Soba Noodle Salad from washingtonpost.com

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The chef prefers using regular soy sauce instead of low-sodium (for better flavor).

The dressing can be refrigerated a few days in advance.

For the dressing
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon plain rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili oil
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons water

For the salad
6 to 8 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
1 or 2 heads romaine lettuce hearts, torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup shelled, frozen/defrosted edamame
6 to 8 scallions (trimmed), white and light-green parts cut thin on the diagonal
20 grape tomatoes, each cut in half
White sesame seeds, for garnish
Nori (roasted seaweed), cut into very thin matchsticks, for garnish

For the dressing: Whisk together the sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, peanut butter, ginger and water in a medium bowl, to form a shiny, emulsified blend.

For the salad: Bring a pot of unsalted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the soba noodles (to taste) and stir; cook according to the package directions, then drain, rinse until cool and drain again.

Divide the lettuce (to taste) among individual plates. Top each portion with an equal amount of the cooled noodles, then scatter each one with some of the edamame, scallions and grape tomatoes.

Just before serving, spoon a generous amount of the dressing over each salad, then top each with a good pinch of the sesame seeds and the nori. Serve right away.  4 servings

Teriyaki sauce from http://thewoksoflife.com/

mall-chicken-teriyaki-82 tablespoons mirin
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons oil
steamed rice, to serve

Add the protein to a bowl, along with the mirin, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Mix together until all the ingredients are well combined. Allow to marinate for 2 hours.

Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Transfer the protein to the pan in one layer (reserving the marinade), and allow it to sear on one side for 1 minute. Then start stir-frying for another minute.

Add the reserved marinade to the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer to reduce the sauce until it thickens and coats the chicken. Serve over rice!

 

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce by Mai Phom

  • download3 Thai bird chilies or 1 serrano chili, or to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 5 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded carrots for garnish (optional)

Cut the chilies into thin rings. Remove one-third of the chilies and set aside for garnish. Place the remaining chilies, garlic, and sugar in a mortar and pound into a coarse, wet paste. (If you don’t have a mortar, just chop with a knife.) Transfer to a small bowl and add the water, lime juice and fish sauce. Stir well to dissolve. Add the reserved chilies and carrots. Set aside for 10 minutes before serving.

Note: Nuoc cham is very amenable to variations and adaptations. In Vietnam, cooks like to use various vegetables to flavor the sauce, such as thinly sliced marinated daikon and carrots, ginger, scallion oil or peanuts and even slices of kohlrabi and the core of a white cabbage. Each imparts a distinctive savoriness.

Momofuku’s Soy Sauce Eggs

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1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
3/4 cup soy sauce
6 large eggs
Maldon or other flaky salt, for serving
Black pepper, for serving

 

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the water and sugar to dissolve the sugar, then stir in the sherry vinegar and soy sauce.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Carefully put the eggs into the boiling water and cook for exactly 6 minutes and 50 seconds, stirring slowly for the first 1 1/2 minutes to distribute the heat evenly. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with cold water and ice. When the eggs are done, transfer them to the ice bath.
  3. Once the eggs are cool (and the water isn’t uncomfortably icy), peel them (in the water—this will help them keep a perfect exterior). Transfer the eggs to the soy sauce mixture and marinate in the fridge for at least 2, and up to 6, hours, making sure they are completely submerged. If necessary, top the eggs with a small plate to ensure submersion.
  4. Remove the eggs from the sweet and salty solution. You can save the soy sauce mix for another round of eggs, if you wish. The eggs will keep, refrigerated in a tightly sealed container, for up to a month.
  5. To serve, cut the eggs in half lengthwise and season with salt and pepper. Or Cool Hand Luke them to impress your friends.

 

Brown Garlic Sauce from food.com

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Adapted from Martin Yan’s Chinese Cooking for Dummies. This is my favorite stir-fry sauce. It makes enough for two meals. Having extra on hand makes for a quick meal. My son will actually eat vegetables he can dip in the sauce! WARNING about the amount of soy sauce. When I used Kikkoman soy sauce, I found this sauce far too salty. I now use Angostura, which is much lower in salt. When adding soy sauce, start with less than half the amount and slowly add more to taste. Using vegetable broth makes this vegetarian.

2⁄3 cup soy sauce
1⁄2 cup chicken broth
1⁄3 cup rice wine
3 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1⁄4 cup water

In a bowl, combine soy sauce, broth, rice wine, sugar, sesame oil and white pepper. (See note in intro about the soy sauce).
Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup water.
Heat a pan over high heat; add the cooking oil, swirling to coat; add the garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
Add the soy sauce mixture; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 minute.
Add the cornstarch solution and cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens.
Yield: 1 3/4 cups

Brown Sauce from the examiner.com

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  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth-substitute veggie broth
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp chili paste
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 tbsp ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp garlic

 

  1. Mix ingredients (bold) in a mixing bowl.
  2. Dissolve cornstarch and water in small bowl.
  3. Heat pot over high heat. Add oil then add garlic and ginger. Cook for 15 seconds or until fragrant.
  4. Add soy sauce mixture, bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and cook for a minute.
  6. Add cornstarch mixture, stir until the sauce boils and thickens.

 

Kimchi Pancakes from Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes

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  • FOR THE PANCAKES
  • 2 cups kimchi
  • Cold water, as needed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour (see headnote)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large scallions, trimmed and chopped (1/2 cup), plus more for garnish, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Thinly sliced chives, for garnish
  • FOR THE OPTIONAL DIPPING SAUCE
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

For the pancakes: Squeeze the kimchi over a bowl to release as much of its juice as possible. Top up this liquid with juice from the kimchi container to measure about 1 cup. If you don’t have enough juice, add the cold water. Coarsely chop the kimchi, and keep it separate from the liquid.

