Kelp and/or kombu make great soup stock! Their abundant minerals and natural "MSG" impart richness to soup usually associated with meat. Serve as an appetizer or use as stock. You can find kelp and kombu at your local health food store. Adapted from "Sea Vegetable Celebration" by Shep Erhart and Leslie Cerier.
According to Chinese legend, deliciously rich black forbidden rice was considered so rare and nutritious that only the emperor was allowed to eat it. Now you can find it in some grocery store and health food stores. You can mix the components together and bake as a casserole or serve individually. Adapted from Delicious Living magazine.
Halved Brussels sprouts are quickly stir fried with garlic, then tossed in Umami sauce which makes a nice, thick sauce. Yum. The computer would not let me say umami sauce in the ingredients, so I put soy sauce, but use umami sauce! From Colorado Homes, taken from True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure by Andrew Weil MD, Sam Fox and Micheal Stebner.
This isn't your usual Chinese restaurant mustard sauce! This is a silky sauce lush with the flavors of toasted sesame oil and Dijon mustard! Wonderful with cold roast beef, lamb and chicken dishes. Spread on steamed fish and foods off the grill. Great on cheese sandwiches! It will keep indefinately in the fridge. Adapted from the China Moon cookbook.
If you want really good flavor, make your own spice mix! In the ingredients, the Szechwan peppers are actually peppercorns, but for some reason, the computer program won't let me say that. This is adapted from China Moon Cookbook. This can be used in marinades, sauces, mayonnaises, chopped meat, sauteed vegetables, and pastas! Have fun!
From Alton Brown, Good Eats, Episode: Et Tu Mame. Delicious! I have tweaked it just a little bit. :) You can double the chile sauce to increase the heat if you wish. I used Thai sweet chili sauce but use the red chili paste or sambal oleck if you like.
A light and lovely seasoned oil that works great in Asian dishes. Adapted from the China Moon Cookbook by Barbara Tropp. Wonderful for pouring over noodles and salads! It will also make a great match for fish! The oil may cloud but will not be impaired.