Stuff written by Ming

Green Gourmet: a review

Food Buffet “warmer” food was barely warm, had been sitting in the warmer for hours. Anything laying claim to being crispy was lying. A lot of gluggy sauce. If this is food, I must be in hell. Can I do … Continue reading
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Soban Korean Restaurant: a review

Taking into consideration that Soban (and Towon, its Chinese next-door-neighbour-sharing-a-kitchen-counterpart) has better reviews than NoGoSan Korean restaurant, we thought we’d give this place a go. This wasn’t the best idea we’ve ever had. Food We ordered the Grilled Pork ribs, … Continue reading
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Debunking the lemonade scone myth

It’s been a long time coming. I haven’t made a post in a very long time. Well, maybe that’ll change back to how it used to be! For my fiancée (now wife!) I wanted to bake scones. She loves scones, … Continue reading
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National Week in China

I headed to China once more to visit my beautiful girl during National Week, when the masses get seven days of holiday. We were in Beijing (北京) and Tianjin (天津.) In Beijing, Yuanmingyuan (圆明园) was quite pretty. We didn’t really … Continue reading
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“Good” Food and Wine Show 2014 Perth: a complaint

This is a letter I have sent to the Good Food and Wine Show organisers. It’s truth-telling time. To Whom It May Concern: I would like to complain about the Chef’s Table we attended on Sunday the 13th of July … Continue reading
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New home for web apps

I’ve migrated the web apps to their own subdomain, so you can find them over at apps.mingteo.com—I hope people find them useful ^_^ Chinese flashcards This app is tailored to the Confucius Institute’s (孔子学院) classes, currently from Beginners up to … Continue reading
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Japan II: odd conversations

A list of odd conversations, or just things I found funny. I ring reception to ask for an extra pillow, and a few more coat hangers. The lady doesn’t understand what I mean by hanger, so I ask her to … Continue reading
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Japan I: midnight arrivals

We arrive in Tokyo at midnight, after a shower and brushing teeth (and setting up wifi hotspot, of course: the essentials,) I say goodnight to Van, and get into bed. I hear a few knocking around noises, normal stuff, and … Continue reading
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China XIV: I am back

Well, I … was really busy for a while there, and didn’t have time to update. I visited Xi’an and checked out the Terracotta Warriors, Luoyang to visit the Shaolin Temple and the White Horse Temple, then left China! I … Continue reading
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China XIII

Got around to resizing some photos. Sort of chronologically ordered, except all the food comes first. Some are iPhone photos, some are Canon IXUS 1100 photos, the rest were taken with my new Canon G15, which is an awesome enthusiast … Continue reading
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China XII

For the past week, Beijing has shown me the most pollution on record. The US Embassy measured 883 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre of air. According to the World Health Organization, more than 25 micrograms per cubic metre of … Continue reading
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China XI: Harbin winter tips

Umm because I can’t put pinyin tones in this blogging platform, I have put a heap of information on Harbin winter tips here: Harbin winter tips Good luck, have fun, try not to get frostbite!
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China X

As it turns out, I don’t really like Hangzhou cuisine. It’s a lot of “lake fish” this, “lake fish” that. While I like the Dongpo pork, it’s always too fatty and you only end up eating half of it, the … Continue reading
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China IX

My interactions with Chinese people are always odd, usually frustrating for everyone involved, and also require me to say “wǒ bù míngbai” repeatedly, meaning “I don’t understand” (I wish I could add tones to the pinyin or just the Chinese … Continue reading
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China VIII

I visited the famous West Lake in Hangzhou, which was about a 40 minute walk from the University. It was pretty, for a lake, I guess. Would’ve been nicer if there weren’t dead lotuses (lotii?) in the water, live ones … Continue reading
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