Winter Melon

The Biggest Melon
A Cold Food for Slimmers

cropped-Winter-Melon.jpegThe Winter Melon (Dong Gua in Mandarin) may be the biggest melon, even bigger than Watermelon.  It can grow as big as 45 kilograms, though the ones found in shops are usually much smaller.

A native of the area around Thailand, Malaya and Java, Winter Melon has been known in China for a long time, since Continue reading

Steinbeck, East of Eden and Ng Ka Py

Steinbeck, Rotten Applies and Ng Ka Py
For Cooking or Drinking?

China - Carved Jade Eastern Zhou DynastyAn Epic of Biblical Proportions  John Steinbeck’s masterpiece novel “East of Eden” is an epic full of good and eveil, hatred and love, failure and redemption. It has been regarded as Continue reading

Steamed Chicken and Chinese Sausage with Ng Ka Py

Fragrant and Comforting
Ng Ka Py Meets Chinese Sausage Meets Chicken

Imperial Chinese Jade Censer Collected by Berthold Laufer

Imperial Chinese Jade Censer
Collected by Berthold Laufer

Ng Ka Py has an affinity with Chinese Sausage with Mustard, served side by side.  But these ingredients can be combined together, as in this Cantonese dish: Continue reading

Chinese Sausage with Mustard

Good with Ng Ka Py
Mr.Ng Bow Sun’s Choice

how to use Japanese sake Sho Chiku Bai

The question sometimes comes up, what goes well with Ng Ka Py?  In the 1950s, when only a trickle of Chinese goods were coming into the United States, usually by irregular routes, Mr. Ng Bow Sun had a stash of Ng Ka Py. Continue reading

Broiled Beef Ribs Korean Style

Lien Qing’s Secret
From Seoul By Way of Harbin

Kuro no Otabe, Japan's black sweetmeat made with black sesame seeds

Visitors to Lao Li’s house in Seoul always raved about his wife Lien Qing’s Korean-style Broiled Beef Ribs.  The ribs were definitely Korean but

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Beche-de-Mer Braised with Pork

Simple Preparation of a Chinese Classic

beche de mer or sea cucumbers

Beche de Mer
Frozen, Chinese Origin

Preparing Bêche-de-Mer is never exactly simple or quick, although it has become easier with the arrival of frozen and pre-cleaned products from Asian fisheries. Continue reading