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A Chinese Vegetable Superfood: Bok Choy

A Chinese Vegetable Superfood: Bok Choy By: Madalina Hubert If you've been to a Chinese restaurant, you may have noticed...

Medicinal Superfoods: Ginger 

Medicinal Superfoods: Ginger By Madalina Hubert    Ginger has long been treasured as both an aromatic spice and a medicinal...

Food as Medicine in Chinese Culture

Food as Medicine in Chinese Culture By Madalina Hubert   As alternative medicine is becoming increasingly popular, we look to...

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The Wonderful Benefits of Strawberries

The Wonderful Benefits of Strawberries By Madalina Hubert What’s red, heart-shaped, has a sweet-sour aroma and inspired delicious culinary creations for generations? The answer is the strawberry! Part of the rose family, it is aromatic and refreshing. And of course, these are not all the benefits of strawberries. These fruits are full of goodness that […]

Do They Celebrate Mother’s Day in China?

Do They Celebrate Mother’s Day in China? By: Karen Le   Mothers are important all around the world. Here in Canada, we dedicate a day for mothers in May but do they celebrate Mother’s Day in China or other countries? Parents, in general, are responsible for keeping us healthy and teaching us to become adults. […]

A Chinese Vegetable Superfood: Bok Choy

A Chinese Vegetable Superfood: Bok Choy By: Madalina Hubert If you’ve been to a Chinese restaurant, you may have noticed a leafy green vegetable that accompanies many meals. It is crunchy, nutritious, and works admirably well to lighten a meat dish. This is the bok choy, a type of Chinese cabbage that is part of […]

Medicinal Superfoods: Garlic 

Medicinal Superfoods: Garlic By Madalina Hubert    Garlic has acquired legendary status since antiquity. It is a favourite flavour enhancer in many cuisines around the world, but also a powerful medicinal tool used to combat a range of diseases, from poison to colds. In many cultures, it is also been said to ward off evil […]

5 Health Benefits of Asparagus

5 Health Benefits of Asparagus By Madalina Hubert   Spring is here, and with it comes asparagus. This green vegetable is filling and delicious and has inspired many healthy recipes over the millennia. The Greeks, the Romans, and the Egyptians all used asparagus. The Greeks saw it as a symbol of fertility, and the Egyptians […]

5 Green Chinese Recipe Ideas for Earth Day

5 Green Chinese Recipe Ideas for Earth Day By Holly Kellum Earth Day is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re looking for a way to honour the Earth in a green way that is both mindful and joyful. This year’s Earth Day (April 22nd, 2020) will be the 50th anniversary of […]

5 Foods that Detoxify Your Body in Spring

5 Foods that Detoxify Your Body in Spring Cleanse the liver for greater energy By Madalina Hubert The liver is one of the five vital organs of the body, responsible for regulating chemical levels in the blood and detoxifying the body. Choosing the right foods to cleanse the liver is important year-round, but it’s especially […]

Why Easter Eggs During Easter?

Why Easter Eggs During Easter? By: Karen Le When you think of Easter, what do you think of? Easter eggs? The Easter bunny? Marshmallows and chocolate? Easter head island? There are many things associated with this holiday. It’s also celebrated widely by people who are religious and even non-religious. But how did all these things […]

5 Tips to Choose Healthy Energy Foods for Spring

5 Tips to Choose Healthy Energy Foods for Spring By Madalina Hubert   Spring is a time when all life awakens from the stagnation of winter, and energy grows in strength. Choosing the right foods to eat at this time will help you take full advantage of this newfound spring energy. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) […]

How to Cook with Chinese Cooking Wine

How to Cook with Chinese Cooking Wine By: Karen Le   The use of wines in cooking is not limited to just French cuisine. A particularly popular wine used worldwide is Chinese cooking wine, also known as Shaoxing cooking wine. Made from fermented sticky rice, it is a translucent amber colour with an alcohol percentage […]

Valentine’s Day in China Comes Six Times Year

Valentine’s Day in China Comes Six Times Year By: Margaret Trey   Do Chinese people celebrate Valentine’s Day in China?  The answer is yes. Chinese and other Asian people do celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th.  However, China also has its own Valentine’s Day, or rather days!  If you think celebrating one Valentine’s Day is […]

Top 5 Health Benefits of Mint

Top 5 Health Benefits of Mint By Madalina Hubert    Mint is an amazing herb that is both flavourful and healthy. There are many types of mint, including delicious-sounding ones like apple mint, chocolate mint, and lemon bergamot mint, but the two main types are spearmint and peppermint. Spearmint, also known as garden mint, is […]

