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From rudimentary wooden lunch receptacle for Japanese farmers in the 5th Century, to luxurious aluminium boxes containing nutritional ‘packed’ lunches for wealthy school kids post-World War I, and disposable polystyrene boxed meals sold in convenience stores, supermarkets and train stations, the prestige of the beloved bento box has varied greatly over the years but its…

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Plump dumplings and bite-sized buns are an aspect of China’s culinary heritage that is impossible not appreciate, be it for the intricate workmanship involved, their delicate aesthetics, or the sheer eating enjoyment. They come pan-fried, boiled, deep fried or steamed and common filling combinations include prawns, vegetables, garlic chives, and pork, including the jammy BBQ…

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