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Tse knew she was honoring her Chinese family's tradition when she and her sisters opened the Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester, England. She had inherited many delicious family recipes, which had been perfected by her mother and grandmother. What she didn't fully realize was the path her ancestors had paved for her success, built with backbreaking work, ingenuity, and sacrifice. As her mother and grandmother help her prepare for the restaurant's debut, they also share with her their own journeys, revealing many details for the first time.
Tse learns of her family's triumphs: the successful soy sauce business started by her great-grandfather back in China; her immigrant grandmother's move to England and the opening of her restaurant; the secret family recipe for curry paste. But there were also difficult times, including a murder, crippling gambling losses, racism, and painful family separations. Before Sweet Mandarin's opening, the three generations travel back to China to visit family they hadn't seen in decades. Upon arriving at her grandmother's childhood home, Tse meets her great-aunt Mui for the first time and is presented with a family dish they all know and love, Buddha's Golden Picnic Basket. Despite the distance, language barriers, and many years apart, it is the love of cooking good food that continues to unite this Chinese clan. (Fall 2008 Selection)