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

Sauteed Bamboo Shreds / タケノコを炒めた

Pandas’ Favorite, High in Folate
27 Calories in 100 Grams

Bamboo Shoot Trip

Bamboo Shoots

Pandas’ favorite food is Bamboo, Bamboo, Bamboo.  They love the leaves, shoots and even the stalks of the Bamboo.

People love them too.  Perhaps Continue reading

Beche-de-Mer Braised with Pork

Simple Preparation of a Chinese Classic

beche de mer or sea cucumbers

Beche de Mer
Frozen, Chinese Origin

Preparing Bêche-de-Mer is never exactly simple or quick, although it has become easier with the arrival of frozen and pre-cleaned products from Asian fisheries. Continue reading

Bamboo Shoots Stir-Fried with Pork

A Classic Beijing Dish
Bamboo Balances Meat

Cooking with bamboo shoots

Bamboo Shoot Tip

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bamboo has a cool nature that balances the warm energy of meat.  Bamboo Shoots are useful in treating cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes. Continue reading

Stir-Fried Snow Peas 清炒荷蘭豆

A Chinese Version
Snow Peas Meet Bamboo Meat Black Mushrooms

Snow PeasAnother approach to Snow Peas. Here’s a Chinese, actually a Southern, or Cantonese, approach to Snow Peas, which combines them very effectively with Bamboo and Black Mushrooms plus a touch of Ham.Although it’s a stir-fry, the braising time is a fraction of Continue reading

Fish Basket (Ca Gio Hoa)

Vietnamese Approach to Flounder
Special Kind of Fish Fry

Three Crabs Band Fish Sauce, Vietnam

Nuoc Mam

This is a spectacular presentation for whole Flounder. The Vietnamese recipe is adapted from Bach Ngo. This recipe would serve about 8 people.

Fish Basket

(Ca Gio Hoa)

Vietnamese

Ingredients:

1 whole Flounder, about 3 or 4 pounds Continue reading

Laotian Cuisine

Galangal, Lemongrass and Fish Sauce
Duck and Sticky Rice

Cooking with lemongrass

Lemongrass

Land of a Million Elephants: Laos has been called the Land of a Million Elephants. Elephants are still there, but modern Laos may now be the the .Land of a Million Motorbikes.

Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia and is home to a Continue reading

Nepalese Cuisine

The Roof the the World
Chandradeva’s Pathway

“The wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Kathmandu.” — Rudyard Kipling [1]

Vale of Kathmandu, Nepal

Vale of Kathmandu

What is Nepalese cuisine? Actually, the question should be, What Nepal? Or, what cuisine? For a relatively small country, Nepal has an astonishing variety of cuisines that can be called Nepalese.

Often thought of as a lofty, mountainous  land, home of the world’s Continue reading

Malaysian Cuisine

Durian Cake and Zuberbuhler’s Special
Raffles, Maugham and Lord Jim Country

“At the end of the tenth century Canton carried on direct trade with the Malay Peninsula.” —Friedrich Hirt and W. W. Rockhill [1]

Tang Dynasty horse from the Silk Road

Tang Dynasty Camel
From the Silk Road, 8th Century

For centuries the Malay Peninsula has been an important corridor in the southern sea route of the Spice Route.

The Strait of Malacca was an important Continue reading