Posts made in July, 2012

Upper East Beijing and Yuxiang Kitchen, Lido Square

Upper East Beijing and Yuxiang Kitchen, Lido Square

Just over six years ago our son Shane travelled to Beijing for what was intended to be a brief visit to a friend who was studying Mandarin there. Thus began a personal voyage of discovery which led to him settling in the city, starting a business called Enter the Panda Ltd. and finding the love of his life Shan to whom he is now engaged. But that is his story. We visited him in 2008 prior to the Beijing Olympics when he was still a student and...

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First attempt at fried green beans

First attempt at fried green beans

Now I should have warned you all that, much as I love food, I don’t pretend to be a sophisticated cook and results can be little hit and miss. All the same my first attempt at Shan’s fried green beans ended up tasting very good. I just need to get a bit better at judging the temperature of the oil in the wok so the peppers don’t burn. I lined up my sichuan peppers, garlic and that dried leafy vegetable “men gan cai”...

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Finding the secret ingredients for fried green beans

Finding the secret ingredients for fried green beans

Fried green beans was one of our favourite side dishes in Beijing. It is a staple in Chinese homestyle cooking but, done well, it’s delicious. There were a few ingredients I needed to go looking for in order to try out this recipe back here in Ireland. Sichuan peppers were easy – Shan had brought a supply with her when she visited us at Christmas. The distinctive numbing sensation on the tongue and lips is not easily mistaken for...

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Fried green beans two ways

Fried green beans two ways

Shan’s version of Sichuan fried green bean with minced pork Ingredients: 250g – 350g green beans Dried chilli – 1 or 2 pieces depending how spicy you want it to be 50g minced pork Soy sauce Salt Sichuan pepper Mei Gan Cai – a dried mustard leaf – see: Finding the Secret Ingredients or Sichuanese ya cai A few cloves of garlic again you can put more if you like it garlicy Preparation: Wash beans and use your hand...

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Connecting Ireland, China and Oz through food

Two of my great passions in life are travel and food. I love to visit new places and to get authentic experiences a bit off the beaten track – more as a traveller than a tourist. Italy is my first love but my son Shane married in Beijing to his lovely Chinese wife Shan and my daughter Claire married to her “hot” (her words) Welshman Mike and living in Sydney have got me to places I never expected to visit in my lifetime, let alone...

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