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Shopping for My "Farewell My Concubine" Chinese Menu

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This Month's Film: Farewell My Concubine
Cuisine: Chinese

Many of the ingredients for my Chinese menu are commonplace grocery and produce items: Fresh meats, seafood, and vegetables; staples such as flour, sugar, eggs, cooking oil; and common Chinese ingredients such as soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Some of the other ingredients are only slightly less common, such as black bean paste, hoisin sauce, rice noodles, and chili oil. And then there were the specialty items such as forbidden rice and lychee fruits, which required a special trip to Whole Foods. More on that shopping experience tomorrow.

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