Feb 262013

If you can’t tell, I love bacon. I made this last night as a side dish to some Pho Soup. Neil was a big fan of it and I was a fan of how simple it all came together.


3/4 Cup of Lardons (or thick pieces of bacon)

1 whole Cucumber de-seeded , cut lengthwise into quarters and then into 1/2 inch slices

1 teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorns

1/2 of a red chilli without seeds sliced

1 star anise

1 Tablespoon of ground nut oil

1 Tablespoon of Shaohsing rice wine

1 Tablespoon of toasted Sesame Oil

2 Tablespoons of rice vinegar

Right before serving

Juice of 1 Lime

1/4 Cup of fresh Cilantro

1/4 Cup of honey roasted peanuts

Heat a wok with the ground nut oil and add the peppercorns, star anise, and red chilli and let cook for about 1 minute. Then add the lardons until nice and crispy. Add the Shaohsing rice wine, rice vinegar, and sesame oil and cook for 30 seconds and add the cucumbers and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from wok and place in a bowl, drizzle with lemon juice and top with Cilantro and roasted peanuts. Serve warm or at room temperature.



Jun 012009



My apologies, the last entry had a some kind of computer glitch with only part of the entry. Here is the complete entry.


I love Chinese Chicken Salads, if on a menu I am always tempted to order it and look no further. The other thing that I love about them is that there are some underlying similarities but so many different kinds of variation that can be done. I think this is the perfect meal to have on a hot summer evening.

Ingredients to Cook Chicken

1 Tablespoon of Chopped Cilantro

5 Slices of Ginger

3 Scallions Sliced

2 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar

4 Cups of Water

1 to 11/2 Pounds of Chicken

Put all of the ingredients together in a pot and let cook on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes covered. Once chicken has cooked all the way through remove from heat and tear chicken into small pieces. Chill chicken before putting in salad.


1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon of Dry Ground Mustard
2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil
6 Tablespoons of Rice-wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
1 Teaspoon of minced ginger (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. I find easiest to just put them all into a bottle and shape it up.



I Head of Lettuce (tore or chopped) (I use usually Romaine or Iceberg)

1 Yellow Bell Pepper Chopped into small Cubes

½ English Cucumber Chopped into small Cubes

2  Carrots Peeled and Chopped into small Cubes

6 Scallions (6 diced)

1/3 Cup Chopped Cilantro

½ Cup of Sliced Almonds

2 Cups of Shredded Chicken

1 – 2 Tablespoons Cup of Sesame Seeds (optional)

Fried Maifun Noodles or Fried Wontons can also be added.

In a large salad bowl add all ingredients except fried Noodles. Toss the salad with dressing and right before serving at the noodles.