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Qixi Festival (Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day)

Qixi Festival (Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day)

Global Granary would like to wish you all a Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day!  Jiayou

Yep, me too.  I find it rather ‘strange’ to be celebrating Valentine’s Day today.  Valentine’s Day is on 14th February every year.  🙂

Today, however, is the Qixi Festival, also known as Qiqiao Festival.  This festival is celebrated just like the St Valentine’s Day, where lovers go on dates, giving presents like chocolates and flowers.

The Qixi Festival originated from one of the poems from the Shijing collection of Odes and Songs dating back from 11th to 7th century BC.

The poem is a narrative of the saga of the romantic but forbidden relationship that develops between a human and a goddess.

Niulang was a poor cowherd boy, who lived with his brother and brother-in-law.  He was a male Cinderella, maltreated and abused to the point of being thrown out of the house.

Niulang then met an old man, who told him that there was a job going for a resourceful cowherd.  Niulang was so grateful to the old man, who was, in fact, a supernatural being.  He brought Niulang to the heavens to look after sick cows.

In no time, the bovines where thriving.  The old man was grateful to the young man.  He noticed thought that Niulang looks lonely.  As a reward for the hard-working man, he introduced her to a beautiful girl, who spends her day weaving.  She is a goddess incognito and her name is Zhi Nu.

It was love at first sight for both of them.

A marriage between a mortal and a deity is strictly prohibited.

But they did not care; they were in love and got married, had two kids and would have lived happily ever after if the goddess’ grandmother did not find out.

The grandmother, Wang Mu Niang Niang, thought her granddaughter was contentedly weaving infinite yarns 🙂 in a corner of the heavens; she did not know that she was playing wifey to some mortal.

She was incandescent with rage that with her hairpin she scratched a wide ribbon in the heavens separating Zhi Nu from her mortal family.

Zhin Nu and Niulang with their children cried so much that their tears flowed into the chasm between them creating a river.

It might be pity or it might be a wish for some peace and quiet from all the cryings that a great flock of magpies forms a bridge so the family can be reunited for a day.

So it was then decided that on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month each year, the magpie will help to reunite the family.  That is why today is also known as Magpie Day.






Chinese Roast Pork with Seasonal Vegetables Stir-Fry

Chinese Roast Pork with Vegetables, photo by JMorton

This recipe is in two parts.

First of is making the Chinese roast pork and it then sliced and cooked/stir fry with the seasonal vegetables (widely available vegetables in whatever season)  Substitute or add any or more vegetables in available in your fridge.

Chinese Roast Pork with Seasonal Vegetables Stir-fry


  • 2-3 Lbs. pork loin or belly1/4 cup.Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha (you can get it now in Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Oriental supermarket
  • 1/2 tbsp  Sesame Oil
  • 1/2  tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp.Red Food Colouring (Optional.)
  • 1 tsp. Chinese 5 Spice

Directions for the Chinese Roast Pork

  • Mix together all the ingredients except for the pork in a large shallow bowl, like a covered pyrex dish or a flat casserole.
  • When all the ingredients are incorporated, Stir in the pork, ensure that all sides are drenched with the marinade.
  • Put a lid on the the bowl, using its on cover or with a cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least for two to three hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.  Using a large roasting pan with a rack, fill the bottom of part of the roasting pan with water.  Ensure the water does not touch the top of the rack.
  • Carefully arrange the the pork into the rack (don’t let it touch the water, so as not to dilute the marinade that had been absorbed by the meat).
  • Put the roasting pan into the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 45 – 60 minutes. Remove from the oven after thirty minutes and brush with the marinade on both sides of the pork.  return to the oven and continue to cook.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing into half inches thickness.

Seasonal Vegetable Stir-fry



  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 cup green bell pepper,sliced
  • 1 cup baby corn, cut in half
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, sliced
  • 100 g mushroom, quartered
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • i cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • Shrimp juice (derived by crushing the head of the shrimp) or use shrimp bouillon
  • 1cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large wok, saute the garlic and onion until golden (do not burn to prevent any any bitter taste)
  2. Stir in the carrots, green and red bell peppers and baby corn.
  3. Add the broccoli.
  4. Stir in the sliced pork.
  5. Mix in the oyster sauce.
  6. Pour in the shrimp juice and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. The allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Dilute the cornstarch with the rest of the water then pour mixture in the wok. Mix well.
  8. Tip in the mung bean sprouts  and cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Check the seasoning by adding salt and pepper according to taste.
  10. Transfer into a serving bowl and eat hot with freshly boiled rice or some noodles.

