Fried Soba / 焼きそば

An All-Natural Version
No Chemicals, Preservatives, Additives or MSG

Soba Buckwheat

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Instant shelf-stable Noodle products, include instant Fried Soba or Yaki Soba  焼きそば have become widespread in recent years.  There are not only Japanese varieties, but Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, varieties continue to arrive in both Asian markets and mainstream supermarkets.  All are convenient, delicious and inexpensive.  Some students and other busy people report almost living on a diet of instant Noodles including instant Yaki Soba.  .

But there’s one problem: Read any of the labels, and you are 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

Shrimp with Hot Peppers / 辣椒蝦

Black Beans

Black Beans

Chili Peppers, Black Beans Meet Chinese Wine

This delicate Mandarin dish is quickly made and goes well with White Rice and as the Fish course in a standard Chinese meal plan.  When cooking, first arrange according to the Mise en Place for best results. Continue reading

Sushi for a Group

A Sushi Buffet
Tuna, Shrimp, Wasabi, Nori are Keys

California Maki Sushi

Sushi is a favorite category in Japanese cuisine for many people. Here”s a way to serve Sushi buffet-size for a group of friends.  This is a simple Temaki Sushi for a group. This will serve around 10 people, but you will want to add a couple of other Sushi dishes, prepared ahead of time, to complete the buffet style Sushi party. Continue reading

Fried Rice Strips – Char Kway Teow

Penang Street Food
Taste of Shrimp and Smoke

Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice

Garlic

This simple stir-fried dish of flat Rice Noodles, Bean Sprouts, Eggs, Shrimp, Garlic and maybe Chinese Sausage, is typical of the street food for which Penang is famous. Continue reading

Teochew Duck

Galangal is Key
Notes of Cantonese plus Influences from Fukien

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal

Duck is one of the meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, so it is a good choice for cooks who want to Continue reading

Chicken and Noodles in Sesame-Ginger Dressing

An Elegant Chicken and Noodle Preparation
Ginger Plus Sesame Plus Layu

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This elegant Chinese recipe for Chicken and Egg Noodles is unusual in using an oven, which seems to show modern or Western influence.  The Chicken could alternatively be steamed, as was probably done in earlier times. Continue reading