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Western Fried Rice

23 Jun 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

Fried rice doesn't always have to be done Asian style. Today we're going to make a western style fried rice. Ingredients 4 cups cooked leftover rice 4-6 oyster mushrooms 0.5 onion, diced 1 sprig of fresh basil olive oil salt pepper a secret ingredi...

Eggplant Steamed in Plum Sauce and Black Bean

21 Jun 2021 3 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

This is an adaptation with eggplant of one of my favourite dim sum dishes, pork spare ribs with plum sauce and black bean. Eggplant is one of the meatiest vegetables and it absorbs flavours even better than spare ribs. Ingredients 1 eggplant 3 tbsp...

Congee with Tofu Skin and Pidan

18 Jun 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

We've covered basic congee, but a typical congee house will easily feature over 30 different kinds of congee on their menu. Some of my favourites include: Dace fish ball with lettuce Pidan and salted pork -- I describe pidan below. Sampan -- Origina...

Sweet Soy Glazed Potatoes

16 Jun 2021 1 minute read 4 comments Chinuck

The first time I had this dish was at a bulgogi (Korean barbeque) restaurant. The meal came with 6 or 7 complimentary side dishes, but this one was my favourite. Ingredients 3 small potatoes -- Even though they are small potatoes, they are the mos...

Mushrooms and Tofu Braised in Sake

14 Jun 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

I love this dish because of how good it tastes for how little effort it takes. I first encountered this recipe at an izakaya, a type of Japanese tapas drinking establishment. "Izakaya" literally means "alcohol house", although it sounds sexier in Jap...

Omuraisu (Rice Omelette)

12 Jun 2021 2 minute read 6 comments Chinuck

A favourite of children all over Japan, omuraisu ("omu"lette rice) is a staple of modern western influenced Japanese food, known in Japan as "yoshoku". This recipe is for 2 omelettes -- this really needs to be shared...or eaten twice! We'll be makin...

Stir Fried Bok Choy and Chinese Mushrooms

10 Jun 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

Stir fried vegetables is another iconic Chinese dish. It's a versatile recipe that can be done with almost any ingredients. Gone will be the "Asian Stir Fry Kit" you can buy from the frozen aisle. Why do you need a kit, and who buys those anyways? I...

Basic Fried Rice

8 Jun 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Chinuck

Also known as "fly lice", fried rice is one of the most well known Chinese dishes and is a staple in home cooking and in restaurants. There are hundreds of popular varieties, including Yang Chow fried rice, salted fish with chicken fried rice and Sin...

Chili Oil

4 Jun 2021 3 minute read 5 comments Chinuck

Ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper and white vinegar are what you'll see on the condiment tray in an American diner style restaurant. In a Chinese diner, you'll get soy sauce, white pepper, salt, black or red vinegar, chili sauce and chili oil. Out of th...

Basic Congee

27 May 2021 2 minute read 3 comments Chinuck

Wow, wow, wow. What a month of FUD. I think what we need is a good healthy injection of fundamentals. And there's nothing as fundamental as basic congee (rice porridge). It's the quintessential Chinese breakfast food and de facto nourishment for sick...