Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

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  Before my Mom came to visit, she sent a care package full of foodie goodies, and instructed me to save them for when she comes to visit. I knew exactly what that meant – Mama’s gonna cook for me! In the package were Chinese Preserved Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage. Sure enough, Mom announced she was making “Chinese Clay Pot Rice” for dinner …

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 …

Black Pepper Steak

Black Pepper Steak Recipe

One of my very first blogging friends is Bee from Rasa Malaysia. In the early days of the blog, we used to chat on the phone after my kids went to bed about the technical side of blogging — silly acronyms like SEO, PHP, CSS and HTML. Back then (I say “back then” like it was decades ago, but in reality …

Chinese Broccoli Beef

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Chinese Broccoli Beef Recipe (from my cookbook!) on my other website, New Asian Cuisine.

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

[imagebrowser id=12] This Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs dish is a mouth-watering appetizer and goes-great-with-cold-beer type of dish from China. Normally, the ribs are deep fried, but I wanted to cook a version that didn’t require me to waste 3 cups of cooking oil. If you do want to deep fry the ribs, Curiously Ravenous has a recipe from Ye …

“Meat” Fried Rice – Four Ways

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My editor, Jeff Houck, sent over a picture of pan-fried Scrapple slice and my heart fluttered like crazy. “Scrapple? Scrapple! What’s Scrapple? I asked him,” and within 30 minutes was off to the supermarket to find Scrapple, a distant cousin to Spam. Yes, I have an odd fascination with meat that comes in it’s own coffin. “hmmm…I wonder if I …

Sesame Shrimp with Honey Mustard Sauce

It never fails that at least twice a day, I’m asked, “so when are you gonna start your own restaurant?” My reply is always the same, “only when I have an extra million in the bank and I don’t have to worry about making money.” I know a restaurant is just too much…

Pan Seared Steak Rolls

from my column in Tampa Tribune Tat-tat-taaaat-tat-tat-taaaat-tat! That, my friends, is the beautiful sing-song sound of Chef Martin Yan’s cleaver as he chops bok choy. In fact, everything about Martin is musical, from the lyrical harmony of his Chinese accent (yes, it’s real – I asked) to the way he rhythmically pulses the food processor. Brrrrrr-brr.brr-brrrrr.

Long Life Fertility Noodles with Happy Shrimp

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Note: this was written for the lovely wedding issue for the Tampa Tribune *** The Chinese culture is filled with food traditions and symbolisms, so much in fact that I could never keep up and remember them all. During the entire 6 days surrounding my wedding, I deferred to my mother to tell me what to eat to please the …

On Air: Ancient Chinese Secret Fried Rice

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Now how backwards is this:

Live broadcast via very expensive digital news cameras -> transmits via fancy satellite somewhere up in space -> to massive receiver at my cable company that I pay $123.00 per month to -> though thousands of miles of underground digital cable to my HD-ready cable box -> that gets recorded in high quality, digital format (like Tivo) -> saved low quality to VCR tape (yeah, that is SO 1985!) -> pay someone $40 to get 4 minutes of video from scratchy quality VCR tape onto …