A Chinese cheese tasting

Posted by Fuchsia on May 22, 2011
Chinese food culture, Unusual delicacies

My piece about inviting some chefs in Shaoxing (known for its stinky beancurd and other smelly fermented foods) to taste a selection of fairly whiffy Neal’s Yard cheeses appears in this weekend’s Financial Times magazine. It was fascinating to be able to witness some very accomplished Chinese chefs tasting cheese for the first time in their lives, and gave me a new perspective on one of my favourite types of food.


5 Comments to A Chinese cheese tasting

John Sandin
23 May 2011

I never thought of Brie de Meaux as as strong-smelling cheese. Morbier is about the rankest cheese that I can comfortably eat. I never had the slightest problem with Brie. Maybe I’ve never had a ripe one.

23 May 2011

John, this was a magnificent, ripe and outrageous Brie, about as far away from those pale, timid Bries they put in sandwiches as… well, as cheese and chalk…

24 May 2011

I am a long-time fan of your cookbooks, and love, love, love your description of “food tasters” being introduced to new flavours. I was told by a Chinese friend that 100 year egg was “just like blue cheese” (and I love blue cheese) but I could not see the similarity. Now I understand why the brie was left alone at he breakfast buffet in Shanghai!

26 May 2011

My cheese-in-China article was syndicated by Slate.com –


where it inspired some discussion!

8 November 2011

Love to read your book and blog. I’m running small western bakery and deli in Dali, Yunnan. We offer quite a big variety on cheeses, having very adventures Chinese customers, I was very surprised to learn they like the blue cheese most. Now I know why. Will come to your blog more often, very interesting.

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