Chinese cheese: A taste of 'milk cake' in Yunnan
The BBC's Fuchsia Dunlop writes about a trip to the Yunnan province of China, where she watched the making of "milk cakes," an unsalted goat cheese
used in local cuisine. China's cheesemaking industry is small, and Dunlop touches on why this cottage industry sprung up in Yunnan:
And even if in Yunnan, "milk cake" is regarded as part of a Chinese regional cuisine, there is no escaping the fact that this region is a special case.
The province lies on the fringes of China, its population a hotchpotch of nationalities whose dietary habits are far removed from those of the Han Chinese.
And although Mrs Luo's Han Chinese neighbours also make cheese, she herself is a member of the Yi ethnic minority - a reminder that dairy foods were never really part of the Chinese mainstream.