Dry-Fried Green Beans

Green beans have had a rough time in North America. For generations, they have had the misfortune of being over-cooked and served bland and mushy. That’s not the case with this dish. The oil-blanching seals in the moisture and freshness, and the quick dry-frying adds that special wok “aroma.” I also like to use Chinese[…]


Sichuan Hot Pot

In Sichuan, hot pots come in two flavors: hot or burn-the-house-down-hot. While the rest of China uses a light, savory broth, the people of Sichuan use a broth that’s heavily laced with dried chiles, hot chili oil, and chili sauce. For this recipe, I took a more moderate approach. Feel free to “up the fire”[…]


Twice Cooked Pork (Hui Kuo Rou)

This recipe calls for garlic greens (suan miao), which is usually available in the spring. These are young garlic plants that will eventually grow into mature garlic heads. If garlic greens are not available, leeks may be substituted. Makes 4 servings Main Ingredients 8 oz pork belly 2 tablespoons rice wine 3 slices ginger 2[…]


Husband & Wife Delight

Makes 6-8 servings Main Ingredients 1 lb beef brisket 1 lb beef flat tripe 1 beef tongue, cleaned and peeled ¼ cup rice wine 2 teaspoons salt Spice Packet 2 whole star anise 1 black cardamom pod 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns 1 2” stick cinnamon 3 slices dried licorice root 1 small piece dried tangerine[…]

sweet vinegar peanuts

Sweet Vinegar Peanuts

Despite its diminutive size, the peanut has an important place in the Chinese kitchen. It is both a popular staple and the source of the most common cooking oil in China. Two more interesting facts about our little peanut friend: Technically, it isn’t a nut, but a legume. Also, although they are now cultivated throughout[…]

spicy crispy chicken

Spicy Crispy Chicken

Makes 4 servings Marinade 2 cubes (about 1 ounce) red fermented bean curd 1 teaspoon dried red chili flakes 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper Main Ingredients 1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips Vegetable oil for deep-frying 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 egg 1 green onion, green parts[…]

Panda Veggie Stir Fry

Panda’s Vegetable Stir-Fry

I thought I knew bamboo shoots until I had them in a simple farmer’s market in Chengdu. The local chefs prepared it just right; my whole crew was devouring bamboo shoots like a pack of starving pandas. Since that visit, bamboo shoots have shot up several notches on my veggie-meter.  Makes 4 servings Marinade 1[…]

ma po tofu

Ma Po Tofu

Makes 4 servings Marinade 1 tablespoon oyster-flavored sauce 1 teaspoon cornstarch Sauce 1/3 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce 1 teaspoon black bean garlic sauce 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon ground toasted Sichuan peppercorns Main Ingredients 1/2 pound ground pork or beef 1 package (14 to 16 ounces)[…]