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Curious About Cumin

Cumin in Chinese Food It was just the other night when we dined at Red Tiger Dumpling House in Stony Brook that I first encountered the use of cumin in Chinese food.  We asked the waiter about it, and it just made me more curious to learn more about this fascinating spice called cumin. It’s not just used in Indian ...

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Dumplings (Wontons) Geography Lesson

Dumplings on my Mind Class is now in session. A Chinese dumpling, or a wonton, is a staple food popular throughout China.  Dumplings were likely introduced to the West by early settlers in Chinatown, who came primarily from the Cantonese-speaking coastal cities in Southern China. It seems like I’ve got dumplings on the brain as it’s the second time in ...

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Take a Wok on the Light Side: How to Enjoy Chinese Cuisine and Stay Lean

Eat Healthy and Enjoy! Chinese food, like chocolate, is often deemed a ‘treat’; a sinful indulgence we guiltily experience, as if it were devoid of nutritional value. The chocolate myth was busted long ago, with studies proving its powerful benefits for the heart and its utility as an aid in weight loss. Chinese cuisine still has to catch up in this sense, ...

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