Clay Pot Fish / Ca Kho

Caramel Sauce is Key
A Fusion Note with Pancetta

Clay Pots

The strong, intense bittersweet Caramel Sauce is the key to this dish.  This version,adapted  from Nguyen Tran of Dallas, uses Pancetta instead of Pork Belly.

Clay Pot cooking is one of the favored techniques of Continue reading

Red Ginger Sauce / 紅薑汁

A Chinese Barbecue Sauce
With Meat or Seafood – Even Hamburgers

Using pink ginger in Japanese cuisine

This sauce can be used anywhere you would use bottled Barbecue Sauce to grill any Meat, Poultry, or Seafood.  Only it’s better than any commercial, chemical-filled product sold in supermarkets. It also works well with Hamburgers, instead of Tomato Ketchup. Continue reading

Tea-Smoked Game Hens 茶熏 茶子雞

A Sichuan Dish
Black Tea 
Meets Star Anise Meets Brown Sugar

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

This dish is adapted from the Sichuan classic Tea-Smoked Duck, substituting Game Hens for the larger bird.  It has the intense, robust flavors characteristic of Sichuan, which transfer nicely Continue reading

Beef and Pork Sate Persian Style / Sate Parsi

Flavor and Color Contrasts
Vegetables Balance Meats

Beef and Pork Sate Parsee Style

Beef and Pork Sate Parsee Style

Beef and Pork Sate Persian Style, or Sate Parsi, is one of the handful or “Parsee” dishes which show the influence of early Iranian traders on the cooking of Indonesia. Continue reading

Pork and Lemongrass Meatballs in Lettuce Cups

Lettuce Meats Pork
Meets Lemongrass and Fish Sauce — a Remarkable Combination

 

Lemongrass, spice from Southeast Asia

Lemongrass

Vietnamese cuisine includes several kinds of delicious Meatballs intended to be eaten rolled in Lettuce and drizzled with a Dipping Sauce. This recipe 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

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

Fried Bananas (Pisang Banana)

A Snack or Dessert
With Coffee or Rijsttafel

Using bananas in Vietnamese cuisineFried Bananas are a popular snack in Indonesian Cuisine, commonly paired with a cup of Coffee or Tea at the Coffee or Tea break, or they may be served as a dessert with the Rijstaffelor Rice Table, which usually just Continue reading

Indonesian Peanut Sauce

Typical Ground Peanut Sauce
Goes with Sate, also Gado Gado

Cooking Asian dishes with onions

Onions

This is a typical Indonesian Peanut Sauce, served with Sates and also forms the basis for the classical Indonesian salad, Gado Gado.

The recipe makes about 3 cups and takes about a quarter of an hour preparation time and about 10 minutes to cook. Continue reading