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Stir-fried watercress with mushrooms and peanuts

This is a simple, fast, and tasty dish. Watercress (豆瓣菜, dòubàn cài) is a tasty herb that grows in standing water. The leaves and smallish stems have a pleasant peppery taste, and are rumored to have medicinal properties… although sources … Continue reading

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Stir-fried spinach with shrimp paste and Thai peppers

Here’s another easy and comforting recipe. I served it alongside a braised pork dish, and the spiciness of the spinach contrasted quite well with the natural sweetness of the pork. Begin with lots of fresh spinach, about a half-pound per … Continue reading

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Laghman noodles (拌面)

Learning how this Chinese dish got it’s name is almost like taking a course in west Asian culture, history, and geopolitics. It’s known as Laghman noodles in English, after Laghman Province in Afghanistan where it has its roots. Laghman Province … Continue reading

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Burmese egg curry

Burma shares borders with China, India, Thailand, so you can just imagine what a culinary crossroads it is. Burma is also a former British colony, but this recipe cleaves vigorously to local roots. Frying the boiled eggs before adding them to … Continue reading

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Spicy walnut shrimp

Chinese cooks love combining varying textures to interesting effect. There’s a Cantonese dish recommended by Ken Hom that combines sugar-glazed walnuts with shrimp. This dish is inspired by Ken Hom but is my own recipe; it skews towards a spicier … Continue reading

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Chicken with onions, black beans, and Chinese broccoli

I ate Chinese broccoli (芥兰, jiè lán) twice on my last trip to China, and each time it was served exactly the same way: as a side dish, laid out with the stems all shaved and parallel with one other, … Continue reading

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Beef with walnuts

Here we are in the middle of summer, but for some reason the weather turned inexplicably cool today. It was overcast all day long, with clouds had that interesting depth that suggests stories. Perfect weather for a savory home-cooked meal. … Continue reading

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