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  1. Anyone know what that stuff is? I've been trying to figure it out since about 10 minutes after I ate it in the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an in late 2008. It's some kind of starch, mashed or rolled very small, and chewy mutton or lamb or some other strong-flavored meat. I think it had a five-spice powder flavor, or at least star anise. The receptionists at my hostel told me the starch was wheat, but their grasp of non-hostel related English was limited, so I can't be sure of the accuracy of that information. Yeah it was DELICIOUS, and I'd like to make some attempt at replicating it, but clearly
  2. Used to wait tables at a Chinese buffet in Alabama years ago. The owner had to finally ask me to cut down on eating three plates of the cold mussels... now it's summer, and I'd love to reproduce it. As I remember, the mussels were dressed pretty simply in a classic combo of flavors (soy, sesame, garlic or shallot, ginger, ?scallion, a bit of sweetness). I could wing it, but would rather draw on a traditional method. Anyone else know this one? Advice? Bupkus on Google...
  3. I was wondering if the fine folks here would mind sharing a recipe for chung, or rice dumplings. The picture below is of one from a kind lady who runs a food cart near Yale New Haven Hospital and medical school. It is in a lotus leaf that she carefully removes before serving. It is filled with vegetarian meat and mushrooms. The rice appears to be glutinous brown rice and peanuts. Any advice would be appreciated. The rest of the food here is a basil tofu, pak choy, cabbage, and some vegetable pickles. Dan
  4. Does anyone have a recipe for the peach shaped birthday buns (壽包) that they can share? It's my mom's 70th birthday and I would love to conclude the dinner I'm making her with some of these. I've made steamed buns (Char siu bao) before so I think I'm ok with the dough, but if someone can give me some pointers about the shaping and filling I would really appreciate it.
  5. I've seen this oil for sale in the supermarket. It's quite expensive - at least as much as the imported olive oils. I read about it in Fuschia Dunlop's Revolutionary Cuisine, but haven't seen any mention of it elsewhere. Does anybody use this oil, and how do you use it? Is it mainly used for health reasons, or has it got a distinct flavour?
  6. I picked up this book before moving to China in hopes of having a few recipes I could turn out for dinner during the week. While there are several more ambitious dishes included (the yolkless egg with shiitake mushrooms comes to mind), I was happy to find lots of easy dishes with clear instructions. I've tried Mao's red-braised pork a couple of times, such that the page is completely spattered with brown sauce and grease from having been too close to the burner when the water went in the caramel. On Sunday, I made beef with cumin from page 102 - an exceptional success, and not more than thirty
  7. We headed to an old stalwart (BBQ King) last night, as it is around the corner from out hotel. It has had a few coats of paint since we were last there, and seemed to be quite empty. The duck was OK but nothing like we remember, and it is now very expensive for what it is. The question: where do we go in Sydney (pref CBD) for good chinese roast meats? Where is the new BBQ King?
