Chinese White Cut Chicken (Bái Qie Ji)

I rarely cook Chinese food, but when I do, this is one item that regularly makes an appearance at my table. What is it, you ask? It’s bái qie ji, better known as Chinese white cut chicken. Imagine chicken that’s been seasoned with sea salt, then gently poached in a broth suffused with ginger and …

Arroz Caldo

I love Asian chicken and rice dishes, from congee, to Hainanese chicken rice, to bái qie ji. You can imagine my delight when I came across this recipe for arroz caldo (otherwise known as Filipino chicken rice porridge). As it happens, I had frozen a couple of quarts of Chinese chicken stock several months ago …

Tuesday Snapshot

Bái qie ji (Chinese white-cut chicken) with Hainanese chicken rice Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. It looks like a bowl of chicken and rice. Looks can be deceiving though. This is no ordinary chicken and rice. It’s heritage chicken that’s been generously seasoned with kosher salt and stuffed with scallions, …

Fish Dinner

If you’ve never had slow-roasted tomatoes, you’ve been missing out. It’s one of summer’s greatest pleasures, alongside homemade ice cream, hamburgers on the grill or ice-cold watermelon. It is, understandably, not for everyone. After all, the idea of waiting up to seven hours to eat something is anathema to a large number of people. That’s …

Okra, Shrimp and Tomato Curry

Okra is an annual flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. Originating in Africa, the plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world. The products of the plant are mucilaginous, resulting in the characteristic “goo” or slime when the seed pods are …

Curd Rice

A southern Indian vegetarian dish, curd rice consists of gently spiced yogurt or buttermilk folded into basmati rice. This is traditionally served with either a pickle or a chutney, or both. Originally I was going to do curd rice and a beet raita but saw that that combination would be too much of the same …

Recession Specials 4c — Tuesday

Earlier this week I decided to embark on an experiment where I’d clean out my fridge and cook dinner each night using only the ingredients I had on hand. Click here for the ingredient list, here for Sunday’s dinner and here for last night’s meal. I do these experiments from time to time because it …