Soba Sauce

An All-Natural Version — No Additives
A Japanese Classic with Soba

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

Every Japanese cook used to be able to make this dipping sauce for Soba Noodles.  Nowadays, the cook in  a Japanese household may be a working wife and mother or  a single man even, and nobody seems to have time to make the simplest foods.  Japanese food companies have stepped in and produced delicious versions of the dipping sauce, which do taste delicious and need no preparation at Continue reading

Spicy Pork Meatballs

Green Onions – Garlic – Ginger Give a Korean Note
Meaeballs are Fried and Baked

Spicy Pork Meatballs

In  this version of Pork Meatballs, three ingredients, Green Onions, Garlic and Ginger combine o produce a distinctive Korean note.

Th Korean peppery sauce Gochujang, while spicy, has a sweetness that  results from its origin from fermented Rice which keeps it from being too intensely hot to the palate

 

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Bean Sprouts in Vinegar / Moashi su

A Refreshing Side Dish
Traditional Japanese Recipe

Using bean sprouts in the Asian ktichen

Bean sprouts

Moyashi Su or Bean Sprouts in Vinegar, is a quick appetizer or side dish that uses a traditional Japanese treatment for blanching and quick picling raw vegetables/

It is believed to have very important healthful properties, especially when made with pure Japanese rice vinegar. Continue reading

Rice Porridge with Chicken and Ginger / Arroz Caldo

Chinese Origins, Spanish Name, It’s All Filipino

Arrox Caldo

Arroz Caldo

Arroz Caldo may be the ultimate Asian version of Chicken Soup to prevent Flu and Colds.  It’s good at any season, easy to make, and combines Ginger, Garlic and Onions in an effective way Continue reading

Chickpea Fritters with Coconut Chutney

A Goan Fusion Dish
Onions, Chickpeas and Coconut Meat

Tamarind Juice

Tamarind Exract

Thiis Portuguese Fusion recipe combines elements from the long trade route blazed by the Portuguese navigators, explorers and missionaries in the 16th century that led to Latin America in the West and in the East went as far as Japan, traversing Continue reading

Stir-Fried Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms / 炒雙冬

Black Mushrooms Meet Bamboo Shoots in Brown Sauce
A Taste of Old Shanghai

Cooking with bamboo shoots

Bamboo Shoot Tip

This is a basic simmered brown sauce recipe,, originally from Shanghai. The Chinese name, Chao Shuang Dong, 炒雙冬means “braised two winter vegetables.” Many different vegetables may be used, as well as Bean Curd. It is so versatile, delicious and Continue reading

Pressed Ginger Pork

A Fusion Approach
Ginger + Shaoxing + Sichuan Pepper

Using Sichuan pepper, hua jiao, to cook delicious Sichuan dishes

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This is a convenient Fusion concept for an appetizer that can be made in advance.  The flavor notes are an unusual  combination of Ginger with Shaoxing Wine and Sichuan Pepper.

Actual cooking time is not long, but you have to marinate and chill and press it for quid a while Continue reading

Broccoli with Vinegar and Hot Chili Oil / Chinese Fusion

Broccoli in Another Guide
Cooks in Seven Minutes

Broccoli

Broccoli

A Chinese method with a Fusion twist. This is a simple, quick way to prepare Broccoli with a little extra flavor kick.  It’s ready in about 7 minutes cooking time, possibly 10 minutes total. Continue reading

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

Japanese Style Chicken Teriyaki, Wok Grilled

A New Twist on an Old Favorite
A Quick Version

Teriyaki Style ia a typical Japanese cooking technique which baiscally uses a sweetened Soy Sauce marinade to grill Fish or Meat.  There are many variations, and most home cooks  use several. Continue reading

Steamed Rice Cakes / Bibingkas

Popular at Christmas and or Meriendas

Cooking with Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

There may be as many recipes for Bibingkas, a custardy cake popular in the Philippines, as there are for Lumpia or Adobo.  Bibingkas often appear at meriendas,or afternoon teas.  This version is popular at Christmas in the Philippines and is often made at home and also often sold outside churches during the holidays. Continue reading