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

Cucumbers, Stir-Fried / 炒黃瓜

Vegetarian Dish
Visual and Taste Appea

Cucumbers Stir-Fried

Cucumbers usually appear  in Salads in Western cooking and  commonly uncooked. The Chinese cook often treats them as a vegetable, often stir-fried.  In this style, they are cooked for about three minutes, and preparation time might be ten minutes total.Zucchini may be cooked the same way.  Roll-cutting, that is, rotating the vegetable slightly between slices and cutting on the slight diagonal, increases 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

Five Spice Spareribs / 五香排骨

These Go With Drinks
Another Way to Use Five Spice

These tiny Back Ribs dusted with Five Spice powder are perfect as an accompaniment to drinks.  Just another way to use this versatile flavoring, still so little-known outside the Rim. Continue reading

Shrimp Stir-Fried with Ginger / 姜嫩蝦

Shrimp in Their Shells for Flavor
Shao Xing Meets Ginger Meets Sesame

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

In this Chinese-inspired Fusion prep, cooking the Shrimp in their shells adds flavor and protects the Shrimp flesh from the heat of the Wok.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shrimp is Continue reading

Tea-Smoked Game Hens 茶熏 茶子雞

A Sichuan Dish
Black Tea 
Meets Star Anise Meets Brown Sugar

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

This dish is adapted from the Sichuan classic Tea-Smoked Duck, substituting Game Hens for the larger bird.  It has the intense, robust flavors characteristic of Sichuan, which transfer nicely Continue reading

Red-Cooked Chicken 紅燒雞

The Other Important Chicken
Typical Family Cooking

How to use Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

This is the other important Chinese Chicken recipe you need. Red-Cooking 紅燒 is the Chinese name for a cooking method that Continue reading

Is This the Best Way to Make Stir-Fried Cabbage (Chao Bai Cai)?

The Most Popular Stir-Fried Dish
As Easy as Cooking Stir-Fried Cabbage

Is this the best recipe for making Stir-Fried Cabage (Chao Bai Cai), or is there a better way? It would be interesting to know if anyone is using another method that works better.

Stir-Fried Cabbage (Chao Bai Cai)

Ingredients:

1 pound Cabbage or Napa Cabbage, washed, well-dried and sliced
2 ounces Pork, such as Pork Chop of Bacon, sliced finely Continue reading