The Five Heaps


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By Barbara Tropp

Published 1982

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Systems of interrelated fives pop up everywhere in Chinese culture. There are the Five Elements, the Five (Confucian) Relationships, the Five (Mythic) Emperors, the Five (Historic) Dynasties, the Five Colors, the Five Constant Virtues, the Five Flavors . . . So why not the Five Heaps?

  • That is my playful nickname for one of my favorite warm-weather dishes—a mound of cold sesame-sauced noodles surrounded by five colorful piles of crisp vegetables. It is a thoroug