China Diaries

February 29, 2016

China Diaries: Chen Mapo Tofu

by Yoko Kumano

High on our list of things to do in Chengdu was eat mapo tofu at the restaurant chain that started it all — Chen Mapo Tofu. No one can say for sure if they truly were the original restaurant to create the dish, but everyone just assumes it by now. Any taxi driver in Chengdu […]

July 20, 2015

China Diaries: Cha’s Restaurant in Shanghai

by Yoko Kumano

Cha’s Restaurant felt like the Mission Chinese of Shanghai as a hip, fast food joint serving savory dishes that pack flavor. Specializing in the Hong Kong cha canting–style (tea restaurants that tend to be fast and affordable) Cha’s menu consisted of all kinds of soy milks, sandwiches, instant noodles, braised seafood, fried rice plates, light beer […]

July 13, 2015

China Diaries: Bullfrog Hot Pot

by Yoko Kumano

Frog is big in Shanghai. Frog dishes are on almost all menus. It’s like the chicken of America. As someone living most of my life between the Bay Area and Tokyo, my encounters with culinary frog have been sadly few and far between. I remember eating frog as a child once when in Taiwan, but […]

July 6, 2015

China Diaries: Discovering Speak Low Bar in Shanghai

by Yoko Kumano

As you may know, Google does not work in China. Savvy travelers would know to install a VPN service on their phones before taking off into China. We were not savvy. So I guess we got the REAL Chinese experience: Page not found. This situation made getting around challenging and finding Speak Low was no […]

June 29, 2015

China Diaries: Feng Yu SJB

by Yoko Kumano

For years, I longingly listened to my grandma’s stories of her golden years in Shanghai. Her sudden move from rural Japan to French Concession Shanghai in the 1930’s exposed her to opera, Gauguin and film noir. Before she met any friends or her future husband, this cosmopolitan city was her first love in a new […]

June 15, 2015

China Diaries: Chongquing Laoma Tou Hotpot

by Yoko Kumano

When I was traveling with Washi in Chengdu last month, he was trying to fight off a bad cough. The day we landed, his cough was escalating to Malboro Man heights, so we decided to go to a Chongqing hotpot place to try and chase the cough (and our jetlag) away. We were going with […]

June 8, 2015

China Diaries: Zhanglaowu Bean Jelly Store

by Yoko Kumano

It’s kind of embarrassing, but I really didn’t do any research about Chengdu before touching down on the tarmac. The only reason why I picked Chengdu was because I wanted to eat spicy noodles (not because of the cute pandas) and I kind of just took the path of least resistance from there. Direct flight […]