This black bean garlic pepper sauce mixture is savory and flavorful. You can use it on many different Chinese cooking such as stir-frying, braising or steaming, on fish, meat or tofu.
Mix black bean sauce in a bowl:
1 serrano pepper (remove seeds), finely chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons fermented black bean garlic sauce, as needed
1/2 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine, 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon regular soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (optional)
The tender, juicy steamed spare ribs coated with savory Chinese black bean sauce is among my favorite choices when eating at the dim sum restaurants. I have many favorites when it comes to dim sum. I created this dish to capture a little bit of the same flavor and use the bitter melons and peppers from our garden. In order to get tender meat, I cook it in the oven instead of stove top. Less work Continue reading
The beautiful Chinese long beans and cherry tomatoes are doing really good this year, our first crop of the growing season. The bitter melons are coming along just fine.
Shui Jiao 水餃 — The boiled version of the classic steamed dumpling. We use the Shanghai dumpling wrapper which is a bit thicker so it doesn’t fall apart when boiling. There is no need to make it fancy or pretty when wrapping. Intricate pleating will likely disappeared when boiling. There is something magical Continue reading
If I have to pick one pie for the summer, this is it. We live in a small town, fruit is abundant in the summer and fall. A lot of them are supplied by the local farmers and nearby growers. Buy local fruit and Continue reading
Here is another sweet and sour dish we love to eat in the summer. I adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar I use depends on how I feel that day. Instead of adding the chicken to the sweet and sour sauce, sometimes I add the sauce to the chicken and then toss it a few times until all the pieces are coated with the sweet and sour sauce. Another fun way to eat the chicken is to dip Continue reading
Dumplings are no longer just reserved for Chinese holidays. By making a small batch, I can make dumplings once a week with simple ingredients. These meat and veggie dumplings are just as delicious as those from the dim sum restaurants. You can use whatever fresh vegetables you like and make them taste Continue reading
As the summer season is approaching and the vacations and holidays are coming, people are eager to find interesting food to put on the grill. Meatballs and hamburgers are popular choices. Today I am making something just as welcoming in my household: pan fried turkey patties, with lots of Continue reading
I first discovered the fajitas flavor from eating out in a restaurant while visiting Nashville. I loved the smoky flavor on sizzling steak and chicken in a hot skillet. Even though there are plenty of Mexican seasonings available in the stores, there are always some spices and herbs I do not like and the flavors are too strong for me. I decided to make some myself,
use only what I like and nothing Continue reading