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Braised Cucumbers with Pork and Ginger

Cantonese-Style Stuffed Cucumbers By Andrew Zimmern My friend Mrs. Wakabayashi learned to make a version of this dish from a Chinese chef in New York City in the mid-’70s. I devoured it then, and whenever I see this dish on Cantonese menus I always order it. I think you will love its textural surprise. Just…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: How to Prep Ginger

What’s the easiest way to peel fresh ginger? The best tool for prepping ginger is something I guarantee you have in your kitchen cabinet: a spoon. Because the irregular-shaped root has thin, delicate skin, a spoon can easily scrape it away without much waste. It’s also much easier to get into all of the nooks and crannies…  Read More

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Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Ways to Use Summer Cucumbers

I am obsessed with cucumbers. I juice them, eat them raw, salted, pickled, fermented, sliced in salad and pressed into lemonade. I core cucumbers, stuff with a Chinese pork forcemeat and steam them. I even wok sear them for 10 seconds and refrigerate them, then serve ice cold with hot chili sesame oil and ginger.…  Read More

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Pearl Rice Balls with Ginger-Sesame Sauce

Show-Stopping Pork & Rice Dumplings By Andrew Zimmern I started making these pearl rice balls about 18 years ago after returning from my first trip to China. I had visited a dumpling house in Xian and became fascinated with presentation styles of standard Chinese pork farces. Creating different wrappers and decorating them is beyond the normal skill…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern's Pearl Rice Balls

Chinese Recipes Made Easy for the Home Cook

Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Recipes Chinese cooking has complex, technique-driven elements, which makes it a bit daunting for the average home cook. But, practice makes perfect. Get a great cookbook, and cook a new dish twice a week. Next, make sure you have the right equipment (a good wok, a bamboo steamer) and the…  Read More

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12 Meals the Whole Family Will Love

Back-To-School Recipes It’s September, the kids are in school and it’s time to get back into the routine of family dinners. If you’re looking for inspiration this fall, here are a few mainstays at the Zimmern household. I’ll admit, these are not all 30 minute recipes and some may take planning ahead. But, they’re all fairly easy and…  Read More

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Easy Thai-Style Cucumber Salad

Refreshing Cucumber Salad with Peanuts & Cilantro By Andrew Zimmern This classic, sweet-and-sour Thai-style cucumber salad is the perfect warm weather side dish.

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Essential Tips for Braising

4 Rules for Better Braising Everyone loves to braise, and the mythology indicates that it’s easy, but it’s not—it’s simple (and there is a difference). But for everyone who thinks that braising is forgiving, I would remind you of the last dried-out pot roast you’ve eaten. Here are some handy tips for braising. Brown well.…  Read More

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9 Recipes to Make for Chinese New Year

Chinese Cuisine at Home Chinese cooking has complex, technique-driven elements, which makes it a bit daunting for the average home cook. But if you’re as obsessed with it as I am, that shouldn’t stop you from cooking Chinese food in your own kitchen. I personally love the fact that Chinese cuisine has a hobbyist nature…  Read More