One Vegan, Making Chinese Red-Braised Pork For Love | Speaking of China

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  1. Sveta
    Sveta October 24, 2011 at 4:03 am | | Reply

    I’m not a movie person. And I especially am not a fan of romantic movies. (In fact I tend to make fun of romantic movies because they’re not my cup of tea.) When I first started to date my Korean ex, I ended up watching romantic movies with him. (The Classic, Art Museum by the Zoo, and The Sassy Girl, although I hated the last one.) Also, being with him, kind of encouraged me to try to learn some recipes from mom as well as being careful with the way I prepare tea for him.

  2. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian October 24, 2011 at 5:29 am | | Reply

    That’s a great loving compromise. Besides raging hormones, love is about compromise, no doubt. And you must be a good cook to boot for John to enjoy your labour of love.

  3. Bruce
    Bruce October 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm | | Reply


    I compromise all the time with my clients and my marriage. My wife and I were not on the same page decorating our home and finally we agreed later. I like to make everything simple so both of us are happy in every way.


  4. Allison
    Allison October 27, 2011 at 12:27 am | | Reply

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and find it really interesting. Thanks so much for keeping it up! I’m a vegetarian in China and am finding that in general vegetarianism is a really difficult concept for people to understand here. Did John always know you were a vegetarian? How did that affect you guys when you were dating? and is/was it awkward with his family? If you already have entries about this maybe you could like me to them. OR I could “Ask the Yangxifu” later :).

  5. Alejandra
    Alejandra October 30, 2011 at 7:13 am | | Reply

    I’ve been vegetarian since 1999 and this is the first time I have cooked meat for someone I love, it happened to be for my Chinese boyfriend. We live together about a year. He started asking me to cook typical Chilean food, that I didn’t know how to cook , but I started to doing it for love, I felt little gross at the beggining but then, when I saw his reaction and his happy face I will keep doing it.

  6. Christine
    Christine November 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm | | Reply

    I wish I’d read this post earlier. Man, you guys really love each other! I’m starting to realize how much food separates me and my boyfriend; I am a carnivore, and he avoids anything fatty and sticks to vegetables. This gets me down sometimes; I’d always imagined being able to bond with my partner over our love for food. We’re learning to compromise.

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