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Naomi Duguid's Kachin Pounded Beef with Herbs

She doesn't mention it in the recipe headnote, but Naomi Duguid's Kachin Pounded Beef with Herbs in her Burma must be a kissing cousin to Laos and Thailand's laab. Instead of hand-chopped meat that is tossed with spices, however, this Burmese version is pounded in a mortar and pestle, grinding the aromatics into gently simmered beef. The result is a meltingly tender bowl of fragrant beef with a texture akin to rillettes but with the taste of Southeast Asia. More

Dinner Tonight: Miao Pork with Corn and Chiles

The end of corn season is rapidly approaching, as I found out the hard way while attempting to locate some pristine examples at the local farmers' market. But if you can find enough ears, and I eventually did after some digging, this recipe from Beyond the Great Wall is a fitting way to say goodbye to the summer staple. Pork may be the first ingredient listed, but as you can tell by the picture, corn makes up the bulk of this dish. More

Dinner Tonight: Uncle Lang's Three Teacup Chicken

Like pound cake, three teacup chicken refers to the "small Chinese teacup," which is used to "measure the soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar." At least that's what Grace Young and Alan Richardson claim for this rendition in The Breath of a Wok. Cute anecdote aside, what's amazing is how simple this sauce is to make. It's tart, sweet, astonishingly complex. Plus it comes together in a matter of seconds, and pairs nicely with the chicken. More

Dinner Tonight: Six-Spice Hanger Steak

I can't believe I've never made hanger steak before. While it's often referred to as a "cheaper cut," I usually can't find it for under $10 a pound. Also, a lot of recipes recommend a long marinade—something I can't indulge in often. Luckily, I found this recipe from Gourmet, which introduces a highly flavored dry rub and a very simple sauce. It can be made in 20 minutes or so. Not bad. More

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