Jul. 26th, 2010

kake: The word "菜單" (Chinese for "menu") in various shades of purple. (菜單)
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.


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