East Meets West, Sort Of


Photo by Marsden Epworth

I used to have a Chinese cookbook translated from Mandarin with shiny images of banquet dishes and a little boy eating a mung bean popsicle. Though the book did not cover many dishes that interested me, I kept it for a long time because of the first line in one recipe: “First, kill the turtle.”

I thought of that line while putting together Ming Tsai’s black bean and garlic sauce from his beautiful cookbook “Simply Ming” — a book that cooks would love for a holiday gift.

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