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Category: Asian

Walnut Shrimp

Walnut Shrimp

Ever since I was little, there was one (ok, maybe it was two) dish that I looked forward to (fine it was three) when I attended a Chinese banquet. Four dishes. I had four favorites out of the twelve dishes and if they weren’t present […]

Chinese Pickled Cucumbers

Chinese Pickled Cucumbers

I wanted a change from the usual Japanese pickled cucumbers I normally make, and found a recipe for Chinese pickled cucumbers on this site. I didn’t have the chili oil their recipe called for so I used a couple pinches of red chili flakes. You […]

Summer Rolls (aka Fresh Spring Rolls)

Summer Rolls (aka Fresh Spring Rolls)

I’ve always called these summer rolls as long as I could remember. Personally, I only called the fried ones spring rolls, and the fresh ones summer rolls. I tried to start a debate about this on Instagram and it seems like everyone calls them different […]

Naw Mi Fan in a Rice Cooker

Naw Mi Fan in a Rice Cooker

I have used this recipe more times than my mother’s recipe. Such a statement should never be uttered (blasphemy!) but I must. This recipe requires 8 hours of soaking the rice before simply throwing everything together and pressing a button on a rice cooker. My […]

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

I needed an excuse to eat spam (don’t we all?) so I decided to make spam musubi. Since we don’t live in Hawaii and can’t go to the local convenience store there to pick up a giant slab of rice with a giant slab of […]

Lion’s Head Meatballs

Lion’s Head Meatballs

Chinese dishes always have very….poetic descriptions. While westerners may take them literally (with the exception of ‘ants on a log’) Chinese people like to describe what the dish looks like with creative names. Lion’s Head meatballs, since the meatballs are so humongous, resemble a lion’s […]

Chicken with 3 Kinds of Mushroom in Oyster Sauce

Chicken with 3 Kinds of Mushroom in Oyster Sauce

The name of this dish is a mouthful, but I had something like this at a Sichuan restaurant in Marietta, GA and wanted to try making it at home. Chicken with 3 kinds of mushroom is a very specific sounding recipe, and since I like […]

Banh Mi with Lemongrass Meatballs

Banh Mi with Lemongrass Meatballs

Since I had extra ground pork from making lemongrass meatballs and lemongrass paste, I decided to whip up some banh mi after making my bun cha. I’d recommend making the pickled daikon and carrot at least one day ahead of time, though. Making the pickles […]