Lumpia Shanghai for a Group

Lumpia Shanghai for a Group
The Best Party Appetizer

Making ultimae paty snack Philippne Lumpia

Finished Lumpia Shanghai

The Filipino fried dumplings, Lumpia Shanghai, may be one of the most popular appetizers for parties. They tend to disappear rapidly.  Most available Continue reading

Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup – Tom Yam Gung

Delicate Citrusy Broth
Extremely Popular in Thailand

Thai Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yam Gung is a Thai classic, and extremely popular in Thailand.  Its delicate cirrusy broth goes down like velvet. Still, it should have enough Continue reading

Shrimp in Achioto Oil

Calamansi and Annato
Butter Meets Peanut Oil

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Besides the Caribbean region and parts of Latin America, the Philippines is one place where Achiote (or Annato) seeds are used iin cooking. It occurs in dishes like Kare-Kare Continue reading

Beef and Shrimp Balls in Lettuce Cups / Cha Gio

A Vietnamese Fusion Dish
Memories of Old Saigon

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Fish Sauce

Beef and Shrimp Balls, or Cha Cio, are a classic of Vietnamese cuisine, with a variety of recipes and versions.

The Beef may be a part of the Northern heritage in Vietnamese cuisine, as Beef appears rather frequently as an ingredient in the country’s cooking.

Beef and Shrimp Balls in Lettuce Cups
Cha Gio

Vietnamese Fusion

Ingredients:

Shaoxing Wine2 ounces Mung Bean Noodles (Cellophane Noodles)
½ pound Ground Beef
¼ pound raw Shrimp, ground
2 teaspoons Ginger, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Chinese Shao Xing Wine or Dry Sherry
2 teaspoons minced Garlic
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
½ teaspoon Sugar

For the Sauce:

3 tablespoons Nam Pla, Fish Sauce
3 tablespoons Water
Juice  of half a Lime
1 tablespoons Sugar
1 clove Garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon dried hot Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

For the Garnish:

12 Boston Lettuce leaves
12 Coriander leaves
12 fresh Mint leaves
12 Green Onion pieces, each 2 inches long

Method:

Garlic

Garlic

First, soak the Mung Bean Noodles in warm Water for 30 seconds and then drain them thoroughly.  Chop them into small pieces and put them in a large bowl.  Add the Pork, Shrimp, Ginger, Wine, Garlic, Vegetable Oil, Salt and Pepper.  Mix well to combine.

Divide this mixture into 12 portions and shape them into oval sausage-like pieces about an inch thick and set aside.

To make the Sauce, mix all the ingredients.  Ladle into four small serving dishes to ber used for dipping.

To prepare the dish, cook the Beef/Shrimp Balls in a hot broiler or over white-hot charcoal grill.  If you use charcoal, they should be 6 inches from the charcoal, and turn them until they are thoroughly cooked, about 10 minutes.

To serve, use one Lettuce leaf for each ball.  Top with Coriander leaf, a Mint leaf and Green Onion piece in the center of the Lettuce Leaf. Add one meat ball, wrap the Lettuce leaf to enclose the fillings.  Dip the end of the fitted leaf into the dipping sauce and enjoy them.  You may dip as often as you like in the sauce.

The recipe makes appetizers for four to six persons. Soaking time is about half an hour, and preparation would take about 20 minutes. The dish cooks rather quickly, say another 10 minutes once everything is ready.

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Viet Nam - Saigon 1966 - Cyclopousses

Shrimp on Crab Legs

Sea Ghost Fingers
A Special Appetizer

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce

This classic Vietnamese appetizer makes a starter for 10 people. Recipe adapted from Bach Ngo.

Shrimp on Crab Legs

Cang Cua Boc Tom Continue reading

Spring Rolls, Vietnamese Style II

Shrimp Tail Handles
Shrimp Meets Crab

Working with bean sprouts in the Asian kitchen

Bean Sprouts

This Vietnamese take on the ever-popular Spring Rolls is intended to provide a light appetizer for no more than 8.  It combines Crab, Shrimp, and Vegetables.  Recipe adapted from Bach Ngo.

Spring Rolls

Ram Cuon

Vietnamese

Ingredients:

8 whole dried Rice Papers Continue reading

Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Fried Rice
The Most Popular Indonesian Dish

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

Nasi Goreng means “Fried Rice” in Bahasa Indonesia, the Indonesian nationallanaugage. It is probably the most popular dish in Indonesian cuisine.

There are many good recipes for Nasi Goreng. Here is a good, reliable one, and simple to make. It takes about 2-0 minutes to organize and about 15 minutes for the actual cooking. This recipe serve 4 people. Continue reading

Hawaiian Molded Seafood Salad

A Kamai’ina Dish for Company
Good Pupu for the Pau Hana Hour

Here’s another old Kamai’ina dish – a kind of fusion food in Hawaiian cuisine – which would typically be served when company came.  It is good with crackers or chips as a Pupu at the cocktail or Paul Hana hour.

How to make Hawaiian molded seafood salad with crab

Crab

Molded Seafood Salad

Hawaiian

Ingredients:

First we assemble the Ingredients

4 – 5 ounces Shrimp
8 ounces Crab

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

8 ounces Lobster
1 small can Tomato Soup
1 package Gelatine
½ cup cold water
8 ounces Cream Cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
½ cup chopped Onions
½ cup chopped Celery
½ cup chopped Green Onions

Method:

Using lobster to make Hawaiian style molded seafood salad

Lobster

The Shrimps, Lobster and Crab should be cleaned, deveined, and coarsely diced.  Or you may use canned or frozen seafood, if you prefer.

When the Ingredients are laid out and ready, we begin by softening the Gelatine in the cold water.

When the Gelatine is ready, we heat the Tomato soup to boiling, and add the dissolved Gelatine, stir to mix thoroughly and then remove from the heat.

Next we mix the Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise together, combining until it is smooth, and then add the soup, again mixing well together and then set aside to cool.

Gelatine

Gelatine

When the soup is cool, we add the Vegetables and the Seafood — Shrimp, Crab, Lobster.  We pour it all into a mold and chill for several hours until the cocktail hour, when we serve with crackers or chips as desired.

Capt. James Cook's ship off Hawaii, 1778

Capt. James Cook – Hawaii 1778

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Vietnamese Cuisine

Fish Sauce, Nuoc Mam and Sea Ghost  Fingers
The National Dish Is a Soup — Even at Breakfast

“Only the French imposed their own cuisine upon their Asiatic possessions.” — David Dodge [1]

“He was not yet Ho Chi Minh. It was 1917 and he was Nguyen Ai Quoc and he was a pastry cook under the great Escoffier.” — Robert Olen Butler [2]

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce

Vietnamese cooking is light and delicate, healthy, and remarkably varied. Its famous dishes can be very unusual and even have poetic names, like one for Crab Claws called Sea Ghost Fingers. Continue reading

Takashi Yagihashi – Noodle Expert

Fusion Temple to Noodle Boutique
Master of the Slurping Turtle

“Despite being in a mall food court, the ramen here will satisfy your craving.” — Chicago diner

Japanese Shio Ramen - Tonkotsu TypeAs a child in Japan, Takashi Yagibashi could not afford to eat meat.  But “fish was very cheap,” he says. [1]

And he says  Continue reading