Recipes

Shanghai Soup Dumplings. (Image:  Charles Hayes via  flickr  CC BY-SA 2.0)

Shanghai Soup Dumplings

To make Shanghai soup dumplings or xiao long bao, you would normally mix ground pork with a thick pork aspic (made by boiling pork skin, fat, and feet for hours) and wrap it in a thin purse of dough. As…

There are lots of ways to enjoy the health benefits of sweet potatoes. (Image via: wuestenigel Flickr via Compfight cc)

Sweet Potato Recipe Ideas

Sweet potatoes can be a delicious healthy part of anyone’s diet. They contain more potassium than bananas, the “go-to” food for people wanting to increase their dietary intake of this mineral. Studies have shown that increasing potassium intake leads to…

Cabbage rolls are a light and healthy dish, perfect for Spring. (Image:  Courtesy of Taste of Life)

Mustard Chinese Cabbage Rolls

After indulging in the rich delicacies of the Chinese New Year feast, it’s time to lighten up for spring with a healthy and refreshing plate. These mustard Chinese cabbage rolls, a traditional Beijing dish, are just what the doctor ordered —…

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…

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Know Your Chowders: Maine vs. Boston

I have groaned aloud deploring the state of modern chowder making. Being from coastal Maine, I know of what I speak and have appealed to anyone who still knows how…

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Shanghai Soup Dumplings

To make Shanghai soup dumplings or xiao long bao, you would normally mix ground pork with a thick pork aspic (made by boiling pork skin, fat, and feet for hours)…

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Sweet Potato Recipe Ideas

Sweet potatoes can be a delicious healthy part of anyone’s diet. They contain more potassium than bananas, the “go-to” food for people wanting to increase their dietary intake of this…

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Mustard Chinese Cabbage Rolls

After indulging in the rich delicacies of the Chinese New Year feast, it’s time to lighten up for spring with a healthy and refreshing plate. These mustard Chinese cabbage rolls, a…

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Rice 2 Ways

Don’t just serve up simple, plain rice at your next dinner. Instead, let your taste buds enjoy the flavors of these 2 rice dishes that have few ingredients and are quick to…

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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.