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Chinese Salted Kumquat Recipe

Many people candy the kumquat — or if you’re Chinese, you may have had it dried or salted. One of my Mom’s favorite remedies for sore throat is salted, preserved kumquat mixed in hot water and a little honey. Basically, it’s just like making Moroccan preserved lemons, but with kumquat. The kumquat is kept whole, but squashed or cut slightly …

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The Art of Tea Tasting

Tea growing hills in Fujian, China I was never really a big tea lover last year when my Mom gave me packets of Chinese green tea to take home from a recent visit. Not only were they a really good quality green tea, but I started enjoying tea after dinner, as sort of a relaxing ritual. Just a few months …

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How Artisan Japanese Sake is Made

Many of you know that Japanese sake is made from rice, but did you know that premium artisan sake is done mostly by hand? Very little machinery is used, which is why this is a true art form. I’m continuing my series on Premium Artisan Japanese Sake and this post is dedicated to telling the story of how the sake …

All About Japanese Sake

To launch my sake section – I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to Sur La Table – see end of post! ~jaden Contest Over! == As much is I love everything Asian, I really didn’t get into exploring world of fine Japanese sake (SAH-keh) until just recently. A little over a year ago, I had a chance to sneak …

Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Vietnamese Ice Coffee is an intensely brewed coffee concentrate that drips down into a tall glass of ice and a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk. If you love coffee, and have only tried weak, watered down coffee served over ice, you’re in for a big awakening. Vietnamese Ice Coffee is creamy, rich, smooth and sweet. Oh, and intense coffee …

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Fresh Lemongrass Ginger Ale

If you are having a outdoor summer party – this is a drink that will have your friends praising you to infinity and beyond. This recipe is from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. You rock my world, J-Vo!…