Most Popular Sichuan Appetizer
Peppery, Crisp, Sour and Sweet
“This dish is peppery, crisp, sour and sweet.” — Ou Chien-kung
Sichuan Style Peppery Cabbage or La Bai Cai 辣白菜 is probably the most popular Sichuan appetizer. — It’s often served in Sichuan restaurants as an appetizer without even being ordered, along with cold Sesame Noodles and Sichuan style Peanuts.
There are many recipes. This one came from a standard Chinese cooks’ reference. It is listed in the No. 1 position under Cold Appetizers in the section on Sichuan dishes.
Pockmarked Mother Chen’s Bean Curd
A Leading Sichuan Dish
“It’s rich and warming, a perfect winter dish.” — Fuchsia Dunlop
Ma Po Doufu, Cooking in Wok
Ma Po Bean Curd 麻婆豆腐 or Pockmarked Mother Chen’s Bean Curd, has emerged as one of the most popular Sichuan dishes. There are so many recipes, and you can even get instant versions, including forms of the dish delivered Continue reading →
Bill Clinton Ate Here
Street Food from Ghost Street
Lao Sze Chuan, Broadway
Three Tony Hu’s: You can see a photo of a happy Bill Clinton in front of Tony Hu’s Lao Beijing restaurant, in Chicago’s Chinatown. Perhaps from the former President’s pre-vegan days.
Of course, you can get veggie dishes at Hu’s various Lao restaurants. Like the excellent Ma Po Do Fu at his Lao Szechuan flagship location. But even that tofu dish has some meat in it. Continue reading →
A Poisonous Weed for Fairy Gardens?
Or an Edible Dyestuff?
Purple Perilla Plant
Purple Perilla is the purple-leafed variety of the more familiar Green Perilla. People often call Perilla by its Japanese name Shiso. 紫蘇 It’s also called Beefsteak Plant, and the green variety has a lot of uses, especially in Continue reading →