Char Siu is the delicious honey roasted pork that is the main ingredient in the steamed pork buns (pictured in the photo) that are so popular at dim sum restaurants and Chinese bakeries. Char Siu can be eaten hot or cold, and makes a great addition to noodle and fried rice dishes. It is available in the meat section of Asian markets, or you can make your own.
Recipes Featuring Char Siu roast pork:
Here is a good recipe for weeknights - the night before, combine the spareribs with the marinade and refrigerate. When it comes time to cook, all you need to do is place the ribs in the oven. The spareribs can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen (reheat before serving). This recipe for Spareribs With Hoisin Sauce has been reader-rated at 5 out of 5 stars.
A popular item on Chinese take-out menus, Honey Garlic Spareribs are easy to make. Their mouthwatering flavor comes from the marinade, which combines sweet and spicy hoisin sauce with oyster sauce, honey and pungent garlic. Honey Garlic Spareribs make a great party appetizer, or serve them with stir-fried broccoli and lots of cooked rice for a complete meal.
In this famous Szechuan dish thin strips of beef are fried for several minutes, making them crisp and chewy, and then stir-fried with spicy seasonings. I've added carrots cut into thin strips to match the beef, but you can use celery instead (a reader recommends Chinese celery), or a combination of both.
Szechuan Beef Recipe
Szechuan Beef Recipe Photo © copyright 2006 by Rhonda Parkinson, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Canadian researchers believe that corn and sunflower oil may not be as healthy for us as we thought. Learn more in this Canadian Press article: "Corn, sunflower, safflower oil health benefits challenged", published on the CBC Radio-Canada website.
One fun holiday tradition is a Christmas cookie exchange. If you're participating in a cookie exchange this year and are stuck for ideas, Chinese almond cookies are a great choice. Almond cookies are easy to make and very addictive! For an extra touch, replace the almond slice in the middle with a dash of red food coloring (red symbolizes happiness in Chinese culture). Or, you can even paint on the Chinese character for moon.
Almond Cookie Photo © 2005 Rhonda Parkinson, licensed to About.com, Inc.
If you served a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you're probably wondering what to do with the leftovers. Here are some interesting Chinese and Asian recipes made with cooked turkey leftovers.
Leftover turkey with bell peppers photo © 2006 by Rhonda Parkinson, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Looking for ways to use up leftover turkey? In this recipe for Turkey Chow Mein, leftover turkey is paired with celery, onion, red bell peppers and carrots in a flavorful sauce.
Bang Bang Turkey takes the spicy sauce in Szechuan Bang Bang Chicken and uses it in a turkey stir-fry. The recipe calls for turkey breast cutlets (also simply called turkey cutlets), but you can substitute regular turkey breast. Serve this turkey and vegetable dish over rice for a balanced and nutritious meal.
Bang Bang Turkey Photo © 2005 Rhonda Parkinson, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Quick Thanksgiving Recipe - Oriental Rotisserie-Style Turkey Breast
For those who celebrate American Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner, here's an easy alternative to having to defrost and roast an entire bird. In this recipe for Oriental Rotisserie-Style Turkey Breast, a turkey breast is coated in a spicy mixture with five-spice powder, garlic and ginger, and then roasted. It's served with a simple sauce/gravy made with broth, flour and pan juices.
Oriental Rotisserie-Style Turkey Breast photo © copyright by National Turkey Federation and EatTurkey.com, licensed to About.com, Inc.