  8. My girlfriend Larisa and I are planning on moving to Shanghai in the summer of 2010. I will be visiting for two weeks 20 September - 3 October (just a few days away!) to get a feel for the city and get a start on deciding where to live. Larisa will be teaching English. The program she's going to apply for doesn't start accepting applications until February but we think it's likely that she'll be assigned to Shanghai High School which is in Xuhui (Google Map). I work from home so I don't commute anywhere. Having been working from home for the last five years in Austin I find that the various sh
  9. Chinese Hot & Sour Soup From Mark's Website cups chicken stock 1/4 lb julienned lean pork or chicken 2 T garlic & red chile paste 2 T soy sauce 3/4 tsp ground white pepper 4 eggs, beaten 5 T cornstarch 1 c sliced shittake mushrooms 1 can peeled straw mushrooms 1 can sliced bamboo shoots 1 can sliced water chestnuts 1 can baby corn ears 1 cake soft tofu, sliced into 1/4 inch cubes 1/4 c white vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil 1/4 c dried black fungus (cloud ears), soaked in water for one hour, drained and sliced. finely chopped scallions for garnish Preparation: 1. Bring stock
  10. Chinese Dumplings (Potstickers) Dough: 1/2 tsp salt 2-1/2 c unsifted flour 1 T lard, chopped fine (OK, I use margarine!) 1 c boiling water Filling: 1 lb ground pork 2 T dry sherry 2 T soy sauce 1 tsp grated ginger 1/2 tsp groud white pepper 1 T toasted sesame oil 1 T chopped green onion 1/2 tsp sugar 1 egg white 1 tsp salt 1 T corn starch 2 cloves garlic, finely minced > 2 T finely chopped water chestnuts 2 T finely chopped bamboo shoots 1 T (or more) garlic & red chile paste 1 c finely chopped cabbage with moisture squeezed out Mix all the Dough ingredients and
  11. Does anyone know the recipes for the sauces for chinese stir-fried? vegetables that are commonly available at chinese restaurants around melbourne? I'm interested in the "snow pea sprouts in garlic sauce" garlic sauce recipe. I looked on the internet, but they use sugar, thai sweet chilli sauce and oyster sauce in their garlic sauce... which i think sounds like a different recipe than the flavour I'm referring to.
  12. Chinese Hot & Sour Soup Recipe courtesy =Mark 6 c chicken stock 1/4 lb julienned lean pork or chicken 2 T garlic & red chile paste 2 T soy sauce 3/4 tsp ground white pepper 4 eggs, beaten 5 T cornstarch 1 c sliced shittake mushrooms 1 can peeled straw mushrooms 1 c can sliced bamboo shoots 1 can baby corn ears 1 cake soft tofu, sliced into 1/4 inch cubes 1/4 c white vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil 1 can sliced water chestnuts finely chopped scallions for garnish 1/4 c dried black fungus (cloud ears), soaked in water for one hour, drained and sliced. Preparation: 1. Bring
  13. In general, the recipes I've seen for cold noodles with sesame sauce are actually recipes for cold noodles with peanut-butter sauce flavored with a little sesame oil. This is also the case with all the examples I've been served in Chinese restaurants in the US. Is there such a thing as a recipe for sesame sauce that uses no peanuts? (This is an allergy-related request; not my allergy but I'm cooking to accommodate it.)
  14. Pork Liver Panfried with Chinese Chives Serves 2 as Main Dish. This recipe is from Yahoo Japan's Gourmet site...it outranks any of the other recipes for this dish that I have tried. It uses oyster sauce, which suits this dish perfectly. This dish is originally Chinese, and can be cooked with almost any type of onion, but in Japan is always cooked with nira (Chinese chives)and sometimes other vegetables such as wedges of onion or beansprouts. 1 tsp cornstarch in a little water Sauce 1 T sake 1-1/2 T soy sauce 1 T oyster sauce 2 T Japanese toasted sesame oil 1/2 packet (roughly 1 cup) be
  15. Chinese Coconut Squares Serves 8 as Dessert. Here's the recipe for the fluffy, snow-white, coconut-flavored gelatin squares served at Chinese dim sum. 2 tablespoons powdered gelatin 1-3/8 cups boiling water 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon coconut extract 2 egg whites Lightly oil shallow one-quart square dish. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in evaporated milk, sugar, and coconut extract. Cool to room temperature. In separate bowl, whip egg whites until it is fluffy and holds stiff peaks. Place bowl of gelatin mixture in a larger bowl filled with ice. As gelatin beg
  16. Chicken velvet (adapted from Yan Kit So’s Classic Chinese Cooking) Serves 2. 1 whole chicken breast, about 1 lb, cut into rough chunks 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg white 2 tsp ice water 2 tsp cornstarch Put all of the above into a food processor or blender and puree. Variations Instead of peas, you can top your soup with finely minced Yunnan ham. Country hams (like Smithfield Virginia ham) or prosciutto are substitutes for Yunnan ham. Instead of chicken, you can add 1 cup of fresh bamboo, julienned, and top with a little roasted sesame oil and green onions. Fresh bamboo can usually be found alr
  17. Okay, the inquisitive Caucasian girl was loose in the Asian grocery store again. I saw these substantial fish steaks on sale for $1.99/pound, labeled as "Big Head." I had no idea what kind of fish that was, but they looked purty, so I got one, figuring it would make an interesting experiment if nothing else. Turned out to weigh about 1.5 pounds; at a guess, it's a good 2 inches thick, dimensions probably more appropriate for braising or roasting (or cutting up into smaller pieces) than grilling. A bit of Googling turned up that this is probably bighead carp, but was a little low on inspiring
  18. anyone have any recipes for those tiny clams marinated in soy sauce and chiles? i'd like to review some recipe options before making a big batch.