Celebrate Family Day by Cooking Together

Celebrate Family Day by Cooking Together By Madalina Hubert    It’s Family Day in Canada on February 17, a uniquely Canadian holiday dedicated to spending time with loved ones and creating beautiful memories together. A great way to do this is by sharing meals together. Even better, how about cooking together with the children?   Children […]

Chinese Zodiac Horoscopes for 2020

Chinese Zodiac Horoscopes for 2020 By: Karen Le   The year is still fresh and there is still much opportunity for us! One of the most popular types of horoscopes is the Chinese zodiac horoscopes. Based on the story of the Great Race, each year is assigned an element and an animal. 2020 is the […]

East Versus West: 10 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate 

East Versus West: 10 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate By Madalina Hubert    Look around any supermarket today, and it’s clear: chocolate abounds.  Of course, it’s no wonder chocolate’s so popular. A mere taste of it has the power to uplift the spirits while simultaneously delivering a jolt of energy. Love, romance and intrigue are […]

Chinese Lantern Festival 2020 Traditions

Chinese Lantern Festival 2020 Traditions By: Karen Le   Chinese people all over the world will celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival on Saturday, February 8, 2020, but nowhere is that celebration larger than in Nanjing, the capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province.  Around 700,000 gathered there last year to witness the famous spectacle of handcrafted […]

How Chinese New Year is Celebrated

How Chinese New Year is Celebrated By: Kevin Ye   It’s 2020, and the Chinese are commemorating the Year of the Rat on January 25, 2020. You may wonder why the New Year is celebrated so late? Didn’t you already celebrate it?  The reason is that China has its own calendar (called a lunar calendar) […]

5 Chinese New Year Traditions Featuring the Colour Red 

5 Chinese New Year Traditions Featuring the Colour Red By: Kevin Ye In traditional Chinese culture, the colour red has ties to an old Chinese myth.  A long time ago, there was a mythical beast called 年兽 (nián shòu) which would come to town around Chinese New Year to feast on human flesh and livestock.  […]

6 Healthy Eating Habits to Live Healthier

Follow These 6 Healthy Eating Habits to Live Healthier By: Andrea Hayley-Sankaran   We all want to eat healthier, but sometimes this is easier said than done. Studies show that most people think they make around 15 food and beverage decisions a day when the reality is more like 200.  What does this mean? It […]

Celebrating Chinese New Year: Little Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year: Little Year By: Ruby Liu   The Little New Year is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God. The Kitchen god oversees the moral character of the household. This year, the festival falls on the solar, Gregorian date of January 17th, and the lunar date of December 23rd. CNY […]

Benefits of Chinese Tea

Types of Chinese Tea and Their Benefits By Madalina Hubert   Tea culture in China goes back thousands of years ago. One day, Shennong, the Divine Farmer, an emperor believed to have founded Chinese medicine, was out travelling. He sat down to rest and have a drink when a dried leaf dropped into his hot […]

Hot Pot: Asian-Style Eating 

Hot Pot: The Joy of Asian-Style Eating By Madalina Hubert    A nation’s food has much to say about its culture.  From the ingredients used, to preparation methods, and the dining set-up, the culinary experience is infused with local traditions and history. These often date back thousands of years. The same is the case for […]

Getting Ready for Chinese New Year

Getting Ready for the New Year – Chinese Traditions By: Ruby Liu   In 2020, the Chinese Lunar New Year will take place on January 25th. For the Chinese and many other nationalities that celebrate Lunar New Year, this is the most important annual celebration. Feasts and gatherings can occur for weeks around the day […]

Foods To Help Digestion

Foods To Help Digestion: A Chinese Medicine Perspective By Madalina Hubert   Food is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, often used to prevent or even cure diseases. For thousands of years, traditional practitioners have studied the properties of various foods and their interaction with the body.  Understanding the digestive system is an especially […]

How to Survive Winter

How to Survive Winter By: Kevin Ye   The year is coming to an end as we enter December but we’re only half-way through winter. December 7th marks the beginning of Dà Xuě (大雪) or “Great Snow”, the 21st solar term of the year. As its name suggests, with Dà Xuě comes heavy snow. Here […]

The Art of Gift Giving – What Not to Gift

The Art of Gift Giving – What Not to Gift: By: Karen Le   The holidays are fast approaching and getting the perfect gift is a top priority. Christmas is a Westernized holiday that has grown in popularity around the world. China adds its own twist to the holiday with their own gift-giving dos and […]

