January 18th, 2011
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All eyes are on Washington as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives a day before a high-profile meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss trade, currency and a host of other issues, including North Korea. Our eyes, more specifically, are on our plates.

This week, we'll be speaking with chefs and experts on Chinese food, exploring a Philadelphia suburb that boasts the "best" spring rolls in the United States and delving into how cook some of this at home.

In the meantime, reacquaint yourself with this November interview with Chef Eddie Huang of New York City's Baohaus restaurant and the now-shuttered Xiao Ye. In it, Huang and his muse/mentor/mother discuss what it means to cook "authentic" Chinese and Taiwanese food, his role as a cultural ambassador, and the particular challenges Asian-American kids face growing up in the United States - even when it's coming from their own mothers.

Read more on President Hu Jintao's visit

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  1. Flower girl

    I think chef Liu zhong Yi from Hunan restaurant should prepare the dinner for the president of china! He's one of the hidden world class Chinese cuisine chef that hides in Fresno. He cooked for many other more important ppl than presidents before..

    January 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  2. robert

    Authentic may be the foodie buzz word – but when people find out about what is authentic to a culture – they complain they are being poisoned – america is full of "authentic" watered-down mainstreamed food choices – just serve food that is good to the people you want in and then – they will some...stop being pretentious

    January 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  3. Rob

    "President" is definitely not the office that Jintao holds, CNN....

    January 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Ron

    Would you invite a bona fide Neapolitan to eat your home-cooked spaghetti sauce, or would you prefer to give him a taste of your best Fried Chicken and potato salad. We just don't get it do we?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  5. morris wise

    Foreign companies are furious at the policy of requiring partnership before being allowed to manufacture their goods in China. A high tech company that refuses to share their secrets in a partnership agreement is refused the license to do business. This unfair practice must be ended before China can become the mecca of investment opportunities.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Bobby G.

      And if you don't partner-up, they'll find a way of 'discovering' your secrets anyway...

      January 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  6. barry

    I bet the guy just wants to go to pizza hut instead.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  7. Bobby G.

    President Hu Jintao would probably prefer to experience some genuine US dishes from varied regions of the country. Give the guy some credit – geez...

    January 18, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  8. Evil Grin

    I often wonder about something. When an important visiting dignitary comes, generally all the stops are pulled out to ensure they get the finest taste of home. But does anyone else wonder if the visiting dignitary is ever disappointed to have to eat the same food they get all the time? Do you think they might want to come here and try a burger or something?

    Personally, I'd be pretty disappointed if I went to China and they served me their best American meatloaf. I'd want to taste their food, not mine.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • NaoOkami

      There is nothing wrong with eating Chinese food. Some people go their whole life eating nothing but the food of their culture. China is more than just a fortune cookie in the bottom of one of those cheap take away boxes. Chinese cuisene is one of my favorites and I love to cook it. I'm sure if the President of China wanted a Burger he could stop by a Mcdonalds in Beijing and get one.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Perhaps, NaoOkami, but for most people, going to another country is exciting because of the newness of the experience. You get to live differently, and the food is part of that. I think there are few people who would go to Paris and only eat at McD's the whole time. I don't see why that would be different just because they are coming from China to the US.

        And saying he could just go to McDonald's for American food is exactly the same as us going to a local Chinese fast food joint for Chinese. It's not the same, for one thing, and the food is crummy. Who's to say he doesn't want to come here and have an amazing fine dining experience of non-Chinese food?

        January 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
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