Fermented Rice, Goji Berry and China on Spice & Recipe

The tasty treasures of the Chinese cuisine and the mystery of fortune cookies.

Chinese food is the second most preferred food in the world, yet, many ingredients are still unknown or little known to the world. Fermented rice is more than a thousand-year-old ingredient of the cuisine, while goji berry is native of China and the main crop of Northern China’s economy.

Hong Qian moved to Omaha, Nebraska because of her marriage. A native of Shanghai, Hong was strolling downtown Shanghai where she met Steve Daubendiek, an American guy from Nebraska who was visiting the city of about 27 million people and wanted to explore some tea houses in town.

They married in 2014.

Hong did not know how to cook when she came over, but she picked up cooking to the point that her husband has now a name for her brand: Hong-Made Cooking. FYI, her line of food does not include fortune cookies. Hong was shocked by this American invention the first time she visited the United States 20 years ago.

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Serving size: 2 people


  • 2 tablespoons fermented rice
  • 1 cup rice balls
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Goji Berry (optional)

Pour water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Add rice balls and cook until balls float on the surface, it takes about 5 minutes. Add sugar. Add fermented rice and let it cook for 1 minute. Beat the egg in a bowl, pour it into the pot and stir. Let it cook for an additional minute. Add goji berry if used and ENJOY!

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May 16, 2021

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