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Cuisine of the Western United States

Seasons: shishito

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Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 11:34pm

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

Harbour lights

Tai Mei Tuk is only a short bus ride from bustling Tai Po Market MTR station, but is a long way from its pace. Situated beside Tolo Harbour and not far from the picturesque Plover Cove Reservoir, it is a popular spot for barbecue day-trippers, cyclists, boating enthusiasts and amateur anglers.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

F

51 Peel Street, Central Tel: 2104 9338 Open: Monday-Friday 11.30am-2.30pm, Monday-Saturday 6pm until late Cuisine: primarily Japanese

Price: about HK$400 without drinks and service charge.

22 Mar 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

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

Sakesan

18 Shelley Street, SoHo Tel: 2525 1660 Open: noon-2am Cuisine: modern Japanese

Price: about HK$350 without drinks and service charge.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Energy efficient

I love to cook but after a hard day's work, I'm rarely in the mood for spending hours in the kitchen. To save time, I often roast a chicken on the weekend then use the meat to make quick and easy dishes during the week. If you want to make life even easier, a supermarket roast chicken or a salt-baked chicken (from a roast-meat shop) can be used in the following recipes.

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

All rise

I rarely eat breakfast, but when I do, I almost always choose something savoury. These two dishes are hearty but a little time-consuming (although not difficult), so are better reserved for a leisurely weekend.

Huevos rancheros (pictured)

25 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Green Cottage

Fare Vegetarian.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

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