People in Beijing Are Lining Up for Hours to Try 'Cheese Tea'

“It’s basically tea… with cheese on top. Cheese is nice. Tea is nice.”
Jamie Fullerton
Chinese food

Why the Chinese Are Better at Eating Their Greens

Chinese children aren’t coddled to eat, and many still have living grandparents who survived bitter times of famine.
Lillian Chou

Beijing's Most Interesting Cocktail Destination Is in an Apartment Complex

Tony's Workshop is tucked away on the eleventh floor of a residential building—but you wouldn't guess it when you taste the drinks.
Jennifer Conrad

Running a Uyghur Restaurant in Beijing Is No Easy Feat

Discrimination is common against Uyghurs who, associated with the devastating poverty of Xinjiang, are largely thought by the Chinese Han ethnic majority to be petty thieves.
Justin Heifetz​​

This Beijing Bar’s Sword Fights Are More Enjoyable Than Its Steaks

Most people don't come to Knights and Merchants for the roast beef, or even its 18-percent alcohol mead. They come to dress up in medieval suits of armor and beat the living crap out of each other.
Jamie Fullerton

China Is Outraged Because Drunk Men Destroyed This Woman's Steamed Bun Stand

One particularly vulgar display of drunk behaviour came last week in Beijing, where to two men proceeded to trash a woman’s steamed bun stand in broad daylight while she looked on—helpless and trying to clean up the mess.
Nick Rose

Beijing’s Punk Rock Noodle Restaurant Has a Tangled, Bittersweet Love Story

Opened as a tribute to a departed lynchpin of the Beijing punk scene, the noodle joint is at the center of a bitter ownership tussle that undermines the good intentions behind it.
Jamie Fullerton
Hong Kong

A Clash Between Hong Kong Police and Fishball Vendors Ended in Bloodshed

When local police forces attempted to crack down on Hong Kong's Lunar New Year street food vendors, a "fishball revolution" ensued.
Hilary Pollack

This Beijing Restaurant Delivers Noodles Via Fighter Jet

In the endless sea of China's gimmicky restaurants, the latest stands out for its militaristic patriotism: Diaoyu Islands Malatang Noodle Shop is themed around a chain of islands fiercely claimed by both China and Japan.
Jamie Fullerton

A Woman Chugged an Entire Bottle of Cognac Rather than Give It to Airport Security

This Chinese woman was stopped in Beijing for having a bottle of Cognac in her carry-on. What else could she do but pound the entire bottle on the spot? But then, of course, she wasn't feeling so good.
Alex Swerdloff

Why Is It So Hard to Find Good Chinese Food in Shanghai?

Chinese food in Shanghai simply isn't all that good. I'm not talking about Shanghainese cuisine, with its fatty pork and sweet, thick sauces. I'm talking about food from the diverse regions all over China, which Shanghai just can't seem to get right.
Carolyn Surh

China Is Paying Top Dollar for American Ginseng That Might Be Chinese

American-grown ginseng is prized in China, routinely fetching as much as $9,000 per pound. But much of the "American" root might actually be fraudulently labeled Chinese ginseng.
Lauren Rothman