Rice Porridge with Chicken and Ginger / Arroz Caldo

Chinese Origins, Spanish Name, It’s All Filipino

Arrox Caldo

Arroz Caldo

Arroz Caldo may be the ultimate Asian version of Chicken Soup to prevent Flu and Colds.  It’s good at any season, easy to make, and combines Ginger, Garlic and Onions in an effective way Continue reading

Stir-Fried Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms / 炒雙冬

Black Mushrooms Meet Bamboo Shoots in Brown Sauce
A Taste of Old Shanghai

Cooking with bamboo shoots

Bamboo Shoot Tip

This is a basic simmered brown sauce recipe,, originally from Shanghai. The Chinese name, Chao Shuang Dong, 炒雙冬means “braised two winter vegetables.” Many different vegetables may be used, as well as Bean Curd. It is so versatile, delicious and Continue reading

Pressed Ginger Pork

A Fusion Approach
Ginger + Shaoxing + Sichuan Pepper

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

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This is a convenient Fusion concept for an appetizer that can be made in advance.  The flavor notes are an unusual  combination of Ginger with Shaoxing Wine and Sichuan Pepper.

Actual cooking time is not long, but you have to marinate and chill and press it for quid a while 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

Teochew Duck

Galangal is Key
Notes of Cantonese plus Influences from Fukien

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal

Duck is one of the meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, so it is a good choice for cooks who want to 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

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