The Art of a Bargaining

by Elizabeth Kain - Dim Sum Diary
( March 26th, 2012 )

People often tell me that they hate to bargain – and I understand.  I used to feel the same way, but after many years living in countries that require it to survive, I have changed my opinion.   I now …

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What about those little red envelopes?

by Elizabeth Kain - Dim Sum Diary
( January 29th, 2012 )

On New Year’s Eve, when Chinese families gather for a festive dinner, married people begin the distribution of small red envelopes filled with money (called  lai see in Hong Kong and hong bao in Singapore) to children and single …

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Wishing you lots of Foo in the New Year!

by Elizabeth Kain - Dim Sum Diary
( January 27th, 2012 )

This time of year, the most popular Chinese character around town is “fu”,  pronounced, “foo.” A friend once explained that “fu” means “good fortune” or “blessings” ...

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