Pan Asian: Gong Bao (Kung Pao) Chicken

Even though Chinese food was the first Asian cuisine embraced by Americans, it has steadily succumbed to the fierce competition and more ‘exotic’ flavors of Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Thai. Your standard storefront Chinese joint might be passe, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great Chinese dishes to be had–especially when you get to neighborhoods … Continue reading Pan Asian: Gong Bao (Kung Pao) Chicken

Pan Asian: Potato Koresh

A koresh, according to Najmieh Batmanglij’s tantalizing New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies (Mage Publishers, 2003), is, “a delicate and refined stew.” And although Iran is not technically a part of Asia, the Persian empire once was, and it’s cuisine and customs have alternately influenced and been influenced by … Continue reading Pan Asian: Potato Koresh

A Paradise on Earth

I recently came across these ads, which I believe, were done by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, and I must say, they make even me want to drop everything and jump on the first flight to Colombo. With the war over and the whole island open again, I am, in fact, looking forward to my … Continue reading A Paradise on Earth