Hot and Sour Soup with Silken Tofu & Tofu Skins

Hot and Sour Soup Hot and Sour soup was a childhood favorite of mine.  I love the mildly spicy, salty and sour broth strewn with egg drops.  Diving into it was a treasure hunt.  What would I find?  A bit of pork, a crunchy bamboo shoot, chewy black fungus or the elusive prawn?  Living in…

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Asian Style Pork Ribs in a Spicy Garlic & Honey Sauce

Asian Style pork ribs! Sticky Sweet Spicy Garlic Crispy   A child cries at the dining room table.  Before her, a small plate of untouched noodles next to a small pile of sparkling clean rib bones.  She demands more, more than the hefty portion she was given.  Her request for more stems from an instinctive,…

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Pork Shoulder and King Oyster Mushrooms Stir-Fry

  How do I describe this pork and king oyster mushroom stir-fry? Well, it’s difficult to put in words. Have you ever eaten something that made you question why you don’t eat that exact same thing every day?  A food that is so tasty, so layered in flavor, succulent, juicy, salty and just a little…

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Saucy Oven-Baked Kung Pao Chicken Wings

  I like Kung Pao Chicken and I like chicken wings but I absolutely love these Kung Pao Chicken Wings.  Why?  Well, for one thing they are delicious.  Tender on the inside and coated in a mouthwatering salty, sweet and spicy sauce.  They don’t take much prep or an extensive amount of time to throw…

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Shanghai Noodles with Shitake Mushrooms and Pork

  China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want…

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Thai Chili Paste, Garlic and Ginger Pork Belly

      If you are what you eat, than I am a mess of pork belly.  This fatty pork remains my Achilles heal of food weaknesses.  Granted I don’t eat it as much as I want but, when I do, it has to be cooked to perfection.  Now, in my humble opinion, no (vast)…

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Chicken and Pineapple Poached in Soy and Sesame Sauce

      For me as a kid, nothing was as big of a bummer as being served Hawaiian pizza.  This was a time in my life when I keep the sweet and savory completely separate.  To quote my father, “Leave the fruit in the bowl”.  So I did just that and painstakingly removed all…

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Karaage Chicken (Japanese Fried Chicken)

          I first learned how to make karaage (kara a gee) chicken in a Japanese cooking class whilst living in Beijing.  That was where I learned that coating things in cornstarch and frying until crispy was inspired by Chinese cooking to which I say, thank you China. For me, karaage chicken is…

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Thai Inspired Lemongrass Chicken Stir-fry

      I could go on and on about how salty, sweet, crunchy, satisfying and generally great this lemongrass chicken stir-fry can be in a long story.  Or I can just get down to the reasons why I love this recipe so much:   It’s easy It’s quick It’s healthy It’s cheap to make…

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Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich)

Dreams of travel and food This Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich) is inspired by the flavors of Vietnam.  If you haven’t gone, I suggest booking a trip sooner rather than later.  Beautiful scenery, friendly locals and delectable food.   Haunted by bread and pork Each and every time I visited this beautiful country, I…

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Wok-Fried Beef Udon Noodles with Bell Peppers

          Wok-fried beef noodles are my go-to ‘meh…not really feeling like putting in that much effort dish’. You know that feeling.  Even people such as myself who love to cook can sometimes just get tired of it. That’s why I love this simple recipe. Just marinate the beef, chop up the…

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