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[personal profile] kake
A white porcelain cup on a matching saucer, about two-thirds filled with a clear, honey-coloured green tea.

Apparently I am capable of keeping this thing going! Who knew?

So I now have three months' worth of Chinese menu posts on here, which I think calls for some kind of mini-celebration. I thus decree that August will be dim sum month! I'll be temporarily suspending my character posts to make room for more dish posts — so each week in August, I'll post about two of my favourite dim sum dishes. Also, in honour of the fact that it was the London Perl Mongers who first introduced me to the delights of dim sum, August's "concept" posts will focus on working with Chinese characters in computing contexts.

I thought I'd also take the chance right now to solicit some feedback. I really appreciate all the comments, questions, and corrections that people have been leaving on these posts (or asking me when they see me in real life). I haven't yet put out a call for comments on the series as a whole, though.

So, are there any general questions you'd like to ask me? Is there an aspect of Chinese food that you've always wondered about? Is there a concept, character, or dish that you'd like me to cover? Would you like to see more variation in the types of dish covered, or do you think I've got it about right?

Conversely, are you an expert who's been biting their tongue at all my mistakes? Do you think my quest for good Chinese food outside China is fundamentally doomed? Do you think I'm going about this all entirely wrong? I'm always up for hearing constructive criticism, and I promise to be polite in response.

I'm pretty happy with the way the structure of the series is working out (a concept on Monday, a character on Wednesday, a dish on Friday), but I don't mind hearing any comments or suggestions that you have on that. Also, I've been pondering setting up a more extensive tagging system, and would love to hear any thoughts on that, or indeed on any other ways that I could make it easier for people to find the content they're looking for.

Please do let me know what you think on any of the above — or, if you have no particular thoughts in those directions, just say hello! Or tell me what your favourite Chinese dish is. Or recommend me a Chinese food blog that's worth reading. Or anything else that springs to mind!

And if you happen to be within reach of London during August, and would like to eat some dim sum with me, please drop me an email :)

If you have any questions or corrections, please leave a comment (here's how) and let me know (or email me at kake@earth.li). See my introductory post to the Chinese menu project for what these posts are all about.

Date: 2010-07-26 01:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
I've been really enjoying these posts. I like Chinese food (at least, as it can be found in the UK, having never been to China), although the closest I get to making it at home is an old Ken Hom book (and I've no idea how authentic or otherwise that is). I've been reading the languagey bits less recently, as I'm trying to learn Portuguese at the moment, and I think more than one language at a time might fry my brain...

Date: 2010-07-26 07:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
I have his "Chinese Cookery", a hand-me-down from my mother. I think I must agree that it is at least moderately Westernised in tenor (which, having read a little about its origins is hardly surprising!). Would you go as far as to recommend a more authentic cook-book, or do none exist in English?

(that made me grin :)

Date: 2010-07-26 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lnr
Just want to say that I'm enjoying reading these, even if I'm making no effort to actually remember the characters myself. The concepts are still interesting, and the dish posts are great :)

Date: 2010-07-26 05:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bob
needs more unicode snowmen

Re: ☃

Date: 2010-07-26 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pulchritude
omfg how did you do that

Re: ☃

Date: 2010-07-26 09:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bob
bob staples your hand to your forehead

Date: 2010-07-26 06:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pulchritude
I, um, might be in London in August for, uh, more politician-purposes. *hides face* Is dim sum usually only open on weekends, though? Or...?

Date: 2010-07-26 07:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pulchritude
It's rather embarrassing, though I suppose it could be a worse obsession...

I'll e-mail you once I am certain whether I will be in London during August or not! I imagine it will be near either the late middle or the end of the month...

Date: 2010-07-26 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marshtide
No real comments other than that I enjoy reading your blog. Especially interested in the discussions of specific dishes, so looking forward to more! I basically can't actually eat much of this stuff, being unable to eat wheat (therefore no chilli bean paste and such, and only one kind of soy sauce), so maybe that's kind of weird. But occasionally there's something I can work with. :D

Date: 2010-07-26 08:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marshtide
Yeah, that's exactly it. Fortunately that's at least easy to get hold of. It does taste different, according to people who regularly eat both, but not catastrophically so. I basically use it in anything that calls for normal soy sauce. It's more similar to the kinds of soy sauce actually called for than GF bread generally is to normal bread. For example.

Oh, cool! I look forward to it. :) I think my favourite thing so far has actually been the pickled cucumbers! They're quite similar to a traditional way of eating cucumber here in Sweden, actually, but I like the Chinese recipe better. (And we eat a lot of pickled cucumber in summer, so a variety of recipes is a really good thing to have.)

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