Stir Fried Broccoli with Oyster Sauce / 蠔油 炒西蘭花

A Restaurant Style Short-Cut
Specially Nuanced Sauce

Steamed Broccoli

Steamed Broccoli

Oyster Sauce gives a special nuanced flavor to Broccoli.  This version uses a pre-prepared Stir-Fry Oyster Sauce, often used in Chinese Continue reading

Steamed Broccoli

Ready in Less than 6 Minutes
Another Post-Earthquake Formula

Broccoli

Here’s another from the family of recipes that emerged in Japan after the great earthquake in Fukushima in Northeast Japan in 2011.

Cooks were looking for ways to reduce energy use in the kitchen, both by not making kitchens hot and by using less energy by using science and technology to reduce cooking time..

This recipe makes tender steamed Broccoli in under 6 minutes and doesn’t require heating a huge pot of water.

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Gado Gado

Indonesia’s National Salad
Shrimp Crackers Meet Peanut Sauce

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Gado Gado is probably the most representative type of Indonesian salad, and there are a number of regional variations.  It can be eaten as a side dish, can appear at picnics, or can function as the main dish of a meal. Here is a good basic recipe for a Gado Gado which reflects he culinary style of the Java region. Continue reading

Chopsticks and Weight Loss

Using chopsticks to lose weight

Chopsticks – a Tool for Weight Management

Can Chopsticks Help You Lose Weight?

Kimiko Barber thinks so. The Japanese-born British food writer came to this conclusion a few years ago while writing two Continue reading