Chinese Deviled Eggs

6 extra large eggs
5 tablespoons mayonnaise (or to taste)
1 heaping teaspoon wasabi or Chinese hot mustard (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons zha cai Chinese pickled mustard greens, diced (Optional)
1 green onion , thinly sliced
Chinese chili flakes (or your favorite chili sauce)

To boil the eggs, fill a pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Bring the water to a boil, then slowly lower the eggs using a ladle. Boil for 12 minutes, stirring the water in a circular motion with a spoon for the first minute (to keep the egg yolk in the center). Once the eggs are done, run them under cold tap water to stop cooking.

Once the eggs are cooled, peel them and slice them in half lengthwise.

Gently pop out the cooked yolks into a big bowl using a small spoon. Mash them with the backside of a spoon. Make sure to mash them as finely as you can, so the finished filling will be smooth.
Add the mayonnaise, wasabi or mustard, and rice vinegar to the bowl. Mix with a spatula (or an immersion blender) just until it forms a smooth paste. You can adjust the taste by adding more mayo, wasabi, or vinegar.

Add the zha cai pickles, if using. Mix again to distribute throughout the yolk mixture.

Transfer the yolk mixture to a piping bag with a large star tip, or a small ziplock bag with a corner cut off.

Pipe the yolks into the halved egg white cups.

Garnish the eggs with chili flakes (or hot sauce) and green onions. Serve as an appetizer.

These eggs can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

1/2 pound of unsliced pancetta or prosciutto
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 pounds canned tomatoes, preferably imported Italian
1/2 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound dried bucatini or perciatelli
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino, romano or Parmesan cheese

Cut the pancetta or prosciutto into chunks less than one-half inch thick. Place in a saucepan with the olive oil and fry over low heat for 15 minutes, until all the fat has been rendered out and the meat is very crisp. Remove the meat from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the onion to the pan and saute over medium heat for five minutes.

Drain the tomatoes, finely chop them and add to the onion in the pan. Season with red-pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of cold water to a boil and add salt to taste. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 9 to 12 minutes, depending on the brand. Drain well.

Transfer the cooked sauce to a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and the reserved meat and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the cheese and mix very well. Transfer the pasta to a warm platter and serve immediately.

Gruyere Puff

3 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese (about 3 ounces)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Whisk together eggs, milk, flour, salt and pepper in bowl until smooth. Stir in cheese.

In 9-inch ovenproof skillet, melt butter. Swirl to coat all sides. Pour in batter. Transfer to oven. Bake until puffed and dark golden, 30 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, serve hot.

Classic Cacio e Pepe

3/4 pound linguine
1 cup grated pecorino cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons coarsely ground smoked or regular peppercorns
Salt

In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 2/3 cup of the cooking water; return the pasta to the pot. Add the cheese, butter, pepper and cooking water and toss. Season with salt and serve.

Chili Oil Noodles

14 ounces dried udon noodles
1/4 cup chile oil with crunchy garlic
2 tablespoons pure sesame oil
2 teaspoons Sichuan chile oil, or to taste
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 cup finely sliced garlic chives or scallions, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons store-bought fried shallots, crumbled by hand (optional)
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (see Note), plus a few sprigs for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook noodles according to package instructions, stirring from time to time to prevent them from sticking. Drain well in a colander, then run noodles under cold water until cooled.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine all three oils with the soy sauce and 1/2 cup garlic chives.
Toss cooled noodles into the chile oil mixture. Gently fold in the crumbled fried shallots and chopped cilantro. Divide among four bowls, and top with more garlic chives and cilantro sprigs.

Cumin-Lime Shrimp with Ginger

1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined (16 to 20 shrimp)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 teaspoon grated garlic
Pinch of red-pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
3 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro
Flaky salt

In a large bowl, toss together the shrimp and the cumin until well coated. Season with kosher salt and toss again.

Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add half the shrimp to the pan in one layer and cook undisturbed until they just start turning pink, about 1 minute. Flip and cook for about 1 minute more, then remove from the pan and set aside. They may not be fully cooked at this time, and that’s O.K. Repeat with remaining shrimp and leave in the pan.

Add the reserved shrimp back to the pan with any juices that have accumulated. Stir in the ginger, garlic and red-pepper flakes, if using, and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring to make sure the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the lime juice to pan and scrape up any brown bits that have formed at the bottom of the pan. Cook until the mixture is reduced by about half, about 1 minute more. Stir in the lime zest and scatter with the cilantro. Season with flaky salt, if desired.

Pasta e Ceci

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 packed cup canned whole tomatoes, drained
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
1 cup ditalini
4 cups roughly chopped escarole, Tuscan kale or radicchio
Grated pecorino, for serving

Heat the oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not taking on any color, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary and red-pepper flakes, and cook 1 minute more. Season well with salt and pepper.

Stir in the tomatoes and the chickpeas, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon or spatula and smashing about 1/2 cup of the beans.

Add 3 cups water and bring to a boil over high. Add the pasta and simmer, stirring often to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan, until the pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes. The water will mostly be absorbed by the pasta, but if you prefer it brothier, you can add 1/2 to 1 cup water and simmer until warmed through, 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the escarole and stir until wilted. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Ladle into bowls and top with grated cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Chicken Udon Soup

2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups dashi stock (can also substitute more chicken stock)
5 slices ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce (plus 1 teaspoon, divided)
2 tablespoons oil (plus 1 teaspoon, divided)
3 cloves garlic (smashed)
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite-sized pieces)
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon mirin
8 oz. fresh or frozen udon noodles (frozen preferred; 225g)
1 scallion (julienned)

Add the chicken broth, dashi stock, ginger, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce to a large saucepan or pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and continue simmering while you prepare the rest of the dish. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat, and add the garlic. Allow the smashed garlic cloves to crisp up in the oil for about 2 minutes.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and add 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Mix until combined. Add the chicken to the pan in one layer and turn up the heat to medium high. Don’t move the chicken. Allow to sear until it’s browned on one side, and then stir. During this process, move the garlic on top of the chicken so that it doesn’t burn.

Stir in the mirin and 1 teaspoon soy sauce and cook for another minute.

Cook the udon according to package directions and distribute between two soup bowls. Taste the stock and check for seasoning. Too salty? Add water. Not seasoned enough? Add salt. Pour the hot stock over the noodles, and top with the chicken. Garnish with scallions.

Quick Chicken Pho

2 quarts chicken broth (1.9 liters)
8 slices ginger
2 red chilies (sliced)
1/4 cup fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts (thinly sliced)
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons oil
12 oz. dried pho noodles
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
2/3 cup fresh mint
2/3 cup fresh cilantro
2/3 cup Thai basil
Lime wedges

Bring a pot of water to a boil for your noodles. Also bring the stock to a boil in a medium pot, along with the ginger, chilies, fish sauce, and sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat. Sear the chicken, and set aside.

While that’s happening, boil the noodles according to package instructions. Divide the noodles among 4 bowls. Divide the broth and the chicken amongst the bowls, and garnish with bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, and basil.

Squeeze over some lime juice, and add more fish sauce, if desired.

Shanghai Fried Udon Noodles

6 oz. lean pork, sliced into 1/4-inch strips (or omit for a vegetarian version)
3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon shaoxing wine
1/8 teaspoon sugar

FOR THE REST OF THE DISH:

3 tablespoons oil(divided)
1 pound Japanese-style udon noodles (450g)
2 1/2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
2 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 bunch choy sum or baby bok choy (washed and trimmed)

Mix together the pork and marinade ingredients and set aside for 5-10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok over high heat. Add the pork stir-fry until browned. Turn down the heat, remove the pork from the wok and set aside. Add a couple more tablespoons of oil. Break up the noodles gently with your hands and add them to the wok.

Add the soy sauces and sugar. Stir-fry everything together until the noodles get an even, deep brown color. If you’re not seeing the color you want, add a little more dark soy sauce.

Add the leafy greens now and mix in with the noodles until wilted. Serve hot! Some people like to add a few drops of Chinese black vinegar right before eating—totally up to you.

Crispy Potatoes with Spicy Yogurt Dip

2 pounds potatoes, red or Yukon
1/2 cup olive oil
Fresh mint and dill, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup lebne or thick yogurt
1/3 cup Brooklyn Delhi Curry Mustard
Brooklyn Delhi Guntur Sannam Hot Sauce

Preheat the oven to 400º F and line a baking sheet with foil. Place potatoes in a large pot with cold water and a hearty amount of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes after the water is boiling. Drain and let the potatoes rest for about 10 minutes to dry and cool slightly.

In a large bowl, add the olive oil. On a cutting board, smash each potato one at a time. Put the potatoes in the bowl with oil, season generously with salt and pepper, then toss together combine. Spread the potatoes and oil out on the prepared sheet pan and roast for at least 30 minutes, or until crispy on both sides.

While the potatoes are roasting, whisk together the lebne and Curry Mustard. Drip on generous amounts of Guntur Sannam Hot Sauce. Sprinkle the yogurt with some of the mint and dill. Once potatoes are fork tender, remove from the oven, sprinkle with the remaining fresh herbs and serve hot!

Mango Chutney, Goat Cheese & Jalapeno Pastries

Brooklyn Delhi Mango Chutney
Puff pastry sheets, unthawed
Goat Cheese
1-2 Jalapeno peppers

Preheat the oven to 400F. Roll out the puff pastry sheets and cut into equal squares. Cut a small amount of the goat cheese and place in the center of the square. Top with a dollop of mango chutney.

Fold the puff pastry in whatever shape you like, top with jalapeños and brush with milk (whole or almond. Put on sheet pans and bake in the oven for 20 mins and serve hot!

Korean Corn Cheese

1 (15-ounce) can corn kernels, drained
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3/4 to 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (see Tip)
1 scallion, thinly sliced

Heat your broiler. In a medium bowl, combine corn, bell pepper, mayonnaise, sugar, salt and pepper.
In an 8-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over high. Add the corn mixture and sauté just until warmed, 2 to 3 minutes.

Spread the mixture evenly into a single layer, then cover with cheese.
Set the skillet on the rack nearest the broiler and cook until the cheese is golden brown in spots, about 3 to 4 minutes. (Keep a close eye on it, as oven temperatures may vary.)
Sprinkle with the scallions and enjoy while it’s hot and cheesy!

Tip: For extra flavor, blend mozzarella with another mild, melty cheese like Muenster. Readers also suggested a cheddar mix.

Readers also suggest adding shredded chicken.

Halibut with Fennel and Olives

2 halibut steaks, 16-20 ounces each

For the marinade:

3 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 preserved lemons
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
Handful of basil leaves
A few pinches of salt
Freshly ground black pepper

For the vegetables:

3 leeks, chopped (white and pale green parts only)
2 bulbs fennel, sliced
2 shallots, sliced
1/2 cup unsalted butter

For the chutney:

3/4 cup finely chopped fennel
8 large green olives, chopped
4 preserved lemon segments, sliced thin
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
6 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour the marinade ingredients over the fish, and let it sit in the fridge for 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium, oven-safe pot, melt the butter over medium heat and add the leeks and fennel, cooking them until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the shallots and cook for a few more minutes, until they have softened. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.

Prepare the chutney by mixing together the olives, preserved lemon, parsley, olive oils, lemons, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Heat a pan over medium-high heat until it’s good and hot, but not smoking. Tip in the marinade from the plate of fish, then add the fish flesh-side down. Cook for 6-8 minutes on each side. Serve over the bed of cooked vegetables and top with chutney.

