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They do ?? Where's that ??

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Well you should tell your Swiss landlady, that so do the Swiss in some regions of Switzerland
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Old 01.10.2008, 10:27
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According to the November 21, 1996, edition of the Swiss newspaper Rheintaler Bote, the rural Swiss cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen are known to have had a tradition of eating dogs, curing dog meat into jerky and sausages, as well as using the lard for medicinal purposes.

Dog sausage and smoked dog jerky remains a staple in the Swiss cantons of St. Gallen and Appenzell, where one farmer was quoted in a regional weekly newspaper as saying that “meat from dogs is the healthiest of all. It has shorter fibers than cow meat, has no hormones like veal, no antibiotics like pork.”

The production of food from dog meat, however, is illegal in Switzerland.
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Re: Any other Chinese out there?

Me. Just moved to Basel in this Sep. with my husband.
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Old 06.10.2008, 15:23
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Re: Any other Chinese out there?

Hello!! am of Chinese descent but command of mandarin and the dialects are dismal

Currently based in Zurich - anyone with good recommendations on where a good chinese supermarket is? would like to buy my own stuff to cook at home. i've tried some chinese restaurants here and they arent very good - unless I'm missing something?
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Old 06.10.2008, 15:32
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Hello!! am of Chinese descent but command of mandarin and the dialects are dismal

Currently based in Zurich - anyone with good recommendations on where a good chinese supermarket is? would like to buy my own stuff to cook at home. i've tried some chinese restaurants here and they arent very good - unless I'm missing something?
quite a few around:
Lian Hua - near Berninaplatz
Asia Way - Sternen Oerlikon
One behind Bahnhof Oerlikon (can't remember the name)

Depends on what you are looking for really. For stuff like soya sauce you can always get it in Coop. Some Korean and Japanese supermarkets also carry stuff from China.

You might find the Chinese restaurants here quite "un-authentic" in general... (mostly generic stuff) esp if you are from mainland China.
The only one I would recommend is "Beyond" behind Hauptbahnhof which does decent Sichuan dishes.
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Old 06.10.2008, 15:44
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Re: Any other Chinese out there?

Hi Qiong,

I have been living in Basel for about 8 years now, originally I relocated from London, my family are from Singapore!

To be honest I have no idea if there is even a Chinese community here in Basel, as I have never looked for it!

However, in regards to the chinese supermarkets here, there are 3 that I know of located in different areas of Basel. The main one I go to is located at the main train station of Basel and is called Ah-Chau. They have a good selection of fresh chinese vegetables, however it doesnt come cheap. Seafood only comes frozen and is much cheaper then in the local supermarkets here. They chinese supermarkets also specialise in alot of Thai ingredients, as there is a bigger Thai community here then Chinese!

If there is something specific you want to know about what they have in the shopes please PM me for more info, as I was shopping there on the weekend!

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...and is called Ah-Chau.
Gesundheit!


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quite a few around:
Lian Hua - near Berninaplatz
Asia Way - Sternen Oerlikon
One behind Bahnhof Oerlikon (can't remember the name)

Depends on what you are looking for really. For stuff like soya sauce you can always get it in Coop. Some Korean and Japanese supermarkets also carry stuff from China.

You might find the Chinese restaurants here quite "un-authentic" in general... (mostly generic stuff) esp if you are from mainland China.
The only one I would recommend is "Beyond" behind Hauptbahnhof which does decent Sichuan dishes.
Real good start! cheers!

elelow, my parents are from Singapore too but i've lived and worked in england for quite some time (hence my pathetic mandarin!). The food in Singapore is divine though!!!! yum yum
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Re: Any other Chinese out there?

The trouble with Chinese is the wide mix of ethnicity under this group - Viets, Thais, HKs, Malaysians, Singaporeans and so forth. What's worse is that the flavours and style of cooking varies as well.

