酸辣黄瓜 Sour and Spicy Cucumber

酸辣黄瓜 Sour and Spicy Cucumber

May 17th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0

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 [...]

糟毛豆 Wine Soaked Soy Beans

糟毛豆 Wine Soaked Edamame

May 4th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0

Pinyin: zāo máo dòu Found throughout east Asia and commonly known in the west by the Japanese name edamame, the unripened soy beans are boiled in the pod with a variety of simple spices. Soy Beans have a long and complex history with humans dating back to at least 5000 years. Great leaders and scientists [...]

素八仙 Snow Peas in Sesame Oil

素八仙 Snow Peas in Sesame Oil

April 29th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0

Pinyin: sù bā xiān Snow peas have been cultivated for over 12,000 years, originating first in near Thailand and now found worldwide. They are an early spring vegetable that signifies the end of winter. Legumes, snow peas included, release nitrogen into the soil by hosting beneficial bacteria. This excess nitrogen is great for leafy green [...]

蒜泥白肉 Sliced Pork with Garlic Sauce

蒜泥白肉 Sliced Pork with Garlic Sauce

April 15th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0

Pinyin: suàn né bái ròu For over 7000 years humans have been eating pork. It’s the most widely consumed meat in the world and China consumes the most at around 40kg per capita. Pork is usually considered to be white meat by the American public thanks to a marketing campaign in the 80’s, but it’s [...]

凉拌金针菇 Enoki Mushrooms with Sesame Oil

凉拌金针菇 Enoki Mushrooms with Sesame Oil

April 8th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0

Pinyin: Liáng Bàn Jīn Zhēn Gū So many of the fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms available and used in China are in short supply throughout most of North America and Europe. Enoki mushrooms, while in short supply at the average supermarket, can be grown at home under the right conditions, and it’s possible with little more [...]

葱姜百叶 Onion and Ginger Tripe

葱姜百叶 Onion and Ginger Tripe

April 5th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 1

Pinyin: Cōng Jiāng Niú Bǎi Yè Truth be told, in China they eat some bizarre things. Some people might consider tripe one of those things. Coming from the first three chambers of a cow’s stomach, each chamber is a different sort of tripe. The picture above is bible or leaf tripe because of it’s leaf [...]