鲜虾荠菜肠粉 Shrimp and Shepherd's Purse Rice Noodle Roll

鲜虾荠菜肠粉 Shrimp and Shepherd’s Purse Rice Noodle Roll

March 18th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0

Pinyin: xiān xiā jì cài cháng fěn I was a little bit surprised to learn that Shepherd’s purse, a fairly common weed in Oregon if I remember things right, is a regular vegetable in a Shanghai kitchen. I felt it tasted a bit dirtier than I prefer most of my vegetables, but it wasn’t bad [...]

大头菜拌花生 Pickled Rutabaga with Peanuts

大头菜拌花生 Pickled Rutabaga with Peanuts

March 15th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0

Pinyin: dà tóu cài bàn huā shēng Rutabaga is one of those things that you always hear about but rarely happen upon. Originating as a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, the rutabaga comes from humble origins. First seen growing wild in Sweden, rutabaga comes from a Swedish dialect meaning “root ham” Rutabaga has [...]

西北拉皮 Northwest Style Glass Noodles

西北拉皮 Northwest Style Glass Noodles

March 2nd, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 1

Pinyin: xī běi lā pí Packed with energy and loaded with potassium and phosphorous mung beans are used in a number of healthy desserts available throughout China and Asian. Also known as green beans and mash beans, they are small green oval shaped beans that grow well in warm temperatures and loamy soil. The beans [...]

皮蛋豆腐 Hundred Year Egg with Tofu

皮蛋豆腐 Hundred Year Egg with Tofu

February 22nd, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 3

Pinyin: Pí Dàn Dòu Fu Calcium Oxide, also know as quicklime is used as in mortar, in the production of glass, as a fertilizer, and it has even been used as a weapon. It is a strong base that reacts with water and can cause extreme irritation and burns if exposed to it. It also [...]

本帮烤麸 Shanghai Style Baked Bran Puff

本帮烤麸 Shanghai Style Baked Wheat Gluten

February 8th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 6

Pinyin: běn bāng kǎo fū Third in line behind rice and corn in terms of overall annual product, wheat is one of the most important staple foods cultivated today. Developed in the fertile crescent and domesticated as early as 9,000 B.C wheat can be used for bread, noodles, alcohol, biofuel, and even building materials. China [...]

温拌腰花 Spicy Kidney Mix

温拌腰花 Spicy Kidney Mix

February 4th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 1

Pinyin: wēn bàn yāo huā Every year more than 15,000 people receive kidney transplants in the USA from a mix of living and deceased donors. The first kidney transplant was successfully performed in 1950. Today the kidney is one of the easiest organs to transplant and the live donation procedure is relatively free of complications. [...]