Monica Chen

Monica Chen is a contributing writer at TutorABC Chinese. She grew up in California, before moving to New York to pursue a B.A. in Neuroscience at Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys food touring, painting, watching Youtube videos, and exercising.

Stories by Monica

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is the ancient practice of targeting the body's energy pathways to restore balance. It targets the root causes of illness, rather than...

Chinese Medicine: Ban Lan Gen

Ban lan gen is an ancient Chinese medicine known for its antiviral and cold-combatting properties. Discover how ban lan gen attacks the root causes...

Chinese Food Explained: Hot Pot

Usually enjoyed communally, learn why Hot Pot and má là spices are so popular in China, how its eaten properly, and how it differs from other Asian...

What is Pu'er Tea And Why Is It A Big Deal?

Pu'er tea is one of the most exquisite teas in all of China. This tea originates from the Yunnan province. Find out what makes pu-erh tea so special!

Chinese Food Explained: TangYuan

What is TangYuan? Read more about this glutinous dessert that is consumed during Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Jie, the last day of the Chinese New...

The Chinese Zodiac Explained

What's your Chinese Zodiac sign? The Chinese Zodiac is a 12-year rotation of animals based on the lunar calendar. Your zodiac determines your...

Chinese Food Explained: ShaoMai

What is shaomai or shumai? It is a pork dumpling that originated in GuangDong. Let's take a look at the history of this Cantonese dim sum.

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