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

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

Chinese-Muslim Lamb Burgers

CHINESE-MUSLIM LAMB BURGERS  Rou Jia Mo SERVES 5 TO 6 Think of rou jia mo as the Chinese equivalent of a hamburger—one that features the distinctive flavors of the street foods favored by one of China’s oldest ethnic and religious minorities. In the Muslim quarters of Beijing, and in other Muslim-concentrated parts of China such  […]  Read more

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

TAIWANESE BEEF NOODLE SOUP Niu Ro Mian SERVES 6 TO 8 If there is a national dish for Taiwan, it is beef noodle soup, which is found everywhere from night markets to traditional dining halls. At beef noodle soup shops, the vendors tend to their enormous cauldrons with great affection, as if raising a child.  […]  Read more

Garlicky Smashed Cucumber Pickles

GARLICKY SMASHED CUCUMBER PICKLES Tsukemono MAKES 2 CUPS Pickles are everyday food in much of Asian cuisine—especially in Japan, where nary a meal goes by without them. This dish comes together in minutes once the cucumbers are briefly bathed in a brine of salt, vinegar, and garlic (but of course they can be pickled for  […]  Read more

Tofu with Thousand-Year Eggs

TOFU WITH THOUSAND-YEAR EGGS SERVES 4 AS A SIDE DISH The name of this dish makes it sound much more sensational than it really is; however, what’s bizarre to one culture may simply be everyday grub to another, as thousand-year eggs are to the Chinese. Rather than a millennium, these eggs are preserved for a  […]  Read more

Beef Satay

BEEF SATAY MAKES 32 SKEWERS, SERVES ABOUT 8 AS AN APPETIZER To me, the perfect street eat is something that you can hold in one hand, and meat-on-a-stick, or satay, certainly fits the bill. Though you’ll find a variety of meats in night markets (lamb is popular in Beijing, while offal like chicken hearts and  […]  Read more