Recipe: Mustard Green Soup

Mustard Greens with Salty Egg Soup

Soup Name: Mustard Greens with Salty Egg Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 芥菜鹹蛋湯 (jiècài xián dàn tāng)

A quick boil soup that is easy to make while stimulating the senses.  The salted egg really brings lots of flavor to this otherwise slightly bitter soup.  It’s distinct taste is refreshing and this soup is great in removing heatiness and cooling the body.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones (optional)
1 pound of fresh mustard greens
2 slices of fresh ginger
2 salted duck eggs
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Wash mustard greens
  2. When your soup water boils, add in fresh ginger and mustard greens
  3. Crack salted egg into a bowl and release slowly into soup (keeping the egg yolk whole) – some people will remove the egg yolk and just use the egg whites
  4. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for relieving heatiness
  • Flavorful vegetarian soup (meatless)
  • A non-old-fire soup that can be made in approximately half an hour

Any precautions?

  • Mustard greens have a slightly bitter taste, so don’t overuse
  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester take caution as cooling soups can cause contractions
  • Salted duck eggs are super salty and high in cholesterol

Recipe: Galbi Tang (Korean short rib soup)

This is not an everyday dish, because it takes a lot of prep and cooking time.


  • 1.5 lb of beef short ribs (about 6 pieces)
  • 12 cups of water
  • 1 small Korean radish (mu), about 1 lb.
  • 1 small onion
  • 8 cloves of peeled garlic (one head)
  • 3 thin ginger slices
  • 4-6 green onions
  • Seasoning for broth (mushroom powder, salt, chicken bullion)


  • Soak ribs in cold water for about an hour to remove residual blood and bone fragments (traditionally soaked 8-10 hrs)
  • Drain ribs, and blanch in boiling water for 10 minutes
  • Strain the ribs in the sink, and wash each one thoroughly, removing any visible fat.  Clean the pot, too.
  • Put clean ribs in the pot, and add radish, onion, garlic, ginger, and 12 cups water
  • Boil over medium high heat, for 30 minutes to draw flavor from meat
  • Cover and simmer for another 90 minutes.  After the first hour, remove and discard veggies;  except the radish.  Season broth to taste.
  • Dice up the radish, as broth continues to simmer.
  • When soup is done, ladle ribs and broth over diced radish.

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Recipe: Winter Melon Soup


  • I piece (.85 lb) split chicken breast (Whole Foods)
  • Several pieces sliced ginger
  • Water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dried shrimp (about 1.5 tbl)
  • 1/2 tsp mushroom powder
  • 1 (2-lb) wedge winter melon

MAKE Chicken broth

  1. Soak shrimp in warm water (about 1.5 hrs), while broth is cooking
  2. Put chicken in 5-quart dutch oven
  3. Add about 2 quarts of water
  4. Add sliced ginger
  5. Add salt
  6. Boil chicken briskly a few minutes, skimming off fat
  7. Turn off burner, and cover for 30 minutes, then skim off more fat
  8. Remove chicken from broth, shred chicken


  1. Remove seeds from winter melon
  2. Cut into 1/3 inch cubes, removing rind (about 5 cups)
  3. Add winter melon to broth
  4. Gently simmer, uncovered, until melon is transluscent (20-30 minutes)
  5. Stir in shredded chicken
  6. Salt to taste

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Recipe: Seared Albacore Tuna

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Oregon Albacore is in season August through October and is available fresh and sushi grade at Flying Fish Co.

– 1/4 cup light soy sauce
– 2 tbl sake
– 2 tbl seasoned rice vinegar
– 2 tbl sesame oil
– 1/3 cup sesame seeds
– some water if soy sauce is not light enough
– 6 oz. tuna steak
– Avocado oil, or other high smoke point oil

  1. In small bowl, stir together soy sauce, sake, seasoned rice vinegar, and sesame oil.  Coat the tuna steaks in the mixture, and let sit for few minutes.
  2. Spread sesame seeds on a plate.  Press the tuna into the seeds to coat.
  3. Heat oil in heavy skillet until very hot (400°).  Place steaks in the pan, and sear for about 40 seconds on each side.
  4. Serve with wasabi paste.

Recipe: Homemade creme fraiche

Tasting of hazelnuts, creme fraiche is France’s favorite form of cream for cooking. With more body and complex flavors than fresh sweet cream, creme fraiche is a thick, rich, custard of a cream. It thickens without curdling, a little goes a long way in fast pan sauces, and blended with fresh herbs and a dash of fresh lemon, creme fraiche is splendid over seafoods and poultry. Dollop it over fresh fruit, or whip and lightly sweeten to frost or fill cakes. This is a home version that comes close to the real thing.

To get even closer, order a creme fraiche culture from The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company and follow their directions.


