Episode 4: China – The Dragon Dance

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Granpda’s globe sends Sawyer and Suzie on an exciting mission to China where they must solve the mystery of The Dragon Dance. (Duration: 32:44) Theme music by Kevin Macleod – Incompetech.com. Want to listen offline? Click the download icon on the player above to download this episode to your device.

Discussion

Have a conversation with your child about what you’ve learned about China from the episode. Locate China on a globe or map and discuss how far it is from your home, what continent it’s on, and what countries are around it. Do you know anyone from that country? Give them a call and ask them about it.   

Activity

Explore the locations mentioned in the episode!

 

Gaze out over the Great Wall of China:

More beautiful images of The Great Wall:

Get an up close look at the Terracotta Army located in Xi’an, China:

 

Learn a little about the Terracotta Army’s history from this video created by “Dan Snow’s History Hit” (*Move your screen around to get a 360 degree view)


(Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwU2G-KVl-P-O-B35chZOQ)

Get up close and personal with these baby pandas from the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Pandas (*Move your screen around to get a 360 degree view):


(Source: Nikon USA and Ami Vitale https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmEbz8wosl__h2opGT5k2w)

Check out these amazing images of the Li River in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region:

Walk down the streets of Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year Parade:

Amazing Facts About China!

  1. Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other city in the world.
  2. If you connected all of China’s railways they would loop around the earth twice.
  3. Over 1.3 billion people live in China. To put that into perspective, there are around 7.5 billion people on the planet.
  4. The artistic writing called Calligraphy was invented in China.
  5. Over one third of China’s land area is made up of mountains.

A Taste of China

Make these popular Chinese dishes together:

Sweet and Sour Pork

 

Ingredients

2 h   4 servings    663 cals

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  • 1 pound pork butt, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • white sugar to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Add all ingredients to list

Directions

  • Prep
  • 30 m
  • Cook
  • 30 m
  • Ready In
  • 2 h
  1. Place cubed pork in a medium bowl, and season with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Mix in the egg white and green onions. Cover, and place in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat 1 quart oil to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C) in a large, heavy saucepan or deep fryer.
  3. Coat the pork with 1/2 cup cornstarch, and fry in the heated oil about 10 minutes, until evenly browned. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok over medium heat. Stir in the celery, green bell pepper, and onion, and cook until tender. Season with salt and sugar. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, mix 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce. Bring to a boil, and stir in the cooked pork, celery mixture, and the pineapple chunks with juice. Return to boil, and mix in 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup water to thicken. Cook until well blended.

(Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/31144/sweet-and-sour-pork-iii/)

Fried Wontons

Fried Wontons Recipe

Serves 3 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground pork, chicken or turkey

1/4 lb shrimp, chopped into small pieces

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce or fish sauce

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

3 dashes white pepper powder

1 pack wonton wrappers

Water, for sealing

Oil, for deep frying

Directions:

In a bowl, mix the ground pork, shrimp, soy sauce, sesame oil and white pepper together. Stir to combine well to form a sticky filling.

To wrap the wontons, lay a piece of the wonton wrapper on your palm and add 1/2 tablespoon of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. Dip your index finger into the sealing water and trace it on the outer edges of the wonton wrapper.

You can wrap the wontons three ways. To make a triangle, just fold it up to form a triangle. Pinch the edges to seal tight. To make them into the pretty shape (far left in the above picture), just pull the two corners of the triangle down so one overlaps the other, pinch and seal with water.

You can wrap the wontons three ways. To make a triangle, just fold it up to form a triangle. Pinch the edges to seal tight. To make them into the pretty shape (far left in the above picture), just pull the two corners of the triangle down so one overlaps the other, pinch and seal with water.

Heat up some oil for deep-frying. Deep fry the wontons until golden brown. Serve hot with Thai sweet chili sauce or regular chili sauce.

(Source: Rasa Malaysia – http://rasamalaysia.com/chinese-recipe-fried-wontons/)

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