I absolutely love red bean (also known as “Azuki bean”) paste. I like it in ice cream, I like in fried dumplings, I like it in boiled dumplings, and I love it in mooncakes. This recipe, taken from Becky Blog, a Chinese food and recipe journal, walks you through the recipe for making red bean paste soup with glutinous rice flour pearls.
Unlike most Chinese poetry, which requires about 7 billion years of specialized study to understand (and which I won’t even attempt without a translation handy), this poem, originally found in the online version of Youth Digest magazine, is fairly short, only mildly abstract, and extremely melancholy.
Like most children’s fables, this story features a simple sentence structure, but an upper-intermediate word list, perfect for picking up a lot of vocabulary and a couple of tame colloquialisms.
This one-page lower-intermediate essay covers the biography of BingXin, a famous authoress from the early 1900′s. The essay writer also chronicles an interview he did with BingXin, and records some parts of their discussion.
Gotta love dream dictionaries – this online Chinese dream interpretation site categorizes dream meanings based on symbolism. This page addresses what it means when someone dreams about a temple (寺庙 – sì miào).