Black sesame seeds are the most common tonic herb in Chinese cooking. Chinese have used black sesame seeds as a natural hair treatment for thousands of years. People believe it helps to restore hair color, and grow thick, strong hair very efficiently.
My former cookery class student, Jake, who works for the High Speed Railway (HSR), asked me if I have read The Science of Getting Rich. With a title like that, it sounded a little bit crazy. But anyway, I downloaded the book, and read it carefully and tried to find if there really is a science of getting rich.
This is an old book, written in around 1910 by an American, Wallace D. Wattles. The language is a bit wordy and sometimes odd. Jake said many people put it down after the first one or two chapters. But to find out how to get rich, I was prepared to be very patient.
October, 1999, was our first trip to Seoul. Almost as soon as we got into the city, we noticed the unbearably sour kimchi smell (fermented, pickled cabbage). We were feeling hungry after the flight from Taipei, but everywhere we looked, we couldn't avoid kimchi. Finally, we found a fried rice shop in a food court, so we could have some normal food.
I grew up with fried rice, it's part of our culture. Everywhere you go you see fried rice, every family eats fried rice. It has the same kind of position in the food culture as sandwiches in Western countries.