[making] What to look for when you purchase small kitchen appliances in Asia?

Shopping in Asia is not only limited to clothes, novelty items, animes, and beauty supplies.  When I visit to Taiwan and Japan, in particular I'm always attracted to check out small kitchen appliances. I've bought mini grill, nagashi somen (流しそうめん) machine, travel cookers, blenders and more in Japan.  I was all thrilled and excited until…

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[shopping] Where can you shop reasonable priced organic Chinese vegetables?

I have conducted an Asian grocery shopping tour earlier at a local Chinese supermarket with two participants.  It was indeed a very interesting idea exchange experience.   My two participants are definitely rookies in Chinese cooking, and they were definitely amused on how many Chinese herbs and veggies we use in our everyday cooking; that…

[traveling] How to get the best deal when you buy electronics in Japan?

Japanese household electronics are still popular among many Asian tourists, and to satisfy the enormous oversea demand, many Japanese electronic brands have now introduce dual voltage small appliances, including hair dryers and other cosmetic used electronic goods like facial steamer and cleansing brush. In my trip to Japan this time, I was hoping there would…

[making] Fried Rice 101

A lot of people would wonder what's the best rice to make fried rice?   Rule of thumb is, you need "dehydrated rice" or "harden rice" to make a good plate of fried rice.  Keep in mind for any fried rice that's too moist, mushy or sticks together, should not consider to be good fried…

How to properly slice beef for Chinese stir fry?

Choosing the right part of beef for Chinese stir fry is crucial, and slicing properly for a tender taste is often an important step people would miss, or didn't think it would matter.   Usually choosing the right part for stir fry need to consider three things:  tenderness, thickness and boneless.  I usually take the…