The myriad snacks available in the capital are not only delicious delights but also offer a taste of history.

By Eric Jou, China Daily, Beijing

Beijing is known for a cornucopia of foods, from Peking Duck to the snacks along Wangfujing snack street, where one can munch such mouthfuls as fried scorpions on a stick.

But Beijing is now taking a leading role in bringing all of China’s snacks and goodeats to the table.


By The China Insight Restaurant Review Committee

For 50 years David and Helen Fong's Minnesota-friendly Cantonese restaurant has been a home away from home for the south metro society. Opening in 1958 as a small carryout operation, Fong's has grown into a landmark with several, all family-owned, locations. With this great presence in the Twin Cities, the China Insight Restaurant Review Committee decided to check out the Fong community and cuisine. The committee recognized that David Fong’s restaurants are neither the latest nor the most authentic cuisine now emerging from China and arriving in the Twin Cities. However, it must be recognized that for a whole group of Minneapolitans, this is what they know and love that comes from China - both the Fong family and the Fong restaurant gastronomy. And there is nothing inauthentic about this successful family with friends and customers that are loyal in their patronage and generous with their praise of this beloved all-American Chinese family.

By The China Insight Restaurant Review Committee

Szechuan 四川 is a province in Southwest China with its capital in Chengdu. Grand Szechuan 大四川 is a restaurant in Plymouth, Minn., near the Carlson Company Towers where Highways 494 and 394 intersect. There is also the original Grand Szechuan 大四川, which is in Bloomington at France and Old Shakopee Road.

Our China Insight Restaurant Review Committee visited the Plymouth Grand Szechuan 大四川 recently for Father’s Day dinner. The same as last month, our committee was challenged by logistics, as two committee members showed up at the Bloomington location first. This venue was packed, and it is not a small space. A phone call sent them on their way to Plymouth, which also had business, but was not packed. While waiting for the rest of the group, our committee took comments from customers waiting for take-out or take-away at the Plymouth location.

Vegetarian trends build on venerable Chinese traditions

By Wang Yuan, China Daily

From the moment you enter, you feel that this is going to be a different kind of restaurant. The green gate at the entrance, the wooden tables in the siheyuan, or courtyard house, and the traditional Chinese decorations whisper one word: Confucius.


Dubai: Cuisine on a grand scale


By Elizabeth Greenberg, Staff Writer


I bring most everyone who comes to visit me in Minnesota to the Mall of America.   Yeah, it's kind of ostentatious, but there's something wonderful about a mall where there are entire stalls devoted solely to the sale of hermit crabs.

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