Browsing Archive: February, 2011

Chinese restaurants in Israel

Posted by John Jung on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, In : Chinese restaurants 
Does the Jewish love of Chinese food in America extend to say, Israel?
 
Apparently not, according to this writer, Elizabeth Greenberg, for website China Insight. She also quotes a Chinese  in Cheuk Kwan's documentary on Chinese restaurants around the world who went to Israel from Vietnam but without any knowledge of how to cook Chinese food and had to learn from Israeli friends,  "I told them I didn't know how to cook," Wong said. "They said they will teach me. I asked them, 'You're teaching m...

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A Tribute to Kwok Kwong Mui (1934-2011)

Posted by John Jung on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, In : Restaurateurs 
(Excerpted from Jan. 29, 2011 article by Andrew Meacham,  Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times

"Kwok Kwong Mui, who co-founded the restaurant with two cousins in 1965, always regarded the business as a means, not an end.

He wanted his children to do better.To make those things possible, Mr. Mui manned a wok as head chef - 12 hours a day, six days a week.

"He would be all hot and sweaty from kitchen work," said Linda Mui Wright, a daughter. "He would say, 'You all don't want to be like this. Make s...


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Life at a Chinese take-out order counter

Posted by John Jung on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, In : Chinese restaurants 
The long day of hard work in a Charleston, West Virginia Chinese take-out business. Owner Carina Kwok  knows the names of many repeat customers when they walk through the door of Main Kwong Restaurant or when they order over the phone. Caller ID helps, of course, but she also  remembers their favorites and customary substitutions... 
   

She typically arrives at Main Kwong at about 9 a.m., and organizes deliveries, supervises food preparation and early deliveries.... The chaotic pace starts alm...


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John Jung After retiring from a 40-year career as a psychology professor, I published 4 books about Chinese immigrants that detail the history of their laundries, grocery stores, and family restaurants in the U. S. and Canada.
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