Banh Chung Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes

Banh Chung - Vietnamese steamed rice cakes

Here at Arousing Appetites we can think of no better way of bringing in the lunar new year than hitting the kitchen. This week, our taste buds turn to Vietnam’s new year specialty: banh chung, the square-shaped rice cake parcels filled with mung beans and pork. Têt – short for Têt Nguyen Dan – is … Read more

Injera Spongy Ethiopian Flatbread

Injera spongy ethiopian flatbread

Injera is the soft, bubbly, pancake-like flatbread that’s the first and last word in Ethiopian cuisine. Made from the country’s indigenous teff flour, injera has a very particular sourdough taste that comes from the fermentation process of the batter used to make the bread. Perfect for absorbing the rich flavors of the country’s saucy culinary … Read more

Goulabjamoun Zambian Sweet Potato Dessert Fritters

Goulabjamoun zambian sweet potato dessert fritters

Goulabjamoun is a sweet potato fritter enjoyed in Zambia. But this exotic sounding recipe was first created hundreds of years ago in a land far from Zambia. The history of goulabjamoun can be traced across the Indian Ocean to India. From there, the origin story of this sweet potato treat leads us to medieval Baghdad. This doughy delight is a descendant … Read more

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