Japanese Curry Soup / カレースープ

A Breakfast Dish
A Politician’s Slimming Secret\


Curry Roux – Japanese Curry Roux

Curry Soup may seem to be an unusual dish for breakfast.  And Curry itself is not particularly associated with Japanese cuisine, unless we count Curry Rice, a kind of Home Cooking or Continue reading

Leg of Lamb Roasted with Ginger and Garlic

Ginger, Garlic Create the East-West Link
Simple Way to Prepare this Grass-Fed Meat

Hand of fresh gingerf from Hawaii

A Hand of Ginger

Lamb of course is the other major naturally raised  Meat, along with Duck, often neglected by North American cooks.  Lamb or Continue reading

Red Snapper with Coconut Almond Dipping Sauce

Tropical Approach to a Popular Fish
Almonds and Coconuts are the Key

Creating delicious Japanese dishes with Wocestershire sauce

Worcestershire Sauce

This Southeast Asian Fusion dish combines some unusual ingredients, including Worcester Sauce, Mace and Black Pepper.  The key elements are a sauce combining Continue reading

Teochew Duck

Galangal is Key
Notes of Cantonese plus Influences from Fukien

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice


Duck is one of the meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, so it is a good choice for cooks who want to Continue reading

Chicken Soup and Colds – Is There Anything There?

Old Wives’ Tale or Ancient Wisdom?
A Cure or Just Prevention?


For centuries, Chicken Soup has enjoyed a reputation for efficacy in helping prevent or curing upper respiratory infections – in many countries and over a long time span.  Is this reputation justified or is it just an Continue reading

Chicken and Noodles in Sesame-Ginger Dressing

An Elegant Chicken and Noodle Preparation
Ginger Plus Sesame Plus Layu

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This elegant Chinese recipe for Chicken and Egg Noodles is unusual in using an oven, which seems to show modern or Western influence.  The Chicken could alternatively be steamed, as was probably done in earlier times. Continue reading

Beef Stew Vietnamese Style

Once Again French Influence
Lemongrass, Star Anise, Cayenne  are Key Elements

Lemongrass, spice from Southeast Asia


The Vietnamese were not great Beef eaters before the arrival of the French colonists.  Later they developed a number of distinctive ways of using Beef, including Continue reading

Keema with Peas

A Ground Meat and Vegetable Classic
Tomatoes, Peas Complete the Dish

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes


“Keema” (Hindi:कीमा) refers to ground or minced Meat, and several kinds may appear in this dish, along with Continue reading