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Part Five of our seemingly-endless review of snacks!
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The next time someone attempts to persuade you that aliens have invaded Earth or President Obama had surgery to remove an extra pinkie, you can tell them, “你这个人不靠谱” (Nǐ zhège rén bù kàopǔ). Or in other words, “You’re so ridiculous!” Tossing out kaopu, or its negative, bu kaopu, to describe people, objects or situations is […]
1）果酱盒 (guǒjiàng hé—”jam box”) RMB 1.20 per sandwich “Jam box” makes this snack sound way more amusing than it is. To my dismay, chomping down on this cookie sandwich didn’t throw me into an instant dance party; however, it did trigger an explosion of crumbs. I recommend twisting the ends apart like an Oreo cookie […]
Here’s a phenomenon I was unaware of—Jewish people’s affinity for eating out at Chinese restaurants, particularly on Christmas. Apparently the love affair began during the late 19th century on the streets of New York’s lower Manhattan where both Cantonese Chinese and Eastern European Jews were mass migrating. Prevalent racism discouraged most Jews from intermingling with […]
蜜瓜酥(mìguā sū—honeydew melon shortbread cake) 1.80 RMB per cake These puppies smell like a bag full of strawberry licorice. The filling is sticky and chewy like dried watermelon, which does exist, by the way. It seems I’m not a fan of honeydew in its natural or jellied form. I would rather use the cake as […]
1) 喜莲酥（xǐ lián sū—”happy lotus shortbread”） RMB 1.4 per round I was pleasantly surprised by the burst of flavor I discovered in my first bite of this cake. This so-called shortbread tastes more like a lotus jelly danish. I was compelled to share this sumptuous pastry with a couple colleagues, both of whom devoured the […]
Does living the single life make the days seem gloomier? With the holidays coming up and the need to snuggle with more than just a blanket to keep warm, it seems all the more appealing to have a hubby with whom to share the days and nights. Again, The World of Chinese is looking out for […]
After moving to Beijing this summer, my native Beijinger friend took me on a journey for all the most authentic local snacks. “Have you ever tried douzhi?” he asked. “Is it like doujiang (soymilk)?” I replied. “No.” And our scavenger hunt commenced. I mistook my friend’s enthusiasm for douzhi to be a reflection of the […]
A few years ago, an 18-year-old musical artist by the name of Zhang Bohong (张伯宏）produced the song 《 北京土著 》 ("Běijīng Tǔzhù," "Native Beijinger"), which encapsulates the capital city's culture and fully exploits the ubiquitous Beijing "er".
Have you ever been in a situation here inChina where someone popped out of a closet and you wished you had a swift and eloquent phrase on hand to express your shock? If not, don’t despair. This weekend is Halloween and your odds of petrifying with fright will be that much greater. Here are a […]
Living in the vast beige that is Beijing, forms of majesty come in modern technology and morphing landscapes are found in constant urban construction. When the daily routine is trudged through honking traffic jams and ticked away at an office cubicle, knowledge of China’s natural splendors can easily elude the mind’s awareness. However, out in […]
If you suffer from an incorrigible rasp, a bum kidney, a buildup of gallstones, pre-mature graying and balding, constipation, fatty blood streams or a pock-marked face, a daily bowl of 芝麻湖 just might come to your rescue.
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