Pork Dumplings Recipe

Dumpling, photo by PH Morton

Pork Dumplings Recipe

This is so delicious.  So scrumptious even with the simplest dip.  In fact the simpler the dip, the better as the herbs used in the dumplings enhance the flavour.

The recipe is to follow shortly

Yang Yang – Chinese Actor


Yang Yang – Chinese Actor

Yang Yang


  • DoB: 9 September 1991 (27)
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Career: Singer, Dancer & Actor
  • Currently on the top 5 most influential celebrity in China.

Films & Tv Dramas:


Yang Yang is a Chinese actor & singer.

His career went mega stratospheric; he was commemorated in an official stamp. 🙂  I can understand this as he has got a perfect profile 🙂 🙂 🙂

He was only asked to carry the Olympic torch in 2016.

Here he is singing.

Click here for the magic of Yang Yang.

Hu Yi Tian – Chinese Actor

Hu Yi Tian – Chinese Actor


  • DOB: 26 December 1993 (24) – born on the 100 years of Chairman Mao’s birthday anniversary.
  • Height: 1.88 m (6’2″)
  • Educational Background: majors in Landscape Architecture
  • Occupation/Career: Model, Singer, Actor
  • Civil Status: Single

Dramas & Films:

  • Love ’til The End of Summer (Rush to the Dead Summer) – Minor role – first drama
  • A Love So Beautiful – Lead Male Role as Jiang Chen
  • Handsome Siblings (in the making)
  • Go Go Squid (guest role; in the making)
  • Youth Should Be Early (Started filming)

Hu Yi Tian is a young Chinese actor.  He recently starred in an unbelievably sweet drama as a young proud genius who fell in love with a cute energetic girl.

The drama, A Love So Beautiful,  was so popular that Hu Yi Tian has been given an award as one of the three actors of potential of the year during the star-studded Tencent 2017 award ceremony.

Hu Yi Tian has previously been cast in another successful drama ‘Love ’til the end of Summer in a minor role.

Click here for his performances of Chasing the Light, OST for Love Til the End of Summer at the China Drama 2017 Awards and ‘I Like You So Much You’ll Know it (A Love so Beautiful OST) during the New Year’s Countdown concert in China,

Having seen him in his second/latest role as Jiang Chen, he will go far.

Hope he does another drama with Yue Shen.  They had such a good chemistry, that fans would easily suspect that there was real attraction there.  🙂 🙂 🙂


Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • He had his first girlfriend at 18.
  • He has had 3 girlfriends so far.
  • He likes DIY. (Do it yourself)  He made his own leather wallet.
  • He is good at cooking.
  • He used to hate the mole on his nose but has grown to like it.
  • He was popular in high school and had girls chasing after him.
  • To all the girls out there, Hu Yi Tian wants someone who is respectful, with good conduct and academic performance.  His ideal type is innocent, kind, cute, lively and cheerful.  (No wonder he was so good as Jiang Chen.  Xiao Xi is actually Hu Yi Tian’s ideal!!!) LOL
  • Heightwise – he wants a girl between 1.4 – 1.8m tall.
  • Prefers dogs over cats
  • Prefers gaming to basketball
  • If he can choose a superpower it would be invincibility
  • He describes himself as slow to warm up, persistent and down to earth and he wants to be a positive energiser
  • He calls his fans and supporters “Mahjongs”
  • To the Mahjongs, he wants to be called ‘Teacher Hu’
  • He wants the colour blue to be the official colour for his fans to promote.
  • He shops online a lot.
  • He likes pork jerky and squid.  He also like macadamia nuts and other snacks.
  • Favourite dish?  As long as there is meat on it, he’ll like it.  He likes friend chicken particularly.
  • Favourite colour/s: Black, White & Grey
  • His lucky No is 8
  • He prefers milk over coffee
  • He does not like alcohol
  • He’d rather watch romantic films rather than the horror ones.
  • He likes long hair with a fringe on a girl.
  • His idol is Huang Bo
  • His ears turn red when he is feeling shy!
  • He wants to play a role of a sick serial killer. 🙂
  • Shen Yue’s first impression of Yu Hi Tian “Wow, he is super handsome.”





Update:  Finally Hu Yi Tian will be making another drama.

About time too!!!

Thank you Huace Global.

He will star with Chen Zheyuan in the remake of a popular wuxia drama called Handsome Siblings.

