Noodles with Black Vinegar and Vegetables / 黑醋和蔬菜麵條

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

Don’t Cut the Noodles!
Good for Picnics

Don’t cut these Noodles, whatever you do!  They symbolize long life.

This Chinese noodle dish can be made in advance and refrigerated.  Convenient when planning a picnic. Continue reading

Fillet of Sole a la Japonaise / ソールのフィレ 和風

Duxelles with Sake
Bay Leaves, Butter and Shiitake

how to use Japanese sake Sho Chiku Bai

Sho Chiku Bai Sake

In this Asian, specifically Japanese, makeover of a French classic, Duxelles get an Asian accent with Sake. Western (Butter), Middle Eastern (Bay) and Far Eastern (Shiitake) elements also combine. Continue reading

Chicken Salad with Rice Stick Noodles

Fusion with Japanese and Chinese Notes
Crisp and Crunchy

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This Asian Fusion version of Chicken salad is quick and easy to make, has crisp and crunchy textures and is good for Continue reading

Tomatoes Stuffed with Basmati Rice

A Pure Vegetarian Dish
Tomatoes Meet Tomato Purée Meets Saffron

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

This vegetarian recipe from Amritsar, India, uses Basmati Rice. If other varieties of Rice are used instead, the cooking time can be shortened, but the result will be different. Of course Basmati Rice is superior!

 

 

Tomatoes Stuffed with Basmati Rice

Indian

Ingredients:

2 cups Basmati Rice (16 ounces) Continue reading

Hawaiian Molded Seafood Salad

A Kamai’ina Dish for Company
Good Pupu for the Pau Hana Hour

Here’s another old Kamai’ina dish – a kind of fusion food in Hawaiian cuisine – which would typically be served when company came.  It is good with crackers or chips as a Pupu at the cocktail or Paul Hana hour.

How to make Hawaiian molded seafood salad with crab

Crab

Molded Seafood Salad

Hawaiian

Ingredients:

First we assemble the Ingredients

4 – 5 ounces Shrimp
8 ounces Crab

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

8 ounces Lobster
1 small can Tomato Soup
1 package Gelatine
½ cup cold water
8 ounces Cream Cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
½ cup chopped Onions
½ cup chopped Celery
½ cup chopped Green Onions

Method:

Using lobster to make Hawaiian style molded seafood salad

Lobster

The Shrimps, Lobster and Crab should be cleaned, deveined, and coarsely diced.  Or you may use canned or frozen seafood, if you prefer.

When the Ingredients are laid out and ready, we begin by softening the Gelatine in the cold water.

When the Gelatine is ready, we heat the Tomato soup to boiling, and add the dissolved Gelatine, stir to mix thoroughly and then remove from the heat.

Next we mix the Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise together, combining until it is smooth, and then add the soup, again mixing well together and then set aside to cool.

Gelatine

Gelatine

When the soup is cool, we add the Vegetables and the Seafood — Shrimp, Crab, Lobster.  We pour it all into a mold and chill for several hours until the cocktail hour, when we serve with crackers or chips as desired.

Capt. James Cook's ship off Hawaii, 1778

Capt. James Cook – Hawaii 1778

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Chinese Celery

Quote

The Stuff of Heroes’ Wreaths
Fragrant Swizzle Sticks

“A leafier, skinnier-stalked version of the familiar green head” — Mark Bittman

 

Chinese  Celery

Chinese Celery Plant

When you cook with Chinese Celery, you’re using he plant that ancient Greeks and Romans used to weave their heroes’ garlands. [1]

The Vegetable Itself: As the picture shows, Chinese Celery looks similar to Western Celery, but is smaller, with bright green leaves.  As Mark Bittman says, it is a “leafier, slimmer-stalked version of the familiar green.” Continue reading