Enjoy Apples This Holiday Season

Enjoy Apples This Holiday Season By Madalina Hubert    The holidays are coming and it’s a good time to take a fresh look at one of our favourite fruits, apples. Here is how you can enjoy apples this holiday season! Versatile, good-looking, and with plenty of health benefits, apples are a staple of most homes. […]

Let It Snow

Xiao Xue, Let It Snow in China By: Kevin Ye   A solar term is a period of about two weeks, based on the sun’s position in the zodiac. Solar terms form the traditional Chinese calendar system. The calendar follows the ancient Chinese belief that living in accordance with nature will enable one to live […]

How to Cook Something Bold the Healthy Way

How to Cook Something Bold the Healthy Way By Madalina Hubert November 8 is “Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day.” This is not a national holiday, nor a cultural celebration. In fact, it was invented by two ordinary Americans: Thomas and Ruth Roy. During the 1990s, the couple came up with a list of quirky […]

National Chinese Take-Out Day

National Chinese Take-Out Day   By: Karen Le Feature Photo: https://www.dailybreak.com/break/netflix-and-chill-marry-kill-takeout-food   Everyone’s favourite thing to eat during any holiday or time of the year, Chinese take-out. National Chinese Take-Out Day is on November 5th. When you think of Chinese food you most likely think of General Tso’s chicken or sweet and sour chicken balls. […]

Winter Begins

Winter Begins By: Kevin Ye   Winter is officially here as we enter Lì Dōng (立冬), the 19th solar term of the year. It begins on November 8th and lasts until November 21st. Lì Dōng also marks the start of winter in Chinese culture although China’s meteorological winter starts a few weeks later.  Climate There […]

How the Jack-o-Lantern was Created

How the Jack-o-Lantern was Created By Madalina Hubert    The pumpkin is one of the most fascinating foods, taking on a variety of forms. It represents harvest and family at Thanksgiving, but it is also a menacing Halloween symbol. Its popularity is both culinary and cultural. Pies, soups, stews and more abound in the fall, […]

Goodbye Autumn

Goodbye Autumn By: Kevin Ye   The solar term Shuāng Jiàng (霜降), also known as Frost’s Descent, begins on October 24th and lasts until November 7th. It is the 18th solar term in the lunar calendar and marks the end of autumn. Shuang Jiang refers to the time of the year when frost starts to […]

The Most Popular Chinese Sweets

The Most Popular Chinese Sweets By: Karen Le   Trick or Treat! Halloween is soon approaching so you better get your candy ready before the pranksters come for you! Sweets are enjoyed all over the world and Asia is no exception. There are a number of different sweets in Chinese cuisine such as bing su […]

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice By Madalina Hubert    It wouldn’t be fall in North America without pumpkins. At this time of year, they seem to be everywhere, bringing an air of joy, thanksgiving, and celebration. We enjoy them as pies, drinks, soups, and stews, not to mention as decoration. Yet how often do we […]

Jack Frost Arrives: The 17th Solar Term

Jack Frost Arrives: The 17th Solar Term By: Kevin Ye   In ancient times, people considered dew as a sign of transition from coolness into coldness. If you recall from Bailu (White Dew), there is a saying that “the tiny drops of dew may condense and appear white”. Meanwhile, during Hánlù (Cold Dew), the saying […]

Food for Ancestors and Deities

Food for Ancestors and Deities By: Ruby Liu   At least three times a year, it is a common sight to see families in East Asian countries busy as bees while cooking up a storm in their homes. For those who celebrate Lunar New Year (the 1st day of the lunar calendar year), Grave Sweeping […]

Turning of the Leaves

Turning of the Leaves By: Kevin Ye   Autumn is divided into two halves in the lunar calendar. During the Autumnal Equinox or Qui Fen, night and day are almost equal in length. This occurs once again around March 20th during the Vernal Equinox (Chun Fen). In the following days, as the nights grow longer […]

Goji Berry, the Next Superfood

Medicinal Superfoods: Goji Berries By Madalina Hubert    What are goji berries? And do they really deserve the hype? Join me as we explore the medicinal properties of this superfood and see if goji berries are worthy of our diet list.  The popularity of goji berries is a relatively new phenomenon in the West (only […]

Medicinal Superfoods: Ginger 

Medicinal Superfoods: Ginger By Madalina Hubert    Ginger has long been treasured as both an aromatic spice and a medicinal cure. From ancient China and India to the Greeks and Romans, ginger has travelled far and wide, becoming a key ingredient of several national dishes around the world. This versatile herb can spice a tea, […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Autumn

Summer is ending which means the end of the heat.

