Lunch Box #1: Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps

Today’s lunchbox of Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps, includes a wheat-free, slow roasted variation of Sam Sifton’s Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos.  Sifton’s recipe calls for hoisin sauce, which contains wheat, so we substituted tamari (gluten free soy sauce), brown sugar, and some fruit preserves.  Since we don’t have a slow cooker, I also modifed the preparation forContinue reading “Lunch Box #1: Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps”

Sunday Supper: Soy Braised Short Ribs

With the chill of winter still in the air, we love a good braised Sunday supper.  This recipe is a variation on Chinese style red cooked pork, using boneless beef short ribs.  Slow cooking in the oven, this one-pot meal fills the apartment with the aroma of slow simmered beef, cinnamon, anise, and five spice.Continue reading “Sunday Supper: Soy Braised Short Ribs”

Sources: Kalustyans

Kalustyan’s is a great source for specialty groceries you can’t find anywhere else. Walk into the first aisle and you will find a wall filled with several different brands of bitters and flavored syrups. A little further down are another two cases of hot sauces.  In the corner is another wall dedicated to different types ofContinue reading “Sources: Kalustyans”

Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives

I have a confession to make.  Despite my Asian heritage, I don’t know much about cooking Asian food.  Sure, I know how to stir-fry and know how to use the more common Asian ingredients, but Mom’s home cooking was nothing like restaurant food.  After years of cooking for myself, then going to culinary school, IContinue reading “Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives”

Comfort Food Pt. 1: Mom’s Mohingha

It’s no secret that keeping restaurant hours makes it difficult to spend time with friends and family. When most people are relaxing with their families after a day at work, or sharing a drink or a meal with friends, I am the most busy at work. When my fellow cooks and I are finally leavingContinue reading “Comfort Food Pt. 1: Mom’s Mohingha”