Saying Goodbye to The Kitchen God

The day after Trump’s inauguration, I was in Tokyo doing some food ‘research’ on route back from my pop up dinner in Niseko. An American friend of mine Elizabeth, who had moved there a couple years back, invited me to join her and some others on a march at Hibiya Park, one of the 676 sister marches planned around the globe in alliance with the Women’s March on Washington. About 650 of us, mostly expats, traversed the city in a respectful, quiet and distinctly Japanese fashion, in a neat double file to the side of traffic on the road.  Later that night, I returned to my Airbnb in Shibuya and watched as Gloria Steinem declared that “God may…

Locals lining up at 8 in the morning for cifantuan Fried crullers, pork floss, tea eggs, pickles and stewed pork, ready to be rolled into a ball The lady moves like lightening, it was a task to get her to slow down enough to take a picture. A beautiful morning in the Jingan Villas Pork cutlets stewing Stall at 590 Weihai Road Dumplings and noodles down an alley
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Shanghai Breakfast Street Food Tour

This summer has been one of the hottest on record in Shanghai. Taking a walk outside is akin to being skewered on a spit and basting in one’s own oil on slow rotation .

Luckily, I was in Ethiopia for most of July and missed the worst of it. While I did endure two days in the Dallol region of Northern Ethiopia- known as the hottest and most lifeless place on earth- my friends here are unimpressed, “Well you didn’t have to leave Shanghai for that”.

The only window of respite is in the wee hours before seven in the morning, when the streets are most peaceful. Before the sound of blaring horns fill the air and a thick blanket of humidity descends, the elderly are out on their morning walks, exercising in the park and picking up breakfast for loved ones still sleeping.

It used to be that at the entrance of every longtang, a small alley of traditional shikumen houses, there was at least one stall serving traditional Shanghai breakfast of…

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Jing Theory feature on CBNweekly

The lovely folks over at CBNweekly, one of China’s widely read business and culture magazines, have featured Jing Theory in this week’s issue! It’s on stands from May 20th through to May 27th across China.

In it, I talk about my personal food journey and how its taken me around the world in search of the perfect meal. Also included are my top picks for food stops in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Singapore, Toronto, New York, and more. Click on the images below to enlarge.

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Recipe: Ningbo ‘niangao’ rice cakes for Chinese New Year

Happy Year of the Snake everyone!  恭喜发财,万事如意!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed a reunion with family and friends, filled with good food and cheer.

This is one of the rare times of year when the streets of Shanghai are practically empty. The factories are shut down, traffic disappears, and for a week, its as if time itself stops.  Its eery and strange, and I love it. Despite there not being a soul in sight, there seems to be no shortage of ear-splitting firecrackers on auto-erupt, all day and into the night.  Not only does it ward off evil spirits, I’m sure it wakes up the dead as well.

Chinese New Year is for families, and every year millions of Chinese make the pilgrimage back home to 团聚 or reunite with family and loved ones. Food is always the main event, and for my family in Sichuan, the meal is anticipated and preparations begun days and weeks in advance. My grandparents always have dried, cured meat and sausages hanging…

Jing | 30.03.13 at 08:23 PM |

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