Here you’ll find recipes, tips, discussions on cooking in China, and some basic kitchen know how to help you adjust to cooking in Suzhou,  China as a whole, or even in the West.   If you’re new to cooking or looking to improve your kitchen skills, pay attention to the technique and troubleshooting.  These can often be applied to other, similar recipes.

I’ll try my best to give you a working and functional guide to life in the kitchen in China.  No fantasy or extremely difficult recipes.  Just practical, authentic food to satisfy your cravings.

Background and philosophy

Many moons ago, I went to culinary school in the States and have cooked in a few different restaurants.  While I don’t make a living slinging food anymore, I do know what I’m doing – at least enough to help most cooks.  I’m not a huge fan of fancy food, even though I do like to endulge from time to time, and tend to focus on techinque and ingredients.  I’m a foodie but not the way you might be.  Nothing makes me happier than food that has been prepared correctly.  From PB&J to a perfect demi, just make it right and I’m a happy man.

Before you try any new recipe from me or another source, I hope you take the time to look at my how to read a recipe post.

I  believe that if you use decent food and cook it right, your food will make you and your loved ones happy – and really, that’s what matters.

If you have a special request or a question, just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to reply.


Cook it up recipe list:

Bacon and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Chicken Kabobs


Deep Fried Turkey

Easter – The Great Debate

Fruit Gelatin AKA real Jello


How to Buy Pork in China



Rice Pudding

Seasoning Your Cast Iron Pans

Steak Chimicurri

Stew – A technique guide

more to come….

5 Responses

  1. Emma
    Emma December 17, 2015 at 7:59 am |

    Hey Zhou!

    Stumbled upon your blog through I am contacting you as you are a foodie, and we have created an app for foreign foodies to explore food in China. We list and translate most restaurants in major Chinese cities, and have top recommended menu items with photos and prices. Our team would love to hear your thoughts on its usefulness, though you probably cook at home quite often : )

    If you have time, please check this news article that explains how to get the app and how it works :

    Have a great day!

  2. Jill DiGiovanni
    Jill DiGiovanni August 15, 2016 at 11:24 am |

    Zhou thanx so much for your blog. It’s so interesting to read your posts!

    I visited Suzhou many, many years ago before it’s latest growth spurt and have seen all the “touristy” spots. Do you know anyone that could show me an off-the-beaten-path tour of Suzhou? We also visited Hong Kong and I wondered if there was anything like the Kowloon Ladies Market in Suzhou or a decent outdoor market that’s worth visiting.

    We share a similar background in food – it’s been my profession for a verrrrry long time. I’m a vegan chef – any recommendations for great vegan food in Suzhou?

    Thanx for reading thru my questions!!


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