Introducing The Albino Asian Cookbook

The Albino Asian Cookbook is a longstanding passion project of mine. Having grown up in the Philippines, I love Asian food, and I love to write. This project combines those affections.

This is a short collection of my favorite Asian recipes, dishes I’ve tinkered with over the last decade. This is quality over quantity. I eliminated a large number of recipes that I simply wasn’t satisfied with.

Several recipes are simple and easy, while a few are complex and labor intensive. Either way, these are the meals I find myself returning to year after year.

Throughout the collection, I introduce some ingredients typical Americans might not be familiar with. There’s also a dash of humor here or there because I practically can’t write anything without a hint of wit or sarcasm.General tso-s Chicken story

Here’s a look at the lineup, followed by one of my favorite recipes:

  1. Filipino Chicken and Pork Barbecue
  2. Savory Pork Chops
  3. Beef and Broccoli
  4. Chicken Adobo
  5. Ginger Chicken
  6. Pinoy Style Pork BBQ
  7. Star Anise Braised Pork
  8. Chinese Five-Spice Beef with Hoisin Sauce
  9. Fish with Spicy Dipping Sauce
  10. General Tso’s Chicken
  11. Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken
  12. Thai Pork with Dipping Sauce
  13. Seafood Curry

Here’s an example recipe:

Beef and Broccoli

 Introduction: This is the best beef and broccoli I have ever eaten. It takes a simple dish and enriches and broadens the flavor profile. Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:

Sauce:

  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Broccoli stir fry:

  • ¾ pounds beef sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli

Directions:

  1. Mix the sauce and thickener is separate bowls.
  2. Cut the broccoli into pieces, blanch it in boiling water for 12 seconds, and set it aside.
  3. Slice the beef into thin strips, cutting across the grain, and coat with one tablespoon of cornstarch.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan. Sear the beef on both sides. Place the beef in a bowl.
  5. Add the remaining oil to the pan. Sauté the ginger until it starts to turn gold. Add the garlic, sugar, and pepper. Stir briefly.
  6. Add the broccoli and stir, reduce the heat to medium low, and stir occasionally for about fifteen seconds.. Mix in the sauce and put a lid on the pan, steaming until the broccoli is almost cooked. If the pan is too hot when the sauce is added and the sauce thickens too much, add a few tablespoons of water.
  7. Add the meat, stir, cover, and cook about a couple minutes until the broccoli is finished.

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