BBQ Char Siu on the Grill

BBQ Char Siu on the Grill, by thewoksoflife.com

Now that it’s officially summer, you’re probably hunting for something good to slap on the grill. If you’re looking for something a little bit different to put over those hot coals this 4th of July (or any other summer day for that matter), this BBQ char siu (roast pork) may just be the trick. This […]

Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea, by thewoksoflife.com

Bubble tea is one of those things that was a distinct part of my childhood. I remember the very first time I had a strawberry smoothie with chewy “bubbles,” or tapioca pearls and that awesome fat straw (my tiny little kid brain could barely handle the awesomeness of having a straw triple the size of […]

Cold Noodles with Shredded Chicken

Cold Noodles with Shredded Chicken, by thewoksoflife.com

Cold noodles with shredded chicken, or 鸡丝凉面, is a Sichuan dish, but it’s extremely popular across China as a tasty and cooling street food during hot summer months. Cold noodle dishes in general are quite popular in China. Many restaurants have their own version, and every family has their own favorite recipe. In general, cold noodles are […]

Eggplant String Bean Stir-fry

Eggplant String Bean Stir-fry, by thewoksoflife.com

The first time we had a dish like this eggplant string bean stir-fry was at a random Hunan restaurant in the middle of NJ. It’s amazing how immigrants from China can come to the U.S., set up shop in a sleepy town, and bring some of China to the suburbs. This eggplant string bean stir-fry is […]

Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp Étouffée, by thewoksoflife.com

Shrimp étouffée is a classic Cajun favorite that one must have when visiting Louisiana. It’s made with fresh Gulf shrimp, the Cajun holy trinity of onion, celery, and bell pepper, and a decadent flour and butter roux. We were recently passing through Louisiana on our cross-country trip, and now that we’re back home, I can’t […]

Thai Basil Beef (Pad Gra Prow)

Thai Basil Beef (Pad Gra Prow), by thewoksoflife.com

Thai basil beef (aka pad graw prow). The dish I order almost every time I set foot in a Thai restaurant, and one of my favorite things to cook at home. While we’ve posted a recipe for Thai Basil Chicken in the past, this beef version has a more intense flavor that comes from the darker, richer […]

Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice Bowl)

Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice Bowl), by thewoksoflife.com

I don’t think there’s any debate on this issue. Lu rou fan (滷肉饭) is one of THE most beloved Taiwanese comfort foods. Second only perhaps to a piping bowl of beef noodle soup (and even then, a very close second). There is, however, an on-going debate on whether this dish originated in Taiwan or Shandong, China. Apparently, […]