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Friday, March 5, 2010

Fun Facts

When KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) first translated its advertising slogan "finger lickin' good" into Chinese, it came out as "eat your fingers off."
There are 1600 Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in China (February, 2010). China is the second largest fast food market after the United States.
China Produces about 20% of the world's corn crop, about 156 million tons.
(2009, National Corn Growers Assn)

China produces 75% of the world's garlic, 20.8 billion pounds in 2008. Next are South Korea (5%), India (5%), and the U.S. (3%).

If you are offered 'fragrant meat' in
China, be aware that this is their way of referring to dog meat!

The hog, swine, or pig, was first domesticated almost 10,000 years ago in

Souchong is a high quality grade of black
China tea, and Lapsang Souchong is a distinctively smoky flavored version of Souchong.

One of the most prolific breeds of pig in the world is the Meishan breed from
China. They reach puberty at less than 3 months of age, and generally have litters of 15-17 pigs. Many have 2 litters per year.
China is the largest producer of tomatoes in the world, producing over 16% of all tomatoes.

One species of yam is used to make a dye in southern
Pepsi spent a lot of money on an advertising campaign in China with the slogan 'Pepsi gives you life' - the only problem was they got the translation a little skewed - the translation came out 'Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.'

During the Tang Dynasty (around 900 A.D.) the Chinese were 'farming' fish exclusively for the emperor's consumption. Some sources date the beginnings of Chinese fish farming as far back as 3,500 years ago.  Today China farms more freshwater fish than any other country.

Fish consumption in
China is more than 3 times what it is in the United States. In China, the average person eats over 45 pounds of seafood each year.
China is now the world's largest apple producer, followed by the U.S. in second place.

There are over 400 different varieties of kiwifruit (Yangtao) in
China where they have been used for over 700 years.

The Chinese consume 40% of the world's supply of chestnuts, and their use in
China dates back to the earliest times of recorded history. They use them roasted in hot sand, in simmered dishes and in soup.

Chopsticks originated in
China almost 4,000 years ago, and the replacement of chopsticks for knives for eating at the table supposedly indicates the increased respect for the scholar over the warrior in Chinese society.

Chinese food, when authentic is probably the healthiest food in the world. Some restaurants, which are not authentic, prepare their menu with highly saturated fats or with meats that contain unhealthy amounts of animal fat. These Chinese restaurants are not recommended and they are both neither authentic nor healthy.

Good Chinese food however, is prepared and cooked with poly unsaturated oils. Authentic Chinese food does not require the use of milk-fat ingredients such as cream, butter or cheese. Meat is used, but not in abundance, which makes it easy for those who love authentic Chinese food to avoid high levels of animal fat. Many believe that authentic Chinese food is really the ideal diet.
I am one to agree with that… Until then, Good Eating, Friends…


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Fish in Mango Sauce

Ingredients:4 Tablespoons coarsely minced celery
1/2 small carrot, peeled
1/2 green apple, peeled and cored and sliced into thin strips
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 pound boneless and skinless fish fillets, sole recommended
1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 whole egg, beaten
1/2 to 1 cup sesame seeds
2 mangoes, diced and without skin when removing from the pit
1/2 can lemon soda
2 Tablespoons lemon marmalade or bottled Chinese lemon sauce
1 to 2 slices fresh or canned pineapple
1 cup vegetable oil
Preparation:1. Remove strings from celery and cut into long strips. Cut carrot into same-size long strips. Blanch both for one minute in boiling water, and drain.
2. Mix apple pieces with lemon juice.
3. Cut fish into eight pieces and dip one side into the egg cornstarch mixture, then place carrot and celery strips crosswise on each of them. Drain apple pieces reserving liquid, and put these strips on the vegetables, then roll the fish tightly. Roll into the remaining cornstarch egg mixture and then into the sesame seeds, and allow to rest for ten minutes.
4. Set aside one quarter of the diced mango and put the rest of the diced mango into a blender. Add remaining lemon juice, lemon soda, marmalade, and pineapple and blend until just liquified.
5. Deep fry the fish rolls until a light golden color, do not over-fry them. Drain and set out in a circle on a serving plate. Top with reserved diced mango, and pour half of the sauce over the fish, the rest in the center where no fish is, then serve.

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