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

Cauliflower and Peas / फूलगोभी और मटर

Another Pure Vegetarian Indian Dish
The Benefits of Cumin

Cauliflower and Peas

This quick Indian vegetarian dish provides the benefits of Cumin,  a spice somewhat ignored by North American cooks, with those of Cauliflower and Green Peas.  It astes good, too!

Cauliflower has been found effective in inhibiting tumor growth and preventing malignant tumors.  These benefits come from two compounds sulforaphane and indole–3-carbinol or  13C. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings and Champagne
Korean Fusion Dish

Korean food used to be just that, but more and more we are seeing Fusion dishes with a Korean inspiration like this one. This Korean-inspired Fusion appetizer matches ingredients like Chinese Shao Xing Wine and Hot Bean Paste to produce a distinctive East-West taste.  This is good served warm as a substantial appetizer with a glass of Champagne. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Wings with Turmeric and Lemongrass

Lemongrass Meets Tamarind Meets Nam Pla

Tamarind pods from Thailand

Tamarind Pods

A Malaysian concept in which a variety of aromatics combine to provide lots of flavor.  But less fat than in the Standard American version of Fried Chicken.  Flavor beats the Standard American Buffalo Chicken Wings hands down, with its goopy commercial sauces full of unidentified Continue reading

Cornish Hens with Sichuan Papper

Good with Squab or Pigeon, Too
A Quick and Easy Low-Fat Method

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

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

Adapted from Chinese chef Virginia Lee, whose version used Pigeon or Roasted Squab and was deep-fried.  Pierre Franey adapted Lee’s method for Cornish Hens and used broiling instead of deep-frying.  The result is  a Chinese version of Cornish Hen, with Sichuan notes.This version is low-fat and is quickly made. The Lemons Continue reading

Shanghai Fried Rice

Cooked with Salt Pork and Bok Choy
The Best Version

Bento Mushrooms - Shiitake mushrooms prepared for bento

Fried Rice is enjoyed all over Shamghai in many versions.  Really a mainstay of everyday Chinese Cuisine.This one is based on what Fuchsia Dunlop thought was the best she had eaten and is based on the way it was served in a small diner in a back alley not far from Nanjing Road. The Shiitake Mushrooms may be Continue reading

Scallops with Fresh Ginger

Cream and White Wine add French Notes
Ginger Represents the Chinese Side

Zucchini

This interesting Fusion dish was adapted from Pierre Franey and Virginia Lee some years ago.  The Cream and White Wine provide the French flavor notes, while the Ginger and general cooking style represent the Chinese side of this dish. Continue reading