By B.A. Phythian
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36 Part 2: Food, Games, and Crafts Jiaozi (Dumplings) Ingredients: 1 lb all-purpose flour 10 oz ground pork Wet ingredients: ½ tbsp cooking wine, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp salad oil, and ½ tbsp sesame oil Spices and flavorings: 2 oz minced green onion, 1 oz minced ginger root, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp white pepper, ½ tsp sugar, and ½ tsp powdered chicken bouillon ½ lb Chinese cabbage, finely chopped, mixed with 1 tbsp salad oil to coat 3 cups cold water Instructions: To make the dough: 1. Mix flour with cold water in a food processor until it forms tiny, moist pieces.
Their grandmothers would never have worn white wedding clothes, because white and black were, and still are, the colors of a funeral. Attending upon a dying senior relative and handling his or her funeral affairs are acts of songzhong. Unfortunately, songzhong sounds the same as the act of giving a clock to someone as a present. So never choose a clock as a present for Chinese people, no matter where they live in the world. Watches are fine because the Chinese word for them is “biao,” which is an entirely different pronunciation.
A new type of poetry called ci thrived during the Song era (960–1279). Su Shi, Xin Qiji, and Li Qingzhao were among the most famous ci poets. ), when various schools of thought flourished. Representative works are The Analects, a collection of Confucius’s sayings, and Tao Te Ching (The Book of Tao). Legendary stories began to develop in the Tang dynasty, paving the way for full-blown fiction in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1645–1911) dynasties. Outstanding among the Ming-Qing novels are the four great classics: Shuihu zhuan (Water Margin), Sanguo yanyi (Romance of Three Kingdoms), Xi you ji (Journey to the West, known to Westerners as Monkey King), and Honglou meng (The Dream of the Red Mansion).