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One Child Policy

by on May.26, 2009, under Misc

Now we are in 2019, I wrote this article 10 years ago. Now The birth policy has changed, with complicated amendments, but basically the government selectively “authorise” certain people to have 2 kids, at the moment. (Written by Lizhen 19/03/2019)


It’s a shame which I have to admit, I really thought the Chinese people who breached  one-child policy deserved their punishment until I started to use my own brain to think about the events happening around me.

I have a friend, which is the second girl for her parents, she could have another sister because she was a twin girl. Her mom didn’t dare to go home when she was still carrying the twin baby until the babies were born. Her mom had never been in a hospital so she didn’t know she was carrying 2 girls instead of one. Unfortunately she only prepared one set of clother for her baby, and that was a winter, damn! She hurried home after the babies’ birth , seeing several officials from the birth control bureau already blocked the door of her house. No matter how terribly the woman and her families begged them, they scolded them and kept the woman and the 2 new-born babies outside until one baby died, from hunger or from coldness.

My mother told me, the operation of one-child policy started in 1982 in my hometown, hundreds of  pregnant women were forced to have an abortion, no matter how many months the women already had been pregnant, even in 8th month or 9th month, the government didn’t care at all.

Nowadays, the policy is still in power, only the government is not applying it so bloodily, instead, threatening to take the woman’s families’ jobs away, seducing with money your neighbores to inform the local goverment about anyone’s second pregnancy……..and the same, the government doesn’t care how many months their women have been pregnant.

Yeah, there are too many Chinese, which is already a horror to Chinese and also western countries, but there must be a better way to control the population from rocketing up, or there is a better way to implement the one-child policy. With a little mercy, with a little care, with a little planning, maybe the policy would not appear so cruel.

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Chinese Hukou

by on Apr.13, 2009, under Misc

Please note: some social and political changes happened during the passed 10 years. ( Lizhen 19/03/2019)

What’s Hukou? According to its meaning, it also means “household registration” or “registered address”.
In China, normal people (not including the army) possibly can have 3 kinds of ID certificates: ID card, passport and family book. What’s the difference and relationship among them?

First, for Chinese the most useful certificate is the ID card. Not all Chinese people have passports, only a small part of them need the passports — this is not too bad.  

Second, the address on the ID card isn’t always the same with the address on your family book. The address on your family book is more powerful. The address is very important for Chinese, it not only shows where you are living, but also shows “where did you come from”, which means in a word if you are a city citizen or a countryside resident. What’s the difference between a city citizen and a countryside resident? Let’s make two examples: first, in China 4 farmers’ vote tickets equal to one city citizen’s vote, which was even 8:1 before 2005; the other example is, let’s suppose one farmer and one city citizen died in a same traffic accident, neither of them has health insurance, there will be a big difference on the compensation which the two victims families will get. The farmer will get half of the city citizen’s compensation or even less. I mentioned earlier that the address on your family book also means “where did you come from”, my meaning is, the address determines whether you come from a higher or lower social level.

The Chinese government is declaring that Chinese have equal rights and equal duties, that’s not true. On many issues the Chinese government still hasn’t paid attention or made effort to keep it equal, or I doubt it simply doesn’t care, such as the farmer’s land ownership right, poor families’ kids’ education right or the protection on women.

Just have a look at the Hukou system, the government is still sticking to divide the whole population into two parts according to their registered address. Then there come the differences on social insurance, social aid, education quality, but there are many more differences — as everybody knows in China the policies are more practical and powerful than its little assistant, so-called “Law”. 

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Fish Soup

by on Mar.24, 2009, under Chinese Soups, Cooking

When I was still in my childhood, there was still a lack of food, that was a crazy time for China, so many things seem so stupid and ridiculous nowadays, however, the people in my hometown didn’t suffer so much from the food lack, because we have so many fish around. I never get enough about fish.


1.Chinese chub(2 kg without head);
2.4 pieces of bean curds( Dou Fu);
3.4 mushrooms;
4.4 pieces of ginger, salt, cooking wine, spring onion.

Here comes the steps:

1. divide the whole fish to 3 parts: one spine and two pieces of fish meat, chop the fish spine to several chunks, cut the fish meat to pieces ( the fish pieces in the picture were all about 1 cm thick), stir salt and several drops of cooking wine with all the fish, and leave them there for half an hour;
2. meanwhile prepare other materials:cut the bean curds to 1cm×1cm×1cm cubes, cut the mushrooms to pieces;
3. hot wok and hot oil, put ginger in first, then fry fish spine chunks for 2 minutes, pour some hot water into the wok( fish chunks are just totally covered), wok covered and keep boiling slightly for 15 minutes(you can find the soup become a little bit milky white);
4. put mushrooms in and cook for another 5 minutes, then put bean curd cubes in, another 5 minutes;
5. time for the fish pieces, lay them carefully into the hot soup, don’t stir them, otherwise the fish pieces will fall apart;
6. when the fish pieces’ color changes to white, the whole fish soup is ready, decorate it with spring onions!

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Meat Balls

by on Mar.16, 2009, under Chinese Family Dishes, Cooking

I suppose the meat ball dish is a kind of Chinese fast food, if you don’t have much time to cook, just make some meat balls in weekends. There are various ways to make meat balls, such as meat with mushrooms, with bamboos or with spring onions, i prefer the meat with bamboos, for I was brought up in a town where there were a lot of elegant bamboos 🙂


1.500g of pork with about 20% fat, of course, minced;
2.spring onions (where I am living now only can get dry bamboos so I didn’t buy bamboos)
3.egg white of one egg;
4.300g of white gourd;
5.white pepper powder, cooking wine, salt, a little starch, several leaves of Chinese parsley.

