An x-ray of a Chinese woman’s feet after being bound. The Chinese practice of footbinding, popular since medieval times, was banned only in 1911. Young girls’ feet were wrapped in bandages to prevent them from growing longer than 4 inches. By age 3, four toes on each foot would break, often leading to infection, paralysis and atrophy. Some elderly Chinese women today still show disabilities.
I’m so glad that this practice is at least banned. My great-grandmother used to know a lady who had her feet bound, and it is an extremely painful practice. I never understood why it was so attractive back then to have women “sway” (if you call it that) like “dancers” on their necrotic feet.
Yep. Beautiful. Hot damn that’s sexy.
Nian Gao - In honor of the Chinese New Year coming up. It’s fried sticky goodness! Better known as glutinous rice cakes. They’re made every new years for good luck since “nian gao” is a homonym for “high year”.
Good stuff, though high in caloric content. And there isn’t any fiber. So if you feel unpleasantly full and sluggish, it means you ate too much of it. I like pan frying it and then dipping in soy sauce, especially the sweet version. Don’t look at me like I’m gross. I know what I’m doing.
I found this while sifting through some music. Ah ha ha. Y’know, it took me a few seconds into the song to realize they were singing in Mandarin. Granted, the title is in Chinese, but I wasn’t looking at the title. I was just giving random songs a listen.
That said, the pronunciation isn’t the clearest for a lot of the song, but since it only took me a few seconds to understand parts without prior knowledge that the song is in Mandarin, I’d say not bad. The only unfortunate thing is that it leaves room for a lot of misheard lyrics. Ha ha. But still, good job Super Junior! /claps
EDIT: OOOHHHHH. Thanks for the info Wikipedia. Looks like Super Junior-M is a subgroup created specifically targeting mainland China. Well, now I gotta look for more music from them now. xD I’ll let you know if the pronunciation is better in those other tracks. Something fun to occupy myself with y’know:?
Yum mooncakes. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! (it is today technically)
Oh right. I forgot to wish everyone a happy mid-autumn festival on Monday. It’s basically to celebrate the end of fall harvests. They basically symbolize family. Other things about them: they are dense calorie-wise, fairly expensive, and are actually quite difficult to make/labor-intensive. Making them is basically an art, and the only person who could make these babies of equal quality (or better) to store-brought in my family passed away a long time ago. Ah well.
But anyway, holy crap I love them. It seems everyone likes lotus paste in theirs. I personally like the ones filled with red bean, without the salted egg yolk. Don’t get me wrong, I like the saltiness, but it takes away from really tasting the pastes. Haha. Sooooo yeah. I could probably eat a whole cake if I wanted to, but
I’d feel like a fatty afterwards they’re meant to be shared, because of what they symbolize.
Anyway. The more you know. o/
so good! I want to learn how to make these!!!!!!!!!
Baw. I don’t know why I’m craving these right now. orz
Take-out egg rolls are not as satisfying as homemade ones, but making them by hand is time consuming. The filling is not very expensive (since you can put whatever you want in it), but the wrappers…If you’re not near an Asian market, then you’ll be out of luck getting them at a reasonable price.
Also, I hate frying things indoors. The smell of the oil just spreads everywhere. Ugh. ; n ; But I love them so much…