Recently Serious Eats featured "pestle tea," a Hakka Chinese drink made from tea leaves pounded with nuts and seeds. Intrigued by the sound of this creamy, nourishing tea, we explored further and realized this is the lei cha that we've found in packets at Asian markets — but so much better when made from scratch.
Q: I recently bought Grace Young'sStir-Frying to the Sky's Edge and have been making delicious stir-fries for dinner several times a week. I'd like to share my newfound skills with dinner guests, but most of the recipes serve 3 to 4 as "part of a multi-course meal."
A friend reminded me yesterday of an old trick used to get the correct water-to-grain ratio when cooking rice. It's simple: pour the rice into the pan you're going to cook it in. Level it out and place your index finger so that it is touching the surface of the rice. Add enough water so that it comes up to your first knuckle — I usually use the crease on the palm-side of my finger. Do you use this method?
Q: I was given a wok a few months ago and I cleaned and seasoned it according to an article on this site. I noticed from the beginning that around the top edge of the wok there was this syrupy-looking residue that was solid but would get a little sticky when the pan was heated.
A person's first taste of the Chinese soup dumplings called xiao long bao is a magical one. I've seen it again and again on the faces of friends and family eating the dumplings for the first time at Din Tai Fung in Arcadia, a nearby outpost of the Taiwan-based soup dumpling chain: there is wonder, followed by bliss, and finally greed, as they mentally calculate the remaining dumplings divided by the number of people at the table. So how did this regional specialty from the outskirts of Shanghai come to be a beloved food in Southern California and beyond?
All week we're sharing Asian food recipes and inspiration here at The Kitchn. Here are some refreshing drinks to sip alongside your East, South, and Southeast Asian meals – or just to cool down on a hot summer day.
Do you love bubble tea? Personally, I can't walk past a bubble tea shop without suddenly craving one of their sweet ice-cold beverages dotted with chewy boba tapioca pearls. It's the most thirst-quenching snack I can think of! Fortunately for my addiction, bubble tea is super easy to make at home.
Q: Does anyone have a recipe for Chinese pizza? I don't know if it has another name but that's the only one I know. It's like a thin crepe/tortilla, crunchy on the bottom, kind of chewy and topped with a thin layer of egg and a lot of chives. It's really nice and I wish to be able to do it at home.
If you want to know how to stir-fry with a wok, talk to Grace Young. After an afternoon in the kitchen with this passionate wok evangelist, we came away with our heads stuffed just as full with tips and techniques as our bellies were with the stir-fry itself. We've given you some specific tutorials and recipes from our visit, but we also wanted to revisit the basics that apply to any stir-fry. If you want to master this quick, healthy, seasonally-focused style of cooking, learn these essentials.