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.
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 […]
Chinese rice congees vary considerably by region. The seemingly simple combination of rice and water can create endless variations, depending on the type of rice, amount of water, length of cooking time, or the assortment of garnitures you use.
As a sequel to my post on Cantonese-style […]
Chrysanthemum greens are one of my favorite vegetables in spring.
I love their fresh herbal and floral aroma, reminiscent of chrysanthemum flower tea. There is no coincidence here: the flowers used for making the tea and the leaves all come from plants that belong to the same genus Chrysanthemum.
Although nowadays arrowhead is rarely seen in food markets in the US, it was once a favorite food of many Native American tribes. Their edible corms were collected and consumed […]
When asparagus is grown without sunlight exposure, the absence of photosynthesis results in a process called “etiolation”, which creates not only a pale color in the spear, but also a more delicate flavor. The result, white asparagus, is considered an “aristocrat” by its admirers.
Likewise, when you use the same method to […]
In the vast repertoire of legendary sauces in Chinese cuisine, XO sauce is new comer, first appeared in the 80s at high-end restaurants in Hong Kong. The early versions were based on a popular shrimp paste, enhanced by the additions of dried seafood and spices.
As XO sauce quickly became a hit, […]
Radishes are incredibly diverse and come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. Among my favorite ones are three unique varieties from China: the legendary China Rose, the strikingly beautiful Watermelon Radish, and Green Radish, star of today’s recipe.
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