3 Chinese Foods That Put Me in a Holiday Mood | Speaking of China

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  1. Eileen Huang 黃愛玲
    Eileen Huang 黃愛玲 December 14, 2017 at 7:21 am | | Reply

    Yes, for sesame balls and vegetable dumplings.
    I have a few places near where I live where the hot & sour soup, dumplings and such taste just like in Shanghai. ???? Getting authentic Taiwanese food, however, is much harder to find.

  2. Charly
    Charly December 18, 2017 at 2:21 am | | Reply

    In Romania, pork is the traditional type of meat to eat – and it is cooked in many different ways, and everything is eaten, including feet, intestines, brain, fat [i mean JUST the fat with skin still attached and raw, with paprika, garlic, pepper, and even mustard (or all together, lol), skin [just the skin, eaten with mustard?].

    The most popular dishes are meat-jelly [jelly with meat in it, served with mustard and maybe pickles. meat must be pork, though other meats are also accepted], cabbage rolls [filled with pork meat, mixed with some rice and condiments, served with polenta], and Oliver’s salad [a fancy? salad from Russia, made with boiled potatoes, carrots, pickles, peas, beef, chicken or no meat, mayo, and i forgot what else lol]. As dessert, we eat a type of panettone called “cozonac” and we traditionally drink red wine.

    Happy holidays to all readers of this blog, and its author too! [family included 😉 ]

  3. Carrie
    Carrie December 18, 2017 at 11:02 am | | Reply

    Great post. Ditto on the dumpling party! It’s such a great way to do the family feast. Although, oddly, this is something I only do when I visit friends and family back home. In China, my friends all buy frozen dumplings at the grocery store, or they eat the ones their grannies make at home, where the kitchen seems to be strictly off-limits to anyone under the age of 40. I’ve never seen anyone my age make a dumpling in China.

    It’s been 5 years now since I had Christmas at home in Canada. I think if I went home for Christmas, I would feel very amiss without my traditional Christmas hot pot! What could be more festive than having friends and family gathered around a warm stove with a big bubbling pot of soup on top, all cooking and eating together at the same time? This, to me, is far preferable to the fussy, labor-intensive turkey-and-trimmings dinner that requires one or two people to slave away in the kitchen all day while everyone else just waits to eat. It’s also much more vegetarian-friendly, and the cleanup is minimal. Pro tip: add a couple of cinnamon sticks and slices of ginger to make a hot pot that smells like Christmas!

    Also, although they’re available all year in China, I am especially partial to Chinese roasted chestnuts around Christmastime. They’re such a rare treat back home – I think I’ve only had chestnuts once or twice in Canada, and it feels weird to be singing carols about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” like it’s a time-honored family tradition. In that sense, I feel like China gives me a more authentic Christmas experience.

    Last but not least, don’t forget the fresh, local mandarin oranges! In Canada, we’d wait all year for the imported Chinese mandarins to hit their rock-bottom winter prices, and then we’d stock up and eat them by the case. All through December, our kitchen’s fruit bowl would be kept full of mandarin oranges. Mandarin oranges were also traditional stocking stuffers in my family, and every year we’d have them for breakfast while opening our presents on Christmas morning. Our Christmas dinner table always had a heaping bowl of mandarins for dessert. Now that I’m in China, the mandarin orange tradition is even better, with fresher, juicier mandarins than I could ever get at home. I love going to my local fruit shop and trying all the different varieties. I had no idea there were so many types of oranges before, and I love that they’re all local and not shipped from halfway around the world. I’ve taken advantage of the local abundance of cloves and mini mandarins to teach my Chinese friends how to make Christmas pomanders. It’s a quaint little handicraft that they seem to enjoy.

    Happy holidays to Jocelyn and all the fellow readers!

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