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BUNKER CRACK SLURP

Servings: 2 people Based on what’s most available, you can choose different fat to render the cracklings.  Chicken skins (what’s used here) will give you chicken skin cracklings + chicken fat/schmaltz.  Pork fat (what’s generally used in Asia for this purpose) will give you pork cracklings + pork fat/lard.  And…

CARAMEL ESPRESSO FLAN/BUTTER ROUX CAKE

****** Make:  One 8″ round cake The way that the sponge cake-batter separates/floats from the custard layer, is truly magical.  Even if it seems to “sink” when poured over the top of the custard, don’t worry!  They will separate!  And the “roux” method, truly makes this the softest, and moistest…

VIETNAMESE Chả Cá FISH TACO

Makes:  6 ~ 7 small tacos/serves 2 people The original chả cá consists of a lot more scallions and dill, and a lot more frying oil than this recipe.  If you’d like a much more herb-dominated taco, you can increase the scallion/dill ratio accordingly.  Most recipes use ling fillet for this dish,…

THAI HERBS AND PORK SALAD

I’m determined to get a life during this Labour Day long weekend so let me quickly leave you with this.  Best.  Damn.  “Salad”.  You’ll.  Ever.  Have.  Period.  Period. HOW COULD IT BE?  OH WAIT, IT’S THE PORK. It’s a recipe I developed for Food52′s column “Half Way to Dinner“, and…

SICHUAN DRESSING & BOUQUET OF FIRE

**** The dressing doesn’t have to be limited to blanched vegetables.  Raw leafy vegetables such as spinach or an Asian vegetable called tong-hao are easy and fast alternatives. It’s fairly certain to say that almost all the “salad” dishes in China is boosted with a good helping of MSG.  First, I don’t…

MONDAY BLUE-BERRY OATMEAL COOKIE

Makes:  approx 22 cookies In absolute urgencies, you can skip browning the butter and just melt it in the microwave inside the same bowl…  It doesn’t make a huge difference actually. The frozen blueberries can probably be applied to other non-oatmeal cookie-doughs that need firming as well.  Due to the…

FEATURED: SUMMER FUN

filthy rich miso caramel ice cream

Have I mentioned how unapologetically cheap I am?  Right… to elaborate we must understand that “cheap” is a strictly relative term and I am saying that strictly relatively-speaking, I am incredibly cheap.  I negotiated a 30% raise in my daily allowance in the past decade which is to say that…

poorman’s lobster roll

Right.  I apologize for my “rare” unprofessionalism last time.  Can we start over?  I promise I’ll keep it together this time because oh boy this faux-lobster roll is too delicious to miss out on.  But it’s strange to compose this post because the day I cooked it, my doggy-Armageddon-day had…

winter warmth ice cream

Drop down on a point back in time, all the way back in my 500-sqft studio in New York when I was joyfully smooching a pint of Ben’n Jerry’s which I casually grabbed from the downstair 24hr-deli, and tell me that in the not-so-distant future, anytime-access to my beloved collection…