After a series of holiday parties and family gatherings in November and December, it’s not uncommon for most people to feel overstuffed. That means January is a great time to adjust your diet to “detox”.
My go-to “detox” and feel-good dishes are usually tofu stews with vegetables. In fact, I make them [...]
Yang Shuo (阳朔), one of the most beautiful old towns in China, is surrounded by limestone peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River (漓江). Taking a river cruise along the legendary river through the dreamy mountains is such a surreal experience that you felt like you lived in a [...]
Under the power of steam, the ribs turned juicy with a perfectly balanced soft and chewy texture. The fermented black beans give the dish its signature aroma and a boost of umami. With only [...]
Tian mian jiang (甜面酱), which literally means “sweet flour paste” in Mandarin, is a dark brown fermented paste made primarily from flour, water, and salt. It’s a key ingredient in the cuisines of Beijing and Northern China.
Many stir-fried dishes from the North use Tian mian jiang to flavor meat, seafood and [...]
Yardlong beans have been cultivated in the warmer parts of Asian countries for centuries and widely used in Asian cuisines. In recent years, they’re also being “discovered” by professional and home cooks in the US who are interested in expanding their vegetable horizons.
During hot weather, however, a better way to enjoy wontons is to serve them cold without the broth. In fact, cold wontons (冷馄饨) , together [...]
There are so many ways to cook these beautiful swimmers. For example, you can follow the tradition in Louisiana by boiling them with Zatarain’s spice mix, garlic, and onions. Or, steam them with a heavy dusting of Old Bay Seasoning, Maryland [...]
Unlike its name suggests, water spinach is not related to spinach at all. As a member of the Morning Glory family, it’s a close kin to high-climbing vines that decorate fences and walls, as well [...]
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