Asia Polka
Asia Polka

Asia Polka

Asian food and culture from the perspective of a Chinese Canadian expat living in Poland.


Chinese Style Yaki Soba

5 Sep 2022 2 minute read 2 comments Chinuck

Usually fusion means East meets West, but this is an East meets East fusion. Whatever, the whole "fusion" thing is ridiculous anyways. All food is fusion as all food is some mix of cultures somewhere in history. Even the tomatoes we associate with "v...

Hundred Leaf Tofu Salad

11 Oct 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

I usually do this recipe with pressed tofu, which is firm enough to bounce off the counter without breaking. But hundred leaf tofu is a recent discovery for me and this recipe works even better with it. It has the same firmness of pressed tofu, but...

Chinese Hashbrowns

20 Sep 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

This is a version of the potato pancakes my mother used to make, which involved using mashed potatoes. So you could say I'm deconstructing my mother's recipe -- is that wrong? Or you could say I'm deconstructing the lazy rice cooker meal I posted abo...

Shiso Pesto, Vodka and Tea

15 Sep 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

In the past few weeks, I've posted a lot of recipes using shiso. That's because most recipes only require a few leaves, but my grocer insists on selling it in a gigantic bunch. Well, my shiso is on its last legs, so today we're going to put it out o...

Lap Cheong Fan (Chinese Sausage Rice)

6 Sep 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

Lap Cheong has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid. It's a cured sausage that is traditionally hung dry in storefronts, although nowadays they're often sold wetter in packages in the fridge at supermarkets. They are salty, sweet and have large...

Nasu Dengaku (Miso Grilled Eggplant)

30 Aug 2021 1 minute read 2 comments Chinuck

Nasu dengaku is a very classic Japanese dish. It's richly satisfying and very simple. Ingredients 1 eggplant 1 tbsp miso 1 tbsp sake 1 tbsp mirin 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp grated ginger cooking oil Method Cut the eggplant in half. Cut a groove around the...

Frozen Shiso Caprese

27 Aug 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

There's nothing a like fresh caprese salad under the summer sun, or is there? This is my version of a caprese using shiso, and it's frozen! Ingredients 2 ripe tomatoes 2 shiso leaves, minced mozzarella 0.5 tsp salt balsamic vinegar Method Bring s...

Tomato and Egg

25 Aug 2021 1 minute read 2 comments Chinuck

Tomato and egg is a Chinese home cooking staple and my favourite growing up. It's not glamorous, but it's really good! Ingredients 2 ripe tomatoes 4 eggs 0.5 onion 1 chili -- This recipe usually doesn't include chili, but I like it. chopped green o...

Hiyayakko (Cold Tofu Salad)

23 Aug 2021 1 minute read 2 comments Chinuck

Not only is it fun to say, it's cool and refreshing on a hot summer day! Didn't mean to rhyme, guess it'll happen sometime. Ugh, I did it again. I'm sure it'll stop, but when? Well, that's just my luck, oh my god, what the...I give up. This dish mus...

Natto and Onsen Tamago on Rice

20 Aug 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

This is a Japanese breakfast food that's satisfying, but won't make you feel bloated -- something typical of Japanese breakfast foods. If the star of the show is natto, then the onsen tamago deserves an Oscar for best supporting actor. "Onsen tamago...