Leafy Spring Greens
Shiitake mushrooms, commonly known in Chinese as “fragrant mushrooms,” have a rich, savory flavor that can enhance the taste of other foods, such as the fresh bok choy in this recipe. For an even more intense flavor, use dried shiitake mushrooms, which should be soaked in hot water for 30 minutes to soften. Rinse them, cover with fresh water, bring to a boil and simmer for at least 20 minutes with a dash of Shaoxing wine, some crushed ginger and spring onion and salt to taste. Leave them to steep in the liquid until you want them. Reprinted from Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking* by Fuchsia Dunlop. Copyright © 2012 by Fuchsia Dunlop. Photographs copyright © 2012 by Chris Terry. With the permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. All rights reserved. more→
Bok choy, snow peas, and red cabbage are a companionable trio of crisp raw veggies. Always pleasing for serving company, yet easy enough to make for weeknight meals, this colorful Asian-flavored salad has become one of my standards. It’s a perfect salad to serve with Asian Noodle Recipes. Photos by Rachael Braun.
Mellow asparagus and bold arugula contrast nicely in this simple yet delicious pasta dish. It’s perfect springtime fare, though you can enjoy it year round. Complete the meal simply with a big salad (add chickpeas or beans for protein) and a fresh whole grain bread. more→
Leafy spring greens like spinach, arugula, or watercress look and taste very appealing with pink beans. The more garlicky you make this simple dish, the better. more→
Aromatic and broth, this mushroom-filled, Asian-flavored soup can be enjoyed any time of the year when you can find good bok choy. Generally, bok choy is a spring vegetable, but in some areas the season is extended. This is an excellent way to whet the appetite for a vegetable stir-fry or a simple tofu dish. It’s best served the moment it comes off the heat. more→
Peppery, bright green watercress adds a touch of spring to a classic soup. If you can make this the night before it’s needed, so much the better, as the flavors improve from standing overnight. more→