Articles: Kitchen & Table

  1. Sticky Rice

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    In Northern and Northeastern Thailand (where a large percentage of the population is ethnic Lao) the rice of choice – and of necessity – is khao niaow, literally “sticky rice”. Of necessity, because paddy rice cannot be cultivated in these dryer uplands. Like most cultures where rice is the primary grain, its consumption defines the… Continue Reading→

  2. Life’s Too Short for Boring Aprons!

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    South China Seas’ Life’s Too Short for Boring Food© and Globavore© professional kitchen style aprons are made from a heavy twill fabric that will stand up in your kitchen and around your barbecue. Manufactured and printed in Vancouver.

  3. Chopsticks

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    Why are Chinese chopsticks different than Japanese? It would be easy compare the typical plain-Jane Chinese version to the often elaborate and beautiful Japanese lacquered versions and conclude that the difference is aesthetic, but that would be only partly right. The important difference is functional: You might starve before getting enough fluffier, looser and less-sticky… Continue Reading→

  4. Thai Outdoor Stove

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    This is about as wabi-sabi as it gets: A flimsy galvanized pail, made sturdy with a lining of concrete, which is in turn lined with, and finished in, terra cotta. A hole in the side for a little charcoal and a removable chunk in the fired clay to control the draft, and you have a… Continue Reading→

  5. Dobin Mushi

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    An elegant, single-serving, teapot-like ceramic vessel, a dobin mushi is used to prepare and serve matsutake dobin mushi (pine mushrooms in a delicate broth). The Japanese reverence for the sylvan earthiness of matsutakes is equivalent to the regard for truffles in the West. On one level matsutake dobin mushi could scarcely be more simple –… Continue Reading→

  6. Cook’s Tools

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    What do they use in Hawksworth’ high-tech kitchen to prepare a silken chimichurri sauce? A mortar and pestle. Thai granite mortar & pestles are available in sizes from a large 6″ interior diameter to a huge 10”: $34.95 to $129.95. Other low-tech tools for cooks at South China Seas include Valencian paella pans, sushi rolling… Continue Reading→