Watermelon Chaat

Savory Fruit Salad
Watermelon Meet Jalapeño Meets Green Mangoes

This Pakistani savory salad combines Watermelon with Spices, Fruit Juices, and Mint Leaves. Refreshing and flavorful, especially Continue reading

Beef Short Ribs Braised with Soy Sauce

A French Touch of Red Wine
Chestnuts,Sesame and Omelet Garnishes

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine


In this enhanced version of Kalbi Jim, the classic Korean Short-Rib dish the Black Pepper and Red Wine provide a French Continue reading

Pork with Mung Beans and Sesame/ 配綠豆和芝麻 豬肉

The Mung Bean Is a Superbean
Goog Protein Source          

The Mung Bean is a super bean. It appears in many Chinese dishes.  High in protein and low in calories and cost, it is a key ingredient in many dishes like this one. Continue reading

Lemongrass Chicken / Mè gà

A Defining Flavor
Texture of Sugar Crystals


Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice


Lemongrass is a defining flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.. It’s used to flavor many dishes, including tho signature Chicken dish where, incidentally Continue reading

Roasted Chili Paste / Nướng ớt

A Home Cooking Staple
Annatto and Sichuan Pepper Are Key

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

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This spicy version of Chili Paste is a staple of Vietnamese cooking. It is very intense, so a little goes a long way.  Annatto Seeds and Sichuan Peppers are key to the flavor balance here. Continue reading

Western Food, Asian Food and the Global Obesity Epidemic

Western Food in the Third World – The Downside
Over 2 Billion Overweight!

The rate of death and disease increases as your weight increases.”–Azeem Majeed. senior researcher

Bringing Western food to developing countries has had a major downside – obesity.  More than 2 billion people are now overweight worldwide.and it’s damaging their health.

New research reported by the Continue reading

Clay Pot Fish / Ca Kho

Caramel Sauce is Key
A Fusion Note with Pancetta

Clay Pots

The strong, intense bittersweet Caramel Sauce is the key to this dish.  This version,adapted  from Nguyen Tran of Dallas, uses Pancetta instead of Pork Belly.

Clay Pot cooking is one of the favored techniques of Continue reading

Almond Cookies / 杏仁餅

Everyone’s Favorite Cookie


Using Baking Powder in Vietnamese cuisine

Baking Powder

Or at any rate, everyone’s favorite Chinese cookie, or so it seems.  These are popular desserts at Chinese restaurants and sell well at Chinese bakeries.  They are also Continue reading