Asian Foods Ep.1


Asian Foods : CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM SIU MAI

by Thomas M. Tillman
Siu mai are a staple in both dim sum restaurants and in many pan-Asian restaurants, and even in sushi restaurants. If you're unfamiliar with the name, siu mai (pronounced shoe my) are small open-faced dumplings that are typically steamed. The wrapper is thin and delicate and typically a smaller version of a wonton skin. The filling is usually a combination of ground pork and chopped shrimp, and they are often garnished with either fish roe, peas, or decoratively cut carrots. Prior to freezing or cooking Although they generally use round wrappers, square ones can also be used, or you may trim your traditional square wonton wrappers into smaller squares or circles if you'd like to create more delicate bites of standard siu mai size. Personally, I find that wasteful, and decided to use the wonton wrappers in their full size (which is a mere ¼-inch larger than what is recommended (that's only ⅛-inch on either side that is "too big"). I had a bit of(...)

Asian Foods : CHICKEN SAAG (INDIAN CHICKEN AND SPINACH CURRY)

by Thomas M. Tillman
This quick and easy Chicken Saag (chicken and spinach curry aka palak chicken) is the fastest curry you'll ever make from scratch. It's healthy and delicious with a flavor bomb of spices. You'll never need to order Indian takeout again with this recipe in your arsenal. (This recipe was originally published in March 2019, but was updated with new photos and content in 2020). Since first making this chicken saag recipe, I have made it countless times. I always amaze myself with how easy it is to make, and how it satisfies my craving for Indian food. Although my favorite Indian curries when I go out to eat are chicken tikka masala and chicken korma, I have since fallen head over heels for chicken saag (...) Continue

Asian Foods : PORK AND CHIVE DUMPLINGS

by Thomas M. Tillman
A classic dim sum staple, these Pork and Chive Dumplings are so versatile. They are perfect for simple snacking or even celebrating Chinese New Year. Pork dumplings are classic appetizers on so many Asian menus, whether they are Japanese gyoza or Chinese jiaozi. They can easily be pan-fried, deep-fried, steamed, or boiled with excellent results. The pork filling itself can range based on the cuisine(...) Continue

Asian Foods : HONEY SESAME CHICKEN

by Thomas M. Tillman
A Chinese takeout staple, Honey Sesame Chicken is fried crisp with a sticky-sweet sauce, and finished with a shower of toasted sesame seeds. This version of the American-Chinese classic hails from Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park. One of my favorite American-Chinese dishes is honey sesame (...) Continue

Asian Foods : PORK LO MEIN

by Thomas M. Tillman
I recently swooned over a new cookbook from America's Test Kitchen entitled Comfort Food Makeovers. The chicken enchiladas I tried were delicious and a great lightened up version of the classic. As I mentioned in that review, I was very much looking forward to trying more recipes from this book (especially now that I'm trying to crack down and lose some weight).(...) Continue