你吃饭了吗? Have you eaten [rice] yet?
Anhui, Shandong, Jiangsu, Fujian, Zhejiang, Guandong, Sichuan, Hunan - the great 8 cuisines of China. More than 100 techniques of cutting ingredients, around 23 main cooking techniques - complexity beyond comprehension. An adventure, a quest, a challenge and a scientific project every time you heat the wok. I lost the count of hours spent on research, cooking and eating Chinese dishes over the last six or seven years. The time has come to drop the anchor and settle in this harbor, write it all down and most importantly - share.
I go by a simple rule: sharing is caring. I love cooking and creating dishes, I always have. My fist creation at the age of five was supper sandwiches - a popular Polish "dish", meaning bread with whatever you have in the fridge - ham, cheese, tomatoes, salad leaves, mayo. I went one step further - my sandwiches were packed mackerel in tomato sauce, cheese, strawberry jam, ketchup and hard boiled egg. I was very proud and very disappointed when my family refused to try them. But my grandfather ate them all. Every. Last. Bite. He said it was best supper he had ever had.
I swear my cooking is much better now. After 25 years of practice (and at least twice this much of painful mistakes), I know some stuff. Cooking is awesome, eating is fine but sharing is everything. No matter who you are or where you come from. This is my place to share with you my passion for exploring and attempting traditional Chinese dishes, as well as my own creations (not the sandwich-kind obvs). Sharing food is saying,
"Hi, stranger. Have you eaten yet?".