Sichuan Bean Curd / 四川豆腐

Wood Ears and Shaoxing
Hot Chili and Ginger

Shaoxing WineThis simple, fragrant Sichuan preparation enhances Bean Curd in a delicate way. The Wood Ear Mushrooms 木耳 are optional, but are worth searching for.: The chewy texture really makes this dish.  A good dish when you are in a hurry. Continue reading

Noodles with Black Vinegar and Vegetables / 黑醋和蔬菜麵條

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Sesame Oil

Don’t Cut the Noodles!
Good for Picnics

Don’t cut these Noodles, whatever you do!  They symbolize long life.

This Chinese noodle dish can be made in advance and refrigerated.  Convenient when planning a picnic. Continue reading

Eggplant with Miso and Sesame / 味噌とゴマのナス

August is Eggplant Month
A Versatile Vegetable

This is one of the popular Eggplant dishes in Japan. Eggplants come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The little miniature ones called Ko-Nasu are sweet. The larger Continue reading

Strawberry Potstickers

Asian Fusion — Elegant and Fragrant
Potstickers Become Cookies

Gyoza or Potsticker Wrap.pers

Dynasty Gyoza or Potsticker Wrappers

In this Fusion recipe, the Potstickers end up as delicate Cookies.  They are layered with Whipped Cream and Strawberries, topped with Almonds and served chlled  Continue reading

Mango Ice Cream

An Island Favorite

Limes

Limes

Mangos may not be native to the Islands, but then almost nothing else is, including Pineapples and Macadamias.  This dessert gets made frequently in Hawaii, and it pairs well with Macadamia Lace Cookies, for instance.

Mango Ice Cream

Hawaiian

Ingredients:

1 cup ripe Mango pulp, pureed
2 teaspoons Lime or Lemon Juice
1 cup Sugar
4 Eggs
2 cups Milk, scalded
2 cups Whipping Cream

Method:

Mix the Mango Puree, Lime or Lemon Juice, and half a cup of Sugar.  Set aside.

Beat the Eggs to thick.

Beat the remaining half a cup of Sugar into the Eggs.

Slowly add the scalded Milk.

Cook this mixture over hot water in a double boiler until a custard begins to coat the spoon.

Remove from the fire and chill.

Finally mix this custard, the MangoPuree and Whipping Cream together and freeze.

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Hawaii - Charlie Chang Steeplejack

Broken Glass Torte

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Triumph of General Foods

Raspberry Jello

Red Jello

There is no real broken glass in Broken Glass Torte, a Hawaiian Kamai’ina favorite.  The name comes from the broken-glass look of the shards of multi-colored Jello.   Continue reading

Fish Steamed with Soba Noodles / そば麺

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Regulating Cholesterol

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

A classic of Japanese cuisine, where steaming is a frequent cooking technique. The dish combines at least three very Japanese flavor elements — Dashi,Mirin, and Soba. Besides their flavor and texture, Soba noodles Continue reading

Chicken Salad with Rice Stick Noodles

Fusion with Japanese and Chinese Notes
Crisp and Crunchy

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Sesame Oil

This Asian Fusion version of Chicken salad is quick and easy to make, has crisp and crunchy textures and is good for Continue reading