Sukiyaki / すき焼き

The Most Famous Japanese Hot Pot
Paper-Thin Beef in Sweet Soy Sauce 

CIMG2199Sukiyaki may be the most famous Japanese hot pot dish. Actually it is not really very old as a Japanese dishes go. Sukiyaki traces Continue reading

Ma Po Bean Curd 麻婆豆腐

Pockmarked Mother Chen’s Bean Curd
A Leading Sichuan Dish

“It’s rich and warming, a perfect winter dish.” — Fuchsia Dunlop

How to cook Ma Po Doufu, famous Sichuan dish

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

Nepalese Cuisine

The Roof the the World
Chandradeva’s Pathway

“The wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Kathmandu.” — Rudyard Kipling [1]

Vale of Kathmandu, Nepal

Vale of Kathmandu

What is Nepalese cuisine? Actually, the question should be, What Nepal? Or, what cuisine? For a relatively small country, Nepal has an astonishing variety of cuisines that can be called Nepalese.

Often thought of as a lofty, mountainous  land, home of the world’s Continue reading

Thai Cuisine

Hot, Sweet, Salty, Sour and Bitter
Variety in Flavor, Ingredients, Color

“Food is eaten not just for nourishment. For a Thai, it is an art, a topic of conversation, a source of pleasure.” — Kreesnee Ruangkritya [1]

Deva sculpture, Thailand 15th century

Deva, Thailand, 15th cent.

The core concepts of Thai cooking are hot, sweet, salty, sour and bitter.  A well-designed meal offers a variety in flavors, preparation methods, ingredients, and color.

So if a Red Curry is the main dish, the cook woul Continue reading

Korean Cuisine

Healthy, Low-Fat and Delicious
An Ancient Cuisine — And the World’s Leading Spirit
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“Korean food is a nearly perfect answer to our modern quest for a healthy, low-fat, delicious diet.” —  Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall [1]

Korea is one of the world’s ancient civilizations, with one of the great cuisines.  And it is home to the world’s top-selling alcoholic drink! Continue reading

Malaysian Cuisine

Durian Cake and Zuberbuhler’s Special
Raffles, Maugham and Lord Jim Country

“At the end of the tenth century Canton carried on direct trade with the Malay Peninsula.” —Friedrich Hirt and W. W. Rockhill [1]

Tang Dynasty horse from the Silk Road

Tang Dynasty Camel
From the Silk Road, 8th Century

For centuries the Malay Peninsula has been an important corridor in the southern sea route of the Spice Route.

The Strait of Malacca was an important Continue reading

William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi

A Fight Against World Hunger
Encyclopedia Knowledge of Soy Foods

“You will be supported in your endeavors. It is just the way the universe works.” — William Shurtleff

Using miso to prepare Asian dishes

Miso

Going to Nigeria for the Peace Corps changed William Shurtleff’s life.  He learned first hand about Third World hunger.

He knew he wanted to help solve one of the world’s great problems.

Shurtleff later visited Japan to study Zen meditation. He also met his future wife there. Continue reading