Join me for a live event with Yale Food on Thursday, August 6, at 5PM EDT. I’ll be showing you how to make yummy yeasted scallion pancakes! Learn with me step-by-step as we knead, roll, shape, and fry the dough.
I’m unlocking the most useful but most mysterious of knife cuts used in Chinese cooking, 切丝 julienne (perfect thin strips). My method is easy, safe, and minimal-waste. Once you master julienne, you’ll take your Chinese stir fries to the next level.
Welcome to my new series, Essential Knife Skills for Chinese Cooking. I’ll be introducing the most common knife cuts in Chinese recipes, with instructional videos that actually work with the produce you have on hand. Compared to many knife skill videos I’ve found online, my methods are based on traditional Chinese knife skills that are minimal waste. Step 1, if you’re struggling with knife work, your tools may be to blame. Fortunately, it doesn’t cost much to set yourself up for success. Here are some of my favorite tools at every price point, along with how to care for them.
Hot and Sour Hunan Green Beans are my take on a classic Hunan side dish: pickled long beans with ground pork. It’s one of the most memorable flavors of my childhood. Crunchy, spicy, savory, spicy, bright, these green beans instantly perk up any meal.
Happy 端午节 (duān wǔ jié) Dragon Boat Festival! This year, I’d like to introduce you to a traditional Chinese dessert that deserves a spot at your table: 绿豆糕 (lǜ dòu gāo) mung bean cakes! Mung bean cakes are delicate, pretty pastries that started out as imperial desserts 贡品 (gòng pín) in the 清朝 Qīng dynasty. Back then, only emperors and nobles could have them. They are soft and creamy, lightly sweet and refreshing. And my version is so healthy that it’s ok to have several!
A comprehensive look at soy milk 豆浆 from a historic, nutrition, and environmental perspective concludes that homemade soy milk is the top choice. We’ve updated cooking methods and carefully selected ingredients to make extra-nutritious, environmental and budget-friendly Vitamix / blender soy milk.
Sichuan Spicy Boiled Fish 水煮鱼 (shuǐ zhǔ yú), literally just “water-boiled fish” sounds ordinary but tastes extraordinary. It’s a vibrant, moderately 麻辣 (málà) spicy and mouth-numbing dish of white fish and vegetables lightly poached in fragrant broth. Sichuan spicy boiled fish is a variant on the famous 重庆火锅 (Chóngqìng huǒ guō) Chongqing spicy hotpot, modified to serve large groups of taxi drivers during their breaks. It’s been one of the most popular dishes in restaurants across China since 1983, when a young Chongqing chef won first prize in a Sichuan food competition with this local invention. Here’s my easy, authentic, and scratch-made version, along with the best wines to drink with it.
The flavors in Chinese food are definitely complex, nuanced, and varied. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be harmonious with wine. To show that delicious Chinese food and a nice bottle of wine make the perfect match, I’m including recommended wine pairings with my Chinese and Chinese-inspired recipes. I’ll have favorite varietals, good bottles, plus the characteristics and proper serving temps. 干杯 Cheers!
Red braised pork is a rich, flavorful Chinese dish with 1500 years of history. We get truly authentic flavor from an ancient cooking method, coating with caramel 炒糖色, updated with a modern Instant Pot pressure cooker twist.