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Taiwan-China Trade Agreement: What it Means

Chen Yunlin (R), the head of a semi-official Chinese agency, shakes hands with his Taiwan counterpart Chiang Ping-kun, chairman for the Taiwan's Strait Exchange Foundation, after they signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in Chongqing on June 29, 2010. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Business Taiwan signed a game-changing trade agreement with China today that ends its economic isolation and increases the chances for lasting peace in the Taiwan Strait.

Basketball Mania in the Philippines

Children play basketball along railroad tracks bounded by shanty houses in Manila on March 12, 2008. (Jay Director/AFP/Getty Images)

When you think about the Philippines, basketball fandom probably doesn’t immediately come to mind—but maybe it should.

Japan's Naoto Kan Amid G8 Giants

G8 leaders wave in Huntsville, Ontario on June 25, 2010. L to R: Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, Barack Obama, President of the US, and Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Eight leaders have gathered in Toronto to discuss pressing issues of global concern before 20 leaders from across the globe gather for the G20 Summit. On the agenda, industrialized and developing nations will discuss the global economic recovery

Tofu Adobo and Steamed Cauliflower

Tofu Adobo and Steamed Cauliflower (
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Recipe by Les Talusan of



For tofu adobo
1/2 cup Datu Puti soy sauce
1/2 cup Datu Puti cane vinegar
1 block of firm tofu
enough olive oil to coat your frying pan
1 head of garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon peppercorn

For steamed cauliflower
cauliflower, cut up to serving pieces
olive oil

Grilled Bananas with Chocolate and Toasted Coconut Flakes

Grilled Bananas with Chocolate and Toasted Coconut Flakes (Photo by Jaden Hair)
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Serves 4.

4 bananas (leave peel on)
3 oz. (85 g) dark or milk chocolate bar, broken into pieces
1/2 cup (40 g) sweetened coconut flakes (or other toppings of your choice, like chopped nuts or chopped fruit)

1. Lay the bananas sideways. Carefully slide the bananas open (cut through the skin and through the banana itself) without cutting through the bottoms or through the ends. You're creating a pocket for the chocolate.

2. Tuck the chocolate inside the banana.

Chocolate Wontons

Chocolate Wontons (Photo by Jaden Hair)
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It's so easy, too. Just add a chunk of your favorite chocolate to the middle, seal and fry.

Makes 12 chocolate wontons.


1 egg
1 tablespoon water
12 wonton wrappers, defrosted (keep wrappers covered with damp towel)
12 pieces or nuggets of chocolate
High-heat oil for frying
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling


1. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make an egg wash.

Steamy Kitchen: An Interview with Jaden Hair

Jaden Hair
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Jaden Hair is known for her humorous take on cooking, peppering her popular food blog Steamy Kitchen with engaging personal stories (in addition to gorgeous food photos and delicious recipes). In her new Steamy Kitchen Cookbook (Tuttle Publishing, 2009), she serves up 101 Asian recipes that even the most novice of home cooks can master, and she does it with the same charm and personality that her blog and TV followers have come to enjoy.

Celebrating Asian Grandmothers—And Their Cooking

Patricia Tanumihardja, author of <i>The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian Kitchens</i> (Sasquatch Books, 2009).
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A new book deliciously weaves together generations-old recipes—and the stories of the women who cook them—in The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian Kitchens (Sasquatch Books, 2009). Patricia Tanumihardja, an Indonesian Chinese with her own memories of Asian cooking, has documented a number of family recipes—many of them in print for the first time ever—complete with insider tips from the grandmothers she cooked with.

Nepalese Nine-Bean Soup (Kawatee)

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In Nepal, kawatee is eaten during the harsh winters to “warm” and protect the body. Restaurant-owner Roshita Shrestha who hails from Kathmandu recommends it for women during confinement and while breastfeeding. Roshita ate kawatee often after the recent birth of her daughter in Seattle and says it also offers a taste of home. You can use any type of dried beans or legumes to make 2¼ cups total.

Time: 2 hours (20 minutes active) plus soaking
Makes: 4 main-course servings


Recipe of the Day: Filipino Fried Noodles (Pancit)

Food & Recipes

In the Filipino vernacular, pancit simply refers to noodles. This version (pancit bam-i) uses both rice vermicelli (bihon) and Chinese wheat noodles (pancit canton), but you can make the dish with either type of noodle, or flat egg noodles (pancit miki) and cellophane noodles (sotanghon). Just like fried rice, you can add any combination of meat, seafood, and vegetables—everything from shrimp to Chinese sausage to mung bean sprouts.

Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 6 to 8 servings