Leg of Lamb Roasted with Ginger and Garlic

Ginger, Garlic Create the East-West Link
Simple Way to Prepare this Grass-Fed Meat

Hand of fresh gingerf from Hawaii

A Hand of Ginger

Lamb of course is the other major naturally raised  Meat, along with Duck, often neglected by North American cooks.  Lamb or 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

Beef Short Ribs Braised with Soy Sauce

A French Touch of Red Wine
Chestnuts,Sesame and Omelet Garnishes

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

In this enhanced version of Kalbi Jim, the classic Korean Short-Rib dish the Black Pepper and Red Wine provide a French Continue reading

Lemongrass Chicken / Mè gà

A Defining Flavor
Texture of Sugar Crystals

 

Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice

Garlic

Lemongrass is a defining flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.. It’s used to flavor many dishes, including tho signature Chicken dish where, incidentally Continue reading

Roasted Chili Paste / Nướng ớt

A Home Cooking Staple
Annatto and Sichuan Pepper Are Key

Using Sichuan pepper, hua jiao, to cook delicious Sichuan dishes

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This spicy version of Chili Paste is a staple of Vietnamese cooking. It is very intense, so a little goes a long way.  Annatto Seeds and Sichuan Peppers are key to the flavor balance here. 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

Beef Steak in Black Bean Broth

Asian or Latin?  – Good Anthrocyanin Source
Rich in Antioxidants

Japanese Style Roast Beef

A number of Latin American cuisines have recipes for Beef Steak in Black Bean Broth.  There are several national versions.  Here’s a Chinese Continue reading

Shrimp Stir-Fried with Ginger / 姜嫩蝦

Shrimp in Their Shells for Flavor
Shao Xing Meets Ginger Meets Sesame

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

In this Chinese-inspired Fusion prep, cooking the Shrimp in their shells adds flavor and protects the Shrimp flesh from the heat of the Wok.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shrimp is 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