From Jian, Helen, and Xin
Home of the "Real
& Healthy Chinese Cooking"
Welcome to our humble little corner of the web. This site was
originally started by Nicholas Zhou way back in 2003, but recently in
2011 our family took ownership of the site to pursue our passion of
cooking Chinese food. We want to share our love of Chinese food
with the world via this website and our newsletter. Feel free to
sign up to our newsletter on the right to receive free original Chinese
little about us:
Jian Lu - Jian
is the Director of Recipe production and the father in our nuclear
family. He is a born food lover and he loves to cook. He graduated
from Nanjing Agricultural University majoring in the Agricultural
Economics, and earned a MBA degree from the University of Hawaii at
Manoa. He has taught university students in Yangzhou University for ten
years before he moved to United States in 1992. He created many Chinese
dishes for his family and friends. Jian currently is working as
Accounting Manager for a nonprofit organization in San Francisco.
Helen Wang - Helen
is the loving mother and the Chief Editor of the site. She
graduated from English Literature Major of Nanjing University and has a
MBA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She taught English in
University for seven years before she moved to United
States in 1991. Recently she translated a portion of the Nobel Literature Prize Winner Pearl S. Buck's novel A House Divided to Chinese and it was published by Chinese People's Literature Publishing House in January, 2010.
Xin Lu - Xin is the only child of Jian and Helen.
She is the managing director and Chief Technical Officer of our
site. Xin has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science from U.C. Berkeley and loves to eat and write. She has
been spoiled by her parents' food and she wants to share it with the
world. She also writes at Wise Bread about saving money and is
one of the co-authors of the book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small
We are an ordinary family originally from Yangzhou, China. Currently
we live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a melting pot of
different people, cultures and food. In our lifetime, we have
experienced great famines and also enjoyed the most expensive dining
experiences in the world at restaurants with three Michelin stars. After
having tasted the food from all over the world, we still have an
insatiable appetite for Chinese food. Chinese food has a long history
and is unique in many different ways. It has its own rhythms, melodies,
and aesthetics. For thousands of years, it has been evolving in its own
ways and nourished generations of the largest population in the world.
Our passion about Chinese food is coded in our blood cells and genes.
We aim to keep the authenticity of the Chinese food we create, but we
are also interested in creating new Chinese food and bringing Chinese
cuisine to a new level. The following is our manifesto.
Do it yourself
There is an old Chinese saying” Food is as important as the sky for
ordinary people” (民以食为天 Ming Yi Shi Wei Tian). We, the ordinary people,
make our food in a do it yourself way. All our materials, ingredients,
cook tools and equipments are ordinary. We will cook gourmet meals
without gourmet kitchens. We promote self-reliance and self-
independent, which is not only a Chinese value, but a virtue valued
around the world.
Be thrifty and save money
Chinese food materials and ingredients are inexpensive. You can feed a
huge family on just a few dollars. If we all cooked Chinese food more
often we can beef up our bank accounts.
Enjoy family and friends
We promote family values and friendships. Our food will act as the
cement which binds family members and friends together, create a
fountain to spread fun, enjoyment and happiness, and drive away pains,
sorrows and loneliness.
Promote Healthy Food
Contrary to popular belief, real Chinese food is healthy. Ordinary
Chinese food already provides a balanced diet. However, there is an
unlimited field where particular foods are believed to be good to treat
different diseases. Scientific or superstitious, there is an unexplored
frontier for our adventures.
“One thousand mile journey starts from the first step”. Let’s start
our Chinese DIY journey together, with the fun and with the joy, to
create the greatest feast which will be enjoyed by our friends and
are still currently selling the cookbook Real and Healthy Chinese
Cooking, and eventually we will add to the book and expand it. We
will also create more cookbooks of our own! Meanwhile, the
existing content on this site will not change very much because all the
content are quite good. Enjoy!
"Real and Healthy Chinese Cooking"
& Healthy Chinese Cooking"