Archive for January, 2010
Wow, was that fun! I was the 1st guest on the show on Jan 29. The live TV cooking demo went well and Dylan even got a cameo role during the segment. The crew and hosts were awesome…they made the whole experience really great. Check out the recorded segment Lulu on ABC’s View From the Bay
Chinese pronounced ‘gong-bao-ji-ding’, gong means royalty; and bao means pow or explosion so semi-literally translated, this dish is a royal explosion of chicken goodness. The “real” version does not have big chucks of yellow onions, red and green peppers. The primary ingredient is chicken! The most important component of the dish is the Sichuan peppercorns. It is these peppercorns that give its distinctive tingling or numbing flavor. Use of dried red chilies along with the Sichuan peppercorn creates the hot and numbing goodness that makes this dish one-of – kind.
THE “REAL” KUNG PAO CHICKEN
2 boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon shaoshing wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 egg white
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 small dried red chilies, seeds removed, cut into small sections
1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon shaoshing wine
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon granulated sugar (or agave nectar)
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1 scallion, cut into 1″ diagonal slices
- Cut the chicken into cubes. Combine with marinade ingredients and set aside for ten minutes.
- Heat oil in a wok or large sauté pan. When oil is hot, add chilies and Sichuan peppercorns and stir-fry until aromatics release their fragrance and chilies are almost black. Remove the peppercorns and chilies from the oil with a slotted spoon and discard.
- Add garlic and ginger and stir-fry briefly until they become fragrant.
- Add chicken and briefly stir-fry until chicken is almost cooked, ~ 3 minutes.
- Add sauce ingredients. Stir until mixture thickens and chicken is cooked through.
- Toss in the peanuts, scallions and a few dried red peppers to garnish; serve with rice and vegetables
It’s been fun over the past couple of weekends, visiting local farmers markets…my favorites right now are the Berkeley FM and the Temescal Market! I do love the SF Ferry Building market but it’s just so hard to get to for those of us who are the “in-denial bridge and tunnel” crowd.
One of my latest favorite vegetables is the dinosaur kale, also known as cavolo nero (which you have to say it with a fake Italian accent). My typical answer to kale or any bitter greens is bacon, pancetta or any other salted pork product. However, with our continued focused on healthy eating and taking advantage of the winter harvests of local bounties, here’s something for you to try:
Dinosaur Kale and Caramelized Spring Shallots
1 bunch of dinosaur kale, roughly chopped
3 spring shallots (or spring red onions), thinly sliced diagonally
1 T olive oil
1 T garlic, finely minced
½ t red pepper flakes
½ t kosher salt
- Blanch the kale in boiling salted water for 1 minute; remove and place on paper towels to soak up some of the water
- Dry the pan and return to stove. Add shallots and olive oil and sauté over medium until onions are lightly caramelized, add the garlic and continue to cook until the garlic is lightly browned as well
- Add the kale, peppers and salt to the pan and sauté for another 1-2 minutes
Note: If you’re a bacon lover like us, add cooked/crumbled bacon or pancetta to make this dish even more delicious!
OK…it’s been rainy and cold everyday for the past 2 weeks in Northern California. A hearty soup seems like an obvious choice for lunch. However, Michael and I are on our “no-fun” diet so we can make weight for an upcoming J24 regatta in Mexico (see TMC Racing link for our sailing campaign). I had to come up with a low fat/low caloric soup that’s tasty and satisfying. Below is the delicious yet non-fattening result.
Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
This is a very low fat, healthy version of this soup. Since there are very few ingredients, the key is to caramelize the onions and toast the garlic before adding the tomatoes to give this soup some depth. Also, using agave nectar, instead of sugar, is more natural and add to the health factor!
1 med onion, diced
1 T olive oil
2 T garlic, finely minced
1 28 oz + 1 14 oz can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
¼ c basil, fined minced
1-2 t agave nectar (or sugar)
Herbed croutons to garnish
- In a large Dutch oven, sauté the onions and olive oil w/ some salt & pepper on medium high
- When onions are lightly caramelized, add the garlic and continue to cook until the garlic is lightly browned as well
- Immediately add the tomatoes, basil and 1 teaspoon of agave nectar and bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 min
- Use a hand blender and puree the soup; leave it slightly chunky if you like it more rustic
- Adjust salt, pepper and agave to taste
- It’s best to let soup rest overnight to let the flavors melt together but can be served right away, if you’re in a hurry
- Top with herbed croutons and a swirl of EVOO and serve
I’ll be cooking my award-winning paella at the Berkeley Yacht Club on February 12. Jim Antrim and Cree Partridge are going to have a very special presentation on their recent custom-racing yacht construction projects. We’re very excited to support Cree and BYC with this event. This is an open-house event so everyone is welcomed. To make reservations, please contact BYC at (510) 843-9292
I’ll be teaching at Kitchen on Fire in Berkeley on March 30. The 5-course menu features recipes from Shanghai Dragon’s Journey West:
Sesame salmon tartare with shrimp chips
5 spiced steamed ribs with sweet potatoes
Asparagus with pancetta
If you want to be a part of this hands-on course, go to www.kitchenonfire.com to register.
I’ll be in Hayward for a Chabot College continuing education class on Chinese food and wine pairing at Neumanali’s. Not sure what the menu will be yet but the last time we did an event with Neumanali’s, the menu was:
Sesame Salmon Tartare with Shrimp Chips
Steamed Chilean Seabass with Ginger and Scallions
I’ll update you closer to the date on the exact menu. In the meantime, you can go to www.neumanali.com to make your reservations.
I’ll be on ABC’s View From The Bay on January 29, 2010 to promote my cookbook. If you want to watch the show live in SF, you can request tickets online: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/feature?section=view_from_the_bay&id=6337461.
Lulu Yang | founder & executive chef of Lulu’s Kitchen and author of “Shanghai Dragon’s Journey West: An Exploration of Chinese Cuisine Across Three Generations”
Learn how to make a spicy Kung Pao Chicken dish in six easy steps, just in time for Chinese New Year!
Welcome to Lulu’s Kitchen (LK) Blog! I may be a late adopter to technology but here I am, starting the new decade with a new channel of sharing what I love with you.
So…New Year’s Eve. We had a fabulous evening with our friends Lester & Dawn and John & Linda. A small gathering with a lot of laughs, fun, great food and great wines. I decided on a taster menu so lots of small bites and lots of opportunities for wine pairings and conversations. Michael raided the cellar and brought out some fabulous wines for a great way to start the year with a BANG! Happy 2010, everyone!
New Year’s Eve 2009
Tuna Tartare with Caviar & Wasabe Soy Vinaigrette
2000 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne
Truffled Salumi with Cornichon & Olives
Dungeness Crab Duet:
Steamed and Served with Soy-Ginger Dip
Sautéed with Black & Jalepeno Peppers
2008 Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc
Pork Confit Bruschetta with Frisee Lettuce & Pomegranate Seeds
2000 Porter Creek Pinot Noir – Creekside Vineyard
2001 Skewis Pinot Noir – Bush Vineyard
Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Lamb Chop
1997 Joseph Phelps Le Mistral
2006 Moobuzz Pinot Noir
Miso Broiled Black Cod
2008 Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc
Wagyu Ribeye Seared on Himalayan Salt Block
Truffled Oven Fries
1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia
Camembert with Honey Comb
1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon
Chocolate Lava Cake
Taylor Fladgate 10-year old Tawny Port