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  1. The recipe above is basically a good one. (And yes, just use sliced licorice root, which can be found in most Chinese grocery stores.) If you like the flavor, a terrific thing to add is dried, salted bamboo shoots, which are called yulanpian 玉蘭片, or "magnolia petals." Soak them until soft, cut off the hard parts and discard, and shred the shoots. Chop them up until they're the same size as the soybeans, and then add them to the braise. They infuse the beans with a lovely fermented flavor. Adjust the salt in the recipe accordingly, of course. Lots of shredded ginger is good, too. As for oil, I wouldn't add any. These are meant to be eaten with the fingers as snacks, rather than as sides for congee and suchlike.
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    Mushrooms and Fungi in China

    Oh, I'm in heaven. Thank you so much!
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    Mushrooms and Fungi in China

    Oh wow, that looks so delicious, and the photos are great! Do you know whether they ever available outside of China?
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    Cooking In and On Leaves

    A very late reply to Panaderia Canadiense's question of April 9 w/r/t bamboo leaves... In Taiwan, my understanding was that they generally used the largest bamboo leaves they could find, which are from the Indocalamus or "giant leaf" bamboo (http://www.lewisbamboo.com/tessinfo.html). After I read your question, I happily went to my two Chinese books on bamboo, thinking that I'd be able to nail the answer with all sorts of details in a second. Strangely enough, the articles were about growing bamboo, as well as making furniture, hats, etc., but not one about cooking with the shoots or wrapping with the leaves! Very frustrating. There is an interesting article in Chinese on the varieties of bamboo leaves used for wrapping tamales -- including the lumber bamboo (mazhu) which seems to be grown everywhere in Taiwan -- as well as the spotted brown bamboo shoot sheaths that are used to wrap certain kinds of Chinese tamales. (The ones I tried that were enclosed in these beautiful leopard-patterned [yet much thicker] wrappers tended to be pork tamales.) This blog says that the best of these sheaths come from Makino bamboo (guizhu), which IIRC are also used as lumber and so are quite huge. Anyway, here is the article complete with photos: http://npuir.npust.edu.tw:8080/index.php?op=ViewArticle&articleId=705&blogId=2 Hope this helps, and sorry for the lateness of this reply (deadlines, always deadlines). A blanket offer to anyone with a question or comment for me which I don't respond to right away is to drop me an email. That tends to prod me out of my catatonia.
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    Fish maw for Chinese soup

    Any recipes or pictures you could share? It sounds incredibly good...
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    Mushrooms and Fungi in China

    This is brilliant! What did those honey mushrooms smell and taste like, how did you use them, and where were they grown?
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    Cooking In and On Leaves

    Second that emotion w/r/t the great idea for this discussion. And canna leaves! That is so cool! I am going to try that soon. As my love is Chinese food, I often cook with bamboo leaves and lotus leaves -- which have been mentioned above -- and they are not only pretty, but they impart a wonderful fragrance to whatever they contain. Chinese tamales (zongzi) take on a particularly beautiful shape, as shown here: Or be cut into wedges as a wrapper for things like meats tossed with rice crumbs.
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    Recipes that Rock: 2012 and 2013

    My green grocer Felipe says that they are just too expensive to sell here in the Bay Area, and they rot before he unloads them. A trip to Berkeley Bowl confirmed that with some pretty fruits bearing scary prices. Good news: Latino markets often sell the pulp frozen. Mi Mercado in East Palo Alto sometimes has it. I'd call around to places like that to see if they have it in stock.
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    Chiuchow Cuisine

    I agree wholeheartedly with everyone who loves Chaozhou (aka Teochew or Chiuchow) cuisine. It has to be one of the best around, especially when seafood is on the menu. A dish that is quite popular in Taiwan is Dry Fried Flounder, and I'm pretty certain that this is from Chaozhou, since it has all of the flavor elements of that region. Does anyone know for sure? Anyway, I never could find a recipe for a dish that we always order in restaurants, so I had a lot of try & fail experiences in working this one out. Finally, after too many attempts to mention, I'm happy to report complete success! This is my own recipe, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do...
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    Cocktail Science Book

    Sounds like a terrific idea! Do you need recipe testers?
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    Dried Stockfish

    Ha! I'm really looking forward to hearing how your experiment turns out, annachan. Are you salting it first, or using any sort of marinade?
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    Chinese Eats at Home (Part 3)

    Made a wonderful Cantonese dessert tonight, just milk that is gelled up with fresh ginger juice. Easy and really delicious! Ginger milk pudding -- 薑汁撞奶 Jiangzhi zhuang nai Makes 4 servings 1 large finger of fresh ginger, either young or brown-skinned Large pinch of sea salt 4 tablespoons agave nectar, plus more for the topping, or sugar to taste 2 cups fresh, organic, full fat milk 1. Grate the ginger. Squeeze the pulp over a fine grater placed on top of a small measuring cup until you have 4 tablespoons of ginger juice. Set out 4 dessert bowls with little more than half a cup capacity. Stir the juice and pour a tablespoon into each bowl. 2. Add a small pinch of salt to each bowl, as well as a tablespoon of the agave nectar, or a teaspoon or more of sugar. 3. Heat the milk in the microwave or on the stove until it almost boils, and then pour half a cup of the hot milk into each of the bowls. Don't stir the milk, as it will mix with the ginger juice and sweeteners as it pours into the bowl. Let the bowls set up, which only takes a minute, and don't stir or disturb them. Serve the puddings either warm or cold with a swirl of agave nectar on top, if desired.
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    Chinese Eats at Home (Part 3)

    Thanks, Shalmanese!
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    Chinese Eats at Home (Part 3)

    Oh man, Prawncrackers. I want to go to your house and eat.
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    Fish maw for Chinese soup

    I haven't tried this recipe, but it looks like it might be really good: Steamed Garoupa on Fish Maw. It comes from a Cantonese cookbook, "Dried Seafood & Chinese Foodstuff." Let me know if you want me to post the recipe, as well as whether you need the info on how to rehydrate the fish maw (i.e., swim bladder). Admire your adventurousness and look forward to seeing what you make!
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