Shanghai Fried Rice

Cooked with Salt Pork and Bok Choy
The Best Version

Bento Mushrooms - Shiitake mushrooms prepared for bento

Fried Rice is enjoyed all over Shamghai in many versions.  Really a mainstay of everyday Chinese Cuisine.This one is based on what Fuchsia Dunlop thought was the best she had eaten and is based on the way it was served in a small diner in a back alley not far from Nanjing Road. The Shiitake Mushrooms may be Continue reading

Watercress

How to cook Asian dishes with Watercress

Watercress

Watercress is a fast-growing perennial vegetable native to Europe and Asia.

It is one of the oldest known left vegetables to be eaten.  In Europe and North America , Watercress is a minor vegetable, appearing in salads and sometimes soups and sandwiches. In many of the cuisines of the Pacific Rim, it is Continue reading

Scallops with Fresh Ginger

Cream and White Wine add French Notes
Ginger Represents the Chinese Side

Zucchini

This interesting Fusion dish was adapted from Pierre Franey and Virginia Lee some years ago.  The Cream and White Wine provide the French flavor notes, while the Ginger and general cooking style represent the Chinese side of this dish. Continue reading

Japanese Curry Soup / カレースープ

A Breakfast Dish
A Politician’s Slimming Secret\

 

Curry Roux – Japanese Curry Roux

Curry Soup may seem to be an unusual dish for breakfast.  And Curry itself is not particularly associated with Japanese cuisine, unless we count Curry Rice, a kind of Home Cooking or Continue reading

Leg of Lamb Roasted with Ginger and Garlic

Ginger, Garlic Create the East-West Link
Simple Way to Prepare this Grass-Fed Meat

Hand of fresh gingerf from Hawaii

A Hand of Ginger

Lamb of course is the other major naturally raised  Meat, along with Duck, often neglected by North American cooks.  Lamb or Continue reading

Red Snapper with Coconut Almond Dipping Sauce

Tropical Approach to a Popular Fish
Almonds and Coconuts are the Key

Creating delicious Japanese dishes with Wocestershire sauce

Worcestershire Sauce

This Southeast Asian Fusion dish combines some unusual ingredients, including Worcester Sauce, Mace and Black Pepper.  The key elements are a sauce combining Continue reading

Teochew Duck

Galangal is Key
Notes of Cantonese plus Influences from Fukien

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal

Duck is one of the meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, so it is a good choice for cooks who want to Continue reading

Chicken Soup and Colds – Is There Anything There?

Old Wives’ Tale or Ancient Wisdom?
A Cure or Just Prevention?

Chicken

For centuries, Chicken Soup has enjoyed a reputation for efficacy in helping prevent or curing upper respiratory infections – in many countries and over a long time span.  Is this reputation justified or is it just an Continue reading