Kalbi

Korean Barbecue Pork

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

Kalbi, or Korean style Barbecued Pork, is one of the basic Korean home style dishes that are basic to making a simple Korean meal. It’s easy to make and the marination seems to bring out the flavor of the meat.

Kalbi

Korean

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Barbecued Beef, Korean Style – Bulkogi

Fire and Meat Meet
Korean Barbecue is Quick

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Korean barbecue is distinctive – compared to the long, slow, moist barbecues of other countries, Korean barbecue is quick.

The typical barbecue grill looks something like an inverted wok perforated with lots of small holes. Outside Korea, unless you do it a l Continue reading

Spinach Korean Style

Sesame Meets Garlic Meets Scallion

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This simple and flavorful Korean way of handling Spinach goes well with barbecued meats such as Barbecued Beef, Bulkogi, and dishes like Fresh Cabbage Kimchi and plain Sticky Rice. They are mainstays of Korean family style cooking.

Spinach Korean Style  Continue reading

Fresh Cabbage Kimchi

Essential Korean Dish
Hundreds of Varieties

Cooking with Napa Cabbage

Celery Cabbage

Kimchi, Korean style pickled vegetables, are an essential to any Korean meal.  Cabbage Kimchi is probably the most popular.  There are said to be more than 200 ways of making it, but that may be an understatement!

Here’s a simple way to Continue reading

Chicken Curry Indo-Japanese Style

Indo-Japanese Fusion Dish

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

There are so many ways to make Chicken Curry. This version was adapted from a Japanese acquaintance who was interested in South Asian spices and food preparation and researched cooking techniques of South Asia, adapting them to the Japanese kitchen. Continue reading

Ginger Cake

A Perfect Ginger Cake
Orange Meets Honey Meets Ginger

“The Japanese are experts with ginger.” — Rose Carrarini

Cooking Asian dishes with fresh ginger

Ginger

This is a perfect cake for someone who really likes Ginger. There is a Japanese influence in the French original, with the recipe adapted from Rose Carrarini, Rose Bakery, Paris.

Carrarini’s Japanese assistant Tomoko helped perfect the cake formula during Continue reading

Ginger Chocolate Truffles

Ginger Meets Chocolate Meets Figs
From Montezuma to Henry VIII

Cocoa

Cocoa Powder

If you make Ginger Chocolate Truffles, this can be a kind of ultimate Fusion food.

Already in the time of Henry VIII, an Asian spice, Ginger, was known to the Royal physicians and King Henry’s army doctors relied on it.

And in ancient Mexico, the local Continue reading

Beef and Shrimp Balls in Lettuce Cups

A Vietnamese Fusion Dish
Memories of Old Saigon

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Fish Sauce

Beef and Shrimp Balls, or Cha Cio, are a classic of Vietnamese cuisine, with a variety of recipes and versions.  This one is based on a recipe for this appetizer as prepared in Saigon many years ago, so it brings back Continue reading

Grilled Pineapple

Good with Roast Pork
A Luau Favorite

Pineapples

Pineapple

Pineapple, although it originated elsewhere, has become symbolic  of the Hawaiian Islands and Hawaiian cooking. Grilled Pineapple Slices are a favorite at Luaus and other Barbecues in the Islands. They are especially good served with Pork, for example Spare Ribs or Pork Continue reading