Category Archives: – Unique food traditions

A foray into Ethiopian flavors

Please allow for a temporary distraction from the great Asia-focused food in Philadelphia. Don’t get me wrong, this is an exciting time for new Asian food items–it seems every day there is something new–but I’d like to share a recent … Continue reading

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Selamat pagi, Yogyakarta: a surprisingly rich and savory chicken rice porridge for breakfast

I’ll start by saying that I’m not one for sweet breakfasts. As regular readers will know (ex. 1, ex. 2, ex. 3), I prefer savory foods leftover from the night before to American breakfast cereal or glazed donuts. A recent … Continue reading

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Ulaanbaatar post #3: A tribute to Mongolian “greasy-spoon” eateries

Chances are, traditional Mongolian foods are totally unlike what you imagine them to be. Taiwanese, Chinese, and American Mongolian Barbecue and Mongolian hot pot chain restaurants have done plenty to influence the global popular imagination of what Mongolian food is … Continue reading

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Uyghur style rice pilaf with beef and yellow carrots

Happy Eid!  Over the weekend friends will be feasting around the world, and in Xinjiang no doubt people will be eating the dish I’ll describe below.  Half a world away in Philadelphia, the weather is changing from hot to quite … Continue reading

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Northern Lao ingredients and cooking blog

Last night I came across a very interesting blog and cookbook.  I hope the cookbook will be as good as the blog is, we will have to see.  The blog/site is called Food from Northern Laos: The Boat Landing Cookbook, … Continue reading

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Happy Eid!

Today Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr (“Roza heyit” in Xinjiang), the feast  day that marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting from dawn to dusk (if it is allowed, anyway).  Excellent feasts will be had today. … Continue reading

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Uyghur flatbreads, meat pies, and the tonur oven

I love looking at recipes and cookbooks–especially the kind that explain the unusual elements you are trying to replicate.  There are some gems out there for US cookbooks nowadays, with authors that do go through great lengths to explain culture … Continue reading

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