Japanese Mixed Rice – Takikomi Gohan

The Japanese have a variety of mixed rice recipes. Some are called maze gohan and some are called takikomi gohan.  So, I asked my teacher, “what’s the difference?”  Maze gohan is when the rice is already cooked and you add ingredients to it, while takikomi gohan is when the ingredients are cooked with the rice …

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Mu Shu Pork Homestyle Recipe

Mu Shu Pork is a Chinese vegetables and pork stir-fry that is wrapped in a Mandarin crepe with hoisin sauce. It’s what I would call a Chinese burrito.  This “home-style” version was taught to me by my Chinese girlfriend, who is a fabulous mother, professional and cook!  She simplified this tedious traditional recipe rather drastically,  …

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The Asian Green Vegetable to Help Your Eyesight

Last week during qi gong class, Dr. Wang, an acupuncturist and herbalist, gave a discussion on eyes. Over the last five years or so, there has been a noticeable deterioration of my eyesight. This is probably due to age, as well as the more frequent use of staring at a monitor.  Our lifestyles today have …

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The Best Everyday Asian Salad Dressing

Similar to the classic oil and vinegar recipe in the West, Asians have incorporated soy sauce into their salad dressings which have become very popular.  If you go to the Asian supermarket in the states, there are a variety of Asian style dressings but sometimes I find them just a bit too sweet.  With just …

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Foods That Help When Exposed To Radiation

The earthquake in Japan has made me realize what my feng shui master keeps reiterating:  man cannot control nature, instead we must learn to work with nature.  Also, it has become  evident how we are so reliant on electrical power and oil.  Our lifestyles take so much for granted, that it’s really a wake up …

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