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china

How China’s Food Industry Became a Tech Battleground

Search engine operator Baidu and Tencent, the company behind WeChat, already dominate China’s tech world. Now, they have their sights set on robot restaurants and food delivery.
Barclay Bram
10.26.18
Taxis

Behind the Scenes at London's Infamous 'Knowledge' Schools

The amount of information aspiring black cab drivers have to remember is so huge that it's been shown to actually increase the size of certain sections of the brain.
Barclay Bram
9.27.17
china

This Is the Mathematical Formula for the Perfect Soup Dumpling

After weighing and measuring xiaolong bao at 52 different restaurants, Christopher St. Cavish came up with a formula to categorise the dumplings' quality. I joined him in Shanghai to eat some “Class A” specimens.
Barclay Bram
6.12.17
CHEFS

Meet Yu Bo, the Chef Who Runs an Avant-Garde Sichuanese Restaurant from His Home Kitchen

Lauded by Danny Bowien and Fuchsia Dunlop, experimental chef Yu Bo opened Yu’s Family Kitchen in his Chengdu mansion to push the limits of Sichuanese cuisine.
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4.28.17
Shanghai

Why You’ll Find Shanghai’s Best Lamb Kebabs Outside a Mosque

Every Friday, market stall traders from China's Xinjiang territory gather outside the Huxi mosque in Shanghai. Being Muslim, pork is off the menu, but lamb is served in just about every incarnation.
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4.27.17
Shanghai

Inside China’s First Magic Bar

At Blackstone Magic Bar in Shanghai, visitors drink Houdini-inspired cocktails while watching world-renowned magicians perform close-up magic tricks.
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4.26.17
Beijing

Eating Three Roast Ducks, 15 Duck Feet, 25 Duck Hearts, a Duck Brain, and Several Duck Livers in Beijing

Nowhere in China loves duck quite like Beijing. Esteemed food blogger Huo Ye took me to three restaurants he says serve the city's best Bejing Duck.
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4.24.17
Israeli Cuisine

A Modern Israeli Food Tour of London

To better understand Israeli cooking in Britain today, I joined The Barbary chef Eyal Jagermann and Oxford anthropologist Joel Hart to eat my way around a Turkish grill house, Middle Eastern confectioners, beigel shop, and Iraqi fish joint.
Barclay Bram
3.21.17
history

Chinese Fortune Cookies Aren’t Actually Chinese

But they do reveal a lot about the history of Chinese food in America. Pretty impressive for a tasteless biscuit.
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1.27.17
china

This Religious Aesthete Has Dedicated His Life to Making the Perfect Bowl of Noodles

Xu Jing gave away all his clothes and spends half the year meditating. He believes individuals should do only one thing, but do that one thing perfectly—like the noodles he sells at his Shanghai restaurant.
Barclay Bram
1.24.17