Meat Dumplings (Siu Mai) 燒賣

A Cantonese Classic Dim Sum Pastry
A Japanese Take on a Chinese Favorite

Shu Mai/Sio Mai, Frozen

Shu Mai/Siu Mai, Frozen

Here;s a Japanese way of preparing the Chinese Meat Dumplings called Siu Mai using the minimum of heat and energy. This is another of the recipes circulating in Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 Kanto Earthquake, when cooks were looking for ways to reduce energy use in the kitchen and also to avoid heating up kitchens.

The result was a group of recipes for flash cooking techniques using applied physics to shorten cooking time while preserving the natural flavors of food.  This is not a recipe for making Siu Mai from scratch, but rather for preparing the frozen variety, available in many Continue reading

Chinese Cuisine

A Fanfare of Chopsticks
The World’s Best Cooks

“There would have been universal insistence, with a fanfare of chopsticks, upon irresistible Chinese food.” — Richard Hughes [1]

“It would not be an overstatement to maintain that the Chinese are the best cooks in the world.” — V. R. Burkhardt [2]

Jade Chopsticks

Jade Chopsticks
Collected by Berthold Laufer

Chinese food is everyone’s favorite cuisine, it seems.  This holds true whether you are chef, foodie, food writer, or ordinary eater.

It is true not only in China, but Chinese food is hugely enjoyed in Japan, Australia, North and South America, and Europe.  These days, excellent Chinese food is increasingly available in the Middle East and Africa, as restaurants open to serve expatriate Chinese workers in those regions. Continue reading