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Banana Blossom Salad (Nyuom Traiyong Chaek)

Banana Blossom Salad
Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 banana blossom (1- 1 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cups water
1 large whole chicken breast (about 3/4 pounds)
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves,
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 pound mung bean sprouts
1/2 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup peanuts, roasted and coarsely ground
1/3 cup dressing

Directions

The Dietary Culture of Asia

Food & Recipes

by Naomichi Ishige
Professor of Anthropology at Osaka's Museum of Ethnology
Translated by Thomas A. Steele


"What bad manners you have! Don't eat with your fingers, use your chopsticks!" For many a child in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, this parent's reprimand is one of the first lessons in social manners. For each of these ethnic groups, putting food in your mouth with your fingers is viewed as an ill-mannered, rather animal-like act.

Food in Chinese Culture

Food & Recipes

by K.C. Chang

Roasted Coconut Sambal

(Photo by avlxyz/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Ingredients

75 g/2 1/2 oz/1 cup fresh grated
or desiccated coconut
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pounded Maldive fish or dried prawns
3-4 tablespoons lime juice

Directions

Spicy Plantain Curry

(Photo by seriouslygood1/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Thai-Style Stuffed Banana Peppers

(Photo by Hopkinsii/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Balinese-Style Pork

(Alex Photojournals/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb pork neck
2 tablespoons oil
4 shallots or 1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated garlic
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
6 thin slices ginger root
2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 fresh hot chillies, sliced
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup hot water

Directions

Beef and Vegetable Rolls

Wagyu Yakiniku Rolls (Photo by <a href=Alpha/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/food_japanese_beef_rolls.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

375 g/12 oz lean beef, in thin slices
2 carrots
3 spring onions (scallions)
125 g/4 oz green beans
cornflour (cornstarch)
1 piece pickled radish (takuan)
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
iced water

Sauce
2 tablespoons sake or mirin
3 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons water

Directions

Beef Balls with Tangerine Peel

Tangerine peel (Photo by <a href=-Kj./flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/tangerinepeel.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Beef with Black Bean Sauce

Beef with Black Bean Sauce (Photo by <a href=avlxyz/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/beefblackbeansauce.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb lean rump or fillet steak
2 tablespoons canned salted black beans
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons water or stock
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 teaspoon cornflour (cornstarch)
1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil

Directions