Here are the details:

1.blend the pork with white pepper powder, cooking wine, salt, starch and egg white, stir all the things in one direction until the minced meat starts to be thick and sticky, leave it there for half an hour (if the weather is too hot, put it into a fridge);
2.put cut spring onions into the meat;
3.remove the skin of the white gourd, cut it to thin pieces;
3.cook some water in a wok, turn down the flame when the water starts to boil;
4.use a spoon to help your palm to make meat balls, carefully lay the meat balls into the wok;
5.cook the meat balls with small flame for 15 minutes until it is sure that the meat balls will not break to parts, then put the white gourd pieces into the wok, turn up the flame to middle level for another 5 minutes;
6.pinch some salt to put it into the wok, giving the soup a little bit taste;
7.throw some Chinese parsley leaves on the surface of the soup, then it’s done 🙂


There is another way to make the meat balls tasty: just fry them totally in oil when they are still freshly made. But it is obvious the meat will suck a lot of oil, which is believed not so healthy, but with this way, you can store the meat balls longer and better in your fridge.

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Teriyaki Chub

by on Mar.13, 2009, under Chinese Family Dishes, Cooking

I only knew the chub fish was really cheap and I was told that fish was not so tasty. My life was full of all kinds of fishes, so I hardly paid attention to the chub fish until one day in another city I found only the chub fish was acceptable and available for me……

1.1kg of chub fish;
2.one huge Chinese lettuce(more explanation at the end of this article);
3.spring onion;

Here comes the steps:

1.cut the fish to several pieces,rub some salt and cooking wine on the surface and leave it there for 1 hour;
2.cut the Chinese lettuce to thin slices;
3.hot wok hot oil, a little chilli and 3 pieces of ginger, then lay the fish pieces into the wok carefully,fry the fish a little bit on both sides, drip some cooking wine and more soy sauce;
4.put hot water into the wok, bury 60% of the fish;
5.when the water starts to boil, put lettuce slices and salt;
6.taste the lettuce, if it’s cooked, the dish must be ready! Sprinkle the spring onion pieces on the top,that’s it!

*Chinese lettuce: it is NOT a lettuce at all! It is a kind of root beet whose head looks like a lettuce, lolllll. Without access to a Chinese market, it’s near to impossible to find them. Celery can be used as a substitute for this lettuce. 

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Bean Curd Leaves Rolled With Minced Pork

by on Mar.05, 2009, under bean curd dishes, Cooking

If someone asks me: “how do you like your Chinese food?” Well, I don’t think I am able to answer the question, though I am a Chinese. China is too big, there are 56 ethnic groups, accordingly the food is various. My appetite is changing all the time, depending on the seasons, the weather and my mood, but deep in my heart, i prefer the food style, which came from my hometown. Here comes a dish of typical Jiangnan style: bean curd leaves rolled with minced pork:


  • 4 pieces of bean curd leaves: please cut them to pieces with the size of 10cm×10cm;
  • 500g of minced pork;
  • 2 spring onions;
  • 1 carrot

Here comes the steps:

  • put salt,soy sauce,cooking wine,white pepper powder,starch into the minced pork, leave it there for half an hour;
  • put the cut bean curd leaves in water, to keep them soft;
  • cut the spring onion and put it into the pork;
  • roll the bean curd leaves with pork, tie the leaves with strings;
  • cook the prepared bean curd leaves in a wok or steam them (this time, i cook them in a wok) for 15 minutes;
  • take the leaves out, cut away the strings, put them in a plate;
  • put salt,sugar, soy sauce, watery starch into the soup left in the wok, then add the soup into the plate,that’s it!
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Chinese Chicken Soup

by on Mar.02, 2009, under Chinese Soups, Cooking

I  wanna start my blog, “Flowery Chinese Cooking” ,with my lovely chicken soup. Okay, have to admit, normally we Chinese chop everything to pieces or slices, to make it convenient for us to use chopsticks!  This time, the chicken is as small as a pigeon, so i decided to leave it as it is. Here comes the Chicken soup:


  1. main ingredients: chicken(500g), bean curd leaves(250g), mushrooms( 250g),celery(100g)
  2. spices: 5 pieces of ginger, one aniseed,one small pieces of Chinese cinnamon,10 peppers of Sichuan, several garlic cloves
  3. others:cooking wine(10g).

and here comes more details:

  • Hot wok, put oil in the wok until the oil is 80% hot, turn down the flame, put 5 pieces of ginger,one star aniseed, one small piece of Chinese cinnamon, 10 peppers of Sichuan in to the wok, waite until you can smell the nice scent of all the spices.
  • Turn up the flame to medium flame, fry the whole chicken. Because this chicken is not fat at all, so i only wanna get rid of the water on and in the chicken. When the color of the chicken meat turns to be white, turn up the flame to make the wok extremely hot, add cooking wine to the wok, you will hear a nice sound, turn over the chicken a little bit, then put hot water into the wok, nearly half bury the chicken.
  • when it starts to boil, turn down the flame to smallest flame, leave the wok on fire for 15-30 minutes, depending on how big and how old the chicken is, go back to check if the chicken meat is cooked or not in 15 minutes. my chicken is more or less cooked in 20 minutes.
  • put mushrooms into the wok,cook them together with chicken for 10 minutes with smallest flame. Then put bean curd leaves in to the wok, another 10 minutes. At last,put celery into the chicken soup, another 5 minute, the soup is ready.


  • 1. put the bean curd leaves in water after you bought them home ,to keep them soft;
  • 2.take the peppers of Sichuan out after you fry them in the oil, in case you bite them, which probably will cause stomachache to non-Chinese;
  • If you like, you still can add sausages,garlic or other proper things you like.  I put my favorite sausage and my husband’s favorite garlic and chili into the soup:-)
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