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Cashew Nut Chicken

Cashew Nut Chicken is a Thai stir-fry dish with Chinese origins, but tweaked to pack more heat. The preparation felt like most Chinese stir-fry recipes my Dad taught me, especially when we marinated the chicken with Chinese cooking wine, oyster sauce and then mixed with flour. The unique flavor for this Thai dish came from … Continue reading

Lomo Saltado

When I first arrived in Peru, I was surprised to see all the Chinese eateries all over Lima.  I had not realized how large the Chinese immigrant population in Peru was, or rather, how much influence Chinese culture had on Peruvian cuisine.  Asian Peruvians make up about 5% of the current population, although it is … Continue reading

Scrambled Egg Whites with Crab Meat 大良炒牛奶

The last time I visited home, my dad and I set about to cook some traditional Chinese dishes together.  The central theme of the dinner was seafood and using up all the leftover egg whites I had from the making Hollandaise sauce earlier for brunch.  We decided to cook a simple Fish Fillet with Broccoli Stir … Continue reading

Fish Fillet with Broccoli Stir Fry 西蘭炒魚片

Every time I visit home, I love cooking for my family and it’s even better when we all cook together.  My dad cooks amazing Chinese food and I love learning new recipes from him.  I started browsing through all the Chinese cookbooks we owned and found some simple classic recipes from the Chinese Cuisine cookbook … Continue reading

Auntie Meliza’s Potato Salad

This is my favorite potato salad dish that my Auntie Meliza brings to all our family gatherings — even if it’s not a potluck!  My mom always referred to this potato salad as “Chinese-style” as it uses Spam® which is apparently known as “Chinese ham” to my people (which only included me very recently).  There’s … Continue reading

Honey Walnut Prawns

One of my favorite dishes when eating at Chinese restaurants is the Honey Walnut Prawns. I love fried shrimp, plus the sweet sauce with candied walnuts is just mouthwatering. I made this for the first time a few days ago using my Dad’s recipe and was excited to find out how easy this was to … Continue reading

Eggplant Szechuan Style

When my Dad came to visit, he cooked this delicious side dish of Asian eggplant stir-fried with ginger, garlic, and the necessary Szechuan ingredient — hot bean paste.  Compared to American eggplants, Chinese eggplants are long and slender with thinner skins and a more delicate flavor.  You should be able to find in your local … Continue reading

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, NYC

Nom Wah Tea Parlor Cuisine: Chinese Neighborhood: Chinatown Price: $15-20 per person (dishes range from $2.50 – $4.95) Address: 13 Doyers St., NYC 10013 Telephone: 212-962-6047 Hours: Daily 10:30am – 8:30pm Yum cha, which literally translates to “drinking tea” in Cantonese, refers to a dining experience that includes drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum, … Continue reading

Food Comas Turns 1!

May 13th marks a special day for us here… Food Comas turns 1 year old today!  Exactly one year ago, I wrote my first ever blog post on Baby Lamb Chops with Cucumber-Mint Relish.  I didn’t really know what I was doing (regarding both cooking and blogging) but I went for it anyway.  At first, … Continue reading

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe, NYC

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe Cuisine: Chinese, Shanghainese Neighborhood: Chinatown Price: $20 per person Phone: (212) 966-3988 Address: 100 Mott Street, NYC 10013 In an atypical fashion for this blog, I’m actually writing about two Chinese restaurants, instead of Jen. Hopefully I will do them justice. Shanghai Cafe has been a Chinatown favorite for many years, and … Continue reading