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Year of the Dog: 2018

9 Jan

Chinese New Year starts Feb. 16.

We are a wee bit obsessed with longevity noodles, five-spice soy chicken, and shrimp with melon.

Also this guy:




Curried Chicken Dumplings

24 Jan

Always on the lookout for dim sum with a twist. Confession: have not tried this yet, but fear losing the recipe if we don’t post it!

Makes about 11/2 cups, enough for 32 dumplings or 16 shao mai

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, minced (½ cup)
1 small celery stalk, minced (¼ cup)
1 small clove garlic, minced (at least
½ teaspoon)
2 medium carrots, shredded (about
1 cup)
½ teaspoon Thai red curry paste
3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
6 ounces ground chicken
2 teaspoons fish sauce
½ teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves
1. Heat oil in large skillet. Add onions, celery,
and garlic; sauté until almost softened, about 3 minutes. Add carrots; sauté until vegetables
soften, about 2 minutes longer. Add curry paste and coconut milk; cook over medium-
high heat, stirring to incorporate curry paste, until most of coconut milk has been absorbed.
Transfer vegetable mixture to a bowl; cool to room temperature.
2. Mix in remaining ingredients. Let stand about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to make dumplings.

Makes 1 cup
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
2½ teaspoons sugar
½ medium scallion, minced
2 teaspoons finely shredded fresh
½ teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon chile oil
Bring soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and ¼ cup water to boil over medium heat, stirring briefly, until sugar dissolves. Pour into bowl; stir in scallion, ginger, and sesame and chile oils. Can be covered and refrigerated overnight.

Gung Hay Fat Choy

3 Feb

We’ve posted a ton of hoarded Chinese New Year recipes.

And still, there’s no shortage of exotic dishes we’d like to tackle this year.

We’d like to use more tea to poach fish and steam chicken.

Other goals: make sticky rice stuffing for a small roasted chicken.
Throw another dumpling party.
Try our hand at some sweets: ginger, almond or peanut cookies, pear and ginger pound cake. Or these five-spice cookies with candied orange.
Master our favourite cold noodles — two more highly regarded recipes below.

Peanut Pesto Over Pasta
The New Basics Cookbook. (Russo & Lukins) 8 ounces spaghetti

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup hot water

3 cloves garlic

1/2 cup sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 bunch green onions, sliced

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon white sugar

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions: Mix peanut butter with ingredients in a food processor, toss pesto with hot pasta and garnish with chopped scallions or cilantro.

China Moon’s Dragon Noodles
1/4 cup sesame oil

1 tablespoon Chinese chili sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons juice from pickled ginger

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 1/2 tablespoons Japanese rice vinegar

2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 pound very thin fresh Chinese egg noodles

Grated rind of l lemon

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted in a dry, heavy skillet until fragrant

3/4 cup thinly sliced scallions

For the garnish:

Grated red radish

Julienne of scallions (both green and white)

Toasted black sesame seeds

In a bowl combine the oil, chili sauce, soy sauce, pickled ginger juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Whisk to blend and set the bowl aside.

In a colander fluff the noodles to separate and untangle the strands. Bring a large saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Add the noodles and swish them gently with chopsticks. Let them cook for 2 minutes or until the noodles are tender but still have some bite. Drain them, plunge them briefly into ice water, then drain again. Shake the colander to remove excess moisture and transfer the noodles to a bowl.

Whisk the dressing again to combine it. Toss the noodles with just enough of the dressing to moisten them well, using your fingers to coat and separate the strands. Let the noodles sit for 10 minutes.

Taste the noodles. If they seem dry, add a bit more dressing and toss again. Add the lemon rind, black sesame seeds and scallion rings and toss well.

Taste the noodles again. They should be bright and sparkly. Cover them tightly and refrigerate up to one day.

To serve: Bring the noodles to room temperature. Mound the noodles in a bowl or twirl them in individual bowls. Garnish each dish with grated red radish, scallion and black sesame seeds.

Serves 2 or 3 as a main course; 4 to 6 as part of a multicourse meal.

