This Sichuan classic tingles with a peppery bite, tempered with a mellow tang. Thin slivers of meat and vegetable contribute contrasting textures to this velvety soup. Watch this Grokker Premium video to see Hakka Chinese chef Linda Lau Anusasananan's demonstration of how to prepare Hot & Sour Soup.
2. Spicy Sichuan Green Beans with Ground Pork
In restaurants, Sichuan green beans are typically deep-fried in oil. Linda’s simplified home recipe skips deep-frying for a healthier version of this classic dish. The beans are stir-fried until browned and blistered, then cooked with lively seasonings. With the large quantity of red chiles, the dish looks scorching hot. In fact, if you shake most of the seeds out of chiles, the effect of the chiles is relatively mild. The preserved vegetable or fermented black beans add an authentic, slightly fermented flavor, but is not essential. Omit the pork for a vegetarian version.
3. Easy Kung Pao Chicken
This classic Chinese dish features a dark and pungent sauce, spiked with chiles, glazed chunks of chicken and crunchy peanuts. Break the chiles in half and shake out the seeds to remove some of their fire or leave the seeds in if you like it very hot. Sichuan peppercorns, aka wild pepper or prickly ash, adds a woody, citrusy aroma and tingly numbing sensation. Watch this Grokker Premium video to see Hakka Chinese chef Linda Lau Anusasananan's demonstration of how to prepare this deliciousspicy Sichuan favorite.
4. Chinese Eggplant with Pork
This Chinese comfort food is braised in a flavorful liquid mixture of rice wine, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, water, and black pepper. The recipe for this dish comes from Taipei and is cooked in the style of the Hakka people of China. Come join chef and author Linda Lau Anusasananan in this Grokker Premium video as she shows you how to prepare this delightful main course that is ready to serve in less than 20 minutes.