Category: Recipes

Serve Thanksgiving With Asian Flair

It’s Thursday but for some reason it feels like a Sunday. It smells like dinner but you know it has to be morning because it’s light out. Then again, it gets dark out at 3pm now that you’ve set your clock back for Daylight Savings. You walk into the kitchen and see signs of unusual  […]  Read more

Fava Bean Puree with Preserved Mustard Greens

FAVA BEAN PUREE WITH PRESERVED MUSTARD GREENS SERVES 6 TO 8 AS AN APPETIZER Dishes made with fava beans (or broad beans) are popular in Shanghainese restaurants, served as a part of other assorted small bites before a meal. Fresh fava beans make regular appearances at local greenmarkets in the Bay Area, and whenever I  […]  Read more

Grilled Chicken Tsukune Sausage

GRILLED CHICKEN TSUKUNE SAUSAGE MAKES 12 SKEWERS Closet-size yakitori stalls (so small and casual that you might eat standing up) are part of the fabric of Japanese street food life. There you can order stick after stick of skewered chicken parts, including this tsukune sausage. Yakitori literally means “grilled chicken,” and in yakitori chicken culture,  […]  Read more

Dan Dan Noodles

DANDAN NOODLES SERVES 4 AS A MEAL, OR 6 AS A SNACK  The Chinese word dandan derives from the name of the pole that street vendors traditionally carried over their shoulders while hawking bowls of noodles to pedestrians. The pole had a basket on either end— one to hold the noodles and the other for  […]  Read more

Isaan-Style Pork

ISSAN-STYLE PORK LAAB SERVES 4 TO 6 AS AN APPETIZER, OR 8 TO 10 AS AN HORS D’OEUVRE Recipes for laab, a minced meat dish, vary greatly from region to region all across Thailand. I’ve highlighted a style characteristic of Issan, a northeastern region where the people are primarily ethnic Lao and Khmer and cook  […]  Read more

Festive Thai Leaf Wraps

FESTIVE THAI LEAF WRAPS Miang Kham MAKES 20 TO 30 SMALL BITES, ENOUGH FOR A PARTY OF 6 TO 8 A beautifully wrapped Thai snack bursting with savory-sweet-sour- spicy flavors, miang kham embodies much of what I love about the spirit of Thai food, which often transforms humble ingredients into magical feasts. If this recipe,  […]  Read more

Japanese Pancakes

JAPANESE PANCAKES Okonomiyaki MAKES 2 LARGE PANCAKES, SERVES 4 This savory Japanese pancake varies from home to home, or shop to shop, and meal to meal. This is not surprising, since the dish was originally developed to make use of leftovers. Okonomi means “what you like” and yaki means “grilled,” so okonomiyaki is—naturally—“grilled as you  […]  Read more