The Chinese laurel is a large tree which produces bright yellow, fragrant flowers. The pork in this recipe is cooked with eggs, which give a yellow colour to the dish - hence the name.
For this recipe, use small, thin-skinned green peppers if possible.
The green pepper or pimento, a native of America, is now cultivated in all parts of the world. Its crunchy texture makes it very popular in China.
This recipe originated in Shandong, a province in the north with which Peking cuisine is closely associated, and which is famous for its leek and onion-flavoured dishes.
Sichuan (Szechuan) preserved vegetable is made of the root of a vegetable whose texture resembles a radish, pickled with chilli and salt. It is very hot and salty.
My earliest recollection of the Chinese countryside is of a trip to a Buddhist temple high up in the wooded hills a few miles from Nanchang, my grandparents' home town, south of the Yangtze River.
Every ingredient in this traditional Chinese New Year breakfast symbolizes something good for the new year - luck, prosperity, or good fortune.
Few dishes are as delicious or satisfying as those made with this garlicky black bean sauce. The tofu rendition here is superb as a rice-sending dish, and it makes a wonderful meal-in-one dinner.