Teaching China to love cheese
May 22nd, 2013
02:00 PM ET
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Many locals experience a shock the first time they visit Liu Yang’s shop: they’ve never seen something quite like this before.

Some just pass by, merely peeking in the windows of his tiny, two room workshop.

“I think some people before they come by prepare themselves psychologically,” says Yang. “Maybe they’ll come back, maybe they won’t. We won’t get disappointed because of this. Most Chinese people are not used to cheese culture.”

A gaunt man with black glasses that dominate his narrow face, Liu Yang is selling something most Chinese don’t have the tongue for. His store, Le Fromager de Pekin, is the only artisan cheese shop in Beijing that's run by Chinese people.

With a roster of 16 types of French cheeses, he's bringing the taste of strong, robust cheese to China.

It's a challenging enterprise. Other than the nomadic herding minorities of Mongolia and Tibet, China doesn't have a homegrown cheese culture.

Read - The man bringing cheese to Beijing

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  1. Michael

    I agree with Edwin. Cheese is disgusting. And one thing I love about Asian food and visiting the East is the wonderful lack of that foul substance known as cheese.

    October 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
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    June 25, 2013 at 1:09 am |
  3. french

    God forbid that the Chinese start liking Cheese. Just look what happened to the price of Bordeaux wines and Swiss watches after the Chinese took a fancy. So, no thank you....let them enjoy their food and continue to dislike cheese.

    May 25, 2013 at 7:51 am |
  4. Everett

    Same here. My caucasian college buddies were dumbfounded that I don't like eating cheese, except in certain ways (like pizza).

    May 25, 2013 at 12:25 am |
  5. Edwin

    People look at me like I'm insane when I tell them I don't like cheese. I don't, not one bit. The smell is nauseating and to me it all tastes the way gym socks smell.

    This is why I love asian food, there's little to no cheese to be found anywhere!

    May 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
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