Hey Red Chef:
Welcome welcome! Ni hao, ma? The few yrs I lived in China were so incredible re: cooking. I came to the country as a home chef; one who took cooking seriously and thought I had grasped many of the basic ideas about cooking and eating. Hah! Anyone who has lived in China will agree that none of the 'Chinese cooking' in restaurants here in the U.S. has NO relation to the amazing cooking in China. N*0*N*E.
So when I lived in China I did something I'd never done: I stopped cooking! The food to be enjoyed when dining out, in a noodle shop or seafood joint, is so incredible that to cook seemed like a fool's game. Ahhhhh, lunch would take two hours. Many dishes, all shared, all so fresh.
Welcome to DC and send us recipes w/ fish in brown sauce. Teach us the joy of dumplings!
We all look forward to hearing from you.