Monthly Archives: February 2013

Grilled beef tenderloin (烤牛腰部嫩肉)

In modern Beijing, people are more likely to eat at a barbecue shop than to grill meat at home. This is mostly because Chinese kitchens aren’t set up for grilling: many people live in tall new apartment towers that don’t … Continue reading

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Grilled zucchini with chili garlic sauce

Vegetables are often done best when they’re done simply. This recipe brings out the fresh taste of zucchini, which is made deeper and richer by grilling and then given a bit of snap with chili sauce. There are many different types … Continue reading

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Xinjiang spicy chicken (新疆麻辣鸡)

Braising is a technique used throughout China, in which you first sear food in dry heat and then finish it with a longer boil or simmer. It is ideal for helping tougher cuts of meat turn out tender and juicy. … Continue reading

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Green beans with ground pork

This is a quick and easy recipe that really needs no introduction. It’s just what the title implies: green beans flavored with ground pork. You can use any kind of beans. I used thin green haricots verts, which are pictured … Continue reading

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Pork with smoked red pepper

We’re in the depths of winter now and, predictably, the weather has been terrible. That’s a problem because I’ve really been wanting to grill. But I wasn’t going to stand outdoors in the sleet and wind, so I made this … Continue reading

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Green beans with Tianjin preserved vegetable (天津冬菜)

For this recipe, I used thin green beans (actually French haricots verts), which have the diameter but not the length of Chinese long beans. Long beans, also known as yard-long beans (豆角, dòu jiǎo), are ideal for this dish. Long beans have … Continue reading

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Chicken with bok choy

There really is a pleasant kind of “down the rabbit hole” feeling when trying to translate the names for Chinese vegetables into English. Speakers of American English will recognize the leaves in this dish as bok choy, sometimes called Chinese … Continue reading

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