As legend has it, the ancient Chinese attempted to produce a wonder powder—a blend so evocative and mind-blowing that it would include all of the five flavors—sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty.
What … [Read More...]
Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand may be the most talked about cookbook of the year.
It is certainly a hot topic in Portland, where Andy Ricker’s namesake restaurant reigns supreme.
Good luck getting a … [Read More...]
To say I love Potstickers (or is it Pot Stickers?) is like saying I love to eat. Well OF COURSE I do!
Seriously, who doesn’t love Potstickers? The fragrant, chewy dough glistening with sesame oil, the burst of flavor and aroma as your teeth tear into the … [Read More...]
There are so many delicious uses for Vietnamese Dipping Sauce--essentially the same as Thai Dipping Sauce--that I have it on hand in the fridge at all times.
I’ve experienced it numerous times over the years in Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. But it was in tiny Luc … [Read More...]
Welcome to the second year of All Asia All Month on LunaCafe! (See the list of all the wonderful dishes we created last year at the end of this post.)
I can’t think of a better way to launch the New Year than to dive into my new stack of Asian cookbooks (thank … [Read More...]
Is there any cookie in the world more magical and enchanting than a Chinese Fortune Cookie? No way. My heart and the corners of my mouth lift every time I am presented with one in a restaurant. How in heaven’s name are they made? And what will my fortune say this … [Read More...]
Fifteen years ago, there was a wonderful Chinese restaurant in the University Village shopping center in Seattle. I was completing a second degree at the University of Washington at the time, and along with a couple of other always hungry art students, found myself all … [Read More...]
There are a million and one recipes for Thai Peanut Sauce, and I’ve never tasted one that I didn’t like. That said, I worked diligently to get a good depth of flavor and an intriguing balance of flavors in my rendition of this popular sauce. It’s a fabulous sauce to … [Read More...]