Japanese versions of Western dishes, known as yōshoku cuisine, may look like the originals that inspired them, but the flavor is unmistakably Japanese. Take this potato salad, which derives its unique flavor from Japanese mayo, rice vinegar, and hot mustard.
Mushrooms are a great choice for grilling, but that doesn't mean there's no wrong way to grill them. The secret to flavorful, succulent grilled mushrooms? Moderate heat and multiple rounds of seasoning.
Like Thai green papaya salad but can't find the green papaya? This recipe, subbing in crunchy green cabbage, carrots, and apples, is the solution.
When the heat starts to climb, I try to use my oven as little as possible. One of my favorite chilled meals: hiyashi chuka, chilled ramen topped all sorts of goodies and tossed in a bright, simple dressing. Here's how to make it at your place this summer.
Most cooks know what mirepoix, soffritto, and the Holy Trinity are...but kroueng? That's a little less likely. The answer is that it's a variety of aromatic flavor pastes used in Khmer cooking, such is in these delicious beef skewers that I learned from my Chinese-Cambodian mother-in-law. Here, I did my best to recreate the original flavor of her recipe using more readily available ingredients. The good news: She approves.
Most of us have our grilling standbys. For some, it's burgers, for others it's ribs. For me, it's chicken wings, and in particular these spicy wings marinated with soy sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, and spices. Here's how to make them.
Travel around the world and you'll find a different kind of skewered, fire-roasted meat wherever you go. On the streets of Beijing, you'll spot these spicy lamb skewers coated in cumin and chili flakes. But there's no need to go to China just to have them—you can make them right in your own yard on the grill. Here's how.
It's not entirely clear where Singapore noodles—the stir-fried curried rice noodles with shrimp, pork, and vegetables—come from, though it's unlikely Singapore is the source. Regardless, they're a stir-fry classic, and are easy to make at home. Here's what you need to know, from how to choose the right rice noodles to how to make the stir-fry work on a home burner.
Exposed to a wok's intense heat, cucumbers become silky smooth with a juicy, meaty bite. Here's a quick and easy recipe that pairs cucumbers with spicy ground pork.
You may not know it, but you've probably eaten a lot of ding in your life. Kung Pao Chicken? Ding! Cashew Chicken? Ding! Confused? Ding! Don't worry, we'll explain what ding is, and give you an awesome recipe for Cashew Chicken Ding with crunchy vegetables like jicama, celery, and bell pepper.
One of the problems with a lot of vegetarian stir-fry recipes is they can quickly become monotonous, with the same old lineup of vegetables and tofu each and every time. Don't get us wrong—some of those can be delicious—but as Buddha's Delight reminds us, there's so much more vegetarian stir-fry potential, if we just know how to tap it.
Xiao long bao, Shanghai-style soup dumplings, have become legendary for good reason, but so far their doughier pan-fried cousins called sheng jian bao remain much less well-known here in the States. If you love XLB, you need to try sheng jian bao. Here's how to make them at home.
Lo mai gai, the dim sum classic of steamed lotus leaves stuffed with sticky rice and all sorts of delicious goodies, are irresistible. The biggest task is gathering all the ingredients, like the lotus leaves and glutinous rice, as well as Chinese sausage, cured pork belly, and salted egg yolks. Once you've got them rounded up, though, it's a relatively easy and extremely delicious at-home dish.
Beef with broccoli is a staple of North American Chinese fast food joints, but the real version of this dish uses Chinese broccoli (gai lan), not the more familiar broccoli florets. Gai lan pairs perfectly with the strips of marinated beef, shallots, garlic, and oyster sauce in this easy dish.
Siu mai, the Chinese steamed pork and shrimp dumplings, are one of the most popular items at dim sum parlors. But you don't have to go out just to enjoy them, because they're one of the easiest dumplings to make at home.
Think of the Chinese Lunar New Year like a second go-round of Thanksgiving: It's all about families and friends coming together to feast and celebrate. Here's what you need to know to throw your own Chinese New Year celebration, from hair-washing tips to recipes.
