Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Remember the good ole days at Cal? Remember all the good food? Remember Brazil Cafe on Shattuck? If you haven’t had their tri-tip sandwich, you’ve been missing out. Get in your car and go there right now. Go. I think the best part of that sandwich is the cilantro yogurt sauce. Tao and I remember [...]

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San Tung Fried Chicken Wings and Sauce

San Tung (山东小馆) is a restaurant in San Francisco that serves chicken wings that are just delicious. Ever since my first visit, I have been curious how they are made. After eating many orders, talking to insiders and reading a few books, I have uncovered their secret; the wings are actually a fusion of Chinese [...]

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Chinese vegetable: On-Choy, 空心菜

My favorite vegetable is the Chinese dish 空心菜 (pinyin: kong xin cai) or in Cantonese, On-Choy. The literal translation is hollow heart vegetable. It totally makes sense once you take a look at the green stems…which are hollow on the inside! I always ask for this dish in any Chinese restaurant- even if its not [...]

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Salad Dressing Recipe

I’ve already blogged about a simple vinaigrette dressing here previously.  However, my friend Sohee sent me another recipe called ” Sohee’s Emoe’s Delicious Salad Dressing Recipe” which I just had to try.  Since the recipe didn’t specify whether to use a dark vinegar such as balsamic or a lighter vinegar such as white vinegar or [...]

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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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Hummus

I got this recipe from an old coworker (Thanks Ziad!). It’s a classic recipe and never fails to appease the crowds.  You can eat hummus on its own (with some pita or naan), on sandwiches, with falafel, or some fresh veggies. Ingredients 2 cans of garbanzo beans 3 Tbsp Tahini sauce (Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, [...]

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Spaghetti Sauce

This is a recipe from my dad, modified to be a little healthier and cooked in a crock pot instead of over a flame. You will need: 6 tomatoes 1.5 to 2 onions 2 green bell peppers 1 garlic clove 1 lb of ground beef or turkey 1 pack of mushrooms olive oil salt optional: [...]

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Tao’s first dish: Hoisin pork over noodles

“Mom? Can you tell me how to make ground pork with noodles?” I asked, living away from home for the very first time back in 2000, and feeling like some food from home. I needed step-by-step instructions to cook anything beyond eggs, noodles or rice at the time. I already had the ingredients, because of [...]

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