Recipe: Salt Cured Duck Egg

This 3-step recipe for making salt cured duck egg is provided by my friend Vivian, who has perfected the simplest method of making this Chinese delicacy.

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Memphis & New Orleans

This is a guest blog by my friend Jing, a first-time blogger who was born in China and moved to the US not so long ago. Jing visited several southern states during the time of Christmas and New Year 2016. Right after the election, I heard stories about foreigners being threatened and mistreated and was concerned about her trip down South. As it turned out, my worries were completely unnecessary.  Continue reading “Memphis & New Orleans”

Rennes, France

Opening any guide book of France, you won’t find much information on Rennes. This is because the capital city of Brittany suffered a great deal during World War II and much of it had to be rebuilt. A fire in 1720 also destroyed most of its timbered houses, sparing a few.

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Salon International de l’Agriculture, Paris

The day we went to Salon International de l’Agriculture, it was pouring down with rain. Anticipating a large crowd – being that it was a Saturday – we opted for an early start.

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Big John’s PFI, Seattle

Who would have thought that rummaging through an old dimly lit warehouse could be so much fun?

At Big John’s Pacific Food Importers, you’ll find aisles of specialty food items such as Hazelnut Spread from Italy made with Arcacia honey and Piedmont hazelnut; Cream of Almonds from Sicily; or Crème de Calisson from Aix-en-Provence.

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Hiro Tawara Kaiseki Pop-up

As a food writer, do you have a secret place that you just want to keep to yourself? <ponder on this for a second before answering…>

Chef Hiro Tawara is a gem. His monthly kaiseiki pop-up in Pike Place Market serves up an elaborated multi-course menu, showcasing his years of experience as a kaiseiki chef in Kyoto, while incorporating local seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading “Hiro Tawara Kaiseki Pop-up”

Duck Confit

How do you like your duck confit?

Over the years I have had many versions of this classic French dish – Some cooked dry with intense flavors; Others plump paired with some sort of fruity sauce. When it comes to meat and poultry, I prefer a simplistic approach with non-competing flavors.

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Bottura at Mirazur

This is a guest post by Henri and Fabienne – chef and restaurateur of La Montgolfière Henri Geraci Monaco.

Last Thursday Henri and Fabienne attended Restaurant Mirazur’s 10-year anniversary dinner. Mirazur is a Michelin two star restaurant in Menton, France. As part of the anniversary celebration, chef Mauro Colagreco invited ten chefs from around the world to take command in his kitchen for an special dinner. Continue reading “Bottura at Mirazur”

Shishito

Shishito pepper (獅子唐辛子) is a sweet finger-sized Japanese pepper. The name refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper (唐辛子 tōgarashi) resembles the head of a lion (獅子 shishi). In Japanese it is often abbreviated as shishitō (lion pepper).

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Shishito is usually served hot – skewered and grilled. It can also be sautéed at high heat till it blisters then season with sea salt, preferably Maldon. The heat brings out the peppery aroma and it is the perfect accompaniment to clean sake.