Chinese Five-Spice Cookies with Candied Mandarin Oranges
Makes about 24 round cookies or 18 rectangles
This recipe is adapted from the shortbread recipe in Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, separated
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest of two mandarin oranges (about 2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered sugar for rolling out the dough
Muscavado sugar for sprinkling on the cookies
roughly 24 slices of candied mandarin oranges (see recipe below)

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the sugar and continue creaming another 3-4 minutes. Mix in the egg yolk (reserve the white), five-spice, vanilla, and zest until thoroughly combined. Scrape down the sides as needed while mixing.

Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. With the mixer on low speed, mix the flour into the butter mixture. Scrape down the sides occasionally and mix just until the dough comes together and the flour is incorporated.

Press the dough into a disk and wrap with plastic. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Heat the oven to 325°F and line two baking sheets with parchment.

Dust the work surface with powdered sugar and lay the disk of dough on top. Sprinkle more powdered sugar on top and rub some into the rolling pin. Roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Cut the dough into circles or rectangles, as desired. Gather and re-roll the scraps until all the dough is used. (If the dough becomes too soft, refrigerate it for a few minutes before rolling it out again).

Transfer all the cookies to the baking sheets and place them about an inch apart. Brush the surface of the cookies with a thin layer of egg white and sprinkle with muscavado sugar. Place one candied orange in the middle of each cookie.

Bake one sheet of cookies at a time for 18-20 minutes, until the edges start turning golden. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining sheets of cookies.

Store cookies between layers of wax paper in a sealed container. They will stay crisp for the first 24 hours, but begin to soften after a few days. (Softened shortbread is still a mighty delicious cookie, FYI!)

Candied Oranges
Makes 25-30 candied orange slices

3-4 mandarin oranges or clementines
1 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup water

Scrub the oranges thoroughly to remove as much of the wax coating as possible. Use a very sharp knife to slice them crossways into slices 1/8″ thick.

Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat to medium and slip the orange slices into the liquid. Use a spoon to make sure all the slices are submerged.

Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice during. Take the pan off the heat, remove the lid, and let the oranges cool in the syrup for about ten minutes. Transfer the oranges to a wire cooling rack to finishing cooling and drying. They are ready to use immediately or can be kept refrigerated for several days.

Wok This Way

3 Feb

wok this way

Chinese New Year’s Eve

2 Feb

To celebrate the eve of Chinese New Year, here are two more unusual dumplings to greet the Year of the Rabbit. No bunnies were harmed…

While we honour har gow and traditional pork and shrimp shui mei, we can’t resist these twists: a peanut and pork mix with sour plum sauce, and an aromatic coconut curry sauce. Shanghai pork and peanut dumplings are scrumptious.


175g ground pork

2 scallions, finely chopped

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tsp oyster sauce (optional)

salt and pepper

1 packet wonton skins

2 tbsp flour paste

vegetable oil, for deep frying

Plum Sauce
225g dark plum jam (jelly)

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1/2 tsp chili sauce

Combine the pork, scallions, peanut butter, oyster sauce and seasoning and set aside.

For the plum sauce, combine the plum jam (jelly), vinegar, soy and chili sauces in a serving bowl and set aside.

To fill the wonton skins, place 8 wrappers at a time on a wok surface, moisten the edges with the flour paste and place 1/2 tsp of the pork mixture on each one.

Fold in half, corner to corner, and twist.

Fill a wok or deep frying pan one third with vegetable oil and heat to 385F.

Have ready a wire strainer or frying basket and a tray lined with kitchen paper. Drop the wontons, 8 at a time, in the hot fat and fry until golden, for about 1-2 minutes. Lift out onto the paper lined tray and sprinkle with fine salt.

Place the plum sauce on serving plate and surround with the crispy wontons.


Dave Fogelman/Hugh Carpenter

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup orange juice (optional. substitute 1/2 tsp sugar)
1 tablespoon minced Thai basil leaves
1 or 2 small green onions, minced
1/2 teaspoon Indian curry powder
1/4 cup mirin or rice wine
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce or sriracha
1 tablespoon freshly minced mint leaves or cilantro

1 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon freshly minced cilantro leaves
1 green onion, minced
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
40 round gyoza wrappers
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons canola oil

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a non-metallic bowl and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate.

Combine filling ingredients.

Fill the wrapper with nearly one tablespoon of meat mixture and pleat to close. When finished, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Add the canola oil to a large 12-inch nonstick skillet. Brown the bottom of

the dumplings, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the sauce, cover the pan and steam for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, uncover the pan and turn over all the dumplings to coat with the sauce. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy.

