Pan Asian: Garlic Squid with Celery (Szechuan, China)

Regional flavors have arrived folks! In our culinary sophistication we have finally made it past such illusory categories as “Chinese” or “Indian” food to embrace regional cuisine. In a country as vast as China, we have finally acknowledged that people eat very differently in the various parts of the land. This particular dish belongs to … Continue reading Pan Asian: Garlic Squid with Celery (Szechuan, China)

Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India

 Baigan Bharta is an iconic dish that you’ve, no doubt, enjoyed at your local Indian eatery. It basically translates to “Eggplant with minced vegetables,” which is a description that hardly does justice to this delicious preparation. Complex, in a smoky, sweet, spicy, savory kind of way, Baigan Bharta thrills the taste buds, and lacking any … Continue reading Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India

Pan Asian: Bonjon Borani (Braised Spicy Eggplant) — Afghanistan

I’m lucky to live in a town with a truly incredible Afghan restaurant,  The Helmand (which, incidentally, is owned by Afghan President Hamid Kharzi’s elder brother Qayum). It’s white tableclothes and attentive service conjure a high-end feel, but the food itself is simple, unassuming, delicious, and downright affordable. Since I’ve eaten here countless times, I … Continue reading Pan Asian: Bonjon Borani (Braised Spicy Eggplant) — Afghanistan