Category Archives: Meat

Bacon with wood ear mushrooms and tofu (培根双鲜)

This dish was an outstanding success. The tastes blended really well together and the textures were wonderfully complimentary. Wood ear mushrooms (木耳, mùěr), which are usually sold dried and need to be soaked in warm water before using, have an earthy … Continue reading

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Simple chili beef with peanuts

Here is another simple recipe. Thinly cut beef is quickly stir-fired with aromatics and then given some heat with dried chiles. Peanuts and soy sauce contribute some wonderful depth of flavor. The whole recipe is fast, simple, nourishing, and delicious. You … Continue reading

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Another cumin beef recipe (孜然牛肉)

The first cumin beef recipe I posted called for thin slices of beef to be twice-cooked; first, briefly fried in about an inch of oil then drained and stir-fried with other ingredients. This recipe uses bite-sized chunks rather than slices, and … Continue reading

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Fragrant chicken soup with tomato and lime (柠香蕃茄鸡)

This soup recipe, which I’m calling fragrant chicken soup with tomato and lime (柠香蕃茄鸡), is delicious. It’s also quite simple, because it creates its own stock. Pre-made soup stocks are wonderful things. I use them often and I’d never discourage … Continue reading

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Seafood hotpot (海鲜火锅)

This is the first Chinese hotpot dish on TastyAsia, but it certainly won’t be the last. That’s because the variations on hotpot are limited only by your imagination and what’s available at your local markets. Chinese hotpot has three main … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Cumin beef (孜然牛肉)

This is twice-cooked cumin beef (孜然牛肉, zīrán níuròu), another very comforting and simple recipe. And here at TastyAsia, of course, “simple” always means that it’s done in the time it takes to cook rice. The taste of beef goes very well with … Continue reading

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