Chicken Pho / Phở Gà

Star Anise and Ginger Provide Mystery
Pho without Beef Is Possible

Le’s Pho

Phó bò or Beef Soup, often called the national dish of Vietnam, only has a short history. It’s said to date from Continue reading

Mussel Soup / ซุปหอยแมลงภู่

Mussels and Shrimp in Coconut nd Lime Broth

Cooking with Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

This Thai-influenced Mussels Soup would make a light meal for four to six people and can be ready in about half an hour.  The Coconut Milk is key, and the whole recipe is typical Thai hot-sweet-sour-salty, all simultaneously  Continue reading

Cabbage Kimchi with Oysters

Naturally Fermented
Important for Biome — Fighting Alzheimer’s?

Kimchi

Kimchi

Dr. Perlmutter said it first: Naturally fermented Kimchi provides a number of health benefits for the biome. These fermentation-related bacteria can even help ward off cognitive decline including Alzheimer’s. This Korean recipe
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Mushrooms Poached with Coriander

Black Pepper Meets Coriander Meets Cilantro
In a Fusion Formula

Coriandere Seeds

Coriander Seeds

This simple Vegetarian dish combines ingredients that would have been familiar to Marco Polo in an Asian-influenced dish that involves the two forms of the Coriander herb — the leaf and the seeds.

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Spiced Salt

An Alternative to Table Salt
Good on Fish and Chicken

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

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This is a Seasoned Salt that is good as a substitute for Table Salt, and also versatile in cooking.  It works well for cooking Chicken, any Fish Steaks or Fillets.  It can also be used to flavor Rice, Pasta and Vegetables.

The recipe is adapted from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and was served at restaurant Vong in Manhattan in place of ordinary Table Salt. Continue reading

Poke Smoked Salmon

Hawaiian Fish Salad
Low in Calories, Higher in Salt

Cooking Asian dishes with onionsPoke is the Hawaiian name for a Fish Salad, normally made with raw Fish, and so a bit like Japanese Sashimi or Chirashi Sushi.  It is usually more highly seasoned however.

Poke is rather low in calories, but due to the 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