May 2008 entries

I usually mentioned my Mother In Law in cooking posts. She carries on the family Jiaozi tradition. But I thought I give my Father In Law some equal time. The Missus Father is from Hunan Province, which has its own great culinary tradition. My FIL is a pretty quiet and reserved gentleman. And he defer to my canada goose outlet ontario MIL when it comes to food. There were a few times when I seen and learned about the foods he grew up eating. His family business in the highly agricultural Hunan buy canada goose uk province was growing and drying. canada goose outlet With no refrigeration, smoking was the main means of preserving meats. In fact « La Rou », Hunan smoked pork/ham is quite well known.

I first got a hint as to what He considered home style Hunan flavors when I bought some of the wonderful Smoked Marlin that is canada goose outlet store uk available at canada goose outlet reviews all the poke and fish counters back home. I had also purchased some Shishito Peppers, I really don recall why, perhaps I had some tempura in mind. The peppers ended up in a stir fry, along with a good amount of the smoked fish.

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I always noticed Shishito Peppers at Zion Market, usually at a pretty inexpensive(for Shishito) $1.99/lb. The peppers are usually on the « old » side, and not suitable for tempura. You can tell by how hard and brittle the pepper is. The Missus is a stickler for « correct cuts », and over time I developed a way of slicing the peppers that keep the shape, and yet allows you to remove the slightly bitter seeds, which can be really hard in older peppers.

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I realize that I have a ton of posts on Ba Ren, but I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the dishes from the Chinese placard. Of course, the old favorites are still available.

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