Home-style Chinese

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Today during our Mandarin lesson our tutor was telling us about some of the more simple home-style meals that are common in the family home in China. He made them sound so delicious that we decided to try making one for ourselves for tea tonight. I have no idea what its called but it was totally delicious, if I may say so myself as the cook.

The recipe was pretty simple. Fry beaten eggs in a pan and season with a little salt; as though you were making scrambled eggs but sans milk. Remove from pan and put to the side. Then fry up spring onion and and once it has softened add in peeled tomatoes with a dash of soy sauce - go easy on the soy sauce as you don't want to spoil the simple natural flavours. Once the tomato has simmered and softened a bit add back in the egg and serve with rice. Since we didn't have any rice I made ours on instant noodles which I had cooked/boiled first then fried in a bit of oil and soy sauce to give them some flavour. To get some greens in there - and help fight a cold I am currently battling - I served it with garlic beans on the side. YUM!
(This is Evan's cooking by the way!)

Also in class today we learnt the Chinese word and character for Home, jia [jahh]. The character: 家 is a roof with a pig under it. Apparently in ancient times, as the character has not changed for a couple thousand years, if you were fortunate enough to be eating pork at your house then it must be a good home. Home is a very special concept in Chinese culture as no matter where you travel away to and regardless of whether you are successful or not, returning home will always make you happy. They also have a special way of saying "to go/return home" (hui [who-ee]) compared to the usual way of saying "to go places" (qǚ [choo]). We are both enjoying finding all these neat little romantic idioms of the Chinese language which neither of us really expected to find.

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Auntie and Nana on

Ooo that sounds like a good tea for Nana tonight! She wants eggs so thank you for the recipe. Yummy.xx

Gramz on

Well done Evan! I'm impressed. xx

carol on

Nathan loved your learning the chines character for home!! He said it is pronounced ja with a long sound!!!!
Your cooking looks almost nice enough to try out !!!!!

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