Authentic Recipes

Chinese Egg Rolls

Chinese egg rolls...a staple in every Chinese household and a favorite for entertaining. Most east Asian regions have their own variation of egg rolls. The Chinese version is mostly filled with vegetables, most commonly cabbage, and a small amount of ground pork. Our family version is just that...cabbage with a wee bit of ground pork for flavor. What makes our recipe different from others is that we also add vermicelli which tends to make the filling very light and fluffy. It's easy to gobble up ...

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Japanese Baked Mussels in Dynamite Sauce

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Japanese Baked Mussels are one of my favorite appetizers offered at sushi restaurants. I have no clue of its origins or authenticity. Some might say it's as authentic as fortune cookies or Sweet and Sour Pork. Whatever the case may be, they are delicious without a doubt.

The mussels are baked in a spicy mayonnaise based sauce often called a Dynamite Sauce. This is the same sauce used in Seafood Dynamite and often on top of baked rolls or even spicy scallop hand rolls. Mmmm... Master the Dynamite Sauce and you'll have yourself an ...

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Basil Chicken

Basil chicken is a classic Thai dish you will find in many restaurants. This version is heavily influenced by my Teo Chow culture. This style of Basil Chicken (sometimes called Mint Leaf Chicken), is a dish I grew up with and am very fond of.

The main difference is the simplicity of the flavors. The natural flavors of the aromatics (basil, onions & garlic) will be noticed right off that bat. It's not heavily drowned in sauces which allows the natural flavors to ...

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Cold Sesame Noodles

Cold Sesame Noodles are absolutely refreshing in the summertime, with its creamy sauce and cold crisp cucumbers. It makes for a pleasant contrast in textures.

This is a Taiwanese recipe enjoyed every summer with our family. The original calls for sesame paste but our family has altered the recipe with a much more common household item...peanut butter! Everyone's got peanut butter in their pantry. It's much more accessible and in my opinion ...

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Fried Rice Noodle - Bihun

Bihun is a type of rice noodle common all over Asia. Almost every Asian country has it's own variation of bihun. This dried product is made primarily out of rice and water. Because it's dried, it stores very well for long periods of time.

This recipe is a Taiwanese version passed down from our mom. It's a very simple and inexpensive dish to make and it is always a popular...

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Hot and Sour Catfish Soup - Canh Chua Ca

Vietnamese Hot and Sour Fish Soup (Canh Chua Ca) is a favorite of mine especially during cold winter months. It is definitely on the list of comfort foods. The soup traditionally uses catfish and as with many Vietnamese dishes, has the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy. You can substitute with any fish to your liking. For those who do not prefer fish, shrimp is often used as ...

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Shrimp Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of the most common street foods in Thailand. The origins of Pad Thai are somewhat unknown, but it has become almost the national dish of Thailand, and therefore almost synonymous with the country.

This dish can be a bit time consuming, but don't let it deter you from trying. The Pad Thai sauce takes a little while to prepare, but it can be pre made and will last from months in the fridge. Once it sauce is made, the dish can be put together very quickly, part of the reason why it's ...

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Pork Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce

Pork Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce is a popular favorite at dim sum restaurants. It's complex flavors makes you think the chef slaved hours over a hot stove. It is quite the opposite. You'll be ...

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Vietnamese Stuffed Tofu (Dao Hu Nhoi Thit)

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This is a classic comfort dish that any Vietnamese household knows. This simple dish contains many ingredients that your probably already have in your kitchen. And best of all, it's a 1 pot dish.

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