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 / Cha Gio

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.

The Beef may be a part of the Northern heritage in Vietnamese cuisine, as Beef appears rather frequently as an ingredient in the country’s cooking.

Beef and Shrimp Balls in Lettuce Cups
Cha Gio

Vietnamese Fusion

Ingredients:

Shaoxing Wine2 ounces Mung Bean Noodles (Cellophane Noodles)
½ pound Ground Beef
¼ pound raw Shrimp, ground
2 teaspoons Ginger, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Chinese Shao Xing Wine or Dry Sherry
2 teaspoons minced Garlic
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
½ teaspoon Sugar

For the Sauce:

3 tablespoons Nam Pla, Fish Sauce
3 tablespoons Water
Juice  of half a Lime
1 tablespoons Sugar
1 clove Garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon dried hot Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

For the Garnish:

12 Boston Lettuce leaves
12 Coriander leaves
12 fresh Mint leaves
12 Green Onion pieces, each 2 inches long

Method:

Garlic

Garlic

First, soak the Mung Bean Noodles in warm Water for 30 seconds and then drain them thoroughly.  Chop them into small pieces and put them in a large bowl.  Add the Pork, Shrimp, Ginger, Wine, Garlic, Vegetable Oil, Salt and Pepper.  Mix well to combine.

Divide this mixture into 12 portions and shape them into oval sausage-like pieces about an inch thick and set aside.

To make the Sauce, mix all the ingredients.  Ladle into four small serving dishes to ber used for dipping.

To prepare the dish, cook the Beef/Shrimp Balls in a hot broiler or over white-hot charcoal grill.  If you use charcoal, they should be 6 inches from the charcoal, and turn them until they are thoroughly cooked, about 10 minutes.

To serve, use one Lettuce leaf for each ball.  Top with Coriander leaf, a Mint leaf and Green Onion piece in the center of the Lettuce Leaf. Add one meat ball, wrap the Lettuce leaf to enclose the fillings.  Dip the end of the fitted leaf into the dipping sauce and enjoy them.  You may dip as often as you like in the sauce.

The recipe makes appetizers for four to six persons. Soaking time is about half an hour, and preparation would take about 20 minutes. The dish cooks rather quickly, say another 10 minutes once everything is ready.

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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

Caramelized Orange Slices

A Symbol of Eternal Friendship
Good with Whipped Cream

OrangesIn old China, an unpeeled Orange was the symbol of eternal friendship. In modern Hawaii, you might see caramelized Orange Slices at Lauaus, barbecues or other parties. They get served by themselves, as an accompaniment to meats, or as part of dessert, with Continue reading

Macadamia Lace

A Favorite Dessert Among Kamaiina
Good with Mango Ice Cream

Making Hawaiian appletorte with macadamia nut topping

Macadamia Nuts,

Macadamia Lace Cookies have long been a favorite among Kamaiina cooks in Hawaii, as they go well with other desserts of the Islands, like Mango Ice Cream. In the minds of most people, Macadamia Nuts have a close association with Hawaii, and while Continue reading

Roasted Tomatoes

Good for Luaus
A Hawaiian Favorite

Tomatoes, ingredient in Arroz a la Filipina

Tomatoes – A Key Ingredient

This is a Hawaiian approach to roasting Tomatoes for serving at Luaus or barbecues.  Although Tomatoes may not seem a specially Hawaiian type of food, they belong to the third major wave of ingredients introduced from the North American mainland in the Continue reading

Cold Sweet and Sour Radishes

Favorite at Hawaiian Cook-Outs
Crisp Finger Food

RadishesCold Sweet and Sour Radishes are a favorite accompaniment for roasted meats at Hawaiian Luaus and other cook-outs.  Essentially, this is a Continue reading