Five Spice Pork / Lu3 Ro4 Fan4 [滷肉飯]

This is one of my favorite Taiwanese meals (滷肉飯).  Usually it takes hours to simmer, but I’ve got it down to less than an hour. Just make a pot of rice (or if you have a Zojirushi rice cooker, just set it for when you get home from work), make this.. and viola- Taiwanese dinner! [...]

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Pickled Mustard Greens (雪裡紅) or xuělǐhóng

Xuě lǐ hóng is pickled chinese mustard greens and is a vegetable that pairs really well with the stewed pork and rice dish (lu rou fan). You can also just cook and eat this with any other meat dish, or if you are feeling vegetarian, you can steam some buns (man tou) and use this as [...]

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Chinese style spicy tendon [麻辣牛筋]

Ok, this may be a little “out there” for some of you, but for that small group of you that likes tendon, this is for you! For me, the tendon is always one of my favorite parts of eating pho! It may take some getting used to, but once you like it.. oh you like [...]

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Steamed Yams

Steamed yams is one of those dishes that make people ask you how it’s made. The irony is that the recipe is so simple, it’s almost embarrassing to tell. Ingredients: Yams: There are more than one type and they have different flavors and textures. I recommend the orange yam; it’s skin is a reddish color, [...]

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Basics of stir-fry: baby bok choy

I love going to the Chinese or Asian supermarket to buy my vegetables. However, nowadays you can easily go to Whole Foods or Berkeley Bowl and find a vast selection of Asian vegetables. We like to buy baby bok choy, because it lasts at least a week in the fridge and its super easy to [...]

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Green Onion Pancake – 蔥油饼 – cōng yóu bǐng

I always thought that green onion pancakes (蔥油饼 – cōng yóu bǐng) were beyond my capabilities and had accepted that I would only have this treat in restaurants until ellen’s 婆婆 (pópo – grandma on the mother’s side) taught me. The trick to the twisty layers of these pancakes is mixing warm and cold dough [...]

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How to wash grapes

Here’s a quick tip on how to wash dirty fruit such as grapes. They always seem to be covered in dirt when you buy them at the market and seem to be impossible to scrub off with just water… This is a little secret my mom taught me. Only one ingredient is needed- CORNSTARCH or [...]

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Three-Cheese Mini Macs

It’s always hard to decide on what to bring to someone’s house, or what hors d’oeuvres to make if you are hosting a cocktail party. Food & Wine had another great recipe for these three cheese mini macs using a mini muffin pan! genius! (Note: these are not as healthy as the healthy carrot macaroni [...]

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