August 19th, 2015 Radio Show

IMG_8884I will be on Ms. Deborah Moore’s radio show on AM1470 this morning 10:30am sharp!  Really look forward to chat with her about food and anything else! Content is subject to change, depends on the flow of the program.  Thank you very much for tuning in!

Cool down with “real food” – Hiyashi Chuka (Japanese Chinese Cold Noodle)

Here’s my version of the Dipping sauce: 200 ml dashi stock (or chicken stock), 120 ml organic soy sauce, 100 ml rice vinegar, 1 Tablespoon sesame oil, maple syrup (sugar is normally used, adjust to taste)

Heat dashi, soy sauce and maple syrup in saucepan, bring to a boil and turn off the heat.  Add the rice vinegar while mixture is hot, then finish off with the tablespoon of sesame oil.  Pour mixture into clean glass bottle, refrigerate after it cools down.

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My version of hiyashi chuka: Boiled prawns, fish cake, cherry tomatoes, seaweed, braised shiitake mushrooms, cucumber , kinshi tamago (egg omelet), and Chinese noodles, served with homemade dipping sauce and japanese mustard

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skewer the prawns with bamboo sticks when blanching

Pork Belly Garlic Scape wraps with “shogayaki” sauce:  (full recipe coming soon); I served this with cauliflower “fried” rice and it was a delicious combination.  Thank you PPQ for inspiring this dish!

Ginger apple sauce: mirin, soy sauce, grated onion, grated granny smith apple, grated ginger root (ratio 1-1-1-1-1) and sake or water (1), maple syrup (to sweeten, adjust accordingly)

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Food Finds on East Hastings:

Mr. Red Cafe: Northern Vietnamese cuisine, friendly service, delightful dishes prepared with lots of care and love, great prices

address: 2234 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.

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Traditional Vietnamese sticky rice with mung bean and fried shallots

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Appetizer: Steamed pork and shrimp tapioca dumpling wrapped in banana leaf

Basho Cafe: Quaint and cozy Japanese cafe serving savory lunch sets and the cutest baked goods with In-house Coffee Master 

2007 East Hastings (and Victoria)

http://www.bashocafe.com

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Tiny tasty baked goods on display at Basho: mochi cakes, lemon loaf, matcha brownie., kabocha muffin…just to name a few..and we want to try them all!

Pear Tree: 17 years on East Hastings..it’s great to revisit old favourites in town http://www.peartreerestaurant.net

In April I celebrated my birthday at Pear Tree restaurant and had the most delicious vegetarian carrot risotto ever..I had to ask our server three times to check if indeed it was vegetarian…

Are you sure this is a vegetarian dish?

Are you sure this is a vegetarian dish?

Chau Veggie Express: 5052 Victoria Drive (between 34th and 35th): Serve primarily Vietnamese inspired vegetarian and vegan dishes, casual communal dining.

http://www.chowatchau.ca

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Insanely delicious taro chips with spicy dip (made from tofu)

Must try: To Die For lemon Loaf, made by hand in Vancouver, BC 

http://www.itstodiefor.ca

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Food waste:  What can we do?

The new organics/recycled bylaw and volunteer stints at UGM makes me rethink more about the way we live..

Coincidentally last month I came across this interesting post on Twitter which led to an old article posted through Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s website…

http://www.marcussamuelsson.com/news/165-billion-in-food-waste-what-can-you-do

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