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December 6, 2017

 Controlling the heat of a coal stove wasn't so easy. People do it by adjusting the air flow. 

Chimney+Fan=higher heat

Certain dishes required very high heat.

For restaurant cooking , they even needed to use a small electric fan. Most families would only use a grass...

December 6, 2017

This was the earliest stove we used. We also used coal cake stove, alcohol stove and electricity stove before gas appeared in our life. It was replaced when I was about 4 or 5 years old.

I can't recall all the details about it, so I called my Mom up and got a lot of inf...

December 4, 2017

 We didn't have a kitchen nor gas in the first a few years.  

Sink was outdoor. Cooking was out door. Coal stove was what my Mom used to cook. We had a half open space as kitchen and that occupied the lane. 

Around 3-4pm, every family in the Lilong neighbo...

December 1, 2017

Comforters were all filled with cotton at that time. They were kinda heavy especially some nights we needed more than one layer.

Three layers of cotton comforters can make it hard for breathing. Yet in order to keep the cold air outside, the two sides of the comforters...

November 30, 2017

Those winter nights in Shanghai, bed was as cold as the room. And because of the moist in the air, comforters were always kinda damp and heavy.

After we stopped using hot water warmers for safety reason, going into bed became a very challenging thing.

I remember it usual...

November 28, 2017

Tang Po Zi (汤婆子) is a brass warmer.  The name literally means hot water grandma.  

 (photo from internet)

When my Mom married my Dad, they both were poor and didn't own much. She moved in with only a few things, and Tangpozi was one of them.

We always poured boiling...

November 15, 2017

My parents are both the oldest among their siblings. But they got married very late so I am the youngest among all the cousins.

China started one child policy since 1980 and it was more strict in cities than in rural areas. Among all my peers, I don't know anyone who ha...

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