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Hello to a blog dedicated to the 5 spices of food and life: sweet, salty, spicy, sour and bitter.
Born in a little town on the east coast of China, Min grew up enjoying the sweet and savory flavors of Zhejiang and Shanghai. At age of 9, she found her passion for cooking while making fried rice with wild vegetables. When she studied at Wuhan University, China, she enjoyed the bold and spicy dishes of the central region and started collecting cookbooks as a hobby. After college she moved to the south of China for her first job, where she was immersed in the light and fresh taste of Guangdong (Canton) cuisine. While she worked in the immigrant city of China, Shenzhen, she was able to experience the hearty and rustic flavors of northern China as well.
In 2000, Min ventured to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue her American dream. She obtained her MBA from Boston University and works as a finance manager in a local hospital. In her free time, she enjoys recreating the flavors she collected from China for family and friends. Since 2014, Min started crafting latte art at home with some basic tools: Italian Moka Pot, hand-held electronic milk frother and Stainless Steel milk frother. She started roasting coffee beans with Behmor 1600 plus coffee roaster in 2016 and created her own espresso mix of six different types of beans.
In June 2017, Min became one of the top 5 semifinalists of the Best Home Cook of America Contest organized by Home and Family Show of Hallmark Channel and was invited to participate in the cooking demonstration of Chinese dumplings on TV.
With the launch of “5 Spice Café”, Min hopes to share her flavors, experiences, and recipes with you!