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Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup has long been one of my favourite comfort foods.  This version is easy enough for a weeknight, packed with bright flavours, and short on exotic ingredients. I have an outsized collection of cookbooks.  Personally, I blame my cookbook collection on my […]

Review:  ‘Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen’ A Cookbook & Family Memoir

Review: ‘Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen’ A Cookbook & Family Memoir

The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen is as much family memoir as cookbook.  This charming book is filled with family stories and treasured recipes.  Its thorough introduction to the Cantonese kitchen is bound to be loved and appreciated by anyone with a passion for authentic Chinese […]

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

As the weather gets warmer, I find myself scrounging around for interesting salads.  As much as we all love meats off the braai, they require some light, crunchy veg to balance it all out. Since it looks as if we’re in for some lovely, warm […]

Szechuan Steamed Stuffed Cucumbers, a Light and Satisfying Meal

Szechuan Steamed Stuffed Cucumbers, a Light and Satisfying Meal

Steaming cucumbers may seem unusual.  However, this dish has a surprisingly tasty flavor, as the mild bitterness of the cucumbers contrasts beautifully with the rich pork filling.  Better yet, these cucumbers are quick and easy to prepare on busy weeknights. As the weather warms up, […]

Chinese Eggplant Salad, An Easy Make-Ahead Menu Option

Chinese Eggplant Salad, An Easy Make-Ahead Menu Option

This lovely cold dish is a study in contrasts.  It is sweet and sour, with a divine, slippery texture, and a mild nuttiness from the toasted sesame seeds.  This “salad” makes a lovely, light meal for two on a warm summer day.  Alternately, it can […]

Jing Fong, Dim Sum in the Heart of NYC’s Chinatown

Jing Fong, Dim Sum in the Heart of NYC’s Chinatown

Jing Fong, which is currently NYC Chinatown’s largest restaurant, is renowned for the variety and authenticity of its dim sum. History Jing Fong opened in 1978 on Elizabeth Street in NYC’s nascent Chinatown.  Unfortunately, due to the precarious economic climate in New York City during […]

Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy

Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy

Stir fried bok choy must be among the most iconic dishes on Chinese restaurant menus.  However, unfortunately, it is often deeply disappointing — limp and overly saucy.  The good news is that this is one of the easiest Chinese dishes to prepare in your own […]

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

This divine pork tenderloin is a hostess’ best friend.  It is easy to make, flavorful, and improves with age.  In addition, the tenderloin’s Asian flavors — marrying orange and hoisin — are almost universally loved. In my home town, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, cocktail parties […]

Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

Stir fry is an easy weeknight dish which comes together almost as quickly as takeout.  Better yet, this particular stir fry is filled with crunchy, nutritious green vegetables.  So, it is packed with vitamins that are bound to help you stay fit and healthy. On […]

Chinese Five Spice Powder

Chinese Five Spice Powder

Five spice powder is China’s best-known and loved seasoning blend.  Like most spice blends, the ingredients and proportions vary.  However, the classic Chinese combination of star anise, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and Szechuan pepper is most common.  It’s also the version I remember from my aunt’s […]