Hello people (or person or spambot)! Here’s a quick and easy recipe that is guaranteed to make you the toast of the town, the bell of the ball, the king of the hill, etc. And all it takes are beans – green beans. I kid you not, you make these green beans and people will think you’re the shit! in the best possible sense. These green beans are so easy to prepare- maybe taking 20 minutes out of your life – and when you serve them, people will think you’re a culinary genius! Am I selling this recipe too hard? Perhaps. All I know is that my kids love these green beans. And they have really good taste. I mean, they are my kids. In fact watching K and M attack these beans one day, gave me the idea to make the video and put this recipe up. Because who doesn’t love videos about green beans – and adorable kids? (Note to self: for the next vid book cute kittens and a Kardashian for the next vid. Scratch that. Just book the kittens. I want to keep this blog classy).
Back to the beans. What makes them Asiany-ish? Well, I made them. Obviously. Also, the ingredients of the dressing: miso, rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Basically you steam the beans and then toss them in the dressing. That’s it! The resulting flavor is a brilliant combination of textural crunch of the beans with the salty, sour, sweet and umami flavor of the dressing. Alright enough reading. Let’s get to doing. Here’s the recipe and check out the video below for how you do it.
1-2 lbs of green beans (blue lake, French, whatever variety of string bean you want to use) – stemmed, cut into 1.5 inch pieces and steamed and cooked to your liking.
1.5 tbsp of miso paste
2-3 tbsp of rice vinegar
1 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tsp of sesame oil
It might surprise you, as it did me, that MY mom is not the only Chinese mom in the world who knows a thing or two about cooking. Imagine. Well according to my friend Jason, HIS mom makes a mean dish of chow mein that blows the socks off of Chinese restaurant chow mein – that is if chow mein wore socks. Well, fortunately for all of us Jason convinced his mom to cook up a batch. And even more fortunately, he made a video of her doing it so we may all learn how to make this mean dish of chow mein. I’ll let Jason do the honors of introducing his mom’s chow mein. Enjoy!
I luckily grew up in a household with a loving mother who happened to be a great cook. Lacking her cooking prowess, I finally asked my mom to teach my wife and me how to make one of her best dishes: Chicken Chow Mein. My mom agreed and showed up to our place ready to cook! She didn’t know we would be putting her instructions on video and posting it to the rest of the world. After a few grumbles about her appearance, she agreed to be on camera and started instructing like a pro.
We picked this dish because I have never found Chow Mein like hers. She uses standard size noodles, but pan fries them until they are crispy. When the crispy noodles soak in her incredible gravy/sauce, magical things happen. I am very happy we got her instructions on video and will be shocked if we can ever duplicate what she does so well.
Here’s the latest and greatest from my youngest contributor, four-year old Hana (seen above sampling a dumpling). This time, she takes on something a little more involved than ants on a log but as usual, she demonstrates her ease and charm in front of the camera as she guides us through the preparation of this healthy and delicious soba. Me thinks she might have a future in this business. Enjoy!
[From Hana (as channeled by her food obsessed mom, Sari)]
Dear Uncle Clarence,
Here is my favorite meal of all time and I video’d myself for you. I even take my healthy soba to pre-school in my lunch box sometimes. My friends think “What the hell is that? It kinda stinks…” but I don’t care–it’s goood! I make it myself and thought you needed my recipe on your website. I got confused and called the Japanese yam (which my mom thinks is taro in English but maybe not?) many different things. It’s real name is “tororo” but I said, tororo, totoro and daikon and something else. They are all white and weird except for Totoro so it’s all the same.
Pork chops + soy sauce, sugar and a few other ingredients = delicious. Right? Well for this Asian brother that’s a no brainer. But what if the equation was tilapia + peanut butter and a bunch of other stuff? Would the sum of those parts still be delicious? Well, click on the photos below for the answer as well as videos and recipes for both dishes. Here’s a hint: Um…. yes.