Bean Sprouts in Vinegar / Moashi su

A Refreshing Side Dish
Traditional Japanese Recipe

Using bean sprouts in the Asian ktichen

Bean sprouts

Moyashi Su or Bean Sprouts in Vinegar, is a quick appetizer or side dish that uses a traditional Japanese treatment for blanching and quick picling raw vegetables/

It is believed to have very important healthful properties, especially when made with pure Japanese rice vinegar. Continue reading

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

Steamed Rice Cakes / Bibingkas

Popular at Christmas and or Meriendas

Cooking with Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

There may be as many recipes for Bibingkas, a custardy cake popular in the Philippines, as there are for Lumpia or Adobo.  Bibingkas often appear at meriendas,or afternoon teas.  This version is popular at Christmas in the Philippines and is often made at home and also often sold outside churches during the holidays. 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

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

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

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