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Thu Feb 22, 2018

Char Siu Tofu Buns

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Char Siu Tofu Buns

I was pretty excited for the char siu pork belly buns I decided to make at a Meatwave this past season, but felt a little bad that the item I was looking forward to the most couldn't be enjoyed by about a third of my guests since they were vegetarians. Not wanting to leave anyone out of a centerpiece dish for the day, I decided to make the exact same buns, expect sub out the slow smoked char siu pork belly in exchange for marinated and grilled char siu tofu, and while on the surface the recipes are fairly similar, the final outcome of the vegetarian option was pretty different and unique.

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Thu Feb 15, 2018

Char Siu Pork Belly Buns

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Char Siu Pork Belly Buns

Pork belly buns have become a theme for me over the past few years. The first ones I did used a sous vide and grilling double cooking method, then I started going for straight up smoked pork belly and had some pretty fantastic results doing them both in Texas- and burnt ends-style. Since you can never have too much of a good thing, I just kept rolling with my belly buns and have now a fourth incarnation to share, this time doing them up with a char siu sauce.

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Thu Jan 18, 2018

Char Siu Chicken Wings

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Char Siu Chicken Wings

Even if you haven't heard the term "char siu" before, you've likely eaten it. You know those sweet Chinese spare ribs? That's char siu. That red tinged pork in your fried rice? That's char siu. Char siu kind of equates to Chinese barbecue sauce and is used in a number of applications, and I myself have used it to make everything from chicken buns to pork belly to smoked pork butt. One thing I realized I hadn't used char siu sauce for though was wings, and wing month seemed like a good time to finally change that.

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Thu Jan 4, 2018

General Tso's Chicken Wings

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General Tso's Chicken Wings

We may have just ended the "most wonderful time of the year" for most folks, but for me, that period is just beginning because January is wing month! For those just tuning into the Meatwave, I dedicate the beginning of each new year to one of my all time favorite foods—chicken wings—and we're now nearly twenty five recipes deep and I have no intention of quitting developing new wing recipes anytime soon. To get us started off on a high note (well, they're all high notes, but this one is particular ear piercing) I present to you General Tso's chicken wings.

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Thu Nov 30, 2017

Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

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Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

I've never been too keen on Chinese eggplant dishes where the thick, syrupy sauce fuses with the overly softened eggplant to create a kind of overall mushy experience that isn't quite for my personal palate. I tried to make this type of eggplant a couple times in my early days of recipe development to see if I could do anything more appetizing to me, but never got results I was all that happy with. Then, while researching ideas for a Chinese-influenced Meatwave, I came across a few recipes for eggplant with yu xiang sauce and the looks of that tangy and spicy Sichuan sauce seemed like something I could really get behind. So I took another stab at an eggplant-plus-sauce type of recipe, and this time I was left absolutely smitten.

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