Five-Spice Wings

31 Jan

More on our East Meets West series for Chinese New Year.

Our favourite Chinese chicken wings are dry, garlicky and salty. Paired this week with a favourite movie or two (Farewell My Concubine, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Raise the Red Lantern), these aromatic wings sound like a perfect treat.

Dave Lieberman

40 chicken wing pieces or 20 whole chicken wings
2 tbsp. Chinese five-spice powder (available at grocery or Asian specialty food stores)
3 tsp. cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce
What you’ll need for Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup yogurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
Kosher or regular salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions for Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
1. Combine ingredients in mixing bowl, and whisk.
2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Directions for Wings:
1. Preheat your oven to 500°.
2. If you have whole chicken wings, cut off wingtips and cut the wings in half at the joint. Discard wingtips or freeze to make stock at a later time.
3. Place the wings in a large bowl. Sprinkle five-spice powder and cayenne on the wings, add a few pinches of salt and about 15 grinds of black pepper.
4. Rub the mixture into all the wings until no extra loose rub remains. Wash your hands.
5. Line the wing pieces up on a baking sheet so the side of the wing that has the most skin is facing up. Roast until cooked through, browned and crispy, about 25 minutes. Serve hot with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

18 Feb

We don’t know what in the hell is wrong with us, but we have tendency to hoard restaurant recipes found online. Surely they must make pills for this, no?
2  cups mango, sliced lengthwise thinly
2 tbsp soy bean oil or vegetable oil
2 tsp chili paste, (sambal brand)
1 tbsp grape seed oil
1 tbsp lime juice, fresh
2 tbsp orange juice, fresh
1 tbsp zest from lime and orange mixed
4 heads butter lettuce, ripped into pieces
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into pieces
1.5 lbs shrimp, cooked in seasoned water (21-25ct-size of shrimps)
1 cup thai basil, mint, and cilantro
1 cup scallions, cut into rings
1 cup roma tomatoes, sliced in half
¼ tsp  white pepper, ground (or to taste)
1 tbsp honey
2 each avocado, ripe (small diced – 1.5 cups)
3 tbsp  soy sauce, or to taste
1 tbsp  rice wine vinegar

In a blender, puree the oil, juices, chili paste, soy, ½ cup mango, and honey. Prepare ahead to let chill, and flavor develop.
Place the other ingredients in a bowl (shrimps are best served chilled), and pour dressing over ingredients. Toss the salad in a folding motion, ensuring they are coated but not ‘drenched’…reserve remaining dressing to dip the shrimp into if you wish.
Mound on a platter, being sure to get all the good stuff on top to see. Garnish with orange or lime wedges. Enjoy!
This may also be done with grilled skirt/flank steak, with a great warm/cold contrast. After grilling, slice the beef thinly against the grain (marinate the beef with oil and honey well beforehand to tenderize the meat-or make extra dressing, and use 1 cup to marinade 1 ½ lbs meat for 12 hours).


2 lbs chicken, boned dark and white
1 lb shanghai or Chinese noodles
1 cucumber, chinese
2 tbsp chili paste, sambal
4 tbsp tahini paste
1/4 cup soy bean oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 bunch cilantro
10 mint leaves
2 tbsp hoisen sauce
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp ginger, fresh grated
5 tbsp scallions

