Chinese diagram: cooking chicken with beer


21 Responses to “Chinese diagram: cooking chicken with beer”

  1. DEStrath says:

    The Xiangru may also be Xiang Ru, otherwise known as Rubia tinctorum radix or Madder root, which may be added to impart a red colour

  2. Registrado says:

    You’ve gotta tell them! Xiangru is people! We’ve gotta stop them somehow!

  3. brightblue says:

    This took a while for me to figure out. I find it visually attractive but unnatural to read after years of recipes and lab procedures.

  4. Bob says:

    Velocity Girl, check out Cooking for Engineers.

  5. hansk says:

    That hand drawn mind map is beautiful. I found this article on creating mind map recipes:

    Not as pretty as the hand drawn map though.

  6. johnrynne says:

    To Bo Bo Boing,

    The “English fellow” is Tony Buzan. See his site for a gallery of mindmaps.

  7. Bo Bo Boing says:

    this “Chinese Diagram” is a Mind Map. The only thing Asian about it is the language. Almost all the questions about it can be explained by learning about the process of Mind Mapping, invented by an English fellow.

  8. mayagrafix says:

    could be soy sauce maybe?

    >>> EllisGL , February 14, 2008 3:34 PM

    >>>What kind of sauce????

  9. EllisGL says:

    What kind of sauce????

  10. stinglessbee says:

    but how does it taste!?

  11. Rick. says:

    It tastes like chicken.

  12. Takuan says:

    some Cooking for Engineers site – first recipe I look at (shrimp scampi) it doesn’t specify temperature in F, C or K, the pan diameter isn’t specified, acceptable dimensions/weights for shrimp not given, and no lonely singles website advertising.

  13. Ethan says:

    It could be a variation of red-cooked chicken, in which case the sauce might be dark soy (tastes like regular soy sauce mixed with molasseses).

  14. yt says:


    It looks like a mind map.

  15. DeWynken says:

    How cool, we just had chicken cooked in with honey wine tonight. Pretty easy..put frozen chicken breasts in pan, dump in honey wine, and cook. No diagram needed.

  16. Milarepa says:

    Is this method of writing down recepies common in parts of asia? Might be interesting for cognitive science. If you have any interesting on this subject please tell me about it!

  17. arbitraryaardvark says:

    >>>What kind of sauce????
    A. Cock sauce (sriracha.)
    B. Duck Sauce! Wabbit sauce! Duck Sauce!
    C. Stop asking for sauce; this isn’t 7chan.

  18. Kyle Armbruster says:

    I love the way cooking for engineers organizes recipes. I have a lot of them in my kitchen. They are so easy to read.

  19. Tian says:

    The ingredient written as “Xianggu” in the diagram is Lentinus edodes, aka. Shiitake mushroom.

  20. velocity girl says:

    That’s awesome.

    I think I would be naturally inclined to write and follow recipes that way if I hadn’t been socialized into following the conventional form.

    And I bet I would’ve found math a whole lot easier in school if it had been taught visually in a similar manner…(sigh).

  21. gimpols1908 says:

    The recipe is so right brained.
    Perhaps if i was better at cooking it would make more sense, is there a color coding i am missing?
    As far as i can figure I have raw onions, garlic and a chicken fried in beer and (fish?) sauce.

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