Tag Archives: Asia

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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Sichuanese red-braised snapper

If you’re a Western cook, you’ve probably been amazed at typical Chinese fish preparations in which the whole animal lies on a plate under a sauce. How do you cook it? How do you eat it? Well, the goal of … 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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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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Spicy braised chicken

This recipe takes a bit of time to make but it’s still very easy and unfussy. The overall taste is reminiscent of northern China, but with a bit of a spicy kick. Braised to a tender perfection, you’ll be able … 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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The essential Chinese pantry

Here is a collection of the items that I think of as my staples for the Chinese pantry. They are used in many of the recipes in this blog. Different cooks will have different opinions as to the essentials, which … 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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