It really depends on what you're cooking or what you want to get. If you're looking for South East Asian foods, they'll be a little bit tad difficult to find, eg screwpine leaves, belachan (shrimp paste - the Thai one is too salty) and so forth. Otherwise, I think Thai and Viet is easy to find in Switzerland.

I remember that there is one right at the Zurich Main Station - that's where I got my screwpine leaves and stinkbeans (petai) and they were cheaper than the Asian store in Neuchatel.

Summerrain, if you think SG food is divine, wait till you get to Penang. :P
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oooh meiteoh, penang laksa and ipoh hor fun rocks!!! My grandmother is peranakan and i love / miss her cooking so much!!

I guess there's always a rivalry between malaysian and singapore when it comes to food eh! Both are fiercely proud of their food!
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oooh meiteoh, penang laksa and ipoh hor fun rocks!!! My grandmother is peranakan and i love / miss her cooking so much!!

I guess there's always a rivalry between malaysian and singapore when it comes to food eh! Both are fiercely proud of their food!
hi again, didn't know you were chinese, me also (malaysian)
try these threads :ethnic-grocery-stores
chinese-restaurants-zurich

IMHO not very good msian food here but the asia shops are not bad.
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Old 06.10.2008, 17:52
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Re: Any other Chinese out there?

Welcome to Switzerland, home of the worst and most expensive Chinese restaurants in Europe.

There is a joke "you know you have been in Switzerland too long when you think Chinese food SHOULD be more expensive..."
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Welcome to Switzerland, home of the worst and most expensive Chinese restaurants in Europe.

There is a joke "you know you have been in Switzerland too long when you think Chinese food SHOULD be more expensive..."
chinese never joke about food or money....
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Welcome to Switzerland, home of the worst and most expensive Chinese restaurants in Europe.

There is a joke "you know you have been in Switzerland too long when you think Chinese food SHOULD be more expensive..."
Bingo!!

Chinese Malaysian here!
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Re: Any other Chinese out there?

Well for me I love all Asian/chinese food... I wouldnt say that the Singapore cuisine is better then Malaysian... however I would say that eating in Singapore is food paradise and is better then Malaysia as you have such a diverse range of cuisines to chose from. Singapore is really a eating island, Singaporeans love, live and breath food ;-)

Have to say at the moment and very much into japanese food, and have just found Japanese breadcrumbs (Panko) and frozen edaname beans, however I am still after gyoza skins. has anyone seen this in their supermarket? I made this once by hand and thats the last time I do that... ;-)

Oh and Meiteoh, just looked up what screwpine leaves are... Pandan!!! Love pandan cake, made this once but used the essence!

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Yeap, I agree. Singaporeans love, live and breathe food, which is why i found it rather hard to adjust my palette when I first moved to the UK - beans on toast, chips and curry isnt really my idea of a good meal (I do enjoy a good fry-up though!). Which is why i treasure my trips back to singapore - no holds barred stuffing my face when i am there!

i found a really good and authentic jap restuarant in Bern (i lived there for 3 months) but havent really explored Zurich. Feel free to share if you found any!
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Think I grew up with a very diverse palette! I was born and bought up in the UK, so I love English food as well, compared to my mum and aunties who really dont like English food at all! But every time I visit Singapore I absolutely love the food there... Hainanese chicken rice, white carrot cake, Lor mee, Bah Kut Teh, Black pepper crab.... food paradise!
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Hi everyone!

Ping here. Malaysian-Chinese and have been here for 6 weeks. Located in Lausanne Looking forward to knowing you all! Cheers.
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Does anyone know of a recipie for a stir-fry noodle dish that can be made in about 15 minutes? Rice noodles, Chow Mein, Crispy noodles.... Singaporean, Cantonese.... whatever.... I think I like them all. Would someone kindly post a recipe, please? TIA
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Old 07.10.2008, 00:25
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Summerrain, if you think SG food is divine, wait till you get to Penang. :P
i am inclined to agree with this statement. lorong swatow, nuff said...
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