Chinese / Chinese-Inspired

Tofu with Oyster Sauce and Scallions

One day, wanting to make use of some tofu and scallions in the fridge, I came up with this very simple stir-fry. Having just spent several weeks cooking from Grace Young’s cookbook The Breath of a Wok, I felt emboldened to improvise with what I had on hand. Once you do some wok time with […]

Make Rice and Liberate Yourself

  If you’ve got some rice, some water, and a saucepan you can cook rice. There’s no need for measuring cups and no need to measure the rice or water. All you need is your index finger.   I learned this freewheeling finger-in-the-pot method from Grace Young’s cookbook The Breath of a Wok, the current […]

Mama’s Noodles with Mushrooms and Ham, and Her Special Bowl

  Today Chinese people all over the world are enjoying the Lantern Festival, which marks the last day of the Chinese New Year season. The traditional food for the festival is Yuanxiao dumplings, made with sticky rice flour.   Instead of dumplings, I made a rice noodle dish found in the cookbook The Breath of […]