In a pot of boiling seasoned water, place the boned chicken, bring back to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes, then turn heat off and let sit uncovered for 25 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, in a bowl, add the tahini paste, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, grated fresh ginger, fish sauce, peanut butter, and 1 tbsp of chili paste. Mix together with a rubber spatula or whip to incorporate well. After the mixture is well incorporated, add about 2 tablespoons water to “smooth” out the dressing. It will lighten, and become thin enough to spoon (you may need to add a touch more water as it sits, and adjust just before you use with the dish.
In a separate pot of seasoned boiling water, place the Chinese noodles and cook until ‘al dente’ about 5-7 minutes. (this may be done ahead of time, and blanched to stop the cooking process… then easier to time the dish when your ingredients are all ready). Reserve the noodles chilled, and keep the water for when you are ready to plate your lunch/dinner/snack).
Cut the cucumbers in disks, then cut into julienne “strips” (easier to eat), and reserve chilled.
When the chicken is done, cooked just to 165 degrees, or in the dark meat no “pink”, remove and place into the refrigerator to chill. The chicken may be done ahead of time, but make sure to keep covered so the chicken does not dry out… you may keep some of the poaching liquid with the chicken to keep it moist.
Once the chicken is chilled, “pull the meat along the grain of the muscle, it will come apart into ‘strings’. These should be roughly pulled, and better if they are different sizes, thickness, and lengths. If you have to, you may use a knife on the dark meat to get the pulling started.
Plating your dish: With all the ingredients done, now place the cooked noodles into a strainer in the boiling water for just a minute (to heat them up), and place on a platter or individual bowls/plates.
Now make sure your Tahini dressing is the right consistency…and adjust if needed, and spoon about 4-5 tbsp of dressing over noodles…. You may always add more! Now place the chicken in a ‘pile on one side of the top of the noodles, and the julienne cucumbers on the other. Garnish with chopped scallions, and put the hoisen sauce as a side offering for you to spoon onto the noodles.
Serve with a nice rice beer, or something with bubbles… Ginger beer, or Ale… Enjoy!!!


1 lb ground chicken
3 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp garlic
1/2 tsp chili flakes
3 tbsp soy bean oil
2 heads romaine lettuce
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp hoisen sauce
1 oz scallions
1 tbsp soy sauce

Makes about 8-10 servings of ‘one spear’ each
Dice the Chicken into tiny pieces, not minced, but small diced…about ¼” rough squares.
Place the chicken into a mixing bowl, and add 2 tbsp of soy bean oil, ginger, garlic, chili flakes, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Mix together in circular motion until well mixed. Let marinate in refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
Mix together the citrus juices, soy, and hoisen sauce with a whisk. Reserve until needed.
Clean the romaine lettuce, chopping off the stem, peeling each ‘spear’ and running under clean cold water. Reserve in Refrigerator until ready to use. Chop scallions into rings and reserve chilled.
In a very hot sauté pan, coat lightly with the soy bean oil, make sure the pan is very hot! Evenly lay the chicken around the sauté pan, being sure not to lay too much on top of each other. We are trying to get a good searing of the chicken to get it crispy and golden brown…about 2 ½ minutes.
When the chicken is browned, toss gently in pan (or fold with spoon). Repeat for another two minutes and fold again. The pan will appear to ‘burn’ a bit, but that is the ‘Fond’ (which is the caramelization, and where all the magic flavor comes from.
When the chicken has cooked for 4-5 minutes, add ½ of the citrus-soy mixture, and toss well. Let the sauce coat the chicken until it is ‘glazed’, and thickens on the chicken. Add more or less depending on how “wet” you want your mixture.
When coated, the chicken should be cooked (165 degrees), then spoon onto a plate.
Whats fun is to put plates of each ingredient on the table or bar top, and let people build their own Romaine wraps, sprinkling the scallion rings on top as a garnish, and great light onion taste. Sesame seeds also make a great finish to the mixture.
Eat and enjoy! A Tsing Tao would be a perfect compliment to this dish, it’s spicy, smoky, bright and sweet, and fun to eat!
This can also be done with baby shrimps, fish, or beef.


3 each 12 oz  NY Strip Steak Each
1 tbsp  Soy bean oil
1 tsp  salt and black pepper mixed
1 tbsp sweet unsalted butter,

Place the steak on a hot sizzle plate in your oven.  You can get the plate hot over your range (being careful, and using tongs/kitchen mitts). Sear on for about 3-4 minutes.
Pull the sizzle plate from the oven or grill, and brush on a generous coating of your sweet soy, or molassas.
Return to oven or grill and broil for another minute, or until a caramelized look throughout the beef.
Flip and repeat steps 1 and 2.
If possible, let the steak rest for 1-2 minutes, allowing the meat to relax.
The finished product should be medium-rare.
Orange Chili Vinaigrette
1 ½ cup Orange juice
1/3 cup OranGe zest, grated
2 T. Ginger, chopped fine
¼ cup Sugar, granulated
½ cup Ginger Vinegar
1 cup Orange Chili Oil

Put all ingredients in a small sauce pot and reduce by half.  Transfer to a stainless steel mixing bowl.  Whisk in the vinegar and oil to emulsify.

