Category Archives: Vegetables

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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Bamboo shoots with bacon, chiles, and fresh basil

This is a home-cooked recreation of a Beijing restaurant dish. The restaurant in this case is another belonging to that great and rare genre, “Beijing creative.” Here is my version: And here is my poor quality, underexposed, out-of-focus, iPhone shot … Continue reading

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Garlic chives (韭菜) with bean sprouts

Here we have a great recipe for garlic chives (韭菜, jiǔcài), also known as Chinese chives or Chinese leeks. They grow into long, thin shoots with a delicious garlicky taste which pairs well with earthy vegetables or basically any meat. … Continue reading

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Long beans (长豆角) with wood ear mushroom slivers, dried chiles, and Sichuan peppercorns

Long beans (长豆角, zhǎng dòujiǎo), also called yard-long beans or asparagus beans, are a staple in southern China. Thankfully, their popularity is growing worldwide as well. The beans tend to be a bit thinner and softer than the traditional Western … Continue reading

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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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Chinese cabbage with shrimp and chili paste (虾茸大白菜)

This is another of TastyAsia‘s “fast and easy” recipes, meaning that the dish can be prepared start to finish in the time it takes to cook the rice. It’s also light, fresh, spicy, and delicious. Chinese cabbage, also called napa … Continue reading

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Bitter melon (苦瓜) with peppers and pork

Bitter melon (苦瓜, kǔguā) is a wonderful vegetable. I’ve never seen it in a Western grocery store, but it’s very common in Chinese shops and in Chinese cooking. It has a certain bitterness, of course, and that makes it something of … Continue reading

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