Taotie is the fifth son of the dragon. There are many stories behind this mysterious creature; some imagine it as a fierce and gluttonous monster that devours humans while others believe this dragon simply likes to eat and drink, as described in ancient Chinese poet Yang Shen's book Sheng'an Ji (升庵集).
I prefer the later story. Growing up, I always have the image of Taotie bumping up and down in the kitchen, crafting savory dishes, just like the logo on the right! Its motif was usually inscribed on ancient bronze food vessels specifically to remind people to avoid overindulgence, but I don't see the problem of being a little bit carried away by exquisite and delicious food :P Everyone can be like Taotie, become an epicure, a gourmand or a gastronome, and enjoy the voluptuousness of tastes!
My name is Yang and I live in London. I started cooking because I missed the food from home when I first came to the UK at the age of 15. Later on, cooking became a hobby and I found myself really good at it when people started constantly asking me for my recipes. In the kitchen, I like to play around a bit, experimenting with all kinds of ingredients and creating fusions between the east and the west. Outside the kitchen, I was trained as a neuroscientist, but later switched to a career in health policy.
I believe in the Danish heartwarming concept of 'hygge' which means creating a cosy atmosphere and enjoying good things in life with good people around you. To me, cooking is 'hygge' that brings me joy and brings people together. I hope I can share this joy with you through my recipes!
This blog primarily served as a memory, as I like being very creative in the kitchen but always failed to record what I've done. The editorial scope of this blog is simple. By contextualising each post with simple ingredient explanations, fun facts and tips, I hope to inspire you to create your own unique dishes.
NOUN a motif commonly found on Chinese ritual bronze vessels.
ORIGIN Shang and Zhou dynasties