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A hot air balloon in Yangshuo China.

Source: Grant Hollingworth

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An artistic coffee sold in China. This was taken by Dainis Matison in Shanghai.

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Liuzhou, China

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Ready for Round 2? Instead of pairing together countries with similar food traditions, let’s look at two cities with vastly different culinary tastes. In this week’s edition, Kharkiv is in one corner representing Ukraine, and in the other corner is Liuzhou, the representative for China. Let’s get started!

Kharkiv, Ukraine

Ukraine has an abundantly vibrant food culture, to the point where picking out a few dishes to talk about is particularly difficult! So as not to ramble on indefinitely, I chose two main dishes that are essential for any Ukrainian cook.

Borscht

For example, did you know that Borscht is a Ukrainian dish? A vegetable soup characterized by the main ingredients of: cabbage, beets, potatoes, onions, garlic, sour cream, and dill. There are millions of recipes out there for different types of Borscht, but there is no right way to make it. Nonetheless, it is a national soup of Ukraine! Here is one site, and another, that have more information about Borscht (with recipes).

Varenyky

Borscht with a side of bread is one meal Ukrainians eat. Another is Varenyky. Varenyky is similar to Polish pierogi, Italian ravioli, or Chinese wantons. They are pockets of dough filled with some form of stuffing. Common fillings are potato, potato and cheese, cottage cheese, blueberries, and cherries. Typically, Varenyky are boiled and served with onions and sour cream. Instead of ham or turkey, Varenyky are the traditional Christmas Eve meal in Ukraine. You can find a recipe here.

Liuzhou, China

Chinese food in the US can range from Kung Pao Chicken to Pork Fried Rice to fusion restaurants mixing Chinese dishes with those from another culture. Although it is not too surprising that the regional specialties of Liuzhou tend to be missing from these menus. Liuzhou, in general, is known for two foods: snails and dogs.

Yes, that does say dog. No, there will be no recipe provided for a dog-based dish. If you are visiting Liuzhou, no need to panic, you will not be served dog without your knowledge.

English: snail shell

Instead, let’s focus on the snail dish called Luosifen. Finding a recipe for this dish has proven rather difficult, as when you type the name into Google, it thinks you mean “Lucifer.” Luckily, there are a few sources that at least describe this dish. It is a snail soup with chili, vegetables, and rice noodles. Luosifen is considered a unique street food from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (which happens to be where Liuzhou is located). In a news article featuring a specialty restaurant called Mr. Luosifen, the ingredients are listed as: rice noodles, fermented bamboo shoots, dried turnip, and dried papaya. You can also add eggs stewed in snail soup or pickled beans. Here is more information about Mr. Luosifen and the other specialties they offer.

中文: 小籠包(上海市) 日本語: 小籠包 English: Xiaolongbao Bah...

Liuzhou’s location and diverse population mean that traditional foods differ between each household and each restaurant. Cantonese style cooking has been influential, with Dim Sum and Char Siu available on many menus. Hunan style cooking is also prevalent, with spicy chilies and garlic featuring in many meals. Households from the Dong and Miao minorities have separate specialty dishes that are also rather unknown in the US.

So as not to overwhelm everyone, I’ll leave a more in-depth search of these specialties for a later post.

Have a good day!

Sources:

Liuzhou Eating

Cantonese Cooking

Hunan Cooking

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A picture of Downtown Liuzhou — the Bridge in the forefront is called the Wen Hui Bridge.

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2月17日,一个普通而平凡的日子,但对于辛辛那提来说却意义非凡,因为争议已久的有轨电车项目已尘埃落定,这一天在市区的纪念堂举行奠基仪式。对于没有地铁,目前只有公交车的辛辛那提来说,这无疑是件值得让人兴奋的事情。这将成为辛辛那提市一个重要的历史转折点。

这天天气很好,暖暖的阳光给寒冷的冬日带来了些许暖意,此前几日还是阴雨天,这一天却很幸运地放晴了,这就不至于让聚集在纪念堂前的百来人感到那么冷了,由于纪念堂里面已经塞满了人,即便里面有演讲正在进行,很多人都俨然放弃了往里钻的念头,因为美国人都不喜欢拥挤。纪念堂正门前面的街道正是未来电车轨道路线的必经路段之一。

这个电车项目投资1.1亿美金,几乎横跨辛辛那提整个市中心,轨道由俄亥俄河边一直延伸到Over-the-Rhine(一地区名,中文名不详),总长3.8英里。

出席奠基仪式的领导人包括辛辛那提市市长马克.马洛里(Mark. Mallory),美国交通部部长拉胡德(Ray. LaHood),以及其他高级市政官员和部分市政议员。虽然距离辛辛那提市民真正坐上第一架电车还有两年时间,但决定启动此项目已是城市改善的一大进步,市民们都期待着这一举措能给城市的再改造带来辉煌的成果。就像市长马克所说的:“辛辛那提已经翻开了历史新一页,我们已由过去对为什么要建设有轨电车的讨论走到了项目正式启动的今天”。

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This picture shows Liuzhou Square during a National Festival last October.

Photo courtesy of Stacie Martin.

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