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Introduction: Hoisin sauce is a thick, flavorful condiment commonly used in Chinese cuisine as a dipping sauce, marinade, or glaze for meat dishes. While store-bought hoisin sauce is readily available, making it at home allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your taste preferences. This DIY hoisin sauce recipe is simple to prepare and uses easily sourced ingredients. Ingredients: 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth) 1 tablespoon honey or molasses 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon chili oil or paste, or sriracha or other chili sauce (optional, for heat) Method: Combine Ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, peanut butter, honey or molasses, rice vinegar, minced garlic, sesame oil, Chinese five-spice powder, black pepper, and chili paste (if using). Mix until smooth and well combined. Adjust Consistency: If the hoisin sauce is too thick, you can thin it out with a little water or additional soy sauce. If it's too thin, you can add more peanut butter or honey to thicken it to your desired consistency. Taste and Adjust: Taste the hoisin sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add more soy sauce for saltiness, honey for sweetness, vinegar for acidity, or chili paste for heat, according to your taste preferences. Store: Transfer the homemade hoisin sauce to a clean, airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Allow the flavors to meld together for at least an hour before using the sauce. Usage Tips: Use homemade hoisin sauce as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, dumplings, or roasted meats. Brush it on grilled chicken, pork, or tofu as a flavorful marinade or glaze. Stir it into stir-fries or noodle dishes for added depth of flavor. Adjust the sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness of the hoisin sauce to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy your homemade hoisin sauce in your favorite Chinese dishes! Hoisin sauce is commonly used as a condiment for Peking Duck. Peking Duck is a famous dish from Beijing (formerly known as Peking), where roasted duck is served with thin pancakes, along with condiments such as hoisin sauce, sliced scallions, and cucumber. When enjoying Peking Duck, diners typically spread hoisin sauce onto a pancake, then add slices of roasted duck, along with some sliced scallions and cucumber. The pancake is then rolled up and eaten as a delicious and flavorful wrap. Hoisin sauce complements the rich, savory flavor of the roasted duck with its sweet, salty, and umami notes. It adds depth and complexity to each bite and enhances the overall dining experience. While hoisin sauce is a key component of Peking Duck, you can also use it as a condiment for other dishes, such as stir-fries, grilled meats, spring rolls, and more. Its versatility makes it a popular choice in Chinese cuisine.
The life and legacy of Zhou EnLai – an interview with professor Ken Hammond
5th March 2023. To mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of Zhou EnLai - one of the top leaders of the Chinese Revolution, and Premier of People's China from 1949 until his death in 1976 - we conducted an extensive interview with Professor Ken Hammond about Zhou's life and legacy. The interview covers Zhou EnLai's formation as a revolutionary; his role in the early years of the Chinese Revolution in the 1920s; his working relationship with Mao Zedong; his contribution to Marxist understanding of socialist foreign policy; his role in establishing links of solidarity between China and Africa; his role in the negotiations with Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon that brought about the start of a rapprochement between the US and China; his experiences in the Cultural Revolution; and his lasting legacy, both in China and globally. Ken Hammond is a professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University, founding director of the Confucius Institute at New Mexico State University, and an activist with Pivot to Peace. He’s also a member of the Friends of Socialist China advisory group, and is working on a biography of Zhou EnLai. He is interviewed by our co-editor Carlos Martinez.
