Cuisine of the Southwestern United States

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Seasons: hot topic

The poblano is one of my favourite chillies but it's something I eat only rarely because I've never seen it in local supermarkets or at a wet market. 

Sunday, 2 September, 2012, 2:09pm

Fried fish tacos

I'll be on holiday in southern California next week, where I'll feast on Mexican food. One of my favourite taquerias is El Taco Nazo, which specialises in Ensenada-style fried fish tacos. This is my attempt at replicating that dish.

6-8 corn tortillas, about 15cm in diameter

200 grams green head cabbage, finely shredded

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Mexican munchies

The quesadilla is one of the first 'international' snacks I remember learning to make. When my brothers and I got home from school, we would have things such as instant noodles, rice crackers and dried cuttlefish - snacks that Asian children around the world seem to eat.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ear splitting

You probably won't be tempted to taste a vegetable called 'corn smut', so let's use its Mexican name, huitlacoche (or cuitlacoche). It's a fungus that infects ears of corn - in other words, it's somewhat like a mushroom.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Simple pleasures

Monterey Jack isn't the type of cheese you'll find on the cheese board of a Michelin-starred restaurant, nor is it something any connois-seur would wax rhapsodic about. It's a cheese that can be appreciated (in its own way) for its simplicity: it's a mild, straightforward cheese without any complex flavours.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Jaa Kitchen

LG/F, 61-63 Hollywood Road Sheung Wan Tel: 2545 5988 Open: Monday-Saturday 11.45am-10.45pm (last order) Cuisine: European

Price: about HK$300 for a three-course dinner excluding drinks and service charge.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

On the shelf

On a recent trip to City'super (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888), I found some ingredients I had thought were only available overseas. I was thrilled to find Romero fideo cabello on the shelves, because without fideo you can't make fideua. This is a Spanish dish that's similar to paella but uses fideo - short (about 1.5cm), thin noodles - in place of the rice.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

A slice of Mexico

A quesadilla is a Mexican sandwich using tortillas, which are made from flour or corn and look like big, soft pancakes. It can be served as an appetiser, snack or as a light lunch.

This is a basic recipe, but you can add other ingredients such as chicken, sweetcorn, red peppers, mushrooms or ham.

Equipment you will need

Mixing bowl

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Oaxaca al Gusto - An Infinite Gastronomy

Oaxaca al Gusto - An Infinite Gastronomy By Diana Kennedy

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Big night?

If last night's party was a fun one, you'll probably be feeling a little 'delicate' today. The cure for a hangover is food - but not just any food. Carbs and grease are good - you need something to soak up the excess alcohol.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Chickpeas with tomatoes & chorizo

When I have plenty of time to cook and can plan well enough in advance, I use dried beans for my dishes because I like the taste and texture. But I also usually keep a can or two of chickpeas in my pantry for the times when I need a quick dish. They're versatile and can be made into hearty soups and stews.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

California Vintage

77 Wyndham Street, Central Tel: 2525 9808 Open: 11am-3am (food is served until midnight) Cuisine: Californian wine bar

Price: about HK$160 without drinks and the service charge.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Real Mexican Food - New Cooking from Mexico

Real Mexican Food - New Cooking from Mexico By Fiona Dunlop

I came across this book in a roundabout way. A friend, Fuchsia Dunlop, was attending a food writer's conference when Paula Wolfert, considered an authority on the cuisines of the Mediterranean and Morocco, came up to offer praise for her books on Mexican food.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mr. Taco Truck

Mr. Taco Truck Shop E, 22 Finnie Street Quarry Bay, Tel 2590 6911

Grub: Mexican food including tortillas, tacos and burritos.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

yum yum

Anthony's Ranch 28 Yi Chun Street Sai Kung New Territories Tel 2791 6113

Grub: Tex-Mex, including burgers, steaks, ribs, chilli and nachos.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am