Cucumbers, Stir-Fried / 炒黃瓜

Vegetarian Dish
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Cucumbers Stir-Fried

Cucumbers usually appear  in Salads in Western cooking and  commonly uncooked. The Chinese cook often treats them as a vegetable, often stir-fried.  In this style, they are cooked for about three minutes, and preparation time might be ten minutes total.Zucchini may be cooked the same way.  Roll-cutting, that is, rotating the vegetable slightly between slices and cutting on the slight diagonal, increases Continue reading

Cauliflower and Peas / फूलगोभी और मटर

Another Pure Vegetarian Indian Dish
The Benefits of Cumin

Cauliflower and Peas

This quick Indian vegetarian dish provides the benefits of Cumin,  a spice somewhat ignored by North American cooks, with those of Cauliflower and Green Peas.  It astes good, too!

Cauliflower has been found effective in inhibiting tumor growth and preventing malignant tumors.  These benefits come from two compounds sulforaphane and indole–3-carbinol or  13C. Continue reading

Wasabi Mayonnaise / わさび マヨネーズ

Green Root Meets Olive Oil
Good with Fish

Using wasabi powder in the Japanese kitchen

Wasabi – Essential to this Sauce

While you can naturally mix Wasabi with prepare Mayonnaise for an excellent  sauce that will enhance dishes like white-meat Fish, you can also make ii from scratch for a more delicate flavor.  For the full flavor, use this sauce within about two hours of making it.

This might get served with dishes like Japanese Style Potato Salad or other Vegetables, Seafood, Poultry, Beef, Veal and Lamb, especially cold Meats and Vegetables. Continue reading

Shrimp with Hot Peppers / 辣椒蝦

Black Beans

Black Beans

Chili Peppers, Black Beans Meet Chinese Wine

This delicate Mandarin dish is quickly made and goes well with White Rice and as the Fish course in a standard Chinese meal plan.  When cooking, first arrange according to the Mise en Place for best results. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings and Champagne
Korean Fusion Dish

Korean food used to be just that, but more and more we are seeing Fusion dishes with a Korean inspiration like this one. This Korean-inspired Fusion appetizer matches ingredients like Chinese Shao Xing Wine and Hot Bean Paste to produce a distinctive East-West taste.  This is good served warm as a substantial appetizer with a glass of Champagne. Continue reading

Fish with Lemongrass and Ginger

Asian Fusion with Latin American Notes
Saffron Meets Cilantro, Coconut, Lemongrass

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This Fusion recipe makes enough to serve four persons.  It takes about half an hour to prepare, another half hour to marinate, and about ten minutes to cook. Goes well with Saffron Rice. Another way to use Lemongrass. Continue reading

Sushi for a Group

A Sushi Buffet
Tuna, Shrimp, Wasabi, Nori are Keys

California Maki Sushi

Sushi is a favorite category in Japanese cuisine for many people. Here”s a way to serve Sushi buffet-size for a group of friends.  This is a simple Temaki Sushi for a group. This will serve around 10 people, but you will want to add a couple of other Sushi dishes, prepared ahead of time, to complete the buffet style Sushi party. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Wings with Turmeric and Lemongrass

Lemongrass Meets Tamarind Meets Nam Pla

Tamarind pods from Thailand

Tamarind Pods

A Malaysian concept in which a variety of aromatics combine to provide lots of flavor.  But less fat than in the Standard American version of Fried Chicken.  Flavor beats the Standard American Buffalo Chicken Wings hands down, with its goopy commercial sauces full of unidentified Continue reading

Berry Pavlova

A National Dish for Two Countries
Quintessential Pacific Rim Fusion

Using whie Balsamic vinegar to cook Asian foods

When legendary Russian ballet danger Anna Pavlova toured Australia in the early 20th century, she became all the rage.  A special berry dessert was created in her honor.  It became the national dessert of Australia.  The same thing also happened in New Zealand.  So versions of Berry Pavlova have become the national dessert of both countries.  Typical Pacific Rim Fusion dish.  Continue reading

Another Thai Omelet / ไข่เจียว

Found on Menus Throughout Thailand
Sriracha Meets Cilantro

“This omelet appears in one form er another everywhere in Thailand. And every local region has their own variation> — Nancy S. McDermott

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This omelet is not just for breakfast, but can appear any any time of day.  In the context of a Thai meal, it would be served to several people along with other dishes.  McDermott served as a Peace Corps volunteer to Thailand and later wrote a cookbook featuring regional dishes she learned in Thailand.  So  a staple of Thai cuisine.

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