Ginger IV

Further Avatars of Ginger
Ginger Beer Reborn

Triple Ginger Cake

Triple Ginger Cake

This is a Fusion recipe, with French and Japanese influences, which combines several forms of Ginger for a very intense Ginger flavor — this is an improvement on other available Ginger Cake recipes.

Ingredients:

 4 ounces peeled fresh Ginger
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rye flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Continue reading

Hawaiian Cuisine

Multi-Layered Cuisine
Luau’s, Poi, Poke, Tikis and Spam

“Mangoes of golden flesh, with turpentine

Coconut Palms

“Peel and odor. Plums of inky stain
“And the pucker of persimmons….” — Genevieve Taggard, “The Luau” [1]

“Shrimps, sea-urchins, lobsters, crabs and various kinds of shell-fish, as well as sea weed….” — Henry M. Whitney, Hawaiian Guide Book, 1875 [2]

The Paradise of the Pacific is truly Continue reading

Ginger II

The Ultimate De-Fisher
As Fundamental as Onions

“Ginger is forever.” —  Molly O’Neill

“Half the secret of good cooking lies in de-fishing the fish, or anything in which you wish to soften down the animal flavor.  Ginger is of course a de-fisher.”– Buwei Yang Chao

Ginger in Asian Kitchens:Ginger appears in Continue reading

Reishi Mushrooms 靈芝

Daoist Elixir of Immortality
Performance-Enhancing Substance

How to use reishi mushrooms

Japanese reishi mushrooms

Chinese athletes are said to get a competitive edge from — perfectly legal — mushroom extracts to win more Olympic golds.  A leading Japanese politician takes three different kinds of Asian healing mushrooms for breakfast every day.

One of the most important of these mushrooms is Reishi. You see them in Chinese paintings of Daoist sages and also ancient Chinese emperors.

These are the gnarly, strange-looking fungi, often purple, sometimes shown as green, brown, black or red. Continue reading

Electric Rice Cookers 炊飯器

The Film Critic and the Rice Pot
Fifteen Minutes More Under the Futon

Japanese Electric Rice Cooker

Electric Rice Cooker,
Ebert’s Magic Pot

Is it better to cook rice in an automatic electric rice cooker or by one of the traditional methods?

Film critic Roger Ebert had a Continue reading

Chopsticks

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Elegant Replacement for Fingers
The Most Refined Eating Utensils

What They Are: Chopsticks are the principal eating tools of a large part of East Asia, centering on what Toynbee calls the Sinic culture sphere.

They are about 10 to 12 inches long, with longer ones used for cooking and serving. Children’s chopsticks are about 5 inches long. In Japan, chopsticks for use by women tend run smaller than men’s chopsticks.

Chinese chopsticks tend to be longer than Japanese, and have more rounded ends, while Japanese ones tend to have pointed ends. Continue reading

Lotus Root

A Crunchy Vegetable
Nourishes the Blood and Clears the Lungs

How to use Lotus Root in cooking Asian dishes

Lotus Root

Symbol of Purity: The lotus flower has an exalted status in many of the Buddhist societies of Asia, because of its symbolism of purity.  The lotus has also given its name to one of the most important scriptures of Buddhism.

So it is not surprising Continue reading

Pacific Rim Cusines – Overview

Cooking – The Oldest Art

Chinese Tang Dynasty art from Silk Road

Chinese Men in Foreign Dress
Tang Dynasty Figures from the Gobi Desert

Our focus is the food and cooking of the Pacific Rim, but it is also a story of human history. As Brillat-Savarin said, “Cooking is the most ancient of the arts, for Adam was born hungry.”

With such a wealth of culinary styles, ingredients, cooking methods and national ways, how can we make some kind of order out of this ocean of recipes? It’s a good idea to create a kind of grid or structure to group the major national cuisines that we will feature in this Site. Continue reading

Germaine Swanson

Germaine’s of Washington
The First pan-Asian Restaurant!
IViet Nam - Saigon mapf you traveled to Washington, DC in the 1970s and 1980s, you may have visited Germaine’s Restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue in upper Georgetown tor some of her Asian food.

If you lived in Washington during that period, then Germaine’s was the place to take visitors from out of town, to show them that you were in the know.. Her restaurant survived for two decades, a rare thing for restaurants, anywhere. Germaine’s  clients Continue reading