Blondie in LanZhou, GanSu province (food adventure)
With Blondie in China ... Visitor Guide to LanZhou, GanSu Province Overview LanZhou, the capital city of GanSu Province, is a major transportation and cultural hub located in the northwest of China. Famous for its rich history, stunning natural landscapes, and the iconic Yellow River, LanZhou offers a unique blend of traditional Chinese culture and modern development. Getting There By Air: LanZhou Zhongchuan International Airport (LHW) is located about 70 kilometers from the city center. It offers both domestic and international flights. You can take an airport shuttle bus or a taxi to reach the city center. By Train: LanZhou is a major railway hub with connections to many cities across China. The LanZhou Railway Station and LanZhou West Railway Station serve both high-speed and regular trains. By Bus: Long-distance buses connect LanZhou to various cities in GanSu Province and beyond. The main bus stations are LanZhou East Bus Station and LanZhou West Bus Station. Getting Around Public Transport: LanZhou has an extensive bus network and a developing metro system. The metro is convenient for getting around the city quickly. Taxis: Taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Ensure the driver uses the meter or agree on a fare beforehand. Biking: LanZhou is bike-friendly, and bike-sharing services are popular and convenient for short trips. Main Attractions Zhongshan Bridge (Yellow River Iron Bridge) The Zhongshan Bridge, also known as the First Bridge over the Yellow River, is an iconic historical landmark. Built in 1907, it offers stunning views of the Yellow River and is a great spot for a leisurely walk. White Pagoda Mountain (Baita Mountain) White Pagoda Mountain provides a panoramic view of LanZhou and the Yellow River. The mountain is named after the White Pagoda Temple located on its summit. The temple and surrounding park are perfect for hiking and enjoying the natural beauty. Gansu Provincial Museum This museum is a treasure trove of cultural relics and historical artifacts, showcasing the rich history and cultural heritage of GanSu Province. Highlights include ancient Silk Road artifacts, fossils, and traditional Tibetan and Han exhibits. Waterwheel Garden The Waterwheel Garden is a unique park featuring large, traditional waterwheels that were once used for irrigation along the Yellow River. The park provides insight into the agricultural history of the region and is a pleasant place for a stroll. Bingling Temple Grottoes Located about 75 kilometers from LanZhou, the Bingling Temple Grottoes are renowned for their Buddhist cave carvings and statues, some dating back to the Western Qin dynasty. The grottoes are accessible by boat from the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Local Cuisine LanZhou is famous for its delicious and unique cuisine. Here are some must-try dishes: LanZhou Beef Noodles: Also known as "Lamian," these hand-pulled noodles are served in a flavorful beef broth with slices of tender beef, radish, and fresh herbs. Niang Pi: A cold noodle dish made from wheat or rice flour, often served with a spicy sauce and various toppings like cucumber and bean sprouts. Rou Jia Mo: Often referred to as the Chinese hamburger, it consists of a flatbread filled with seasoned, shredded meat. Yellow River Carp: Freshly caught from the Yellow River, this fish is typically braised or steamed and served with a savory sauce. Shopping Zhengning Road Night Market: A bustling night market offering a variety of local snacks, street food, and souvenirs. Xiguan Mosque Market: Located near the Xiguan Mosque, this market features ethnic Hui products, traditional handicrafts, and a variety of halal foods. Qilihe Market: A large wholesale market where you can find everything from clothing and electronics to fresh produce and household items. Accommodation Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the Crowne Plaza LanZhou or the Wanda Vista LanZhou, both offering excellent amenities and service. Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the Ibis LanZhou Zhangye Road and the James Joyce Coffetel provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices. Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels like the LanZhou Lemon Tree Youth Hostel offer affordable and convenient lodging. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit LanZhou are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Local Etiquette: Respect local customs and traditions, especially in areas with significant Muslim Hui populations. Dress modestly and be mindful of dietary restrictions when dining out. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Stay Hydrated: LanZhou has a dry climate, so drink plenty of water, especially if you are hiking or spending time outdoors. Conclusion LanZhou, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you're exploring ancient grottoes, savoring the famous beef noodles, or strolling along the Yellow River, LanZhou has something for every traveler. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of this fascinating city in GanSu Province.
This is LiJiang 丽江 old town …
The ancient town of LiJiang, in YunNan province, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with over 800 years of history. It was an important hub of the South Silk Road, along which many items were traded, including tea. It is home to the NaXi ethnic minority. LiJiang has lots of boutique hotels and cosy hostels in traditional architecture. The town, with its cobbled streets, streams and bridges, features many crafts (embroidery, silverware, drums and more) plus a wide variety of street snacks and restaurants.

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