白椒炒鸡杂 White Pepper and Chicken Bits Stir Fry

白椒炒鸡杂 White Pepper and Chicken Bits Stir Fry

Pinyin: bái jiāo chǎo jī zá Chicken gizzards and giblets are something I only rarely heard around the kitchen when i was growing up. We would buy whole frozen chickens and sometimes pieces would be stuffed inside the chicken. Typically there was a heart, a neck, a liver, and the giblet. These items would be [...]

芝麻牛肉 Fried Beef with Sesame Seeds

芝麻牛肉 Fried Beef with Sesame Seeds

Pinyin: zhī ma niú ròu Sesame seeds make a nice addition to lots of food. Often found on the top of hamburger buns and as a barely noticed accompaniment to many other dishes, the sesame seed and in particular sesame seed oil play a part in a surprising amount of asian food. Sesame fruit is [...]

剁椒鱼头 Mashed Pepper Fish Head

剁椒鱼头 Mashed Pepper Fish Head

Pinyin: duò jiāo yú tóu As is often the case at a meal in China you’ll sometimes be served something completely unknown. Fish heads served for dinner often come as a surprise to the uninitiated. There are a few things to make your fish head dining experience an appetizing proposition. The first thing to know [...]

青椒豆腐干 Green Pepper and Tofu Stir Fry

青椒豆腐干 Green Pepper and Tofu Stir Fry

Pinyin: qīn jiāo dòu fǔ gān Dried tofu is pretty amazing in it’s resemblance to meat. The drying process gives the tofu a tougher even chewy texture, very similar to rubber. Rubbery food isn’t always desired, but in the case of tofu it’s a nice change. Dried tofu is still fresh, the drying is accomplished [...]

豆瓣菌菇炒虾仁 Broad Beans and Mushrooms with Shrimp

豆瓣菌菇炒虾仁 Broad Beans and Mushrooms with Shrimp

Pinyin: dòu bàn jūn gū chǒu xiā rén We started eating fava beans around 6000 B.C. and over time they spread around the world and most cultures use them in one fashion or another. The beans don’t climb like most other beans and they can stay in the ground over winter. Fava beans are thought [...]

酸辣黄瓜 Sour and Spicy Cucumber

酸辣黄瓜 Sour and Spicy Cucumber

Pinyin: suān là huáng guā Cucumbers are part of the squash family and have been cultivated by man for at least 3,000 years. Botanically speaking a cucumber is a fruit just like a tomato, but basically everyone considers them a vegetable. Many varieties are grown throughout the world and the vast majority of them are [...]