Tenwest Mandarin School

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  • RegisteredFebruary 7, 2012
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Clothes to give to a charity

Ela has contacted me and she hasn't started this recycling business yet, but will stay in touch.

Yankee00, I'm curious...why don't you trust charities? and where are these charities in Kunming?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Clothes to give to a charity

I have many lovely women's shoes and clothes to give away - good, lightly worn pieces and it seems such a shame to just throw them out. I have other friends, both men and women who would also like information about a charity or other organization that accepts used clothing and shoes, please let me know... by email: englishtutour at gmail dot com.

Forums > Food & Drink > Help with American recipe

—- And so does Canada produce the finest of apples in the world, especially the Macintosh variety, since the fall climate is perfect for apple growing!

Cider vinegar definitely is not thick and is a sour, liquid vinegar made from apples, I don't know about the Chinese product equivalent but you may find it in the Carrefour international shelves, Paul's, or Metro.

Alternately if you search google for a substitute or recipe for cider vinegar, that might help. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

Forums > Food & Drink > Chinese cooking classes

Canadian living in Kunming...I have just finished writing a Chinese cookbook, working on a Yunnan cookbook now. Would love to teach those who want to know about the local market produce and how to cook Chinese and Yunnan dishes. Classes would be in English.


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Stevenismynickname and Kirkpatrick, thanks for the comments.

yankee00, thanks for the good question. Do not soak or cook the beans with salt. Salt tends to harden beans during the water absorption process.

I actually didn't add any salt to this recipe and didn't need to. The soy sauce give the dish enough saltiness to compensate. And I rarely cook with salt, even when boiling pasta, like I used to in the days back in Canada. I try to use enough flavourings like green onion, garlic, ginger and sesame oil to make dishes tasty enough 'cause salt's not good for us anyways!

I've made this dish using the red beans several times and always soaked and then cooked them until they were soft so if you added salt that would likely be the prob.

I never would have thought to add baking soda, danTheMan. Good idea. Thanks for that! I'll try it and let you know.



Yes, it's a hassle for me to go a long way, but the hassle is worth it. The range of foreign products far surpasses any other supermarket/big box store/or whatever you want to call them. And in comparision to the first time I shopped there 2 years ago, I feel the whole store has improved.

If you compare the variety and the store brand products to the drivvel at the other big supermarkets, there is absolutely no comparison.

My list of real foreign quality products is endless and includes:
- beautiful fresh salmon
- tacos
- lovely baked goods
- fine quality white sugar
- flour - all purpose and for bread
- spices
- a huge variety of spices
- olives
- all the pasta making seasonings and sauces you could want
- frozen puff pastry
- a fantastic selection of dairy products inc. Cream Cheese, Mozzarella, Cottage Cheese, Cheddars, Brie and Camembert, whipping cream - all priced fairly and not overpriced.
- popping corn without the bugs
- the Horeca brand of everything is superb, including olive oil, dish soap, at competitive prices
- etc, etc, etc

Face it, we are in no man's land here in KM so a little bit of inconvenience for all these great products is a god-send.


Good tour company, lovely rates. I''m going to give it a try.
Regards, Roz