Tag Archives: Asian

Thai Chicken Salad (Laap Gai)

This is my favorite Laos dish. It can be served with sticky rice and hand pounded chili paste or simply with lettuce.   1 pound chicken breast or tenders 2 t vegetable oil 2 T white sticky rice powder (toasted and ground) 1 lemongrass, finely minced ¼ cup green onion, chopped ¼ cup mint, finely […]

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Indonesian Greens in Peanut Oil with Garlic

Foodie extraordinaire, Nancy shared this recipe with me. It literally takes a couple minutes to make and is uniquely delicious. I make this dish last, just as everything else is being put on the table. The key is to keep the heat quite high and braise the garlic then the greens quickly, stirring periodically. prepare: […]

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Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad (Ga Xe Phai)

This recipe accompanies Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Soup. Instead of putting all of the chicken into the soup (below), save half of it for the salad.   Combine in a small bowl to make sauce: 2 T fish sauce juice of one lime 1 t honey 2 chilies, smashed or chopped 1 clove garlic, smashed […]

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Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Soup (Chao Ga)

This recipe accompanies Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad   Put in a large soup pot: three local organic chicken legs approximately four quarts of water 1 t salt

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2010 is the Year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year was on February 14 this year. The Tiger is considered a formidable animal in the wild and in the Chinese zodiac. Step with confidence and caution this year. When it feels right – press on. When it doesn’t feel right, trust your gut and retreat if necessary. The bottom line is:  go […]

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STEAMED PORK BUNS aka BANH BAO

Makes about 25 small bao. Vietnamese Banh Bao usually include a quail egg and Vietnamese sausage. My easy recipe has a simple meat and mushroom filling and is similar to some of the Chinese Bao Zi I’ve had, but my family enjoys saying “Banh Bao” so that’s what we call them. I make them small […]

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STEAMED DUMPLINGS with SHRIMP AND PORK

Makes 30. For this recipe, you will need a steamer basket of some kind. A simple collapsible steamer basket will do. Alternatively, you can get a bamboo or stainless steamer at an Asian market. Mix in medium bowl: 12 ounces shrimp, raw, peeled and coarsely chopped 4 ounces ground pork 12 water chestnuts, minced 1 […]

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GINGER-SOY DIPPING SAUCE

This recipe can be prepared a day or two in advance. If there is any left over, use it in a stir fry or on noodles. Mix in small sauce pan: ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 ½ t sugar or honey ¼ cup water Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring […]

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FRESH VIETNAMESE SUMMER ROLLS

Makes about 30. I like to make two versions of these delicious healthy rolls, both are equally popular: the Traditional Pork and Shrimp and the sweet and tangy Mango Jicama. Make sure you give yourself lots of time for rolling, or invite your friends to help. Prep: Boil, strain and let cool 1 package of […]

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HOISIN SESAME DIPPING SAUCE

Mix in a bowl and set aside: 2 T hoisin sauce 1 T rice vinegar 1 t sesame oil 1 T soy sauce 2 T water Heat: 1 T vegetable oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté until fragrant but not browned, about 30 seconds: 2 T fresh ginger, minced (about a 2 inch […]

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