Slice of life: A reporter's search for knives in Beijing

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Slice of life: A reporter's search for knives in Beijing


Two days after landing back in China, I am wandering through a bustling Beijing supermarket like a child in a candy shop, snatching up the spices and fresh ingredients I need to cook favorite Chinese dishes. The mood in the market is equally festive, as it is the eve of China’s Oct. 1 National Day and the “Golden Week” holiday – a rare official seven-day respite from work. Having lived in Beijing and Hong Kong as a young reporter, I’d learned to love homestyle Chinese food.

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