Category: Recipes

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

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