Cabbage in Milk / 奶白菜

A Tang Exotic
Ham Meets Milk Meets White  Pepper

“There are no dairy products. Butter, milk and cheese are practically unknown in Chinese cooking.” — Gloria Bley Miller [1]

“Because vegetables are eaten daily at every meal, Chinese cooks have evolved countless ways of preparing them.” — Nina Froud [2]

Cooking Asian dishes with cabbage

Cabbage

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Five Spice Spareribs / 五香排骨

These Go With Drinks
Another Way to Use Five Spice

These tiny Back Ribs dusted with Five Spice powder are perfect as an accompaniment to drinks.  Just another way to use this versatile flavoring, still so little-known outside the Rim. Continue reading

Walnut Chicken / 核桃雞 – a Sichuan Dish

Walnuts Fight Cancer, Strengthen Kidneys
Chicken Helps Crculation, Relieves Respiratory Congesstion

Chicken

Chicken and Walnuts each provide complimentary health benefits, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. So nutritionally the dish provides  health benefits.

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Sichuan Bean Curd / 四川豆腐

Wood Ears and Shaoxing
Hot Chili and Ginger

Shaoxing WineThis simple, fragrant Sichuan preparation enhances Bean Curd in a delicate way. The Wood Ear Mushrooms 木耳 are optional, but are worth searching for.: The chewy texture really makes this dish.  A good dish when you are in a hurry. Continue reading

Steamed Chicken and Chinese Sausage with Ng Ka Py 五加皮

Fragrant and Comforting
Ng Ka Py 五加皮 Meets Chinese Sausage Meets Chicken

Imperial Chinese Jade Censer Collected by Berthold Laufer

Imperial Chinese Jade Censer
Collected by Berthold Laufer

Ng Ka Py五加皮 has an affinity with Chinese Sausage with Mustard, served side by side.  But these ingredients can be combined together, as in this Cantonese dish: Continue reading

Bamboo Shoots Stir-Fried with Pork

A Classic Beijing Dish
Bamboo Balances Meat

Cooking with bamboo shoots

Bamboo Shoot Tip

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bamboo has a cool nature that balances the warm energy of meat.  Bamboo Shoots are useful in treating cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes. Continue reading

Stir-Fried Sliced Pork

A Taste of Beijing
Pork Meets Water Chestnuts Meet Black Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms cooked Japanese style for Bento

Mushrooms

This simple Beijing style dish balances the slightly warm nature of Pork with the cool nature of several vegetables for a nicely balanced, healthy dish. The contrast of textures is a special feature of this dish.

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