Crab and Egg Fu-Yung / 蟹肉芙蓉蛋

A Chinese-American Favorite
As Made in China

CrabEgg Velvet, or Egg Fu-Yung or Foo-Young, made with Crab, Pork Shreds, or other combinations, was a favorite staple of Chinese-American restaurants for decades, then fell out of favor.  You don’t see it so much on menus anymore.

This way of cooking Eggs has been Continue reading

Stir-Fried Sliced Pork

A Taste of Beijing
Pork Meets Water Chestnuts Meet Black Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms cooked Japanese style for Bento

Mushrooms

This simple Beijing style dish balances the slightly warm nature of Pork with the cool nature of several vegetables for a nicely balanced, healthy dish. The contrast of textures is a special feature of this dish.

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Grilled Pork Meatballs

A French-Vietnamese Classic
Tomatoes Meet Wine Meet Fish Sauce

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This French-Vietnamese classic combines Western ingredients such as Tomato Sauce and White Wine, with Asian ones like Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce. When it is used 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

Lumpia – The Best Party Snack – Part II

Memories of Old Manila. Somehow Lumpia Shanghai has associations of Old Manila, the Spanish walled city of Intramuros and Binondo, the ancient Chinatown of Manila, where I first ate the dish. visiting our attorney in Manila, whose office was in the old Spanish walled city.

Our talk was a long one, and as lunch hour approached, he suggested we continue over lunch.  “We Filipinos like to cement relationships over meals,” he said.  “Let’s go to my favorite Chinese restaurant near here.”

The restaurant was in the old Chinese quarter of Binondo, near Intramuros. The streets in Intramuros and Binondo are so narrow, we went, not by care, but by horse carriage, the Filipino kalesa. The mid day sun was sweltering, as so often in Manila, and the humidity was off the scale. Continue reading

Lumpia – The Best Party Snack

Lumpia Shanghai,
The Best Party Snack

When people talk about Filipino food, one dish that always comes up is Lumpia Shanghai, the crispy egg roll appetizer or side dish with its unique sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Chicken and pork adobo, cardereta,or pancit may be national dishes of the Philippines – depending on whom you talk to – but lumpia has to be the best snack food from that country.

It’s popular not only in the Philippines but wherever people have had the chance to try it, in Filipino restaurants or homes anywhere in the world. What is it that makes this dish so popular? Continue reading