The Slurp: Asian Food Blog
To truly appreciate Chinese cuisine, one should look to the food culture behind the recipes. The names of many Chinese dishes have both a cultural and artistic element in the dishes. There are historical, geographical and political background and even origins from Chinese fairy tales and folk tales.
We don't know about you, but once the hot and humid weather hits, we don't feel like doing much of anything ... much less slaving over a hot stove. We're big fans of warm salads, and other easy breezy meals.
Good picnic food shares a few characteristics with good airplane food -- it needs to keep for a while without refrigeration, it should be portable, and above all - be good and easy to eat.
If this feels like a tall list to you, consider our Asian picnic options -- they're far from ho-hum sandwiches.
Chinese cuisine is multi-layered not only with a wide range of flavors, but the stories behind many Chinese recipes. There is a mystique that surrounds the origin of certain Chinese recipe names, especially Lao Pao Bing (Wife Cake or Sweetheart cake).
Did you know? There are three aspects that play a primary role in the name of a Chinese dish: