October 7, 2009 |
You can tell when a dish has made it into the mainstream by looking it up in the dictionary. There you'll find entries for sushi, taco and pho. I still have to italicize as a foreign word bao , the term for Chinese steamed bread and filled buns, but my hunch is that I won't have to do that for long. Bao is on the rise, and that's not just because it features leavened dough. Just check Costco, supermarket chains such as Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs, and of course, any nearby 99 Ranch.
October 7, 2009
Pan-fried pork and scallion mini buns (Sheng jian baozi) Total Time: 45 minutes plus rising time Servings: Makes 32 mini buns Note: You can find ground pork with a higher fat content at many Asian markets, or ask your butcher to grind fat into regular ground pork (you want about 20% fat). Or substitute regular ground pork. Ground beef chuck or chicken thigh may be substituted for the pork in this recipe. Regardless, fatty, rich ground meat makes for better, succulent buns.
July 22, 2009 |
As soon as you place your order at Pita Pockets in Northridge, a cook slaps a soft round of dough onto the wall of a blazing tandoor-like oven. After a few moments, a bubbly disk of laffa, catacombed with air pockets and rich with yeasty char, is ready to be filled. Next a counterman slathers the chewy flatbread with lemony hummus, then loads it with grilled vegetables or juicy marinated kebabs.
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October 30, 2007 |
Bao Zunxin, an activist who was jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died, a fellow dissident said Monday. He was 70. Once considered one of China's leading intellectuals, Bao died Sunday in Beijing from a brain hemorrhage, said Liu Xiaobo, a former professor at Beijing Normal University who also spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 protests.
October 30, 2003 |
At last, Los Angeles' fashion week is coming of age. For too long, L.A. style has been characterized either by one-of-a-kind, reworked vintage pieces, the now-ubiquitous Juicy Couture sweat suit or low-slung jeans. But this season, designers are finally realizing that to have a vital fashion week, they have to go beyond the experimental and the obvious to create clothes that make a runway show worthwhile. A little showmanship doesn't hurt either.
March 27, 2000 |
Listening to Chinese music is experiencing living history. On Saturday at the Zipper Concert Hall, a Pro Musicis program of ancient and contemporary Chinese music showcased the quanzi, an instrument that traces back 2,000 years to the Western Han Dynasty. The small, double reed pipe, related to the shawm and the oboe in Western music, the shenai in Indian music and the duduk in the Middle East, was played with extraordinary virtuosity by Bao Jian, a pioneer in the quanzi's contemporary use.