Food

Chinese Sous Vide Beef Shank

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I've been making braised beef shank for many years, but the end product had never quite matched the description in my cook book. I've tried braising in a cast iron pot for 2 hours. I've also left the beef shank in a crock pot for 8 hours. In the end, I've never achieved the jellied [...]

Lima, Peru Chinatown

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I'm not a purist when it comes to Chinese food. Having grown up in America in the 1970s, I am accustomed to food that doesn't taste quite like it does in China or Hong Kong. However, nowadays, the options are plentiful and the quality is much improved. When dining out in Chinese restaurants, we even [...]

Green Onion Pancake Recipe

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This is my way of making green onion pancakes or 葱油饼. It is not the traditional way. 1. Boil a cup of water. 2. Measure 10 oz. of all purpose flour and pour into a food processor. I don't use anything special. Just the industrial size bag of flour from Costco. I've tried countless green [...]

How to Make Naan

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It all started at Howie's Artisan Pizza. I really loved their pizza crust. After buying a dough ball from them, I discovered how dough should feel in the hand: soft and malleable. In other words, I was not using enough water in my recipes. With this insight, I was finally able to crank out green [...]

Año Nuevo State Park, Pescadero, CA

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Inspired by AAA's Top Beach Towns for Summer article in the most recent issue of VIA Magazine, I headed out to Pescadero for the first time. I first stopped at Arcangeli Grocery Co.. The original plan was to picnic at Año Nuevo State Park; however, since it was already close to lunch, we ate at [...]

National Rice Cooker Non-Stick Pan

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Rice cookers are truly the work horses of the Chinese kitchen: toiling each day behind the scenes and maybe even taken for granted despite their constant effort to optimally prepare a bowl of rice. Our National rice cooker has faithfully delivered thousands of bowls of perfect rice over the years. However, it was beginning to [...]

Momofuku Cookbook

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Last weekend, I found a copy of Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan at the local library. It's part autobiography and part cookbook with plenty of color and colorful language. While I've never set foot inside a Momofuku restaurant, I have read or heard quite a bit about their famous pork buns, so I [...]

Liang’s Kitchen 梁媽媽家

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I'm not sure what the official Chinese or English name is for this dish, but it's essentially sliced beef wrapped in a green onion pancake with a touch of Hoisin sauce. Absolutely delicious when shared, but the oil from the green onion pancake is a bit much if you overindulge.

YUM Seeking to Acquire Majority Interest in Little Sheep

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YUM! Brands, Inc., which operates KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food Restaurants, is seeking to acquire a majority interest in Little Sheep. From the YUM! most-recent quarterly report: We currently own 27% of the outstanding shares of Little Sheep Group Limited (“Little Sheep”), a Hot Pot concept headquartered in [...]

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Cupertino, CA

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Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot has opened another restaurant down the peninsula. For those living in the South Bay, all the deliciousness that 小肥羊 has to offer may be obtained at 19062 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, CA. Loree Center is located away from all the more popular Chinese retail destinations, which is a good thing. [...]