A Ciao Mein Confession

I don’t eat at fast food restaurants very often at all — an occasional hamburger at In n Out, and in the summer, I’ll swing by Wendy’s once in a great while for a chocolate frosty.  BUT (here’s the confession part) I do find myself at Panda Express once a month for some ciao mein. […]

Grilled Lemongrass Pork and Rice Noodle “Salad”

I am in love with Asian Box, a small chain takeout restaurant in downtown Mountain View.  You HAVE to check this out:  http://www.asianbox.com/menu Everything on that menu (except maybe the caramel egg) is so delicious, but it took just a couple visits to find my favorite:  Lemongrass pork with chilled rice noodles, bean sprouts,crispy shallots, […]

Asian Turkey Burgers with Ginger Sesame Slaw

All the flavor of my favorite potstickers without the tedious wrapping and folding.  Both burgers and slaw  take about ten minutes of chopping, and then YEAH!  Gold stars for us!   Ginger, lemongrass, and that delicious jaw zapping umami flavor exploding like pop rocks in my mouth.  It’s killing me NOT to go in for […]

Sweet Sriracha Roasted Pulled Pork

Gahhhhhh!  I just took this out of the oven!!!   It was kind of like Thanksgiving day all afternoon today — I know you know what it’s like when you smell the turkey roasting all day long, and you can’t stop salivating.  The roast pork and its sauce was smelled so delicious that I had […]

Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

 Love at first bite!  Super duper fingerlicking GREAT!  EASY to make — light and crunchy outside and flavorful and moist on the inside. Sweet, sour, salty and spicy–all the flavors of Vietnam. One of my favorite blogs of the past two or three years is White on Rice (whiteonrice.com) by Diane Cu and Todd Porter, professional […]

Holy Mother of Soy Garlic Wings!

Bon Chon is a Korean restaurant in Sunnyvale, CA,  and my former Mecca for the most delicious Korean fried chicken wings I have ever had.  Two or three times a year, I’d make my pilgrimage there for a box of six soy garlic wings with white rice.  I hardly ever left the parking lot without […]

Slanted Door Shaking Beef

Ever since Mary and I took a Vietnamese cooking class in Portland years ago, I’ve loved Vietnamese food.  Pho Van in the Pearl District was one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Oregon, and since moving to California,  I love eating at the Slanted Door.  I don’t get to go as often as […]

Fresh Corn and Nori Tempura Poppers

Dangin’ delicious! I don’t know what else to say. I mean, it’s fried corn and seaweed (kind of) with some heat from red pepper flakes, and it was just DANGIN’ DELICIOUS! I KNOW you’re gonna think this looks like a long recipe. WRONG — super fast to make!! So don’t be whining! The recipe is […]

Szechuan Green Beans

So delish!  I make these for dinner once a week (I know — boring!). 4 servings 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon dry sherry 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon corn starch 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 pound green […]

Korean Fried Chicken Wings with Ginger Soy Glaze

Yes, it’s a well-known fact that I love wings. 2-3 lbs chicken wings (tips discarded, and wings cut at the joints-washed and patted dry) 1 cup of Wondra flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper Soy Ginger Glaze 1 cup water 1 cup thinly sliced ginger 3 tbsp soy sauce 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 […]