Bourbon Chicken

Billed as Cajun-Chinese fusion, we found this recipe to fit more with Chinese than the American south.  But, tasty either way.




  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
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    January 2021 Menus (Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Chinese,

    Menu for the week of Jan 1: Back to Reality


    Crispy Orange Beef

    Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

    1.5 lbs flap meat (skirt steak or hangar steak can be used as substitutes)
    3 tbsp soy sauce, divided
    6 tbsp cornstarch
    2 oranges
    3 tbsp molasses
    2 tbsp sherry
    1 tbsp rice vinegar
    1.5 tsp sesame oil
    1 jalapeño, inner seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
    1 habañero, inner seeds and ribs removed, minced
    2 scallions, thinly sliced
    3 cups vegetable oil, for frying

    Cut beef along grain into 3" lengths.

    Crispy Orange Beef
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    Mongolian Beef

    This recipe came from a cooking class my mom took many years ago (possibly before I was born). For several years, I've had a scanned copy of the photocopied recipe with her notes from the cooking class. We finally replicated the Mongolian Beef recipe. While we intend to play around with the sauce in future iterations, the "velveting" method of cooking the beef was a big success and will definitely be repeated.


    1.5 lbs flank steak
    3 egg whites
    2 tsp white wine or sherry
    Black pepper
    1/3 cup cornstarch
    Vegetable oil

    3/4 cup soy sauce

    Mongolian Beef.jpeg
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    Crab Rangoon

    All I can say is this crab rangoon recipe is ... delicious!! Shamelessly stolen.

    Obviously, this is a "notional" recipe.

    Roughly equal parts cream cheese (at room temperature) and imitation crab meat (chopped up)
    (Go a little heavy on the cream cheese)
    Chopped green onion
    Dash garlic powder
    Smaller dash soy sauce
    Enough won ton wrappers (recommend cutting them in half and makings smaller pouches)

    Mix ingredients together (except won ton wrappers).

    Crab Rangoon
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    Steamed buns with Pork Belly

    While the entire recipe is far too insanely complicated to repost here, it comes from the Momofuku cookbook.

    The components are:

    • steamed buns
    • roasted pork belly (start with 3lbs skinless pork belly)
    • scallions
    • sweet pickles
    • hoisin and siracha sauces

    The candied crispies from the roasting of the pork make a fantastic condiment to the buns

    Pork Belly

    • 3lbs skinless pork belly
    • ¼ cup kosher salt
    • ¼ cup suger
    Steamed Buns with Pork Belly
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    Fried Rice

    This recipe is meant to mimic the fried rice of my favorite LA Chinese restaurant - Yang Chow (or Hunam, as it was called in my youth). The key feature is that it isn't loaded down with soy sauce. Your diners can always add it post-cooking.

    Serves 4 as a side dish:

    1 cup chinese/short-grain rice, cooked (Put 1 cup rice, 1.5 cups water in pot. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.) and fluffed with spoon or fork
    2 eggs, lightly beaten

    Fried Rice
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    Chinese Chicken Salad

    I made this salad with miscellaneous asian ingredients we had lying around, and it turned out great! There's no need to follow the exact amounts here - first wash as many greens as you want to use, and adjust the quantities of everything else to taste.


    4 cups washed and torn greens - combination of whatever lettuce, spinach, etc. you have + sliced cabbage
    5-10 snow peas, washed and sliced into 1/2" wide pieces
    5-10 thin strips red pepper
    10-20 thin slices carrot (made on grater/peeler)
    10ish thin slices cucumber
    2 green onions, sliced

    Chinese Chicken Salad
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    Fried Potstickers

    When I was a little kid, my mom and I once made dumplings/potstickers with this neat white foldy press (that helps crimp them together). There's a really cute picture of me at about 3 years old, standing on a step-stool, wearing an apron, and proudly holding up a potsticker.

    Anyway, on a recent visit to Los Angeles, I saw the potsticker crimper sitting in a drawer (probably unused by my mother since that day in the photo), and asked if I could take it home. (I subsequently saw the exact same crimper for sale at Hill's Kitchen about a week later, but oh well.) With the proper implement in hand, and having just acquired a "Cook's Illustrated" recipe for perfect potstickers (compliments of Jon's mom), we went to making potstickers.

    The recipe that follows is a combination of the Cook's recipe and the handwritten one my mom had from an Asian cooking class she took long ago. No doubt that is the recipe I followed at age 5.

    Potstickers Fried
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    Chinese Long Beans

    1 1/2 lb Chinese long beans*
    1/2 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (2 1/2 oz; not cocktail peanuts)
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    2 to 3 small fresh Thai chiles** (to taste), finely chopped
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
    1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    Add shrimp to make a full meal

    Long beans
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