Hu Yi Tian @ Weibo

27 April 2018 

Gorgeous Hu Yi Tian in tux @ weibo

Courtesy of @dramapotatoe twitter account

Hu Yitian’s agency releases weibo post addressing 3 topics –

  • Zero tolerance for obsessive stalker fans
  • Received feedback on his hairstyling in and will be changing a hairstylist
  • He’ll also be filming 2 modern dramas as the male lead in July & Oct!

(oh please, can one of this modern dramas be with Shen Yue again!!!)

Update: 18 June 2018

Oh no!  Our gorgeous Hu Yi Tian is caught up in a rumoured hotel scandal.  Apparently he was meeting a girl in a hotel room and it was caught on cctv.

The girl he was meeting allegedly divulged that he contacted her in 2017.

She has also an audio allegedly of Hu Yi Tian.  I read the translation and it was pretty candid.  It is on the genre of sex, drug and rock and roll!  🙂 🙂 🙂

And what is not right was the alleged dissing of his co-star (our beloved Yue Shen), who he said in the audio was casted because she was plain.  Not very pretty so that the fans who are not very pretty themselves can easily relate to her.

That was not very nice.  No wonder he was so good as Jiang Chen, no social skills!  🙂

This kind of scandals should not happened fairly early on in his career.  Discretion, dear boy.  Holy smoke, don’t snuffed up your career before it even starts properly.

Hopefully this scandal is all a hoax!

Hu Yi Tian had started filming a new drama with Elaine Zhong called Youth Should Be Early.  The story is based on a novel.

Apparently a girl proposes to her boyfriend on their graduation day.  She was turned down by the boyfriend, who wanted to carve a career first.

Go Hu Yi Tian, Go!!!




Suddenly Seventeen

Suddenly Seventeen

This is an engaging Chinese film. It is about a couple who have been together for ten years.  Liang Xia is now 28 years old and really wanted to get married with her boyfriend who she had been living with for 5 years.

But her boyfriend, Mao Liang, is so focused with his job and seemed to be cooling off from their relationship and even broach the subject of actually breaking up.

Heartbroken, Liang Xia ate a chocolate from a box given to her by a mysterious man from Shopping network.

Upon eating one, she suddenly turned into her old 17 years old self.  Someone who was feisty, confident, artistic and carefree.  It was a new life for old life.

The chocolate has at least six hours effect and then she goes back to normal.

As she started eating more of the magic chocolate, she started to change, more confident and she also fell in love with a young boy.

This turn of event puzzled her old boyfriend.  She is no longer the clingy rather neurotic girl.

When all the chocolate had gone her transformation was complete, she is now a confident independent woman, who does not rely or expect marriage from the boyfriend, who she broke up with.

The movie ends with her gorgeous ex boyfriend running around town buck naked to get her attention.  Ahhhhh

But she was not hurrying to get into a relationship.  Lovely movie with a lovely ending, very empowering.

We do not have to rely on anyone for our happiness, it is within us to be happy.

A Love So Beautiful – The Novel

A Love So Beautiful – The Novel

If you have watched the drama, A Love So Beautiful, and understandably can’t get over it and is suffering from withdrawal symptoms like myself, then as a panacea you can read the novel which has been graciously translated into English by a group of young women, headed by Dolly.

The original book called To: Our Pure Little Beauty was written by Zhao Gan Gan.  I am not sure how many chapters but there are now 43 chapters translated through the site below.  Just click to bring you right into the Table of Contents.

The novel is not the same as the tv drama.  Only bits and pieces are familiar in both.  All the same reading the translations will give you more of an insight into Chen Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen.  Though the novel is earthier than the sanitised tv drama, you can still picture them together as you read.  Jiang Chen was very physical.  If left to him Xiao Xi won’t get out of bed!  LOL

That scene after Lu Yang Karaoke Farewell to Singlehood, where Jiang Chen gave Xiao Xi a lift to get home, and then lit by his car headlights, Jiang Chen (he was so gorgeous) sauntered towards Xiao Xi to give her lost house-keys, well, according to the novel, they shared a really long passionate kiss.  Xiao Xi even said that she might have swallowed an equivalent of half a can of coke of Jiang Chen’s saliva.  LOL  Awww

In the novel, they broke up because of Jiang Chen’s mother’s interference.  Xiao Xi was not good enough for her son. Jiang Chen’s dad is also alive and kicking.

Bu Song was gorgeous and if he had confessed to Xiao Xi in high school, they would have ended up as boyfriend & girlfriend.  (It wouldn’t be A Love So Beautiful 🙂 LOL)  Instead they remained as the bestest of friends much to the jealousy of Jiang Chen.

I can’t wait for more new chapters.


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