Gobhi Musallam (Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tomatoes)

2 tablespoon(s) ghee or vegetable oil
2 large tomatoes, cut in four pieces
2 medium bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) turmeric
teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon(s) dried coconut
1 large cauliflower (about 900 gram)
2/3 cup(s) water
1/2 cup(s) chopped cilantro, to garnish
1 Whole lemon, sliced in several pieces
1 teaspoon(s) salt, or as desired

Heat the ghee or vegetable oil in a deep saucepan and sauté tomatoes until their juices run.

Add bay leaves, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt and coconut and stir thoroughly for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove leaves and stem from cauliflower, turn it floret-side down, and place over cooking mixture.
Pour water, cover pan, and simmer about 30 minutes. From time to time, remove cover and baste cauliflower with cooking mixture.

When cauliflower is tender, remove from heat and transfer the whole cauliflower together with the remaining liquid onto a serving dish.

Garnish with coriander and lemon and serve hot.

Baked Gobhi

1 cauliflower (gobhi), large
2 cup(s) yogurt, hung for 2 hours or Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon(s) ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon(s) garam masala
1 teaspoon(s) roasted and powdered dhania (coriander) and jeera (cumin) powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed red chilies
1 teaspoon(s) sugar
1/2 teaspoon(s) mint leaves
2 tablespoon(s) spring onions, for seasoning
2 tablespoon(s) butter, for seasoning
2 tablespoon(s) cilantro leaves, for seasoning

Cut cauliflower into large florets. Immerse it into salted boiling water for 5-7 mins.

Drain and run them under cold water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel. Mix all the ingredients in yogurt and make a smooth marinade.

Apply all over to the florets with an oil brush. Apply as much as possible; also in the gaps.
Add melted butter over the cauliflower. Place cauliflower in a shallow Pyrex (casserole) dish and place it in an oven preheated at 300 for about 20 to 25 mins or till the florets turn tender.
For garnishing, heat butter and add spring onions to it. Stir fry for 2 mins.

Pour this along with green dhaniya over the baked gobi and toss lightly with a fork.

Sprinkle some chaat masala over the gobis.

Serve hot. Best served with parathas or naan.

Spiced Ginger Shrimp with Burst Tomatoes

About 1 1/2 teaspoons aromatic spice blend, such as garam masala, Baharat, five-spice, curry powder, or a mild chili powder blend (see Note), plus more to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced or finely grated
3 scallions, thinly sliced, greens and whites separated
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound extra-large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup small (or halved large) cherry tomatoes, preferably yellow Sungold tomatoes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, torn or roughly chopped

In a medium bowl, combine spice blend, ginger, garlic, scallion whites, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add shrimp and toss well. Heat a large skillet over high heat, then add the oil. Add the tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until the whole tomatoes burst and the halved ones start to wrinkle, about 2 minutes.

Add shrimp mixture and sauté for another 2 to 4 minutes, turning the shrimp, until they are pink all over.
Gently stir in butter and cook for another minute, until the shrimp are cooked through. Remove from heat and add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Taste and add more salt and spices, if needed. Garnish with mint and scallion greens and serve immediately.

Note: You can use any aromatic spice mix you have on hand here, or use 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander plus 1/4 teaspoon each of cayenne and cinnamon.

Vadouvan Shrimp

4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
3-4 tablespoons vadouvan
2/3 cup orange or mango juice
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1Melt the butter in a saute pan until golden.

Add the vadouvan and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the juice, and increase the heat to a boil. Reduce the liquid by about half, until syrupy, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the shrimp, and saute until cooked, about 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

Chicken Vadouvan Curry

28g Vadouvan Curry Mix
1 tsp Celery Salt Seasoning or Himalayan Salt
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp oil
600g chicken thigh fillets, cubed
1 cup plain yoghurt
1 tsp tamarind liquid concentrate
coriander leaves to garnish
1/2 cup water or chicken stock

Heat oil in large saucepan, saute onion for 5 min, add vadouvan curry powder. Stir 1 minute then add chicken. Stir to seal on all sides.

Add salt, water to cover and tamarind or lemon.

Simmer 20 minutes or until meat is cooked.

Remove from heat, stir yoghurt through and serve immediately with rice and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.