Asian Roll Cake

If you go to an Asian bakery, typically one of the things you will find are roll cakes. The basic cake has vanilla cream inside, but they come in a variety of flavors. The cake part is light and fluffy, and the cream isn’t that sweet, making a light dessert. Continue reading

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Asian Bakeries

Growing up, going to Asian bakeries and grocery stores has always been a big part of life. There is an Asian area near where I live, maybe 20 minutes away, and though we don’t go there often, it’s nice to go and stock up on some goodies. I love eating Asian pastries, and it’s always a treat when my mom makes dumplings for dinner.

I never realized that it wasn’t normal to go an Asian bakery until about a year ago. Continue reading

Let’s Use Chopsticks

Coming from an Asian family, using chopsticks has never seemed foreign to me. I remember when I was little using training chopsticks, or when all else failed just taking one and stabbing all my food. Over the years I’ve gotten better at it, and can now use chopsticks with ease. When I go out to Asian restaurants with my friends, if they’re not Asian, they either don’t know how to use chopsticks or are looking to impress me and my other friends with their ability.  Continue reading

Received With Two Hands

There aren’t a lot of Asian people in this part of New Hampshire. Actually, the only time I’ve seen Asian people is when I go to Chinese restaurants. Of course, these are all Americanized, but I still enjoy eating some familiar food once in a while. I don’t normally eat take-out at home, so this is a treat. Most of my Asian food is cooked by my mother or bought in Chinatown.

When I did a school project on an Asian county, I learned about the correct way to give and receive business cards. Continue reading

No, No, No, Yes

Last year in one of my classes, we had to do a research project on a country. I actually ended up doing the country of my heritage, which was nice because a) I already knew it a lot, and b) it gave me the opportunity to learn even more. The goal of the project was to research customs and culture, so if you were a company sending people overseas to do business you’d know what to expect and more importantly, how not to offend.

One thing that I found in my research was the idea of gift giving. I think this is true in most Asian countries, and I’ve known this myself. I just never realized it was an Asian thing until I experienced it first hand. In the Asian culture, when someone offers you a gift, you decline. Continue reading