Month: October 2014

Eggs with Eggplant and Basil

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This particular dish is Asian in spirit but doesn’t belong to any specific cuisine. It calls for the long, slender types of eggplant common to Japanese, or south-east Asian kitchens rather than the fatter, deep purple eggplants more familiar in the west. It could easily be served as a side dish as part of a more complex meal, or eaten alone as a snack or even a simple breakfast… Continue reading “Eggs with Eggplant and Basil”

The Soup Dumpling Secret

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If you have ever tried any of the Chinese delicacies generally known as ‘soup-dumplings’ or their (often) larger, and well-known cousins, Xiaolongbao, you have probably enjoyed the way that the steaming, liquid content squirts in your mouth when you bite into them. Quite possibly, it also occurred to you to wonder how on earth the cook gets the delicious broth into the dumplings in the first place…

Not long ago, when I featured the technique for making a Basic Chinese Pork Stock, I hinted at this ancient Chinese secret. If you haven’t guessed the answer yet, read on…  Continue reading “The Soup Dumpling Secret”

Foodstuff: Hoisin Sauce – Asian Family Brand™

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I have seen a number of Asian Family™ products turn up on our local supermarket shelves in the last little while but their Hoisin Paste is the first I have tried. Normally, I use the Lee Kum Kee™ Brand Hoisin Sauce, which is pretty good, and in my written review of that product I provided something of a discussion of Hoisin Sauces in general. Much of what I said in that post, including the comments relating to usage, applies to the Asian Family product so, today, I will limit my comments to a comparison of the relative qualities…  Continue reading “Foodstuff: Hoisin Sauce – Asian Family Brand™”

Broccoli Meze

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Broccoli quite frequently appears as an item on crudité platters but, all too often, it ends up being dry, dull and rather uninteresting. Today’s preparation is not really a crudité, as such, as the broccoli florets are blanched before being dressed. However, it also can’t really be called vinaigrette salad either, for that matter, as the olive oil dressing includes no more than a few drops of lemon juice. Instead, I am calling this little appetizer dish a ‘meze’ as it is somewhat reminiscent of a Greek (or Turkish?) small plate I once encountered. Still, although I will be preparing broccoli florets in olive oil, I also stray a little from the original… Continue reading “Broccoli Meze”

Foodstuff: Pork Potstickers – InnovAsian Brand™

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I very much enjoy making my own dumplings but when I saw these commercially prepared frozen Potstickers in my local supermarket, I was curious to see what they might be like. This particular variety is produced by a company I have not heard of before called InnovAsian Cuisine and a visit to their website reveals that they do quite a number of similar Asian snacks and entrees. I don’t expect to be buying many of these on a regular basis, to be honest, but the Pork Potstickers definitely seemed worth a try…  Continue reading “Foodstuff: Pork Potstickers – InnovAsian Brand™”

Basic Chinese Pork Stock

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This stock, made with raw pork bones and meat is sometimes called a ‘White Stock’, or even a ‘Milk Stock’, by the Chinese because, unlike a Superior Stock, or even an everyday Chicken Stock, is quite opaque and somewhat ‘milky’ in appearance. As such, it doesn’t have quite the same elegance as a clear Superior Stock (and it would thus not typically be used in banquet soups, for example), but it is definitely rich and hearty and is particularly popular for use in Ramen style ‘soup-noodle’ dishes…  Continue reading “Basic Chinese Pork Stock”