“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

More on Yorkshire Pudding in Shanghai…

Posted: August 25th, 2021 | No Comments »

Yesterday i posted on the strange experience of Chiang Yee enjoying (at least let’s assume he enjoyed) a Yorkshire Pudding in 1933 Shanghai. No leads on the actual restaurant yet, but intrepid Shanghai historian and culinary expert Bill Savadove suggests Chiang may have dined at one of Shanghai’s many “fancaiguan” — Chinese-owned restaurants serving approximations of foreign food.

And, also courtesy of Bill, a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding in the expatriate-written cookbook Bon Appetit: Secrets from Shanghai Kitchens (1940). Lady Blackburn, wife of Sir Arthur Blackburn, contributed the recipe to the book. Blackburn (K.C.M.G., C.B.E.) was at the time the Chinese Counsellor at the British Embassy Offices in Shanghai. The book was compiled by Laura G Maze and Dorothy Bowden (more on them tomorrow).

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