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A Recent Japanese Flash-Cooked Dish
Great for Hot Weather
Cooks in Less than Five Minutes

Cooking Asian dishes with cabbage

Cabbage

This is another of the group of flash-cooked dishes that emerged from Japan in the aftermath of the great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011, when cooks were looking for ways to save energy in the kitchen

This dish is good, and it can be gotten ready quickly.  This is a dish that’s useful in hot weather, as it doesn’t involve heating up the kitchen; good for busy people in general.

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Sauteed Vegetables, Bento Style

Ideal for Box Lunches
Crispy After Many Hours

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Bento Style Crispy Vegtables

Here’s a recipe for juicy sauteed Vegetables, Bento Style, which incorporates the latest research from Japan on how to prepare dishes that hold up well under long storage between cooking time and eating time.

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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

Ginger-Miso Dressing

A Grown-Up Taste
Ginger Meets Miso and Carrots

“The carrot has long been a favorite of rabbits and also of mind, provided it is the tender, young vegetable.” — James Beard

Cooking with fresh ginger

Fresh Ginger

Japanese cuisine, too, has a special place for Carrots, shredded in salads and elsewhere,, as does Thai cooking.  Here’s a salad dressing that combines Carrots with Miso and Ginger.

You can find some very nice versions of this Japanese dressing already bottled for sale in Asian and other supermarkets.  It’s also easy to make at home for very low cost and without any chemicals or preservatives. Continue reading

Korean Cuisine

Healthy, Low-Fat and Delicious
An Ancient Cuisine — And the World’s Leading Spirit
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“Korean food is a nearly perfect answer to our modern quest for a healthy, low-fat, delicious diet.” —  Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall [1]

Korea is one of the world’s ancient civilizations, with one of the great cuisines.  And it is home to the world’s top-selling alcoholic drink! Continue reading

Indonesian Cuisine

A Nation of Islands
Rijsttafel, Sate, and Sambals

“Indonesia isn’t a country, it’s a happening.” — Christopher Lucas [1]

Garjda, Indonesia 14th cent.

Garuda, Indonesia, 14th cent.

Indonesia stretches from the Asian mainland towards Australia, like a jade necklace across the southern ocean.  The nation contains more than 17,000 islands, and its people represent several hundred ethnic groups, speaking many different languages.

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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.

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Vietnamese Cuisine

Fish Sauce, Nuoc Mam and Sea Ghost  Fingers
The National Dish Is a Soup — Even at Breakfast

“Only the French imposed their own cuisine upon their Asiatic possessions.” — David Dodge [1]

“He was not yet Ho Chi Minh. It was 1917 and he was Nguyen Ai Quoc and he was a pastry cook under the great Escoffier.” — Robert Olen Butler [2]

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce

Vietnamese cooking is light and delicate, healthy, and remarkably varied. Its famous dishes can be very unusual and even have poetic names, like one for Crab Claws called Sea Ghost Fingers. Continue reading

Lotus Root

A Crunchy Vegetable
Nourishes the Blood and Clears the Lungs

How to use Lotus Root in cooking Asian dishes

Lotus Root

Symbol of Purity: The lotus flower has an exalted status in many of the Buddhist societies of Asia, because of its symbolism of purity.  The lotus has also given its name to one of the most important scriptures of Buddhism.

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