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Cooking Note: Making ground Sichuan peppercorn

                                image source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_pepper      image source:http://www.zgghmh.com/product/317929.html   You probably have noticed that in many recipes I shared here, I use ground Sichuan peppercorn, instead of the whole Sichuan peppercorn, especially in stir-fried dishes. But I have had quite a few [...]

Commom ingredient: Garlic bolt

> Chinese garlic bolt Image source: http://www.hometownseeds.com/herb-seeds-c-3?zenid=f80c01c47632e02eaacc3043380cf391 Garlic bolt is a very common ingredients in Chinese cuisine. But because it is mostly suitable for simple stir-fried dishes, it is not usually served in big or fancy restaurants. It is also not easy to find here in UK supermarkets. In most Chinese supermarkets, however, you can [...]

Winter ingredient: Northeast pickled Chinese leaves ( Chinese style sauerkraut)

Winter ingredient: Northeast pickled Chinese leaves ( Chinese style sauerkraut)

Image source:http://dongbeicai.abang.com/od/dbss/ig/suancai.-0RM/suancai.htm I have got to face the fact that we are in winter now. I have been using ‘late autumn’ to refer to this time of the year, but it is winter now — and I haven’t finished my autumn recipes yet! And now, I got to start my winter recipes, no matter how [...]

Common ingredient: Chinese leaves

Common ingredient: Chinese leaves

Image source: http://www.js12345.net/goods_view.aspx?goods_id=E6E3A8DC0FED09FC I know I have already talked a little bit about Chinese leaves in some of my previous recipes. Here, I hope I could give you the full picture, and clarify the common confusions between Chinese leaves and Pok choy. The ones that you can find in most supermarkets, with layers of leaves, white [...]

Common Chinese ingredient: Coriander leaves

Common Chinese ingredient: Coriander leaves

I have to start with my own story first, I am sure you are going to laugh. Since coriander is one of the most popular ingredients in Northeast Chinese cooking, after I came to England, buying coriander was on the top of my food shopping list. Where I used to live was not far from [...]

Sea kelp (Kombu or Haidai): a healthy Chinese ingredient

Sea kelp (Kombu or Haidai): a healthy Chinese ingredient

the image source:http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/seaveg.htm Hai dai or kelp I don’t really know how to call Hai dai in English. According to Wikipedia, in Japanese it is called Kombu or dashima, in English it is apparently called Laminariaceae, or kelp. In Chinese, Hai dai literally means sea’s belt, because of its shape. :) Hai dai is a [...]

Common ingredient: Garlic

Common ingredient: Garlic

  If you have been reading my recipes here, you have probably already seen so many dishes with garlic. As I mentioned in another post, the taste and smell of garlic is used as one of the main influences in Chinese dishes along with ginger and spring onion. Garlic in Chinese Cooking Garlic in Chinese [...]

Potato in Chinese cuisine

Potato in Chinese cuisine

  I know I haven’t written here many potato recipes, but, trust me, there are a lot, a lot of Chinese dishes with potato — it is a very common ingredient in Northern Chinese cuisine . Sometimes when I am cooking, I have to make an effort to avoide using potato in the dishes, otherwise [...]

Mung beans in Chinese cuisine

Mung beans in Chinese cuisine

  (The image is from http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/绿豆) Today, in Oxford, it really feels summer is here, warm and sunny. I like heat — I know… :) I am not even talking about just hot. :) We can never be really satisfied — cold days we want hot, hot days we wish it was cooler, so difficult to [...]

Cooking salad leaves in Chinese cuisine

Cooking salad leaves in Chinese cuisine

… I know…:)) Yesterday’s recipe, stir-fried green salad leaves , sounds pretty strange. However, in Chinese cuisine, there are many dishes that involve cooking green leaves . Stir-frying Bok choy , or choi sim (these are all cantonese pronunciations) sounds like a natural thing to do, and you can easily find many such dishes in [...]

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