite advantageous.

Legends surrounding mooncakes are multifarious. The known origins can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (619-907), when the round tarts were first recorded. According to folklore, moon cakes were used to dispense secrets in a Han-led rebellion against Mongol rule in the 14th century, precipitating&nb

Dairy Deluge: China’s Milk Market Reaches a Critical Juncture read more
Aug-9th-2012 | Post by expatree

“Of what use is it that the cow gives plenty of milk, if she upset the pail”

What is true in the old German aphorism is certainly applicable to China’s milk industry. Despite rapid growth in productivity and output over the last several decades, the industry has repeatedly been plagued by scandal. A number of incidents, including the notorious San Lu episode in 2008, have precipitated a loss of confidence in the domestic dairy industry, giving impetus for doting Chinese parents to look elsewhere for their children’s calcium. This has been a boon for many surplus dairy producers, as they have seen a ready and growing market for their milk products. This has given the global dairy market an interesting dynamic, as major dairy-producing nations such as New Zealand have seen shortages in their supermarkets as Chinese consumers clamor for all things dairy with a foreign label.

According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, China’s dairy industry

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