Carrot Slaw
4.5 oz Shredded carrots, matchstick
.5 oz Green onion, slivered
.05 oz Mint, julienne
.05 oz Cilantro, julienne
.05 oz Sweet basil, julienne

In a mixing bowl, place all ingredients, and incorporate well.  Check seasoning, and adjust if needed with kosher salt.  Best if eaten fresh.

Spicy Peanut Dressing
1 lb Peanut butter
1 fl oz Soy sauce
2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
2 fl oz Sake, dry
1 tbsp Lime juice, fresh
Pinch Pepper, ground white
2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped rough
½ tsp Chipotle, tobasco sauce
2 oz Rice wine vinegar
2 oz Water

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients well.  Be sure to mix with a whip, in a circular and figure 8 motion, to incorporate.  The dressing should be slightly thick, but able to coat a spoon well.  If the dressing is slightly thick, thin it out with water, little by little.  If you like it thicker, thicken it with more peanut butter.
When you are serving the beef, place the beef on a cutting board, and using a sharp knife, slice into very thin slices all the way along the beef. “Re-arrange the meat” fanning along a plate, or into a circle around your carrot slaw with peanut dressing, or other favorite compliment.  Now drizzle the orange chili vinaigrette over the beef, as desired, and enjoy!
A crisp Savignon Blanc, or a Pinot Noir will go beautifully with this dish!


Shanghai Noodles, (egg based) lb 1
2 lb rib eye steak
1 lb broccoli florets
1 onion, white julienne
2 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp ginger, fresh
1 tsp chili flakes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup hoisen sauce
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 oz butter, unsalted
4 tbsp soy bean oil
kosher salt, and white pepper
1/4 cup fresh orange juice

Combine the hoisin, orange juice and soy sauce with a whisk and reserve. In a small bowl, combine ginger, chili flakes and garlic with 2 tablespoons soy bean oil. Add salt and pepper to the mixture and combine well. Add rib eye steaks to marinade and refrigerate for 2 hours.

While steaks are marinating, blanch the noodles and broccoli. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Place the broccoli in a wire basket and cook for about 4 minutes at a slow boil. Remove from pot and place in ice water to stop the cooking process. Let sit in ice bath for a couple minutes until chilled.

In the same pot, cook Shanghai noodles until al dente, about 5 or 6 minutes. Remove and pour into colan der. Once the excess water is removed, place the noodles on a sheet tray, and lightly coat with soy bean oil, being sure to move the noodles to prevent them from sticking. Let cool to room temperature, moving occasionally.

Remove beef from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for about 5 minutes before cooking. Season with salt and pepper. In a very hot oiled sauté pan, place the steaks and let cook for 5 minutes on each side (to medium-rare).

While the steaks are cooking, place 1 tablespoon of soy bean oil in a warm sauté pan and sweat the onions with 1 teaspoon of garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Once the onions are translucent, add the white wine and allow to reduce by 3⁄4. Add hoisinmixture and stir. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes then add noodles. Toss the noodles with the sauce and allow the noodles to get hot, about 4 minutes. Add the blanched broccoli and continue to cook until noodles and broccoli are hot. Add the butter and continue to toss until noodles and broccoli are coated.

