Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Cantonese Gourmet South feeds Flint with seafood and pepper steak meals

FLINT, MI — If you’re a fan of Chinese food, you’ve probably made a visit or two to this longtime eatery in Flint’s south side that serves up fresh meals daily.

Cantonese Gourmet South, 3205 S. Saginaw St., which has been around for more than 40 years, has kept it’s same traditional cooking and beloved dishes even as the owners have changed over the decades.

Jimmy Kwok spoke with MLive-The Flint Journal on behalf of his wife, Yahong Yang and her parents, who are owners of the business. He acted as a translator.

“They were learning so much about it (the culture and language of the U.S.), but then again you know how they are, the first immigrants come in, the first thing they do, the language barrier is an issue,” Kwok said of his in-laws who immigrated from China more than 30 years ago. “So they hang out

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Covid Feeds Eating Disorders and the Dark Side of Asia’s Obsession With Beauty

At a recent doctor’s visit, my endocrinologist admonished me for gaining two pounds. “You’re not obese” — I’m not even close — “but it’s something to watch,” he told me.

I left the appointment equal parts indignant and unsure. It wasn’t the first time I’d encountered this level of frankness about my body or appearance since moving to Asia. When I was pregnant in Hong Kong, my Chinese teacher confirmed that I must be having a boy. “Boys give mothers beauty, girls take it away,” she said. Years later, my property agent in Singapore was relieved to hear I was pregnant with my second child: “I thought you were just getting fat!”

This hyper-attentiveness to appearances comes alongside a cultural love affair with food. Singaporeans often joke that they start planning lunch as soon as breakfast is over, and “Have you eaten?” is a standard way of saying hello.

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