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

Shanghai Fried Rice

Cooked with Salt Pork and Bok Choy
The Best Version

Bento Mushrooms - Shiitake mushrooms prepared for bento

Fried Rice is enjoyed all over Shamghai in many versions.  Really a mainstay of everyday Chinese Cuisine.This one is based on what Fuchsia Dunlop thought was the best she had eaten and is based on the way it was served in a small diner in a back alley not far from Nanjing Road. The Shiitake Mushrooms may be Continue reading

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 Soup and Colds – Is There Anything There?

Old Wives’ Tale or Ancient Wisdom?
A Cure or Just Prevention?

Chicken

For centuries, Chicken Soup has enjoyed a reputation for efficacy in helping prevent or curing upper respiratory infections – in many countries and over a long time span.  Is this reputation justified or is it just an 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

Keema with Peas

A Ground Meat and Vegetable Classic
Tomatoes, Peas Complete the Dish

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

“Keema” (Hindi:कीमा) refers to ground or minced Meat, and several kinds may appear in this dish, along with 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

Pork with Mung Beans and Sesame/ 配綠豆和芝麻 豬肉

The Mung Bean Is a Superbean
Goog Protein Source          

The Mung Bean is a super bean. It appears in many Chinese dishes.  High in protein and low in calories and cost, it is a key ingredient in many dishes like this one. 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 Balls Braised in Oyster Sauce/ 蠔油燜雞球

Ginger Meets Oyster Sauce and Green Onions
Shao Xing Wine a Key

“Chicken often is cooked by a combination of methods…to shorten cooking time and conserve fuel.” — Gloria Bley Mller

 

Chicken Balls Braised with Oyster Sauce

In this dish, adapted from Miller, the Chicken is first fried briefly then braised.

This suble and delicate Chicken dish is esy to make and is low on fat and sodium.  There is no Soy Sauce, though of course the Oyster Sauce contains some sodium.

Chicken Balls Braised in Oyster Sauce Continue reading