Asian Food and Cookery

Asian Food and Cookery

 

Asia Generally

How to Add Asian Flare to Your Cooking

Asian countries have a long and rich culinary tradition. Throughout the vast continent, it is possible to see all manner of ingredients and tastes. There is something unmistakably delicious about certain foods and flavors that capture the imagination of any cook. Dishes from Asian countries often satisfy the appetite without an uncomfortable feeling of fullness that one often finds in Western cuisine.

Every country in the continent has its own unique perspective on Asian cooking. Though the customs from different regions can seem quite different, their commonality is unmistakable. For more resources go to www.fair-recipes.com. Those who would like to add some of this exquisite experience to their own dining can start by incorporating some of the most important ingredients from Asian cooking into their own kitchen.… Continue reading

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The rich culture of South East Asia lies at the tastiest food in the world. Once known as the land of the spices, the food of the Thais, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and Indonesians are among the most famous exotic creations. Much of the identity of South East Asia lies on the different food that come from unique, yet common backgrounds following the influences of Indian, Chinese, and the European colonizers along with the local flavor.

The food has both common and binding ingredients. These include coconut milk, lemon grass, sugar, basil, fish paste, and chili. To an outsider’s taste buds, this food is described as spicy, tangy and sweet, all mixing together to present a unique taste. Curry, which is an Indian food, has evolved to be a staple dish in South East Asia.… Continue reading

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I’d like to find an Asian food market, or somewhere that sells a decent variety of Asian type foods and snacks in or around the Pittsburgh area.

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What is it called when Asian food is cooked directly at your table on a grill in front of you, similar to the table/restraunt where Chris Farley posed as a fish slinging chef, in the movie Beverly Hills Ninja?

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Curry Chicken Recipe – Which Nationality? by Liz Canham

There are hundreds of curry chicken recipes from every nation which has the generic “curry” in its cuisine. However, most people think of Indian curry when they think of a curry chicken recipe, so here’s a very simple one to start you off.

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The Wonderful Wok: Stir Frying Basics by Dina Giolitto

Want to enjoy the tantalizing taste of Asian food at home? Invest in a wok! Stir-frying is one of the easiest ways to create a delicious, healthy dinner in minutes. Learn to prepare meals the Asian way: light on meat, heavy on the vegetables, and quick-cooked on high heat to retain vitamins and flavors. A few basics is all you need to get cooking!

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Green Tea and Making Babies by by Vaughn Balchunas

While green tea has been studied for its numerous health benefits, there’s at least one area of interest that needs more attention.

Can drinking green tea really enhance fertility?

Now that’s the one-hundred-thousand dollar question! There’s a lot of conflicting opinions and research results pertaining to that subject. We’ll try to be fair and present both sides of the issue.

Any tea made from the Camellia sinensis bush contains caffeine. On the bright side of the teapot, green tea has only one-sixth to one-tenth of the amount of caffeine that a similar amount of regular coffee contains.

For those of us who are trying to watch our caffeine intake, that’s a good deal.… Continue reading

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Asian Grocery Shops – Aladdin’s Caves by Liz Canham

For those of us in the Western world, grocery shops or supermarkets vary very little. I have been in a variety across the UK, France, Spain and the USA, which I feel is a representative sample, and while the actual foodstuffs may differ slightly, the layout and the slightly sterile atmosphere doesn’t.

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Asian Cookware and Serving Dishes by Liz Canham

There are many types and designs of Asian cookware and serving dishes available on the market. It is rarely country specific, so one set of dishes will certainly be fine for say, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai eating.

Specialist cookware and serving dishes are by no means essential to prepare and serve Asian food, but there are products available which are both attractive and practical.

The one item I would say really is essential, for Chinese and other Far Eastern cookery, is a wok. A carbon steel one is the most robust and, once seasoned, will serve you well for years. You can, if you prefer, use a non-stick or cast iron wok but non-stick will restrict the utensils you can use and I never find that these really get hot enough, while a cast iron wok will be so heavy that you’ll have difficulty lifting it off the stove.… Continue reading

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A Spicy Encounter – Part 4 of 4 – Tangy, Hot and Amalgamating Spices by Lisa Paterson

Tangy, Hot and Amalgamating SpicesSpices come from the buds, bark, stems, roots, berries and seeds of plants. Any part except for the leaf is termed a spice, the leaves are classified as herbs.

Spices are generally grouped into five categories based on flavor: sweet, pungent, tangy, hot and amalgamating. Today we will delve further into the tangy, hot and amalgamating spices and discover their secrets.

TANGY SPICES

Tangy spices tend to have a distinctly acidic flavor thus the tangy name. When using these spices you can reduce the amount of lemon juice or vinegar in the recipe due to their own acidic flavor.

Each of the tangy spices have a distinct flavor which is unique and combines well to produce exotic flavors.… Continue reading

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