Xu Zhen’s oeuvre reflects the lingering concerns of an artist participating in the international art world while remaining deeply skeptical of it and its conventions, most immediately the label ''Chinese contemporary art.''
For many, salads bring to mind the run-of-the-mill ingredients found within the plastic bag of salad leaves. However there are alot of dry ingredients from the larder that one may use for salads. Rich in anti-oxidants, minerals, and fibre, Bubur pulut hitam - black glutinous rice, a grain variety commonly found in South East Asia - is a perfect grain for a fresh and chilled rice salad. Toss the cooked rice with pickled onions, sweet corn kernels, rockets, and tomatoes for a satisfying one-dish meal.