Smacked Cucumber With A Sweet Sour Sauce

Do you ever “smack” your food? You can tenderize meat or massage greens but I never imagined myself “smacking” a cucumber. Yes, in this recipe you use a blade of a cleaver or a rolling pin and smack a whole cucumber hard a few times. This encourages the cucumber to loosen its flesh and absorb the flavors of … Continue reading

General Tso’s Chicken, Chinese Version

Are you looking for the Americanized General Tso chicken that is very sweet or a dish originally created by Peng Chang-kuei, a Hunanese chef exiled from Taiwan? I found two American versions of this popular Chinese dish I liked online and two recipes from my Chinese cookbooks. Fuchsia Dunlop, “Revolutionary Chinese Cooking” and Kian Lam Kho, “Phoenix Claws and … Continue reading

Black Bean Chicken (Dou Chi Ji Ding)

The original recipe from Liuyang, China was deep fried but the author chose to stir-fry the chicken instead in this cookbook. I agree even though I love fried food and the crispy chicken would add a nice contrast with the vegetables and sauce. I enjoyed Fuchsia Dunlop’s first cookbook a lot so I bought the other … Continue reading