A surprise package

It was a warm Saturday afternoon. Mom and I were sitting in the kitchen deciding what to make for dinner. She peered into the fridge and her eyes landed on the bowl of chicken stock that she had made. Over her shoulder she asked me, “Why don’t we make 小笼包 (xiao long bao — XLB)Continue reading “A surprise package”

A twist on Classic Shanghai

I never used to like the traditional Shanghai dish Ma Lan Tou (马兰头), a salad made of tofu, a light dressing of sesame oil, and Indian aster., a tough green weed. I always found that at Ma Lan Tou had a bizarre flavor that I couldn’t put my finger on. Maybe it was too much fragrant sesame oil, maybe it wasContinue reading “A twist on Classic Shanghai”