Chris and I are packing our bags and heading back to North America for the Spring Festival holidays. In China, the Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year Festival, is a time for people to travel back to their hometowns and spend time with friends and family they may not have seen in many months. Many people in China work or study far from their homes not by choice, but by necessity. Whether they are migrant workers, university students, or employees of large companies, pretty much anyone who can afford it will try to go back to their hometown. Sometimes this takes several days on packed, standing-room only trains, especially for those who must travel to the far reaches of the west, or hours on buses.
Chris and I are going to be visiting our families in California and Toronto during this trip. I thought that I would leave you with a little glimpse of our life in China, as we may not get a chance to post a recipe for a few days.
Shao Kao is a kind of Chinese barbecue where skewers of meat and vegetables are seasoned heavily with cumin and Chinese five-spice powder, among other spices, and grilled over long and narrow charcoal grills. They are especially popular at night, where crowds of people will order a bunch of bbq, sit on little plastic stools in the middle of the alley, and regale themselves with bbq and beer. Things can get pretty rowdy at shao kao in some places, but we like it because it’s a fun way to hang out with friends. And I particularly like the grilled veggies. Oh, not to mislead you…this isn’t healthy by any means. But sometimes it’s fun to indulge.