Eating Mooncake During the Mid-Autumn Festival

Why Do We Eat Mooncakes During the Mid-Autumn Festival?  By: Ruby Liu   Also known as the Lantern Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most celebrated holiday in China after the Chinese New Year. During this festival, mooncakes are usually eaten and there are legends of its origin. On the lunar calendar used by […]

Is Meat as Unhealthy as People Think?

Is Meat as Unhealthy as People Think? By: Kevin Ye   Humans are omnivores. This means that we eat fruits, vegetables and meat. Throughout history, humans have evolved off of this diet. Nowadays, we have vegetarians and vegans who are criticizing this diet. The only difference between vegetarians and vegans is that vegetarians refrain from […]

5 Must-Try Types of Honey

5 Must-Try Types of Honey By: Kevin Ye   Do you love honey as much as Winnie the Pooh? I’ll bet that you do. Honey is the perfect sweetener for a variety of foods and beverages. The honey-making process is quite a long process, but this sweet delicacy is a must-have in your kitchen. Here […]

Culinary Influences: China and the West

Culinary Influences: China and the West By Madalina Hubert   When we talk about gourmet food in North America, we usually think of French and Italian cuisines. They are well-known for their refinement, abundant flavours, and creative approaches. As globalization, technology, and migration make our world more interconnected, we are also increasingly being exposed to […]

The Flavours of Fine Dining in Chinese Cuisine

The Flavours of Fine Dining in Chinese Cuisine   By Madalina Hubert   You walk into an elegant restaurant where the waiter, dressed in a tuxedo, greets you with a white napkin upon his arm. The lights are dimmed, the decor is stylish, and the ambience sophisticated.  You sit down, order a glass of wine […]

Food and Your Body Type

Food and Your Body Type By Madalina Hubert    In her book “Food of Life,” Iranian-American chef Najmieh Batmanglij explains the concept of hot and cold foods through the story of her elder son. As a child, he would sometimes eat too many dates and chocolates.  He didn’t feel well afterwards, and his mother soon […]

Finding Our Optimal Weight

Finding Our Optimal Weight By Madalina Hubert    Everywhere we look, there are diet trends: low-fat, high-protein, low-carb, and everything in between. We look for energy drinks, nutrition bars and power smoothies. We obsess over superfoods and try to find miracle cures. Brands and marketers are having a ball with our weight obsession. Yet why […]

The Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival By: Karen Le   Like people from all over the world, the Chinese also have their own special day to celebrate the dead. Similar to the very popular Mexican celebration, Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, Chinese people dedicate a holiday to care for the dead.  The Hungry Ghost Festival […]

Does Chinese Medicine Believe in Superfoods?

Does Chinese Medicine Believe in Superfoods? By Madalina Hubert   In the book “People Who Shaped China,” there is a story about the legendary ancient Chinese medical doctor Hua Tuo. One day, two patients came to him, both of them complaining of fever and headache. Hua Tuo examined each of them and gave a laxative […]

Food as Medicine in Chinese Culture

Food as Medicine in Chinese Culture By Madalina Hubert   As alternative medicine is becoming increasingly popular, we look to traditional Chinese medicine and other traditional cultures for wisdom in healing our body. Food is an important part of these treatments. In fact, since ancient times, doctors in both East and West have devoted considerable […]

Chinese Dumplings: Traditional Delights

Chinese Dumplings: Traditional Delights By Madalina Hubert   Why do we enjoy Chinese dumplings? There are so many reasons. They are juicy, soft and tasty, and best enjoyed with family and friends. Perhaps you have tasted at least one type of Chinese dumpling. In recent years, this dumpling has become more and more popular in […]

Discovering Authentic Chinese Food

Discovering Authentic Chinese Food By Madalina Hubert   Most of us want to eat better in order to enjoy a healthier and more satisfying life.  There are countless books with tips and strategies to achieve these goals. The majority are diet books with tasty low-fat recipes that don’t sit on the hips. The others are […]

The Five Food Flavours of Chinese Cuisine

How often do we think the flavours we crave, whether sweet or spicy, are directly linked to our health?

Discover the World: One Dumpling at a Time

Discover the World: One Dumpling at a Time By Madalina Hubert   Today, when we think of dumplings, Chinese dumplings often come to mind–the jiaozi, the wonton, the baozi, as well as other tasty morsels found in dim sum. However, the dumpling has found many homes around the world. Each region has discovered its unique […]

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