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Hello! We’re glad that you visited our blog.
We’re the mother-daughter team behind “5 Spice Café,” 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, Min and her friends decided to make their first scrambled eggs with some wild vegetables that they picked in the wilderness of their hometown. They thought the nutrition in the dish would help their favorite teacher recover from his sickness. The scrambled eggs never reached the teacher, but instead ended up in their little bellies – the eggs were so delicious that they couldn’t stop eating. Min found her passion for cooking right then!
By the time Min reached high school, making her own non-traditional breakfast— such as fried rice —became part of her daily routine. While studying at Wuhan University, Min didn’t have access to a kitchen for cooking, but 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 there she was able to experience the hearty and rustic flavors of northern China as well, thanks to the immigrant city of Shenzhen.
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. And this is where Ivy comes in. It is hard not to become a foodie in a family where Min shares her delicious food every day. Waking up to the smell of spices and bold flavors each morning, Ivy was drawn to the kitchen from a young age and has become the official sous-chef in the kitchen. Together, Min and Ivy make a great team. Min cooks and creates the recipes, and Ivy helps out in the kitchen and manages the writing for the blog as well as social media. As a busy high schooler, Ivy enjoys spending her free time helping her mom out in the kitchen or thinking of possible endeavors to help change the world.
With the launch of “5 Spice Café”, we hope to share our flavors, experiences, and recipes with you!
Min and Ivy