Chinese Recipes

Recipes for favorite Chinese dishes adapted for home cooking.

Sweet and sour pork, a new version

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When we eat in Chinese restaurants, we often order dishes that we had enjoyed before. For instance, we love Causeway Seafood Restaurant's and King Chef's dim sum selection but, for me, nothing beats Din Tai Fung's steamed dumplings. Speedy and I think that HK Choi's pata tim and lechon macau are the best and President Grand … [Read more...]

Steamed fish with sweet soy-ginger sauce

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A lesson I learned today: When cooking fish steak, buy uncut fish then slice into steaks just before cooking. They turn out tastier and juicier that way.The long story: Speedy chanced upon very fresh tanigue (Spanish mackerel) in the market. The upper half of the fish had been cut into steaks (see the difference between … [Read more...]

Stir-fried chicken with green peas and cashew nuts

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Kowloon House on West Avenue in Quezon City was a significant part of my childhood. While we feasted in Chinatown years earlier, by the time I was in my last few years of grade school, we were dining at Kowloon House more often. It was more accessible, there was ample parking space and it was more comfortable. The dining … [Read more...]

Beef hofan

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Alex has a thing for beef hofan. She's obsessed with it. It was the only dish that she asked for when she got sick over the holidays (we didn't give her any because her digestive system went on vacation); it's one of about five dishes that she craves when she is feeling well. A few weekends ago, a time when she was … [Read more...]

Sticky Szechuan Pork

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Last night we feasted. We had dinner with Batjay, Tito Rolly and Apol, and the menu was as carnivorous as a meal could possibly get. Half a duck (served three-way), pata tim, lechon macau, siao long bao, yang chow and a token vegetable dish. You'd think that after all that meat, we'd have had our fill and abstain for the … [Read more...]

Chicken and black mushrooms braised in soy-ginger sauce

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It starts with the marinade -- a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine and white pepper. Into the dark sauce the chicken pieces go where they stay for a couple of hours. Then, the chicken pieces are tossed in corn starch and deep fried just until browned. Not cooked through, at this point, but just shocked in very … [Read more...]

Corn egg drop soup

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There's a storm, you probably wouldn't know that if you're not a resident of the Philippines, classes had been suspended and many parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, are flooded. We are all stuck at home including Alex's friend, Iya, who was spending the weekend so that she and Alex could wrap up the paper work for … [Read more...]

The best sweet and sour sauce is not thickened with starch

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Have you ever wondered why, when you take leftover sweet and sour pork from the fridge, the sauce is all lumpy and has the appearance of too-soft gelatin? It's because of the starch added to the sweet and sour sauce. Good quality sweet and sour sauce should stay syrupy even after refrigeration albeit thicker than when hot … [Read more...]

Tofu and black beans stir fry

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Tofu has been around for almost 2000 years. The way that the Chinese travelled and migrated to a lot of places even during the olden days, it is likely that they brought the tofu culture with them which should explain why tofu has been an important ingredient in many Asian cuisines for centuries.The West, however, did … [Read more...]

Chicken lo mein with soy-lemon sauce: fast, easy, tasty

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When Foodie.com was in development, a group of bloggers, myself included, was approached to form the core of the community and we were each asked to contribute three unpublished recipes. This was one of the recipes I submitted. I am republishing it here for the benefit of readers who are not members of the Foodie community. … [Read more...]