Homemade Chinese Food

March 01, 2012 By: erik Category: Food, Offspring, Recipes, Spain

Chinese Almond Chicken Vegetables on RiceRecently my wife has discovered a blog by a Spanish housewife called Cocinando Entre Olivos (Cooking Among Olive Trees). I must say that I am extremely impressed with the quality of her posts, particularly the step-by-step photographs; you almost don’t need to be able to read the text. There really is a photo at every single step, often actually showing the addition of each ingredient. After several years of not adding any new recipes to our cooking repertoires, it’s quite refreshing to have some new things to cook. Recently my wife made some homemade chinese food, which consisted of cooking three recipes simultaneously (the recipes are in Spanish): Chinese Chicken with Almonds, Chinese Rice With Three Delights and Spring Rolls With Sweet-and-Sour Sauce.
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Chinese Capitalism in Spain

October 21, 2010 By: erik Category: Musings, Photos, Spain

Hiper Hong XinIn Spain, when you say, “Voy a los chinos” (“I’m going to the Chinese.”) you’re usually referring to a special kind of store, almost always owned and operated by Chinese immigrants, that contains a vast array of small, often plastic, supplies for everyday life, e.g. a bucket, some batteries, a broom, blank dvds, some tape, a bowl, a rubber ball, a shower curtain, a gift card, some plastic flowers, etc.

We’ve had two similar, Spanish owned, “cheap, but useful, shit” stores in town for the five years I’ve lived here, but we just got our first authentic Chinese store. They bought the whole ground floor of an apartment building and spent several months fixing it up, during which I overheard several, “Man, those Chinese are hard workers,” comments (is it racist if the stereotype is complimentary?). I took some photos of the outside of the store just before it opened a week ago, and I have since been inside to see what kind of selection they have. It’s unbelievable!
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