Chinese Daikon and Carrot Soup

Chinese Daikon and Carrot Soup

I’ve been making a lot of Chinese home-style soups lately – Nathan has been going through some health challenges lately and all he wants to eat is clear soup. My house smells like Mom’s house when I simmer a pot of soup. One most frequently asked questions I get is, “what’s your favorite recipe from your Mom?” It’s tough to …

Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Sweet and Sour Sauce

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We don’t get many choices in Chinese restaurants in my town – all the joints are a jumbled mish-mash of Americanized Asian food and they all serve sushi (because it sells really well with high profit margins). Last week, we went to one for lunch and Andrew ordered Sweet and Sour Chicken. The chicken was deep fried and the sauce …

How to Cook Chinese Sausage

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My parents came to visit us last week, a pitstop on their way to a Transatlantic cruise and vacation. Normally, when they come visit, Mom will call a week before to get “my list” of things to bring – Asian foodstuffs that I can’t buy in my Florida markets but that she can find near her home in Las Vegas. …

Chinese Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp Chinese Style Recipe

My parents grill outdoors quite often, they live in Las Vegas so they can pretty much grill year-round (though I bet during the hottest summer weeks, you could grill directly on the sidewalk). Mom is one of the best hostesses I know, always making sure that there is plenty of food and drink to feed all the guests plus extra …

Green Beans with Chinese Preserved Radish Stir Fry

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish Recipe

I try not to create recipes using strange Asian ingredients that you all might be intimidated in trying, but there are exceptions. No, don’t worry, I won’t be having you ask for soy sauce duck tongue (a delicious Taiwanese beer snack!) or ancient Chinese bitter herbal remedies (blech!) This recipe calls for Chinese Salted Radish or also called Chinese Preserved …

Curried Beef Dumplings

Curried Beef Dumplings Recipe

This recipe for Curried Beef Dumplings is from Carla Hall’s brand new book, Cooking with Love. Carla is a co-host on ABC’s The Chew and a “Fan Favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars. What I love about this recipe is that it’s sort of a cross between steamed sui mai (dim sum dumpling) and pan-fried potstickers. It’s the best …

Chinese Fried Wontons

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Chinese dumplings are probably one of the most convenient and versatile foods to keep around. 1- They go from frozen to appetizer or dinner in just a few minutes. 2- You can pan fry/steam (like potstickers/gyoza), deep fry, boil or steam. 3- They’ll store in the freezer for months. Dumplings are my emergency food (unexpected hungry visitors!), midnight snack (shhhh….don’t …

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Chinese Egg Drop Soup is one of those dishes that can be made incredibly well as a warming start to a meal…..or done terribly, horribly, no-no wrong. There’s an Asian restaurant near my house, not naming names but *cough* on 53rd Avenue *cough*, who serves Egg Drop Soup that has so much food coloring that it practically glows in the …

Vegetable Spring Rolls (Egg Rolls)

Vegetable Egg Rolls Recipe

This Sunday is Chinese New Year, the year of the s-s-s-snake! I haven’t fully researched what the forecast for the year will look like, but according to Chinese feng shui master, it’s best to wear a monkey around your neck to avoid getting bit by the snake. Here is a great infographic I created to show what to and not …

Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe

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I really had a lot of trouble naming this dish. It’s Fried Rice. But with quinoa, not rice. Fried Quinoa? That just sounds funky. Anyways, it’s subbing the heart-healthy, protein high ancient grain, QUINOA for the rice. I cook the Quinoa Fried Rice exactly in the same style that I cook Chinese Fried Rice. You know what? I like it …