Main Plates (Page 28)

The Main Plate recipes listed here include Western-style entrées, standalone meals, and substantial dishes of the sort served at the banquet table

Steamed Whole Tilapia
Steamed Whole Tilapia

Tilapia Steamed Whole with Ginger and Scallion

In western kitchens, fish is usually only cooked in fillets or steaks, rather than whole, and the cooking methods are primarily frying, deep-frying, or baking. In Chinese cuisine, however, fish is frequently steamed, both in pieces, and as a whole fish with the head and skin intact.

Here, whole Tilapia is given the traditional Chinese treatment by steaming it with ginger and garlic. As a final step, more ginger and also some scallion is added and hot oil is poured over everything just before service. The result is exquisitely aromatic and delicious.


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Three Shred Duck – 三絲鴨肉

Three Shred Duck Recipe – 三絲鴨肉

Three Shred Duck is a great way to use up leftover duck and it derives its name from the fact that the Duck meat is stir-fried with three other shredded ingredients… in this case, Carrot, Scallion and Celery. This very Chinese preparation is actually a good example of the type of stir-fried dish that is usually made to finish up the rest of the meat left after a meal of Peking (Beijing) Duck…


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Veal with Sweet Peppers and Mushrooms
Veal with Sweet Peppers and Mushrooms

The peppers in this Mediterranean-style dish of Veal with Sweet Peppers and Mushrooms are actually my own homemade Marinated Sweet Peppers. You can substitute with fresh, if you like, or even used a commercially prepared jar of roasted peppers, but the herb and garlic flavors of the marinated peppers work much better in this recipe.

Once tender veal strips are sautéed along with the peppers and seared button mushrooms, the result would be delicious served atop pasta, but is terrific with nothing more than thick ‘door-steps’ of crusty fresh bread…

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken isn’t a traditional Italian Dish, but baking the fowl with these typical Mediterranean flavorings makes it very Italian in spirit…


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