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Chilled Watermelon and Shiso Soup

6 Aug 2021 1 minute read 6 comments Chinuck

As summer is getting into full swing in many places, here's a simple recipe to help you cool off. (Apologies to citizens of the Southern Hemisphere for my Northern Hemisphere centrism.) This recipe is more commonly done with mint, but this is a Japa...

Noodle Soup with Tofu Puffs and Shrimp Balls

4 Aug 2021 2 minute read 2 comments Chinuck

Noodle soup is as Asian as burgers are American. As a Chinese kid growing up in North America, I liked both of these foods, but I remember the particular challenges they brought me as well. Crappy fast food burgers were generally not a problem, but a...

Four Season Beans with Tofu Crumble

2 Aug 2021 1 minute read 2 comments Chinuck

This dish is known as "Four Season Beans" because it performs equally well in snow, rain and on dry roads. It's best done with Chinese long beans, but can also be done with string beans, which are more common. I had some fine beans, which I think are...

Black Bean Sauce

30 Jul 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

I love using fermented black beans, but if I want to make something quickly and add a lot of flavour, black bean sauce is convenient to use. While you can buy ready-made black bean sauce in Asian supermarkets, or even "regular" supermarkets nowadays,...

Pidan Pastries

28 Jul 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

When I was a young lad, we didn't have pidan pastries at dim sum, but now these new fangled things have become quite trendy. I first introduced pidan in a more traditional use with congee, but today we're going to make a "new fangled" (as old me say...

Bitter Melon Stuffed with Shrimp and Dried Scallops

26 Jul 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

There are just so many things you can do with shrimp. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut sh...

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea and "Yin Yang"

23 Jul 2021 3 minute read 5 comments Chinuck

Hong Kong style cafés don't actually serve that much coffee. Instead, they serve copious amounts of their quintessential Hong Kong style milk tea. As the saying goes, when the colonizers give you tea, make milk tea. So what's a Ying Yang, you might...

Bitter Melon Soup

21 Jul 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

If you've never had bitter melon before, it's bitter. (Really?!) Well, there's more to the story than that. In Chinese, there are 2 words for bitter, "foo" (苦) and -- hmmm...both phoneticizations I can think of are problematic, so I'll go with the...

Chayote and Baby Corn with Dried Scallops

19 Jul 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

Dried scallops are one of the most prized ingredients in Chinese cooking, second only to abalone. (We're just going to ignore shark's fin.) Even just a few of them adds a ton of umami to a dish and good quality dried scallops can get rather expensiv...

Steamed Egg

16 Jul 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

Steamed egg is a truly Chinese home cooking dish. You won't find it at any restaurants. It's so simple, yet everyone I've ever made it for who hasn't had it before has been amazed! There are variations that add mushrooms, dried shrimp (called "shrimp...