My Holidays Start With Five-Spice Turkey and Chinese Dumplings | Speaking of China

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  1. Sveta
    Sveta November 28, 2011 at 2:37 am | | Reply

    Due to my grandfather being hospital my family didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving this year, unfortunately, but whenever we do, we have a mixture of American and some Russian foods, mostly Russian though. My mom makes babka, a spaghetti dish with eggs, we have turkey, salads, etc. etc. Sometimes my younger sister would make something special like brownies and whatnot.

  2. Eileen
    Eileen November 28, 2011 at 8:13 am | | Reply

    Gah. I love this. Same here, really. 🙂 I used to do traditional Italian/Irish/Cajun dishes but now they all infused with Chinese cuisine. I now have my own version of spaghetti and my husband can’t get enough of it. Even my mother in law loved it. 😀 Success!

    I gave my husband his frist holiday tree. I’m not a Christian but I like bright lights (cough). 😀 We infuse that, as well! I gave my husband his very first stocking and filled it with goodies.

    I love the holidays even more now. 😀

  3. Ema
    Ema November 28, 2011 at 9:29 am | | Reply

    Unfortunatly am not good in mixing food. Italians are very particular about their own food, there is only one way to do it and that’s it. Especially during holidays like Xmas, I expect to eat in a certain way. Probably Americans, coming from many ethnic groups, are more used to mix food together. What we did, thought, is to decorate the Xmas tree all in red for the Chinese New Year.

  4. Jin Feng
    Jin Feng November 28, 2011 at 9:59 am | | Reply

    I’m so disappointed that it doesn’t always work out that way with the ones you love. Sometimes your out looks on life are just too different to blend, even if you love eachother… or perhaps not.. it could be argued that if you truly loved somebody you would be able to negotiate and meet them in the middle… but i find that chinese guys put so much pressure on themselves to be successful and to be rich, it is just so sad, for the ones who are really brainwashed into think that you have to have a lot of money for marriage, and do not pay attention to any other aspects of their life. that is so sad indeed and im very sad to have misjudged that good people can be greedy too. i hope one day i can have a balanced and equal relationship so that i can also mix up my celebrations 🙂

  5. Bruce
    Bruce November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | | Reply

    Jin Feng,

    Wanna marry me ? :). I always think about hobbies and vacations all the time. Finding a person who is compatible , balanced and equal is not impossible. You just have to educate and always talk, talk , talk. I do work hard at my field but I don’t want to be pressured to become rich. If I’ll be rich, then I’m happy but I won’t chase after wealth. We had a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was American. We had 4 different styles of Thanksgiving dinners that day.

  6. Henry Yeh
    Henry Yeh November 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | | Reply

    Recipes please.

  7. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian November 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm | | Reply

    What to say, we Malaysians don’t celebrate thanksgiving. But I think it is a good idea once a year to have a day when you give thanks for all the good things you have.

  8. Bruce
    Bruce November 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm | | Reply

    Chinese version turkey : star anise, ginger , lemon grass, wine , oyster sauce, garlic . seal in the juicy for 30 min at 425 degrees and 325 or 350 for 3 1/2 to 4 hr depending on the weigh of turkey while covering the turkey with aluminum . This will be a juicy ,moist turkey. once in while use a spoon to pour its juices over the turkey. When the turkey is cooked, let it sit for 20 mins and dinner is served. OMG! 🙂

  9. cvaguy
    cvaguy November 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm | | Reply

    My thanksgiving day is always at some friend’s house for some reasons. The turkey we had this time was soaked in Chinese sauce over night. It was then baked and finally fried in cooking oil. It was tasty on every bite.

    Jin Feng – No sure how large your samples are to draw the conclusion. My co-workers who are in a relationship work longer than 10 hours a day and most of them are not even Asian. Between the long-hour-stressful-better-pay job and short-hour-relaxed-less-pay job, I bet most people choose the former, but only the elite can sustain. One time, I was volunteer in a sport event, the person next to me told me his life story of landing in USA with 25c and becoming a millionaire. The story consists of luck, hard working, and talent. The 20h a day work did pay its toll of the divorce from his first wife, unfortunately. Now he does not need to work so he volunteers to work for free, with a wife and children to live a life. He is an European. Personally, I don’t believe he is greedy but he is not aware of balancing work and personal life at certain period of time in his life.

  10. dayingdaph
    dayingdaph November 29, 2011 at 1:17 am | | Reply

    Here is a story that was published in today’s China Daily: http://www2.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2011-11/29/content_14181084.htm

  11. Jack
    Jack November 29, 2011 at 2:42 am | | Reply

    AHAHAHAH, this is a great post!
    You really surprise me Jocelyn! That is truely creative infusing both east and west culture into that “Five-spice turkey with soy sauce, honey and ginger”. It sounds wonderful, but do you roast it in oven like the traditional American way or slow-stew it like the traditional Chinese way?? I am wondering because I am not sure if you can roast something with five spices.

  12. Jack
    Jack November 29, 2011 at 3:06 am | | Reply

    Wow, dayingdaph, that’s an incredible story.
    She must be the longest living interracial couple/expat in China. Over 65 YEARS! She even witness with her own eyes the founding of People’s Republic back in 1949. I wonder what’s her story.

  13. fernandocruz
    fernandocruz November 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | | Reply

    good for u!

  14. Axelle
    Axelle November 30, 2011 at 3:59 am | | Reply

    I’m surprised by this post, I seem to remember reading that you were a “vegan” or rather a strict vegetarian.
    What about it then?
    Sorry, but I’m a vegan myself and kind of puzzled here…

  15. Bruce
    Bruce November 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm | | Reply

    My mom is 100% vegetarian and sometimes I cook for her even though I don’t eat her dish. I don’t like turkey that much but it’s Thanksgiving so we just cook one for the tradition. I like the Chinese Turkey better, it’s tastier!

  16. caseyorourke
    caseyorourke December 2, 2011 at 6:06 am | | Reply

    Even though my wife was born and raised in China, since becoming a US citizen she has embraced and enjoys all things American, but has not forgotten her Chinese roots. We celebrate both US and Chinese holidays. She loves Thanksgiving, cooking it as much as eating it. I wrote about it in my blog, so check it.
    Happy Holidays from Kunshan.

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