Archive for the ‘Asian’ Category

Castella Cake

November 22nd, 2015 | Asian, Cake, Desserts, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Head into an Asian bakery and you will see baskets full of small Castella cakes. They are spongy and a tiny bit dry, so that it takes a few minutes to melt in your mouth. Castella is basically a Japanese honey spongecake. It has no butter in it, but rather gets its richness from the large amount […]

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Steamed Pork Buns

March 21st, 2015 | Asian, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

Steamed pork buns may seem intimidating but they don’t have to be with some planning. You can make the filling ahead of time and let it chill. Make and rise the dough, and set that in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it within a day or so. Just make sure that you […]

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Gyoza (Potstickers) with Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce

November 18th, 2014 | Asian, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

I’m all for burgers and fries and sandwiches. But sometimes I just want some Asian food. This recipe hits the spot with a tender pork filling and a spicy dipping sauce. You can make your own gyoza wrappers or buy them at an Asian grocery store. Just make sure to keep them under plastic as […]

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Japanese Cheesecake

November 15th, 2014 | Asian, Cake, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

Japanese cheesecake is a unique kind of cake. It has the lightness of spongecake but has the tang of cheesecake. It needs no frosting or icing, just enjoy slices with tea or coffee. A kitchen scale is a must-have for this recipe. Japanese Cheesecake 8oz. cream cheese 50g/2 oz. unsalted butter 100 ml/3 fluid oz whole milk 60g/2 […]

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Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

November 9th, 2014 | Asian, Dressing, Main Dish, Quick, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Happy weekend, all! Sometimes weekends can be overflowing with good but heavy foods. Sometimes you just want that nice crisp salad. Here’s a fresh Vietnamese rice noodle salad that won’t weight you down, but is super flavorful. Add some sliced grilled chicken or steak to make it a dinner-time meal. Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad 4 […]

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Teriyaki Meatballs

November 5th, 2014 | Asian, Beef, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

I happen to be a huge fan of teriyaki meatballs. I’m not sure why. Something about the sweet and aromatic grilled meat paired with fluffy rice and sides of pickled vegetables (preferably kimchi) makes me a darned happy camper. So today I thought I would try to come  up with something that could satisfy my cravings. […]

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Kung Pao Chicken

November 3rd, 2014 | Asian, Chicken, Dinner, Featured, Gluten free, Quick | Christi | 1 Comment

Kung Pao Chicken is one of the most popular takeout dishes. Luckily, it is easy to make at home without any MSG. Take care not to marinade the chicken longer than stated, as the meat will over-tenderize and become slightly gummy. Add whatever chopped vegetables you have in the fridge to make it your own. […]

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Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing

January 15th, 2014 | Asian, Dressing, Quick, Sauce, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

This is the dressing that many Japanese restaurants will use on their appetizer salads.  Delicious and refreshing, it will liven up any Asian style meal or salad. This dressing is also light and low in fat! Sesame Miso Dressing ¼ cup white miso ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 TB vegetable oil […]

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Scallion Pancakes

January 8th, 2014 | Asian, Bread, Pastry, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

If you’re a fan of dimsum, you’ll love these scallion pancakes. The way the dough is rolled makes for multiple layers of flakey pastry. Be careful not to roll the final pancake too thin, or it will be a hard disk. You want it tender in the middle. The dipping sauce is a must to […]

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Korean Cream Cake (Seeang Cream Cake)

April 30th, 2011 | Asian, Cake, Desserts, Fruit, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 5 Comments

There’s an unsaid tradition in our family. For most of the year, American butter cakes and cookies are good and well. But when it comes to birthdays, anniversaries, and celebrations, a special cake is always freshly ordered from the local Korean bakery- Seeang Cream Cake, otherwise known as Korean Fresh Cream Cake. It consists of […]

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