Saturday Fish Fry & Why We Eat Whole Animals

Every Chinese New Year and on other occasions, my Mama performs a ritual of offering a variety of dishes to the Buddhist alters that protect our homes in hopes of ushering a year of good fortune. This involves purchasing and preparing a plethora of whole animals, pigs, ducks and chickens — with feet, faces and…

Chinese-Style Chow Mein

My Mama’s crispy noodles, served with a saucy stir fry packed with veggies, is my husband Gavin’s favorite meal. The fact that he refers to the sauce as gravy makes me laugh — but it does have the same soul-warming characteristics as the American classic. While executing the recipe, you might produce a small mess,…