Tempura

Portugal may now be a pleasant minnow of Europe, but in the 16th century it was the dominant world explorer, leaving culinary footprints at its major colonies and more fleeting encounters. In Japan tempura is a legacy of Portugal’s brief presence in the south. As a coating for vegetables or seafood, tempura batter is a…

Injera

Ethiopian food is experiencing a swell of popularity in the United States, as explained in this Washington Post story. You know times are achangin’ when the staple grain of Ethiopian cuisine is flourishing in the fields of Idaho. Rather than import the grain teff that makes the flatbread injera – literally the foundation of an…

Xiao long bao

Xiao long bao are pleated Shanghai dumplings filled with pork meat and a juicy broth that have sparked quests and queues in US Chinatowns. Steamed dumplings are comfort food enough, but filled with a little burst of soup, their soothe factor is sensational. seriouseats explains the appeal of XLB in their hunt for New York’s…