Divide the noodles unto four separate plates. Place the beef on a cutting board and cut into thin strips. Lay the rib eye slices on top of the noodles. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Sauce: combine the hoisen, orange juice, and soy sauce with a whisk and reserve.
In a small bowl, combine ginger, chili flakes, and garlic with 2 tbsp of soy bean oil.  Add 1 tsp of kosher salt to the mixture, and a pinch of white pepper…combine well and reserve.
Rib Eye: Ask the butcher or meat dept to give you four 8 oz steaks. The better ‘marbling’ the better. In a bowl, add the chili-ginger-garlic goop to the steaks, making sure you evenly distribute around the steaks. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours to get the flavor into the steaks.
While the Steaks are marinating, you can blanch the noodles and broccoli. Get a pot of water going, and season with kosher salt (about 1 tbsp per gallon).  Get another bowl of ice water ready, which will be used to ‘shock’ the broccoli (stops the cooking process).
With the water to a boil, place the broccoli in a wire basket and cook for about 4 minutes at a slow boil.  Remove from pot, and place in ice water.  Let sit in ice bath for only a few minutes, until just chilled (letting it sit in the water will make the broccoli mushy and take on too much water).  Reserve until ready to make the dish.
In the same water, place the Shanghai noodles, and cook until al dente…about 5-6 minutes.  Remove and pour into a colander. Once the excess water is removed, place the noodles on a sheet tray, and lightly coat with soy bean oil, being sure to move the noodles (this prevents ‘sticking’.  Let cool to room temp, moving occasionally (we do this so we don’t lose the starch in the noodles…do not rinse or shock in water!  This is a big “noodle sin”).
Get your beef ready, and allow to come to room temp for about 5 minutes before cooking.  Season with Kosher salt, about ½ tsp per steak both sides.  In a very hot sauté pan (or grill), place the steaks and let cook for 5 minutes on each side (to medium-rare).  If using the sauté pan, place a bit of soy bean oil just before placing steaks…the pan should be VERY hot!  We are trying to ‘caramelize’ the beef, which gives flavor and locks in all the great juices, and gives a nice ‘crunch’ texture’.
While the steaks are cooking, in a large warm sauté pan, place 1 tbsp of soy bean oil, and sweat the onions with 1 tsp of garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. Once the onions are translucent, add the white wine (or michu wine), and allow to reduce by ¾).  Now add the hoisen sauce mixture and stir.  Let the sauce simmer for 3-4 minutes, then add the noodles.  Toss the noodles with the sauce, and allow the noodles to take the sauce in and get hot…about 4 minutes.  This may take two pans, or a strong ‘single pan’. Add the blanched Broccoli, and continue to cook until noodles and broccoli are hot.  Add the butter and continue to toss until the butter has ‘tightened’ and the sauce is coating the noodles and broccoli well.
Place the noodles on a big platter, or four individual plate-bowls. Garnish with scallion rings, and/or toasted sesame seeds.
The Beef should be done by now, and nicely caramelized (dark brown in color on the outside).  Place on a cutting board, and with a very sharp knife slice into thin strips. Once done, lay the rib eye slices on top of the noodles, or arrange around them, or put back together and lay in front of the noodles.
Serve and enjoy!!!


From P.F.Chang’s “Flavors of Yunnan” menu, Zodiac Noodles combines rice noodles with pork loin, ham, cabbage and shiitake mushrooms in a spicy Kung Pao-style sauce.

•5 ounces Guilin Rice Vermicelli (or substitute spaghetti, follow recipe on package for cooking)
•1 teaspoon any vegetable oil
•2 teaspoons any vegetable oil
•8 each chili pods
•3 ounces pork loin, cut into thin strips
•1 teaspoon garlic
•1 1/2 ounces Yunnan ham, cut into thin strips (substitute Proscuttio or Serrano)
•2 each green onion, cut into 2-3 inch sticks
•1/4 cup sliced cabbage, cut into thin strips
•1/4 cup Shiitake mushrooms, sliced (substitute any mushrooms)
•1/8 teaspoon salt
•2 tablespoons soy sauce
•1 teaspoon oyster sauce
•1 teaspoon sugar
•1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1. Soak vermicelli in very hot water for 1 hour.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add Vermicelli and boil for one minute.
3. Rinse under warm water for one minute, drain well then mix with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
4. Heat a wok over high heat until it begins to smoke (can substitute cast iron skillet or saute pan).
5. Add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, then chili pods and pork. Then stir-fry until pork is almost done.
6. Add garlic, ham, green onion, cabbage and mushrooms then stir for 10 to 15 seconds.
7. Add vermicelli, salt, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and sesame oil then stir-fry until all ingredients are mixed well.