1 to 2 tablespoons cultured buttermilk
2 cups heavy cream (pasteurized, not ultra pasteurized or sterilized, and with no additives)

Combine the buttermilk and cream in a saucepan and heat only to tepid (not more than 85 degrees on an instant reading thermometer). Pour into a clean glass jar. Partially cover and let stand at room temperature (between 65 and 75 degrees) for 8 to 24 hours, or until thickened. Stir and refrigerate at least 24 hours before using. The cream will keep about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


Fresh Herbed Cream Sauce: No cooking here — simply blend 1/2 cup creme fraiche with 1 teaspoon each finely sliced chives and fresh tarragon. Add about 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serves up to 6 people. Streak a little over pieces of grilled, baked or poached salmon, sole, or scallops. Herbs could be pureed with a little shallot and stirred into the cream for a pale green color.
Pan Sauces: Stir a generous tablespoon into defatted pan sauces after pan grilling poultry, fish or vegetables. Bring to a simmer, taste for balance, and pour over foods.
Soups: Reduce the amount of cream called for in your favorite creamed soup by half and substitute creme fraiche.
With Fruits: A few spoonfuls of creme fraiche lift fruit flavors. Try over berries, ripe peaches or nectarines, or on sauteed pears. The cream could be lightly sweetened, flavored with a little lemon, orange or vanilla.
Imagination is everything. Try creme fraiche in other dishes as well. Streak it over mousses and jelled sweets or savories. Finish an appetizer plate of marinated leek or grilled scallions and asparagus with a zig zag of creme fraiche. It is classic in Beef Stroganoff instead of sour cream.
Categories: DIY
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 48 hours
Yield: 2 cups

From:  Splendid Table

Recipe: Steamed Whole fish

2016-Rainbow Trout

Steamed whole fish is the epitome of Cantonese cooking.  A perfectly steamed fish has flesh that is just cooked at the bone, moist and not dry (a 1 lb. rainbow trout is pictured above). Typically, whole fish are not served with the liquid in which it was steamed, which is fishy tasting, and any sauce is added at the end, after the fish has been cooked. In this classic preparation, the fish is topped with scallions and ginger, then doused with hot oil, which releases the flavor of the aromatics into the flesh of the fish.


1 to 1.5 lb. whole fish (such as rock fish, rainbow trout, tilapia, etc.), cleaned with head and tail intact
2 by 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely julienned
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine (or sake)
1 scallion, white and light green parts only, julienned
1/2 cup canola (or avocado) oil — hot, about 400°F


1. Rinse the fish in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Score the fish.  Place the fish on a heatproof plate that is both large enough to accommodate it (e.g., a 9″ glass pie plate in wok, or 12″ fish plate in microwave), bending the fish slightly if it is too long. Stuff half of the ginger inside the cavity of the fish and spread the remaining ginger on top of the fish.
2. Pour water into a wok and set a steamer in the wok. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the steamer. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Place the plate holding the fish in the steamer, cover, and steam for about 8 minutes, until the fish flakes easily when tested with the tip of a knife.
3. Alternatively, microwave the fish for about 3.5 minutes (1300 watt microwave);  under a “dome” to retain moisture.
4. While the fish is cooking, in a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, wine, and 1 tablespoon of water. Set aside.
5. When the fish is ready, carefully remove the plate from the steamer and pour off any accumulated liquid. Lay the scallion along the top of the fish.
6. Also, while the fish is cooking:  In a small sauté pan, heat the oil over high heat until it is very hot but not smoking (~400°). Remove the oil from the heat and pour it directly over the fish and scallion.  The oil should sizzle and pop.
7. Drizzle soy mixture over the fish and serve immediately. (The mixture should also be heated, for best result).
8. Reserve some scallion (and optionally cilantro) to garnish, as a final touch.

How to Prepare a Whole Fish

Most markets sell fish that have already been scaled and gutted. If a fish has not been cleaned, you can ask the fishmonger to clean and gut it for you. Fins can also be trimmed off because the fish is easier to serve without them. With a pair of scissors, cut off the fins from both sides of the fish, from the belly, and then the dorsal fins (the ones running along the back). Finally, trim the tail by cutting it into a V shape and score the fish.

Adapted from Ling Chen, and Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan.

Recipe: Steamed Spareribs

Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

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1-1/2 lbs pork spare rib (rib tips)
2 tablespoons (whole) black bean sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or sake)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger (on microplane grater)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar


Cut the spareribs crosswise into 1″ – 2″ sections. Or, easier, find ribs cut in 1″ strips at Asian market (e.g. Chang Fa, An Dong, Hong Phat, etc.). Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Transfer spareribs and sauce into a shallow, heatproof pan that will fit inside your wok (e.g., 9” pie plate) Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Set steaming rack inside of wok and fill with water almost up to height of rack. Turn heat to high and when water is boiling, turn heat to medium-high. Set pan with spareribs on top of a steaming rack in wok. Steam on med-high heat for 18-20 minutes until ribs are no longer pink.