Apr 152011
Ingredient: Daikon

Ingredient Name: Daikon.  Also called Turnip, White Radish, and Chinese Radish. Ingredient Name in Chinese: 白蘿蔔 (Bái luó bo) Description: Daikon is a mild-flavored white radish in the shape of a giant carrot that can be between 7 – 14 inches long. Although best known in the West by its Japanese name, daikon did not originate from [Read More...]

Apr 072011
Ingredient: Preserved Eggs

  Ingredient Name: Preserved Egg.  Also called Century Egg, Millennium Egg, or Thousand-Year-Old Egg. Ingredient Name in Chinese: 皮蛋 (Pí dàn) Description: Preserved egg is an egg that has been preserved in an alkaline mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice hull from several weeks to several months depending on the processing method. The egg used [Read More...]

Feb 162011
Ingredient: Virginia Ham

Ingredient Name: Virginia Ham. Also called Country Ham Ingredient Name in Chinese: 弗吉尼亞 火腿 (Fú jín ní yǎ huǒ tuǐ). A substitute for the Chinese Ham “金華火腿” which is not sold in the U.S. Description: Virginia Ham is a variety of salt-cured, smoked, and aged country ham made in the United States. It is typically very salty [Read More...]

Feb 162011
Herb: Dried Red Dates

Herb Name: Dried Red Dates. Also called Chinese Dates, or Jujube. Herb Name in Chinese: 紅棗 (Hóng zǎo) Description: Red dates are an edible fruit with a hard pit inside and grows from a deciduous tree shrub. When immature, the fruit has a smooth green skin with a consistency and flavor similar to an apple. When ripe, [Read More...]

Feb 162011
Ingredient: Dried Stockfish

Ingredient Name: Dried Stockfish, or Dried Flounder. (Not to be confused with Salted Dried Fish) Ingredient Name in Chinese: 大地魚 (Dà dì yú) Description: Dried flounder is a dehydrated dried form of an ocean-dwelling flatfish. In its maturation process, one eye migrates from one side of its head to the other, resulting in two eyes situated on [Read More...]

Feb 162011
Ingredient: Kabocha Pumpkin

Ingredient Name: Kabocha. Also called Japanese Pumpkin. Ingredient Name in Chinese: 南瓜 (Nán guā) Description: Kabocha pumpkin is a small Japanese variety of winter squash, usually weighing 2 – 3 lbs each. It is sweeter than a butternut squash, and has a texture and flavor of a pumpkin and sweet potato combined. Kabocha pumpkin is commonly used [Read More...]

Feb 152011
Ingredient: Wood Ear

  Ingredient Name: Wood Ear. Also called Black Fungus. Ingredient Name in Chinese: 木耳 (Mùěr) Description: Wood Ear is a brown edible mushroom fungus with an ear-like shape that grows on dead and living wood. They are flavorless like Snow Fungus, with an al dente jelly-like texture. They are used as food and medicinal purposes for many [Read More...]

Feb 152011
Ingredient: Lotus Root

Ingredient Name: Lotus Root. Ingredient Name in Chinese: 蓮藕 (Lián ǒu) Description: Lotus root is an edible root of the lotus flower, an aquatic perennial. It is used in Chinese and other Asian cooking as food and medicine. They can be used in soups, deep-fried, stir-fried, and braised. Lotus roots can be eaten raw, but it is [Read More...]

Feb 152011
Ingredient: Ya Li Pears

Ingredient Name: Ya-Li Pear Ingredient Name in Chinese: 鴨嘴梨 (ya-li) Description: Ya Li is a specific type of pear imported from China, and are in season during the autumn and winter months. They have a very sweet, juicy, white, and crisp flesh, with a smooth light-yellow skin on the outside. Well known for its scrumptious flavor and [Read More...]

Feb 152011
Ingredient: Yellow Chives

Ingredient Name: Yellow Chives. Also called Golden Chives and Albino Chives. Ingredient Name in Chinese: 韭黃 (gau wōng) Description: Yellow chives is an herb belonging to the onion family, and closely related to the garlic chives (also called Chinese chives, 韭菜) It has a milder and sweeter flavor and fragrance compared to the garlic chives. It is [Read More...]