Category Archives: Vegan

Cucumber with homemade black bean garlic sauce

Cucumbers are almost always eaten raw here in the United States. In China, however, they’re almost always cooked, either stir-fried or boiled (as in this recipe). Cooking them gives them a rounder and more subtle flavor, but they still taste … Continue reading

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Cucumbers with fermented black beans and doubanjiang

This dish contrasts the fresh, light taste of cucumbers with the more umami flavors of fermented black beans (douchi, 豆豉) and spicy bean paste (la doubanjiang, 辣豆瓣酱). In the United States we’re not used to cooking our cucumbers, but in China cucumbers are … Continue reading

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Avocado and mango salad

This is a completely simple dish that really needs no description at all. It’s ready in a minute and will please everyone. As presented here, the lime juice brings out the flavor of the tomato and the mango, with the … Continue reading

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Liang mian (凉面)

So this is liang mian (凉面), literally “cold noodles,” a simple but wonderful dish that has its origin in Sichuan Province. It’s one of those foods where every street vendor, every restaurant, every Sichuanese cook will have their own recipe. … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts with cashews and savory chili sauce

Vegan readers, this is another one for you. But it’s also great for anyone who likes deep, rich, savory flavors and a spicy bite. (Never mind that Brussles sprouts are rare in Asia). This is another “simple” recipe, by which … Continue reading

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Cauliflower with chiles and onion

As I said in yesterday’s post, I found a really fun foodie restaurant on my recent trip to China. I asked them how they described their cuisine, and they said “Beijing creative,” which I thought was perfectly apt. We had … Continue reading

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Gai lan with spicy bean sauce

Gai lan, also known as Chinese Broccoli (芥兰, or gàilán in Pinyin) is a leafy vegetable that tastes roughly like traditional broccoli despite being mostly leaves with minimal florets. It’s hard to find in American groceries but it’s a common staple … Continue reading

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