  19. Hi everyone!!!! I know new year havn't even passed yet but I'm more excited about Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year for other SEA nations celebrating it on the same day(Didn't want to offend no one ). Anybody have an idea for their menu's yet? I do but it's still very incomplete, I wanted to do a nine course banquet, and I need help with ideas. Auspicious symbolic dishes. So far the only thing I'm definitely serving is 8 treasure chicken (pa po kueh), coz its been served on my family's CNY spread every year since the 1930's when my family moved from XiaMen to the Philippines, dunno how my gr
  20. I find that metal spoons have an unpleasant taste, while porcelain is much more "taste inert". This is especially apparent when using the spoon to eat a soup as there is more mouth contact.
  21. Hi all, I bought a dried sea cucumber the other day, hoping that my mom would know how to prepare it, I left the store without asking for directions on how to reconstitute the creature...went home then called mom....alas, she doesn't know either. She said we always bought ours ready to cook. GUYSSSS I NEED HELP!!! Pleeeeeezeee! I tried looking it up on line and all it says that its tedious preparing a dried one, but none of the sites bothered putting it to detail.
  22. Pictorial Recipe Steamed Curry Squid (Dim Sum) (咖哩蒸魷魚) This dish may be found in some dim sum restaurants: Steamed curry squid. It is quite easy to make at home. The key is in the marination. I used reconstituted dried squid to make this dish. You may also use fresh squid instead. My experience has been that the smaller the squid, the tastier. Picture of the finished dish: Serving Suggestion: 2-3 Preparations: Main ingredients (upper right, clockwise): - About 1.5 to 2 lb of reconstituted dried squid - Garlic, use about 4-5 cloves - Sa Cha Sauce (Bull Head Brand "Chinese Barbeque Sauce"
  23. Is Taiwanese Chinese food different in some subtle way from mainland Chinese food. Would there be a reason why mainland Chinese diners would be attracted towards a restaurant that serves Taiwanese Chinese food? Thank you all for your insight.
  24. One of the most common misconceptions people have about stir-fries is that you can throw any combination of leftover meat and vegetables together in the wok and stir it around with soy sauce. In a truly great stir-fry, the cook creates an artful combination of one or two vegetables to match the meat and the sauce. That's clear from hzrtw's posts! Here are some of my favorite combinations. What are yours? *Chinese okra, shrimp, onion and cloud ear fungus with an oyster sauce-based sauce (including sugar, salt, cornstarch, a little water). *Ground pork and tofu with hoisin sauce. *Asparagus and
  25. Beef with Sa Cha Sauce Clay Pot (沙茶牛肉粉絲煲) This is a Cantonese clay pot dish that is very easy to make at home. Picture of the finished dish: Serving Suggestion: 2 to 3 Preparations: Main ingredients: (From upper-right, clockwise) - Beef (flank steak), about 3/4 lb - Garlic, about 5-6 cloves - Shallot, 4 cloves - 2 bundles of mung bean threads - 1 chili pepper (jalapeno) - 2 small egg plants - "Sa Cha" Sauce (Chinese Barbeque Sauce - named by Bullhead brand) Cut the flank steak into thin slices (across the grain). To marinate the beef: Use a mixing bowl. Add the beef slices. Add 1/2 tsp
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