Every year, families celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with an impressive feast called Reunion Dinner, and among the many plates on the table is abalone in a rich sauce with dried oysters, shiitakes, and an algae called black moss. Inspired by that dish, this recipe is a vegetarian take with easier-to-find ingredients, like tofu and both fresh and dried mushrooms. Even without the seafood it still delivers on the richness and flavor of the original.
Steamed whole fish may be one of the simplest of the Chinese New Year's Eve feast, but it's loaded not just with plenty of flavor, but also lots of symbolic significance. Here's how to make it, and just what it means.
Studded with Chinese sausage, Chinese bacon, and shiitake mushrooms, this steamed (and then, optionally, pan-fried) daikon-radish-based snack is a classic at both the Chinese New Year, and also on dim sum tables year-round.
Shanghai-style Lion's Head meatballs have a name that sounds intimidating, but they couldn't be easier to make. In this recipe, ground pork is mixed with mashed tofu (for tenderness), minced water chestnuts (for crunch), seared until golden, and then simmered in broth with vermicelli noodles, cabbage, and bok choi.
Chinese hot pot is one of the ultimate communal dining experiences: diners sit around a table, dipping prepared meats, seafood, and vegetables into simmering broths to quickly cook before eating. All that's required are a few key pieces of equipment and all the ingredients prepped right. Here's how to host a hot pot feast at home.
There's something very comforting and satisfying about a meal served and cooked in one pot. One of my favorite one-pot meals is clay pot rice. For this version, I wanted to use an ingredient that's not normally seen in clay pot rice: spicy Italian sausage. Combined with slivers of chicken, marinated dried mushrooms, and a sweet and savory sauce, this speaks comfort to me.
Congee is nothing more than a simple rice porridge, but man can it be comforting! It's an Asian breakfast staple, a dim sum classic, and a blank canvas to add your own flavors. Traditionally white rice is used, but sometimes I like to use brown rice for a heartier, healthier porridge with a subtle nutty flavor. Heartier vegetables such as kale, escarole, shiitakes, leeks, and even Brussels sprouts are perfect in it. One of my favorite combos is this recipe: marinated strips of beef, dried shiitake mushrooms, and garlic chips.
When hitting up the closest dim sum restaurant feels about as easy as traveling to China, creating a downscale experience at home is the answer, and the Dim Sum Classics we've been writing about all week are a great place to start. Your complete menu, after the jump!
Smooth and a little sweet with a mild soybean flavor, fresh bean curd skin is a delicacy. At dim sum houses, it's often stuffed with a mixture of ground pork with mushrooms and ginger, then bathed in a mild yet rich chicken stock-based sauce. While it's typically a breakfast item, these rolls also make a good dinner dish when served with rice alongside.
Glazed carrots are a classic holiday side dish and an easy stove-top preparation, but I like to mix it up a bit with some Asian flavors. For this recipe, I combine a medley of sweet root vegetables: carrots, sweet potatoes, and red beets. Instead of a traditional butter and sugar glaze, they're finished in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil, with a touch of ginger and lemon juice for flavoring.
Sautéing a stalk or two of celery, plus a few slices of Chinese sausage, a little bit of chili pepper and lots of garlic, is my go-to dish to cook when I don't know what I want to eat. It is quick to make, economical, and perfect with a bowl of rice. This is a twist on my go-to dish, which combines celery with celery root, fennel, Chinese sausage, and tons of garlic. Thai-style nam prik pao—a roasted chili jam—adds heat and a savory, roasted aroma.
If you've ever had bibimbap, the red sauce on the side is mainly comprised of gochujang, a fermented Korean chili paste. It's a great ingredient for marinades that need a little heat or in stir-fried dishes. Today, I'm using it in a salad dressing for a light salad of greens, vegetables, and chicken poached in sake.
Soy sauce and butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations and when the weather gets colder, I like to combine it with one of my favorite squashes: sweet and intense kabocha. When roasted, the flavors all intensify and the texture becomes creamy and satisfying.
Everybody's heard of Kale Caesar Salads by now, right? In this recipe, I take that same concept and switch out the flavors for a creamy sesame and soy-based dressing made with creamy tahini, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and black pepper. I also added some turnip greens and arugula to the salad mix to make things a bit more interesting.