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I was recently asked by a friend to give a talk to a group of around 30 first-year students in a local college - all girls. The students were allowed to present me with a range of topics to choose from. To my joy, No. 1 was food! They wanted to know what is different between western and Chinese food. Big topic!
Anyway I did my best to explain, illustrate etc. I even gave each student a home made Scotch egg! Which amused them immensely.
Later, my friend asked each of them to write out (in English) a recipe for their favourite Chinese dish. She has passed these on to me with permission to use them as I wish. I will post a few of the better / more interesting ones over the next few days.
I have not edited their language, so please be tolerant and remember that for many of these students, English is their third or fourth language. Chinese isn't even their first!
I have obscured some personal details.
Tomato, egg noodles.
Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
For the noodle:
5 spring onions
For the sauce:
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1. The pot boil water. At that same time you can do something else.
2. Diced tomato. Egg into the bowl. add salt and sugar mixed. Onion cut section.
3. Boiled noodles with water and cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Heat wok put oil, add eggs, stir fry until cooked. Another pot, garlic stir fry the tomato.
5. add some water to boil, add salt, soy sauce, add egg
6. The tomato and egg sauce over noodle, spring onion sprinkled even better.
Novice at meat-curer looking for advice. I'm making 2 pancettas this season.
The first one I used the over-salting technique. What I didn't expect was that the salt would all turn into brine in a day, and I expected that I could scrape away the excess salt at the end. Instead, I left it on the brine for too long, and the result was too salty. The meat firmed up in 2 days so I should've taken it out then.
For my second one, which is currently in the fridge, I used the equilibrium salting technique. I added about 100g salt for 3.5kg meat. The problem now is that it's not firming up seemingly at all! It has been 9 days in the fridge, and flipping it every day or 2. After 6 days, however, there was no pool of brine left. I put the meat in a folded over but unsealed bag. Did the brine evaporate or resoak into the meat?
Any advice on how to continue would be appreciated.
I just bought these greens from the neighborhood Asian grocery. Had them once in China as a salad, and they tasted exceptional - a bit peppery like arugula, yet much more subtle and fresh, with hints of lemon.
Store lady (non-Chinese) could not name them for me other than "Chinese greens".
Any help identifying them is greatly appreciated
China's plan to cut meat consumption by 50%
I wish them well, but can't see it happening. Meat eating is very much seen as a status symbol and, although most Chinese still follow a largely vegetable diet out of economic necessity, meat is still highly desirable among the new middle classes. The chances of them willingly giving it up, even by 50%, seems remote to me.
I have been asked to make Chinese Bow Tie desserts for a function. However, I have never made them, but using Mr Google, there are a number of different recipes out there. Does anybody have a decent recipe which is tried and tested? - these are for deep-fried pastry which are then soaked in sugar syrup.
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