Fish with Lemongrass and Ginger

Asian Fusion with Latin American Notes
Saffron Meets Cilantro, Coconut, Lemongrass

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This Fusion recipe makes enough to serve four persons.  It takes about half an hour to prepare, another half hour to marinate, and about ten minutes to cook. Goes well with Saffron Rice. Another way to use Lemongrass. Continue reading

Another Thai Omelet / ไข่เจียว

Found on Menus Throughout Thailand
Sriracha Meets Cilantro

“This omelet appears in one form er another everywhere in Thailand. And every local region has their own variation> — Nancy S. McDermott

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This omelet is not just for breakfast, but can appear any any time of day.  In the context of a Thai meal, it would be served to several people along with other dishes.  McDermott served as a Peace Corps volunteer to Thailand and later wrote a cookbook featuring regional dishes she learned in Thailand.  So  a staple of Thai cuisine.

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Stir-Fried Chicken with Mint

 

Burmese Version of Larb, without Shrimp Sauce
You Do Need Sambal Oelek

cooking with Indonesian hot sauce Sambal Oelek

Sambal Oelek

This recipe, which uses no Shrimp Paste, is a Burmese-Chinese version of Larb, the hearty Thai minced Meat dish.  You do need Sambal Oelek, which is an Indonesian condiment, so this dish is really a confluence of Southeast Asian influences.

But theta’s not too surprising, as Burma borders on five countries and has borrowed from all of their cuisines while Continue reading

Chicken and Noodles in Sesame-Ginger Dressing

An Elegant Chicken and Noodle Preparation
Ginger Plus Sesame Plus Layu

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This elegant Chinese recipe for Chicken and Egg Noodles is unusual in using an oven, which seems to show modern or Western influence.  The Chicken could alternatively be steamed, as was probably done in earlier times. Continue reading

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

Chicken Pho / Phở Gà

Star Anise and Ginger Provide Mystery
Pho without Beef Is Possible

Le’s Pho

Phó bò or Beef Soup, often called the national dish of Vietnam, only has a short history. It’s said to date from Continue reading

Cabbage and Green Peas

Tomatoes,  Carraway and Coriander
A Purely Vegetarian Dish

Indian god Shiva NatarajaThis fragrant, vegetarian dish can be cooked in a microwave or in the usial way on top of the stove.  Adapted from Yamuna Devi. Continue reading

Five Spice Jasmine Rice with Mushrooms

Five S[oce, Ginger and Mushrooms
Another Fusion Preparation

Five Spice Powder

Five Spices Powder aka Wu Xiang Fen, a Chinese Spice Medley

The Red Onion adds color, as does the Ciiantro  Five-Spice, Mushrooms and Ginger add fragrance in this variation of Jasmine Continue reading

Crab and Egg Fu-Yung / 蟹肉芙蓉蛋

A Chinese-American Favorite
As Made in China

CrabEgg Velvet, or Egg Fu-Yung or Foo-Young, made with Crab, Pork Shreds, or other combinations, was a favorite staple of Chinese-American restaurants for decades, then fell out of favor.  You don’t see it so much on menus anymore.

This way of cooking Eggs has been Continue reading

Sea Bass in Spicy Sauce

Asian and Latin American Notes

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This Asian Fusion recipe would also work with Red Snapper.  There are influences from Southeast Asia and also reflects a Latin American feeling.  It wold be good served with Rice or Couscous and a green Continue reading