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People and their Piles: India

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Chinese Giant Salamander – a tasty treat!

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Pickles Sr, my China-based pa, recently stumbled across this classic headline in the CAAC Inflight Magazine. The CAAC, of course, is the government organ that's tasked with enforcing "the unified supervision and regulation on the civil aviation activities of the whole country." Glad that they're promoting such tasty treats! Now if only ...

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Korea’s Dunkin’ Donuts Ruins All the Fun

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Imagine a future where donuts come in horrid flavors: carrot, tofu, spinach. Now recognize that the future clearly lives in Korea.  Now imagine how it could be worse... Yep.  In Korea, they've introduced the Broccoli Donut. I tried to resist. This is a country of cakes, and bakeries, and wonderful mad original tasty treats.  But ...

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Mao & Mangoes, Together Again

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I recently had the opportunity to sip hot black coffee with a high ranking Pakistani official, and while everyone else is talking Osama and war, we talked fruit. "My basic objective here is to improve the trade between Pakistan and China," he told me.  "I'm trying to diversify the trade, to go into newer fields..." He counted ...

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Celebrating Easter in China…

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When you're in a country that doesn't officially celebrate Easter, like China, sometimes you get nervous.  Will the Easter Bunny get his visa yanked at the last-minute?  Are you sure those chocolate eggs are melamine-free?   Is the holiday even legal here?Well, we had those same concerns too, but finally decided China's gonna love Easter!Good ...

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Lucky Fruit (and Ain’t So Lucky Fish)

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Yesterday, these little nectarines showed up at the market. Dyed (branded? scalded? waxed? greased up with dirty stinking chemicals?) with Chinese characters, they read tall (高), shining (照), a thing (事) and happiness (喜). "No, no, no," said Echo, a good friend. "You've bought the wrong ones, and got them in the wrong ...

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Fish Heads in the Hutongs

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Walking through Beijing, I'm never sure whether things are to be thrown away, or if they're the meal being prepared.

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Soy Sauce Kit Kats (and other awesome flavors)

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I was a little confused about the Tokyo airport when I flew through there a few weeks ago. It seemed so... rundown. Ceiling tiles missing, chairs blocking entrances, stores closed. And then I saw this sign. Uh-oh. What had I missed during my media blockout? Turns out the third reactor was ...

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Blood Hair Strength Stew

When they heard I'd never tried 毛血旺 (maoxuewang) Stew, my coworkers were horrified. Absolutely aghast. "What, you have to try it! You'd love it! It's my favorite dish," said Ginger.  "In English, it means 'Blood Hair Strength.'"  Oh, I knew I'd like this. And it was pretty damn good. Fat solid ...

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Medicinal Sea Horse Soup

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I adore TCM.  But I don't know what to say about this bowl of "Pigeon Soup with Chinese Medicine" we ordered last night at Gongti's Xuxian Lou (许仙楼的《川弓海马乳鸽汤》). Yep, that's a sea horse floating on top. I found myself eating around it, taking bites of dark red meats, chewing down foul beans, and sipping up the ...

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Now this is what I call appealing….!

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Horse meat sashimi, as served up in Beijing.

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Eating a Whole Roast Suckling Pig

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It wasn't as mouth-shockingly good as we'd hoped... but then again, this little guy looks pretty evil, too. Found at Tang Jai Yoo in Bangkok's Chinatown.

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Kyrgyzstan things

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In China, I adore the "foreign" vs "domestic" duality. I'm not sure that it's any more skewed than our own is, but it's definitely different. My girlfriend, for example, is a Bostonian, several generations back. But because she looks Chinese (and, three generations ago, her family was), here she's Chinese. Just speaks ...

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Pig Faces, Hong Kong

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I found these little puppies while looking for the Tak Fat beef ball stall, in the back of the Haiphong Road Temporary Muslim Market. Loved the simplicity with which they hung there (and desperately wanted to wear one as a mask.)

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Deep Fried Little Fishies

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All the upscale restaurants I've been to in Hong Kong love giving you this gratis (well, gratis until the bill comes... maybe "unannounced"?) bowl of deep fried fishies and peanuts. And OMG, fantasticness. This bowl comes from Fu Sing Restaurant, and showed up on the bill included in an HK$18 add-on. "$18? ...

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Fish Head in Hong Kong

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I'm generally an adventurous eater, but this time... well... I was frankly completely unable to handle this. I didn't even know where to start! The waiters here, at Lok Sau Sun (1-5 Takshing Road, Hong Hong), didn't speak enough English for me to communicate my questions, so I ended up fudging ...

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A Surprise at Dinner

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(Found on my plate at the Yangjia Restaurant, Beijing.)

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A Tray of Trotters

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Found in a market in south Beijing... they reminded me of cute little babies.

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The Most Divine Piece of Sushi

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This was something I've never seen before. I found it in Hakone, a small mountain town. (Across the road from 7-11. Sliding slat door, with no windows.) Maybe the roll was called Namaji Rasu, and maybe it's called Shirasu. But either way, it was incredible, deliciously sweet, and so unbelievably weird. Tiny fishies, with big eyes, ...

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Hunting French Maids in Tokyo

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Fashion: Pink is everywhere, lace is everywhere, it's the Lolita look.   But the real style de saison is dressing like a 19th Century French Maid. It's weird, but it's everywhere! Even white girls are buying in!   And so, of course, a world of maid-staffed businesses have appeared. They have maid bars, maid cafes, even ...

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