•8 dried Shiitake mushrooms
•2 teaspoons cooking sherry
•2 teaspoons water
•1 teaspoon soy sauce
•1 teaspoon cornstarch
•salt and pepper to taste
•1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces
•5 tablespoons vegetable oil
•1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
•2 cloves minced garlic
•2 chopped green onions
•8 oz can bamboo shoots, chopped up
•8 oz can water chestnuts, chopped
•2 small dried chilies (optional)
•1 package of Chinese cellophane rice noodles, cooked according to instructions on the package
•Iceberg lettuce leaves

Lettuce Wrap Sauce:
•2 tablespoons oyster sauce
•1 1/2 tablespoons water
•1 tablespoon cooking sherry
•1 tablespoon soy sauce
•1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
•2 teaspoons cornstarch
•1 teaspoon sugar
•1 teaspoon sesame oil

Pour enough boiling water over dried mushrooms to cover. Let soak for 30 minutes, then drain. After the mushrooms have soaked, remove any woody stems and chop up the mushrooms.
While waitng for the mushrooms to finish soaking, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce.
In a separate bowl, mix together the sherry, water, soy sauce, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and chicken. Stir together until chicken is well coated.
Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of oil. After the oil gets hots, add the chicken mixture. Fry quickly for about 3 minutes, or til chicken is no longer pink. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Remove chicken.
To the same skillet, add 2 more tablespoons of oil. Add the fresh ginger, garlic, green onions, and optional chilies, if desired. Fry quickly for 45-60 seconds, or til garlic is a golden color. Do not overcook garlic, or it will taste bitter. Add the dried mushrooms, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Fry quickly for about 2 minutes.
Return chicken to the skillet. Add the sauce ingredients to the same skillet. Cook until the sauce thickens.
Break the cooked cellophane noodles into small pieces. Spread the noodles onto the bottom of a platter. Pour the chicken mixture on top of the noodles. Spoon into lettuce leafs. Roll up chicken lettuce wraps and secure with toothpicks. See if this doesn’t taste just like the PF Chang lettuce wrap recipe to you.


P.F. Chang’s® Coconut-Curry Vegetables
For the Tofu
2 tablespoons sesame oil
12 ounces package extra firm water-packed tofu
1 small onion, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 small red bell pepper, cubed
1 cup halved mushrooms
4 ounces (3 cups) cauliflower or broccoli florets
1 cup thinly sliced carrots or whole sugar snap peas

Coconut-Curry Sauce:
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
2 Tbl. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 – 2 Tbl. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1/2 cup peanuts

2 Tbl. canola oil for stir-frying

2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 1/2 Tbl. cold water mixed together in small bowl.

Drain the tofu, cube and fry in 1 tablespoon oil until brown. Set aside.
Separately blanch the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and sugar snap peas until tender-crisp in plain boiling water. Drain and flush with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again.
Combine the coconut-curry sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust the sugar to your liking.
Heat a wok or wide skillet over high heat until hot. Add the canola oil, swirl to glaze the pan, then add the onions and bell pepper. Stir-fry until tender-crisp, 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and stir until hot, a few minutes more. Add the blanched vegetables and toss to mix.
Stir the sauce and add it to the pan. Bring to a simmer, tossing to combine.
Stir the cornstarch mixture to recombine and add it to the pan. Stir until the sauce turns glossy, about 10 seconds (a bit longer if you`re doubling the sauce).
Add the peanuts.
Serve with rice, noodles, or a warm loaf of bread.
Use a milder or hotter curry powder to vary the spice.
For a really saucy dish to serve over rice or noodles, double the sauce ingredients and the cornstarch mixture.


P. F. Chang`s China Bistro Firecracker Shrimp Recipe
2 tablespoons canola oil
8 ounces 36-40 shrimp
7 baby carrots, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup water chestnut slices
24 snow peas
1 large scallion – white part – 1/4-inch minced
1 large garlic clove, chopped fine
2 tablespoons sherry
1 tablespoon sambal chili paste
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 teaspoons ground bean sauce
Cilantro (for garnish)
***Cornstarch slurry***
1 teaspoon cornstarch
blended with
1 ounce water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 ounces water
2 teaspoons white vinegar
Assemble sauce ingredients and put aside. Heat a large saute pan, cast iron skillet, or electric wok until smoking. Add oil and baby carrots, saute until the color of carrots brightens. Add shrimp and stir fry until about half way cooked. Add water chestnuts, snow peas and garlic. Saute briefly. Add scallions. Add chili paste, ground white pepper, ground bean sauce, when you smell the “nuttiness: of the ground bean sauce, reduce heat and add sherry. Introduce sauce mixture, let boil briefly. Add cornstarch slurry and stir until thickened (approximately 30 seconds). Serve with steamed rice on platter or in large bowl, garnish with cilantro.