Add the all-purpose flour, rice flour and salt to the bowl with the kimchi liquid, whisking until incorporated. If needed, let it stand for a minute or two, until slightly thickened. Fold in the kimchi and 1/2 cup of scallions; let it stand a few more minutes, if needed, until the batter is cohesive.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the batter to the pan, using a spatula to quickly spread it into an even, thin round. Cook until the bottom is brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the pancake, then cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the other side is brown and crisp and the pancake’s interior is set. Transfer to a cutting board; repeat with the second pancake (including adding the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil).

For the optional dipping sauce: Whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, water and toasted sesame oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Cut the pancakes into wedges, and garnish with chives or scallions. Serve warm with the dipping sauce, if using.  Tested size: 4 servings; makes 2 dinner-plate-size pancakes

 

Cashew Shrimp Stir-fry from thewoksoflife.com/

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8 oz. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/4 teaspoon sugar, divided
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
salt and white pepper
4 stalks celery, sliced at a 45 degree angle
1/2 of a red bell pepper, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
2 slices ginger, minced
1 scallion, chopped
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
3/4 cup roasted cashews

First, prepare the shrimp. Toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon sugar, baking soda, and 1/4 cup water, gently mixing everything together for a couple minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours and then rinse under cold running water for 5 minutes to wash away any sugar and baking soda. Pat the shrimp dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Marinate the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pinch of white pepper and set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Now, since the dish comes together very quickly, and you want to avoid overcooking the shrimp, it’s time to blanch the celery and red bell pepper. Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop the celery and red bell pepper in. After 30 seconds, drain the vegetables and shock them in ice water. Drain completely and set aside.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the minced ginger and chopped scallion and cook for 1 minute. Then turn up the heat to high and add the shrimp. Once the shrimp have just begun to turn pink, add the blanched celery and red bell pepper, along with the last 1/4 teaspoon sugar, the oyster sauce, and the cashews. Mix everything well, and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Serve.

Note: It’s ideal to use roasted cashews for this recipe, but I only had raw cashews, so I just wok-roasted them for about 10 minutes. I’ve learned that cashews burn easily, so when roasting, start with a cold wok and medium low heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and then the cashews. Toast the cashews for about 10 minutes, stirring often and taking care not to burn them. Then spread them out and let cool until they’re ready to go into the dish.

Lucky Peach’s Odd Flavor Sauce

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  • tablespoons soy sauce
  • tablespoons tahini, almond butter, or peanut butter
  • tablespoon Chinkiang vinegar (Chinese black rice vinegar) or red wine vinegar
  • tablespoon sesame oil
  • teaspoons sugar
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • tablespoons neutral oil (like canola, vegetable, or grapeseed)
  • small scallion, finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • large garlic clove, finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed Sichuan peppercorns
  1. Combine the soy sauce, tahini (or nut butter), vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, and salt in a small heatproof bowl and mix until the sugar is dissolved and tahini is well incorporated. It’s okay if it’s not completely dissolved, though.
  2. Heat a small skillet over medium heat, add the oil, and heat until shimmering. Add the scallions, ginger, garlic, chili flakes, and crushed peppercorns. Remove from the heat and stir for 10 seconds, until the scallion is bright green and everything’s aromatic. Pour all this into the liquid seasonings and whisk until well blended. Once cool, the sauce will keep in the fridge for one or two days.  Makes about 1/2 cup

Author Notes: Serve the sauce with chicken, fish, pork, or tofu—and always some rice. Really, just put it on whatever needs a little extra “oomph,” like soba noodles or roasted or steamed vegetables. It would also work as a stellar sauce for okonomiyaki

salmon bibimbap from http://thewoksoflife.com/

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2 cups raw white rice
light olive oil or canola oil
2 carrots, julienned
Salt and pepper
2 cups bean sprouts
2 bunches watercress
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 salmon steak or filet
4 eggs, cooked sunny side up (over easy is fine too)
1 cup kimchi
Roasted seaweed flakes or sheets, cut into slivers (optional)
Gochujang paste, to taste (about 1-2 tablespoons per serving)

First, cook 2 cups of dry rice using your preferred method.

Next, heat a pan with 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the carrots for about 1 minute, sprinkling with a pinch of salt. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Next, stir fry the bean sprouts using the same method as with the carrots.

Next prep your watercress. Cut each bunch in half and wash thoroughly.

In the same pan you used for the carrots, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and let fry gently for about 15-20 seconds. Add the watercress, followed by a ½ teaspoon of salt, and stir-fry until completely wilted. Remove from the heat and toss with the soy sauce, sesame seeds, and sesame oil. Set aside.

Now for the salmon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a pan over medium high heat with 3 tablespoons of oil. Add the salmon. Let brown for about 5 minutes. Flip, and let the other side cook for another 5 minutes. Our salmon steak was pretty thick, so cooking time may need to be adjusted depending on how big your piece of salmon is. When in doubt, just use a knife to gently cut into the center to check for doneness. Looks don’t matter with this dish, as we’ll be flaking the salmon anyway.

While the salmon is cooking, set aside the kimchi and seaweed flakes, cutting up the seaweed with kitchen shears if you’re using roasted sheets. Also, cook one egg for each person you’re serving.

When the salmon is finished cooking, you’re ready to assemble your bibimbap.

Spoon a nice bed of rice into a bowl and top with a small handful of flaked salmon and your egg. Add as much watercress, carrot, bean sprouts, kimchi, and seaweed as your heart desires. Finish off with gochujang to taste. Stir thoroughly and enjoy with a big spoon!