Tangyuan Chinese Black Sesame Dumplings Yuanxiao

Tangyuan chinese black sesame dumplings yuanxiao

Approaching a recipe just for its ingredients is often an incomplete story. As is the case with tangyuan, there’s a much deeper meaning and a richer story behind the glutinous rice ball itself. As we’ll see in its relation to yuanxiao, the Lantern Festival in the Chinese lunar calendar, there is far more than meets the eye … Read more

Steamed Dumplings From Scratch With Filling & Dipping Sauce Recipe

steamed dumplings with filling & dipping sauce

What is a Steamed Dumpling? A steamed dumpling is a delicious Chinese snack that can be eaten hot or cold. It’s usually made from wheat flour, water, and sometimes eggs. The mixture is rolled into little balls and then steamed in a bamboo basket for about 20 minutes. You can buy steamed dumplings at any … Read more

Jianbing Chinese Savory Breakfast Crepe

Jianbing Chinese savory breakfast crepe

Jianbing is a hearty Chinese breakfast crepe and one of the country’s most popular street foods. The fillings vary depending on which city you’re eating your jianbing, but the general rule is that there are no rules: meats, vegetables, dairy and fried buns are all game in a tradition of morning crepes that would make a Frenchman’s … Read more

Arroz Chaufa Peruvian Cantonese Stir Fried Rice

Arroz chaufa Peruvian Cantonese stir fried rice

Think of a classic Peruvian dinner, and arroz chaufa might not be the first thing that springs to mind. You might instead conjure up a plate of ceviche or a barbequed cuy (guinea pig!) washed down with a pisco sour. Spend an evening in Lima, however, and you are just as likely to find yourself tucking into a hearty … Read more

Mapo Tofu: Chinese

Mapo Tofu: Chinese

As two folks invariably obsessed with cooking at home, we don’t normally order Chinese takeout. But when we do, mapo tofu is one dish that I’d be hard pressed not to ask for. It’s my addictively spicy yet savory, “always leaves your mouth buzzing thereafter” guilty pleasure. And why I was really excited to learn this dish. … Read more