Category Archives: Vegetables

Asparagus with ponzu sauce

Spring is just about here, and that means it’s time for fresh asparagus. I recommend blanching the cut spears for just about a minute, certainly no longer than that, and then cooling them in cold running water so that they … Continue reading

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Long beans (长豆角) with chiles and bacon

This is the second TastyAsia recipe using long beans (长豆角, zhǎng dòujiǎo). The first is here. As I mentioned in the introduction to that recipe, long beans are a bit softer than regular green beans and they have a more intense “bean” … Continue reading

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Cabbage and egg

Here we have another Chinese staple, which also happens to be a completely simple and very tasty dish. Fresh cabbage adds a nice crunchy sweetness, while the egg and the sesame oil give a wonderful umami savoriness. This is another … Continue reading

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Soybeans with tofu and Tianjin preserved vegetable (天津冬菜毛豆)

This recipe is for green soy beans (毛豆, máo dòu), seasoned with Tianjin preserved vegetable (天津冬菜, Tiānjīn dōngcài) and other savory spices. You can use fresh or frozen soybeans. If you use fresh ones, shell them and then and boil … Continue reading

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Chard (红厚皮菜) with black mushrooms

Chard is a sturdy, leafy vegetable that comes in various colors. Red chard (红厚皮菜, hóng hòu pí cài), cultivated in southern China, is especially beautiful with deeply green leaves and strikingly red stems. It tastes quite bitter when raw but … Continue reading

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Red braised chicken with lime, fragrant greens, and soybeans

This dish is my attempt to recreate another restaurant meal I had in Beijing. The actual recipe was made with rabbit and it was completely delicious. I had some trouble getting my hands on fresh rabbit tonight, so instead I … Continue reading

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Green beans and pork in “fish-fragrant” sauce

To the Western ear, “fish-fragrant” sauce has a very strange name. Does it taste like fish? Does it smell like fish? No, not hardly. “Fish-fragrant” (魚香, yúxiāng) is the name of a sauce that comes from Sichuanese cuisine, originally developed to accompany … Continue reading

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