Posts tagged Chinese Cuisine
Recipes to Try at Home: Fried Tofu
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This is a new dish that I didn’t know I needed in my life: Japanese Style Fried Tofu or otherwise known as Agedashi Tofu.

Windchimes Chinese has a version of this that only made me crave this style of tofu more so I found a recipe to try out!

AGEDASHI TOFU (DEEP-FRIED TOFU IN TSUYU BROTH)

Make this traditional Japanese tofu dish at home in just 25 minutes!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Total Time: 25 minutes

  • Yield: 4 people 1x

  • Category: Side

  • Method: Deep fryig

  • Cuisine: Japanese

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INGREDIENTS

  • Two 12-ounce box silken tofu (drained)

  • potato starch or cornstarch (for dusting)

  • oil (for frying)

  • 1 cup dashi stock

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

TOPPINGS:

  • ginger (peeled and grated)

  • green onion or chives (finely chopped)

  • shiso leaves (chopped) optional

  • myoga (chopped) optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Drain the tofu and then wrap it in paper towels and place in a strainer for 30 minutes to remove excess moisture. Cut the tofu into four pieces, dry again with paper towels, then coat with the potato starch.

  2. Heat the oil to a suitable temperature for deep-frying (around 340 degrees). Carefully put the tofu pieces in to fry and when they turn golden, remove and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

  3. In a small pan heat up the dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, ensuring that the sugar has dissolved.

  4. Divide the tofu among four bowls. Pour a little of the hot broth into each bowl and garnish with the grated daikon, a dab of grated ginger, shiso, myoga, and green onion to taste.

NOTES

This Agedashi Tofu recipe is meant to be enjoyed immediately. The broth can be saved for later, but once the tofu is fried it will not keep in the fridge.

Also if you are more a visual learner here’s a video breaking down how to make this delicious dish too!

If you are like me you get overwhelmed quickly by the cooking process and end up just ordering the dish from Windchimes!

Recipes to Try at Home: Spring Rolls
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SPRING ROLLS

  • Yield: 24 spring rolls

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

  • Total Time: 40 minutes

  • Course: Appetizer, dim sum

Spring Rolls are the vegetarian super light, crispy and tender vegetarian appetizer cousin of the traditional egg roll.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup canola oil divided

  • 8 cups napa cabbage sliced thinly

  • 2 cloves garlic minced

  • 2 carrots sliced thinly

  • 8 ounces bamboo shoots sliced thinly

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 24 8" square spring roll wrappers

  • canola oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add half the canola oil to a large heavy skillet on medium high heat and add in the napa cabbage cooking 8-10 minutes while stirring until almost all the liquid it releases has cooked off.

  2. Add in the garlic, carrots and bamboo shoots and cook for 1 minute while stirring before adding in the mirin, soy sauce and sesame oil and stirring again then let filling cool completely.

  3. Mix cornstarch with two tablespoons of water.

  4. Lay out the spring roll wrapper, brush cornstarch slurry around the edges to moisten and add about 2 tablespoons of filling in a long rectangle shape, folding in from the sides and rolling the wrappers closed tightly.

  5. Heat 3 inches of oil in a dutch oven to 325 degrees and fry the spring rolls until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes).

Happy Lunar New Year: The Celebration Begins
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Just because the new year has begun doesn't mean you're allowed to rest.

While most countries that observe Lunar New Year offer three to seven days of public holidays, celebrations don't end until the 15th day of the first lunar month, also known as the Lantern Festival. (Lunar New Year in 2019 lasts from February 5 to February 19.)

There is a list of superstitious dos and don'ts for the new year but the rule of thumb is to say a lot of "kung hei fat choy"or "gong xi fa cai," and avoid saying things that may sound like a less auspicious word.

During the festival, people will travel around to visit relatives, who will prepare snacks and fill up candy boxes for the visits -- except for the third day of the month.

It's believed that arguments are more likely to happen on that day -- February 9, this year -- called chi kou (or "red mouth"). Hence, most people will engage in other activities like visiting a temple. In Hong Kong, a major spring festival horse racing event takes place every year on the third day.

During the 15 days, married couples have to give out red packets filled with money to children (and unmarried adults) to wish them luck.

The seventh day is renri, or the people's birthday (February 11). when the Chinese mother goddess Nuwa is said to have created mankind.

The highlight comes on the last day, during the Lantern Festival (February 19).

Being the only day when young girls in ancient Chinese society could go out to admire lanterns and meet boys, it's also been dubbed Chinese Valentine's Day.

Nowadays, cities around the world still put on massive lantern displays and fairs on the 15th day of the festival.

