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

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