Recipes

In this version, we use glass jars instead to present a sugared treat of candied orange peel, or kumquats, if preferred. (Image:  Gaëlle Didillon/Taste of Life )

Live Sweet and Prosper

An inextricable part of the lantern-lit magic that surrounds Chinese New Year celebrations is its rich symbolism, rooted in millennia-long traditions and the wisdom of an ancient culture. Some of the Lunar New Year’s most meaningful rituals revolve around food…

Tender, savory mushrooms with fragrant basil pesto and fresh salmon roe make for a nature-inspired dish that’s simple, yet flavor-rich, an elegant addition to the table. (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Baked Mushrooms with Basil Pesto

The earthy, flavorful mushroom plays an important role in both Western and Chinese cuisines. With thousands of varieties to choose from, the white St. George’s mushroom (Calocybe gambosa) is one of the most popular. Its thick caps are hearty and…

Fruit vinegar is rich in pectin, vitamins, organic acids, and other nutrients. (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Thirst-Quenching Fruit Vinegar

Legend has it that fruit vinegar, now a popular Chinese snack, was first created during the Tang Dynasty by Yang Guifei, a beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong. Yang loved to eat lychee fruit. Whenever they were ripe, the emperor would…

Can the humble spud take on a sophisticated new personality? This tantalizing new take on the baked potato will leave you craving more. (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Baked Potatoes With Mushrooms

From French fries to salad, the potato is a well-loved and versatile staple, if somewhat plain. We’ve upped the excitement factor on this familiar standby by reinventing the classic baked potato. With savory wild mushrooms, sweet roasted tomatoes, and a…

The ancient Chinese understood food in relation to the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang — the principles that form the backbone of traditional Chinese medicine. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Yin-Yang of Foods

In an earlier article on food for health and wellness, you learned about the Japanese dish yuki nabe, or “snow” hot pot, made with daikon and tofu. This article is about why a dish of fish and burdock root, known…

Shanghai smoked fish is one of the most famous of Huaiyang cuisines.  (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Shanghai Smoked Fish

Most people have heard of the masterpiece Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s four great classical novels. Yet, few may realize that the dishes described in the novel are Huaiyang cuisine, which originates from China’s Jiangsu Province. This region was…

Lasso your tastebuds with soba noodles doused in a scrumptious Alfredo sauce. (Image:  Courtesy of Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life )

Eastern Spaghetti

Few know that pasta originates from ancient China. After spreading throughout Asia, it’s said that Chinese noodles found their way to Italy around the 8th century. In this recipe, Japanese buckwheat noodles saddle up for a new twist on an Italian…

Among the most popular and elegant Italian desserts, tiramisu is undoubtedly No. 1. (Image:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyallen/ )

Tiramisu, Italy’s Most Elegant Dessert

Among the most popular and elegant Italian desserts, tiramisu is undoubtedly No. 1. In Italian, it’s literal meaning is “pick me up”— a name that was given through blending the four diverse ingredients of cocoa powder, instant espresso, mascarpone cheese, and…

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Live Sweet and Prosper

An inextricable part of the lantern-lit magic that surrounds Chinese New Year celebrations is its rich symbolism, rooted in millennia-long traditions and the wisdom of an ancient culture. Some of…

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Baked Mushrooms with Basil Pesto

The earthy, flavorful mushroom plays an important role in both Western and Chinese cuisines. With thousands of varieties to choose from, the white St. George’s mushroom (Calocybe gambosa) is one…

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Salt and Pepper Prawns Recipe (With Video)

The following recipe is inspired by a Chinese cooking show called Daydaycook on YouTube. If you are a seafood fan and love cooking, then this Salt and Pepper Prawns recipe might…

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Thirst-Quenching Fruit Vinegar

Legend has it that fruit vinegar, now a popular Chinese snack, was first created during the Tang Dynasty by Yang Guifei, a beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong. Yang loved to…

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Baked Potatoes With Mushrooms

From French fries to salad, the potato is a well-loved and versatile staple, if somewhat plain. We’ve upped the excitement factor on this familiar standby by reinventing the classic baked…

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The Yin-Yang of Foods

In an earlier article on food for health and wellness, you learned about the Japanese dish yuki nabe, or “snow” hot pot, made with daikon and tofu. This article is…

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Shanghai Smoked Fish

Most people have heard of the masterpiece Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s four great classical novels. Yet, few may realize that the dishes described in the novel are Huaiyang…

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Eastern Spaghetti

Few know that pasta originates from ancient China. After spreading throughout Asia, it’s said that Chinese noodles found their way to Italy around the 8th century. In this recipe, Japanese buckwheat…

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Mediterranean-Style Grilled Fish

The Mediterranean diet features many disease-preventing foods, and people who live in that region have fewer instances of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

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Tiramisu, Italy’s Most Elegant Dessert

Among the most popular and elegant Italian desserts, tiramisu is undoubtedly No. 1. In Italian, it’s literal meaning is “pick me up”— a name that was given through blending the four…

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Cheesecake with Passionfruit Topping

When I was young, I remember watching my mother make delicious cheesecake. I never saw her follow a recipe, so I thought she invented the recipe herself.

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Chinese Roast Duck With Pineapple

Duck has been roasted in China since the Southern and Northern Dynasties Period (420-589). Chinese roast duck is one of the most noted dishes in China, with Peking Duck now…

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Legend of the Chinese Hawthorn

A long time ago, a businessman remarried after his first wife died. However, the new wife disliked her stepchild and wanted to get rid of him.

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Recipe of the Day: Greek Potato Salad

When I think back to my homeland Greece, I picture the sun in an azure sky, a clear blue sea, and of course an introduction to tasty foods composed of…

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The Easiest Steamed Chicken Recipe: Try It

Have to make dinner in a hurry, but you don’t want to make something unhealthy and tasteless, like frozen pizzas or two minute noodles. Well, this steamed chicken recipe is just…

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Chinese Home-Style Hot and Spicy Tofu

Tofu is a favorite ingredient in Chinese recipes. The hot and spicy home-style sauce is typical of Sichuan cuisine, and is made by combining bean paste with chili, salt, and…

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Beef in Black Bean Sauce Recipe

When it comes to Chinese beef recipes, Chinese-style beef in black bean sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a Chinese meal, or it can be served individually with steamed rice.…