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Hello, all!

 

My name is Alisha. I am from Minneapolis, MN, but am currently living in rural China with my husband. As a child, I loved to watch my mother cook. Although she had taught herself, her food was wonderful and watching her inspired me to love good food and to treasure time spent in the kitchen. I love experimenting with new flavors and techniques, and place great value on the quality of my ingredients, whenever possible. Although I am inexperienced, I find great solace within my kitchen - whenever I have a bad day, it is creating something delicious and beautiful to eat that makes me happy. I am so glad to find such a wonderful resource as chef talk, and look forward to exchanging ideas and learning from some of you! 

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Have you learned any new Chinese recipes?

I speak some Mandarin and I would love to travel to China and learn some authentic recipes!

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You know, I have not learned recipes, exactly. I have definitely tried my hand out at copying some of the local cuisine - and have not failed too terribly, yet! Mine does not have the excessive amounts of MSG in it - that must be the problem! ;) The food here is really quite good - and the language is definitely not Mandarin! It is similar, but the small town we are in (Yushan), they speak a 'Southern' dialect that Beijingers look down upon...we call it Yushan-wa. One of my favorite dishes here is a soy and black vinegar (almost Sezchuan) style eggplant. Also, lots of wilted greens, and a delicious egg and tomato dish. Also, fried, handmade noodles (whether rice or wheat) are a specialty here - so good on a chilly day! I will have to spend some time with the cooks at our favorite restaurants and see if they will teach me some more tricks. I will say, getting used to having only a wok and a hot-plate to cook with takes some time! :)

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Welcome @AlishaT we are glad to have you. My wife has some friends in China who are missionaries and oddly enough also from Minnesota. Hope to see some great discussions about the food and cuisine of China we have many great cooks here who are focused on Asian cuisine. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Nicko 
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Thanks,

Nicko 
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Thanks, Nicko! And that is cool about your wife's friends. I grew up being heavily involved in the church, so it is possible I may know them. It is funny how small the world is sometime. 

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