Haunted by youthful betrayal in a time of revolutionary fervour

Jan Wong fell out of love with Maoist China, but she has never fallen out of love with Chinese food.

21st February, 2009

Chinese Whispers By Jan Wong Atlantic Books, €17.55

Jan Wong fell out of love with Maoist China, but she has never fallen out of love with Chinese food. On many pages of Chinese Whispers, readers will wish they could sample such dishes as stir-fried chicken with blackened chilli peppers, flash-fried thin slices of pork liver with garlic, lima beans poached in rice wine, candied sesame walnuts and green-tea pastries.

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