Culture: Lantern Festival 元宵节 yuán xiāo jié

Chinese New Year holiday comes to its climax with the Yuan Xiao (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié), or Lantern Festival. It is also the Chinese Valentine's Day! Lanterns are the most notable part of the festival. In the early days, the Lantern Festival was also called Shang Yuan (上元). It was dedicated to the heavenly palace (天宫—tiān gōng). … Continue reading Culture: Lantern Festival 元宵节 yuán xiāo jié


Lesson: What do you eat? 你吃什么? nǐ chī shénme

If you enjoy eating, this would be a very interesting lesson 🙂 Eating is an important part of Chinese culture. We literally ask friends, relatives 'How are you' as by asking 'Have you eaten? 你吃了吗? Nǐ chīle ma'. Enclosed the materials for Chap 7-What do you eat Practice: Common Questions 你吃什么?nǐ chī shénme? What do you … Continue reading Lesson: What do you eat? 你吃什么? nǐ chī shénme

Culture: Chinese New Year Activities

The following is an example of activities which may be pursued by Chinese families. However, the extent and variation depends also on the region, the clan etc. Thus, you may find other sources with slightly different names or variation. Day 1:  “Bài Nián” (拜年, to wish a happy New Year). Typically dragon and lion dance. Day … Continue reading Culture: Chinese New Year Activities

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Meatballs 糖醋丸子 táng cù wánzi

Ingredients: 1 packet Atria meatballs (or make your own with 400 g minced pork/chicken, 1 egg, 1 finely chopped onion, some potato or corn or wheat flour, salt, soya sauce) 2 dl tomato sauce 1 dl sweet chilli sauce 1/2 - 1 lemon (juiced) some sugar 1 small can pineapple some cucumber pieces, 1 onion … Continue reading Recipe: Sweet and Sour Meatballs 糖醋丸子 táng cù wánzi

Shopping for Asian ingredients!

  In Kajaani, it is not easy to find ingredients to make Asian food. Until last summer, the Asian bus was a good source. Nowadays, basic things are available in the supermarket such as long-grain rice, oyster sauce, soya sauce, teriyaki sauce, sweet chilli sauce, condensed milk etc. However, the varieties are limited, and there … Continue reading Shopping for Asian ingredients!

Culture: Spring Festival 春节 chūnjié

Chinese New Year is celebrated over a period of 2 weeks. This is the most important celebration for the Chinese family. This festivity is more commonly known as 农历新年 (nóng lì xīn nián – Lunar New Year) or 春节 (chūn jié –Spring Festival) in China. This year the first day of the lunar calendar falls on the 5th of February. … Continue reading Culture: Spring Festival 春节 chūnjié