Stir-Fried Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms / 炒雙冬

Black Mushrooms Meet Bamboo Shoots in Brown Sauce
A Taste of Old Shanghai

Cooking with bamboo shoots

Bamboo Shoot Tip

This is a basic simmered brown sauce recipe,, originally from Shanghai. The Chinese name, Chao Shuang Dong, 炒雙冬means “braised two winter vegetables.” Many different vegetables may be used, as well as Bean Curd. It is so versatile, delicious and Continue reading

Pressed Ginger Pork

A Fusion Approach
Ginger + Shaoxing + Sichuan Pepper

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

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This is a convenient Fusion concept for an appetizer that can be made in advance.  The flavor notes are an unusual  combination of Ginger with Shaoxing Wine and Sichuan Pepper.

Actual cooking time is not long, but you have to marinate and chill and press it for quid a while Continue reading

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

Japanese Style Chicken Teriyaki, Wok Grilled

A New Twist on an Old Favorite
A Quick Version

Teriyaki Style ia a typical Japanese cooking technique which baiscally uses a sweetened Soy Sauce marinade to grill Fish or Meat.  There are many variations, and most home cooks  use several. Continue reading

Egg Drop Soup / 卵スープ

An Almost Instant Soup
Ginger and Parsley Are Key

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

While Egg Drop Soup is usually considered a Chinese classic, there is a Japanese version too.  Very similar, but a little more delicate, with garnishes of Ginger and Parsley, which add that extra something.  It’s quickly made, but you need Dashi Stock or Chicken Stock to begin. Continue reading

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