Bean Sprouts in Vinegar / Moashi su

A Refreshing Side Dish
Traditional Japanese Recipe

Using bean sprouts in the Asian ktichen

Bean sprouts

Moyashi Su or Bean Sprouts in Vinegar, is a quick appetizer or side dish that uses a traditional Japanese treatment for blanching and quick picling raw vegetables/

It is believed to have very important healthful properties, especially when made with pure Japanese rice vinegar. Continue reading

Chickpea Fritters with Coconut Chutney

A Goan Fusion Dish
Onions, Chickpeas and Coconut Meat

Tamarind Juice

Tamarind Exract

Thiis Portuguese Fusion recipe combines elements from the long trade route blazed by the Portuguese navigators, explorers and missionaries in the 16th century that led to Latin America in the West and in the East went as far as Japan, traversing 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

Adobe with Chicken Livers / Adobo Sa Mga Livers Ng Manok

The Most Famous Philippine Dish
Annatto is Key Here

White Vinegar

Adobe, a soupy stew flavored with Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Bay leaves, and black peppercorns, is perhaps the best-known Philippine dish.  This version, based  on an Ilongo original, omits the Soy Sauce and is lower in Salt than some more Continue reading

Egg Drop Soup / 卵スープ

An Almost Instant Soup
Ginger and Parsley Are Key

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

While Egg Drop Soup is usually considered a Chinese classic, there is a Japanese version too.  Very similar, but a little more delicate, with garnishes of Ginger and Parsley, which add that extra something.  It’s quickly made, but you need Dashi Stock or Chicken Stock to begin. Continue reading

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

Potatoes and Yogurt

Cancer-Fighting Super Staple Plus Helpful Bacteria
Making Grilled Hamburgers Less Toxic

Coriandere Seeds

Coriander Seeds

This simple Indian vegetarian recipe combines some  of the health benefits provided by Potatoes with those conferred by Yogurt.

Potatoes can help prevent cancer and also help control blood pressure and manage diabetes. Potato skins contain an cancer fighting compound called chlorogenic acid;  In laboratory tests this acid has been shown to work with the Continue reading