Original Word: Red
New Word: Huge!
Language: Standard Chinese (Mandarin), Cantonese, Shanghainese
The largest population in the world.
All Chinese food is not created equal! China is the largest country in the world. The cuisine of Chinese is divided between eight regions.
Chuan (Szechuan) – I think of hot spice because of the Sichuan pepper.
Hui – It is a mountainous region so there is less meat and fish.
Lu – Grains are used which is unique to the rest of the regions.
Min – It is usually served in broth or soup.
Su – Usually, centers on soft textures.
Yue (Cantonese) – Dim sum originates from this region. They are small bites.
Xiang (Hunan) – Hot, spicy, and deep colors are typical for this region.
Zhe – More mellow in flavor. (Wikipedia)
As you can see I had many options to chose from. I decided to cook from the Xiang (Hunan) region. We have a Cantonese restaurant in Beeston and we eat there often. So, I wanted to change it up a bit. I wanted to try something different.
500g/1lb beef, thinly sliced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp black pepper
1/3 cup mirin
red chiles, minced (use as desired, I used 2)
1 tbsp cornstarch
snow or sugar snap peas
noodles, to serve
Mix together ginger, garlic, soy sauce, black pepper, mirin, chiles, and cornstarch. Reserve 2-3 tbsp and leave in the refridgerator. Mix the marinade with the beef and let sit overnight or for at least 2 hours. Stir fry beef. Set aside. Stir fry veg. Set aside. Stir fry noodles and mix in the beef and veg. Serve!
Original Word: West Bank
New Word: State of Palestine
124th largest population in the world.
Capital: Jerusalem (Ramallah and Gaza for administrative reasons) (Wikipedia)
I am going to claim ignorance on this issue. I have an elementary understand about Middle East issues. I was not aware that not every country (US, Canada, Australia) does not recognize the State of Palestine. I decided to go ahead and keep it on the list because the majority of countries do recognize it.
David and I love, love, love falafel. I usually buy the mix at the local whole food store. I did make it from scratch once and it wasn’t very good but I did bake them. So, I have come to the conclusion that falafel should always be fried. Some of our friends made some falafel for our Greek night and it was great so I thought I would give it another try. The results were awesome! I can get a can of chickpeas for .23p at a store which makes for a cheap meal!
1 can chickpea, drained and rinsed with water
1/4 onion (red or white), chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp flour, additional for dusting
1/2 tsp cumin (maybe more)
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp paprika
cayenne pepper to taste
salt and pepper
oil for frying
Run chickpeas, onion, and red pepper in a food processor until it is a chunky paste. Mix in everything else. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Form into balls, dust with flour, and fry in oil.
I serve mine with hummus, pita, salad, and tzatziki.
Let me know what you think!