Some create more sparks than others. Like Nuanquan, a small Chinese town that puts on a spectacular "firework" show by throwing molten metal against a cold stone city wall.

Kung hei fat choy!

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Daily Horoscope: July 11, 2018
 
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Chinese calendar:
Day of the Wood Dragon
Month of the Earth Horse
Year of the Earth Dog 2018

Polarity of the Day: Yang
Polarity of the Month: Yang
Polarity of the Year: Yang
Lucky directions: East-South-East
Lucky colors: All colors
 

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Even if the Wood Dragon is ambitious and overbearing like all Dragons, his discreet charisma and spontaneous generosity tend to make his intentions more praiseworthy.

Entrepreneur, full of tricks and with a limitless reserve of energy, the Wood Dragon can adapt to all types of situations, and fortunately, because he also has an unfortunate tendency to disperse.

During a Wood Dragon day, we’re constantly attracted by distractions that can keep us away from our main daily goal. We must therefore try to simplify our timetable and take advantage of the analytical qualities of the Wood Dragon by concentrating only on one or two tasks that seem to us the most important. With your lover or family, in case of a dispute, try to remain calm in all circumstances, even if you are persuaded to be right.

Daily Energetic chart: Balanced
Birth's character and destiny (BaGua): The Peace

The Lodge of the Moving Chariot is beneficial. Wednesday, the Water element and the planet Mercury are symbolically attached to this house. Synonymous with wealth, the 28th lodge of the Moving Chariot is associated with the transport of tributes destined for the emperor of China. It’s beneficial to vehicles and transport, but also to marriages and births.

Lets Eat!: Shareable Foods
 
Chicken Lettuce Wraps meant to be shared!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps meant to be shared!

 

Food is an important part of Chinese people's lives. Food is not only seen as enjoyment but also a way to bring others together such as family and friends. 

There are several dishes on the Windchimes menu's that "shareable". Such as the Shrimp Toast, Chicken Lettuce wraps, or the Mango Shrimp. Just look at the portion of food that is presented when it comes hotly out of the kitchen. It's HUGE! It' also, usually, plated in a way that makes it easy to share and allows everyone to enjoy in the deliciousness of the food!

Sharing isn't just a nice act to do when enjoying a meal, it's also good manners in Chinese culture. Food is very important and has a deep rooted history of not only flavors but also courtesy. There is a lot of respect that goes into dining like presenting the best food to senior members of the family first to honor them. Also celebrating special moments in ones life like a birthday (or maybe Mother's Day) at a Chinese Restaurant to eat noodles not only shows respect for tradition but also is a great way to enjoy a meal with the important people in your life.

Sharing with family

Sharing with family

Being able to share food is also a way to be more adventurous and try a few different flavors. Why not try Hunan Pork or the Sizzling House Noodles. Take your taste buds on an adventure and why not bring a friend along for the ride. 

 

DEALIO: It's Friday! and you know what that means!
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It's been a while since we exalted Friday's and at the Windchimes we absolutely adore them, as we know that the hard work during the week gets to lead to a relaxing and fulfilling weekend.  And we know that the best way to start that weekend is with Windchimes Carryout! Delicious food that makes the whole family smile and there is no cooking, and no dishes involved.  Sounds like the Happy Family dish is a great place to start!  And Remember you get 10% off your entire Carryout Order when you pay cash! ($30.00 minimum)

 

 

Another 5 Star Review!
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Windchimes Chinese Restaurant. Join us for fresh authentic Chinese in an elegant restaurant atmosphere with a casual feel.  Our flavors are exquisite using only the finest ingredients.  We create magic with our bold flavors and our finely crafted spices and we love to meld and blend cultures to offer delicious Asian Fusion dishes. We offer a full service bar, a lunch menu, event rental, and carry out. We are located in Dublin, Ohio.

Dealio: It's Friday! I just cannot get enough of Friday!

Well Well Well!  It's that special time of the week again! It's Friday! and Friday means a break from the week to sit back and indulge on Windchimes Carryout.  We know that you work hard during the week and you definitely get a break.  So Take it!  And we want to give you 10% off your entire carryout order when you pay cash! ($30.00 minimum)

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The Art of Windchimes! Authentic Cuisine

Windchimes Chinese Restaurant. Join us for authentic Chinese in an elegant restaurant atmosphere.  Our flavors our exquisite using only the finest ingredients.  We create magic with our bold flavors and our finely crafted spices! We offer a full service bar, a lunch menu, event rental, and carry out. We are located in Dublin, Ohio.