Sag Paneer / साग पनीर

Ghee and Garam Masala in
An Indian Classic

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

Sag Paneer is one of the standards of Indian classical cuisine.  There are quid a few ingredients, but if they are organized in their several Mixtures, preparation is fairly streamlined. 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

Barbecued Beef Thai Style

Thai Fusion for the Barbecue
Fish Sauce Meets Coriander Meets Lime

Beef Barbecue Thai Style

Beef Barbecue Thai Style

In this exercise in Thai Fusion, we have a method for cooking a whole Beef Fillet on the barbecue in a Thai style in which Continue reading

Curry Paste Philippine Style / Almuwasahin Paste

A Complex Curry Taste
Good with Dumplings and Stir-Fries

Belachn Shrimp Paste

Belachan, Shrimp Paste

his Filipino style Curry Paste is good with a lot of things, including Dumplings and stir-fry dishes, as well as blander presentations of Fish, Chicken and Shrimp. This recipe Continue reading

Zucchini and Tomatoes तोरी और टमाटर

A Vegetarian Dish
Ginger and Turmeric are Key

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

This pure Vegetarian Indian Vegetable dish shows how delicious Vegetables can be when prepared Continue reading

Cabbage and Green Peas गोभी और मटर

A Vegetarian Classic

Using cabbage to prepare Vietnamese dishes

Cabbage

This can be made with Ghee or Unsalted Butter.  And you can use frozen Peas. An Indian Vegetarian dish.

Cabbage and Green Peas  गोभी और मटर Continue reading

Tikka Mixture टिक्का

Spicy Meat Served on Skewers
Ideal for the Grill

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal – Essential Ingredient in Penang Curry Paste

The term Tikka may be derived from the Hindi word tukra, meaning “spices.”  It is an Indian mix often used on boneless pieces of Continue reading

Chicken Curry Indo-Japanese Style

Indo-Japanese Fusion Dish

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

There are so many ways to make Chicken Curry. This version was adapted from a Japanese acquaintance who was interested in South Asian spices and food preparation and researched cooking techniques of South Asia, adapting them to the Japanese kitchen. Continue reading

Beef and Shrimp Balls in Lettuce Cups / Cha Gio

A Vietnamese Fusion Dish
Memories of Old Saigon

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Fish Sauce

Beef and Shrimp Balls, or Cha Cio, are a classic of Vietnamese cuisine, with a variety of recipes and versions.

The Beef may be a part of the Northern heritage in Vietnamese cuisine, as Beef appears rather frequently as an ingredient in the country’s cooking.

Beef and Shrimp Balls in Lettuce Cups
Cha Gio

Vietnamese Fusion

Ingredients:

Shaoxing Wine2 ounces Mung Bean Noodles (Cellophane Noodles)
½ pound Ground Beef
¼ pound raw Shrimp, ground
2 teaspoons Ginger, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Chinese Shao Xing Wine or Dry Sherry
2 teaspoons minced Garlic
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
½ teaspoon Sugar

For the Sauce:

3 tablespoons Nam Pla, Fish Sauce
3 tablespoons Water
Juice  of half a Lime
1 tablespoons Sugar
1 clove Garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon dried hot Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

For the Garnish:

12 Boston Lettuce leaves
12 Coriander leaves
12 fresh Mint leaves
12 Green Onion pieces, each 2 inches long

Method:

Garlic

Garlic

First, soak the Mung Bean Noodles in warm Water for 30 seconds and then drain them thoroughly.  Chop them into small pieces and put them in a large bowl.  Add the Pork, Shrimp, Ginger, Wine, Garlic, Vegetable Oil, Salt and Pepper.  Mix well to combine.

Divide this mixture into 12 portions and shape them into oval sausage-like pieces about an inch thick and set aside.

To make the Sauce, mix all the ingredients.  Ladle into four small serving dishes to ber used for dipping.

To prepare the dish, cook the Beef/Shrimp Balls in a hot broiler or over white-hot charcoal grill.  If you use charcoal, they should be 6 inches from the charcoal, and turn them until they are thoroughly cooked, about 10 minutes.

To serve, use one Lettuce leaf for each ball.  Top with Coriander leaf, a Mint leaf and Green Onion piece in the center of the Lettuce Leaf. Add one meat ball, wrap the Lettuce leaf to enclose the fillings.  Dip the end of the fitted leaf into the dipping sauce and enjoy them.  You may dip as often as you like in the sauce.

The recipe makes appetizers for four to six persons. Soaking time is about half an hour, and preparation would take about 20 minutes. The dish cooks rather quickly, say another 10 minutes once everything is ready.

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Viet Nam - Saigon 1966 - Cyclopousses

Beef Fondue

A Vietnamese Classic with
Fusion Touches

Using olive oil to cook Asian foods

Olive Oil

This is a classic Vietnamese dish which would work well for a special dinner.  While there are a number of ingredients and steps in the preparation, it is not actually as formidable to make as it might seem.  Total time involved is Continue reading