Fish with Wasabi Butter

Shark Meets Wasabi
Japanese Fusion

Using wasabi powder in the Japanese kitchen

Wasabi

While Wasabi is essentially Japanese, when it appears with ingredients like Butter you have to say that we are now dealing with a Fusion recipe.  This is really good with Shark steaks, but also works well with Tuna, Swordfish, or Halibut, or other similar large firm-fleshed Fish. Continue reading

Meat Balls / 肉丸

The Most Versatile Meat Ba

Pork Meat Balls

This most basic Chinese Meat Ball is based on finely chopped Pork.  By varying the size and adding  other Meats, flavorings and ingredients, as well as varying the shape, you can get a larger version (Lion”s Head) good as a major dish steamed with Cabbage Leaves, some quite small balls that work perfectly as appetizers with drinks,  and variations combining with Lamb, Beef and so on.  The varieties are endless and they freeze well, so one might Continue reading

Cucumbers, Stir-Fried / 炒黃瓜

Vegetarian Dish
Visual and Taste Appea

Cucumbers Stir-Fried

Cucumbers usually appear  in Salads in Western cooking and  commonly uncooked. The Chinese cook often treats them as a vegetable, often stir-fried.  In this style, they are cooked for about three minutes, and preparation time might be ten minutes total.Zucchini may be cooked the same way.  Roll-cutting, that is, rotating the vegetable slightly between slices and cutting on the slight diagonal, increases Continue reading

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

Grilled Chicken Wings with Turmeric and Lemongrass

Lemongrass Meets Tamarind Meets Nam Pla

Tamarind pods from Thailand

Tamarind Pods

A Malaysian concept in which a variety of aromatics combine to provide lots of flavor.  But less fat than in the Standard American version of Fried Chicken.  Flavor beats the Standard American Buffalo Chicken Wings hands down, with its goopy commercial sauces full of unidentified Continue reading

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