Steamed Lotus Leaf Chicken and Millet | 荷叶大黄米蒸鸡

Five Seasons TCM

This is my modern recreation of an traditional Chinese dish "Lotus Leaf Steamed Chicken".  Usually, it is made with sticky rice and pork sausage, but I used glutinous millet (the sticky version of regular millet!) and lotus seeds instead. You may find dried lotus leaf in Chinatown. The size of the unfolded dried lotus leaf is enormous and it's a beauty. If you cannot find the leaf, make this dish in tamale husks or other dried plant wraps of your culture. Don't be intimidated by steaming. It is actually very easy to make at home. The key is to have fresh...

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Maitake, Goji, and Leek Rye Toast | 滋阴舞茸京葱黑麦吐司

Five Seasons TCM

You might know it as Hen-of-the-wood or even sheep’s head, but to most Asians, this mushroom variety is called maitake. Literally translating to “dancing mushroom,” this healthy fungal delicacy can be found in Japanese hardwood forests, as well as in parts of China, Europe, and North America.Maitake mushrooms have a fairly soft texture. The white, tough base grows into numerous feathery leaves – those can simply be pulled apart once removed from the stem, no knife required!Maitake have a strong earthy mushroom flavor and a rich flavor that makes them perfect for sautéing. The main maitake season is between September...

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Mushroom Galette with Lily Bulb | 蘑菇咸派

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This galette features blue oyster and maitake mushrooms, with a crispy reishi pastry crust, bok choy, and a cheesy lily bulb spread. Lily bulbs are root vegetables that are edible which looks similar to garlic. They taste like water chestnuts, but much sweeter! To clean fresh lily bulbs, peel the petals while rinsing under running water because dirt gets lodged between the petals. It has a long shelf life which can last up to a few months when it is kept refrigerated.Lily bulbs are widely grown and cultivated in Asia especially in China, Japan, and Korea. Is it grown in...

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10-Minute Soy Sauce Tahini Pasta | 酱油芝麻酱意面

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In just 10 minutes, you can make this easy Chinese tahini pasta recipe that can be enjoyed cold, as a salad on a warm day, or hot, and served as a light, but creamy dish.

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Black Garlic Gnocchi with Peas and Mushrooms | 意式黑蒜蘑菇馬鈴薯丸子

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Black garlic is a unique cooking ingredient commonly used in Asian cuisine. It is aged or fermented garlic that has rich umami, slightly sweet taste that is excellent for as sauce and dressing bases. A study showed that black garlic has higher amounts of antioxidants and biological activity than regular garlic. In TCM, it is believed to help with constipation, high blood pressure/sugar, to boost immunity. This Gnocchi recipe is satisfying, full of umami, and a must have for a winter evening!

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Steamed Wild Bison Meatball with Purple Rice | 紫糯米野牛肉丸

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Wild bison meatballs are amazing in flavor. We chose bison meat for its reduced fat content and fewer calories than traditional beef meatballs. These meatballs are garnished with sweet goji berries and rolled in chewy purple rice. These hearty and healthy bite-sized meatballs are great on their own as a main dish or as an appetizer.

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