A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures

A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures

by Cynthia Chen McTernan


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ISBN-13: 9781635650020
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 162,595
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Chen McTernan is a lawyer and the self-taught home cook and photographer behind Two Red Bowls, winner of the 2015 Saveur Blog Award for Most Delicious Food. She has been featured in Food & Wine, Saveur, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, and Huffington Post, and has collaborated with West Elm, Crate & Barrel, King Arthur Flour, Food52, Urban Outfitters, and more. Cynthia graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013 and spent three years at a law firm in Manhattan before moving to Los Angeles, California, where she continues to practice law—when not cooking—and where she lives with her husband, the patient taste-tester and the original owner of the two red bowls, and their baby, Luke.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Notes on Ingredients & Equipment 16


Simple Congee 24

Cooking in the land of peking ravioli 26

Sesame-Soy Savory Oatmeal 29

Basics: Our Favorite Enriched Bread 30

Ham & Egg Baked Buns 35

An HK-Style Breakfast: Condensed Milk Toast & Yuanyang 37

Kimchi-Brined Spicy Chicken Biscuits 40

Black Sesame-Stuffed French Toast 43

Buttermilk Mochi Pancakes 46

Spiced Kabocha Muffins 49

Spicy Gochujang Eggs in Purgatory 50

Cheddar-Scallion Biscuits, Plus a Few Variations 52

Kimchi Egg & Cheese 57

Lunch & Small Eats

Blank Canvas Chinese Fried Rice 60

Basics: Steamed Buns 64

Steamed Scallion Buns (Xiang Cong Hua Juan) 68

Char Siu Barbecue Pork Buns, Two Ways 71

Char Siu Pork 76

Basics: Dumpling Dough 78

Ginger-Scallion Chicken & Dumplings 79

Spicy Kimchi Hand-Torn Noodle Soup (Kimchi Sujebi) 82

An ode to spam 84

Barter-Worthy Spam Musubi 87

Spicy Ahi Poke 90

My Mother-in-Law's Korean Spicy Shoyu Poke 93

Korean Mixed Fish & Rice Bowl (Hwedupbap) 94

Gochujang Buffalo Chicken Wraps 97

Date Night In

Korean Spicy Barbecue Pork (Pork Bulgogi) 100

Skillet "Dolsot" Bibimbap 103

Basics: Gochujang Sauce 106

Korean Barbecue Beef (Beef Bulgogi) 109

Two red bowls, and a basement on irving street 110

Friday Night Kimchi Fried Rice 113

Sesame Salt & Pepper Steak (with Gireumjang) 115

Korean Salt & Pepper Sesame Sauce (Gireumjang) 116

Garlic, Ginger & Soy Salmon en Papillate 118

Pappardelle with Lamb Ragù 122

Bulgogi Burgers 125

Crispy Fried Shallots 126

Kimchi Chicken Quesadillas 129

Celebrations & Gatherings

The universal language of dish-washing 132

Almost Grandma Ha's Kimchi Pancakes (Bindaetteok) 135

Slow-Simmered Soy & Black Pepper Beef (Jangjorim) 139

Chinese "Russian" Soup (Luo Song Tang) 141

Korean Fritters, Three Ways (Jeon) 145

Jeon Dipping Sauce 148

Red-Cooked Pork (Hong Shao Ron) 149

My Great-Grandmother's Lion's Head Meatballs (Shi Zi Tou) 152

Potstickers (Guo Tie) 157

Shanghai-Style Sweet & Sour Baby-Back Ribs 161

Spicy Braised Lamb with Radishes & Noodles 164

Collard Wontons 166

A Good Make-Ahead Chili 170

Chinese Cola Chicken Wings 175

On the Side

Shanghainese Cucumber Salad, Two Ways 179

Easiest Sesame-Soy Salad 183

Tea Eggs 184

Green Beans & Minced Pork 188

Ginger Shrimp & Green Peas 191

Garlicky Bok Choy 192

Chinese Scrambled Eggs & Tomatoes 195

Easy Braised Kabocha Squash 196

Fried Kimchi 199

Quick Sweet & Sour Cucumber Kimchi 200

Korean Cheesy Corn 203

Creamed Corn 204

Pimento Cheese Macaroni Salad 207

Sesame-Miso Potato Salad 208

Weeknight Asparagus 211

Sweet Sesame Skillet Cornbread 213


Asian Pear & Jasmine Crumble 217

Black Sesame Chocolate Loaf 219

The only way out is through (cooking) 222

Egg Custard Steamed Buns 225

Sticky Sesame Peanut Pie 227

Basics: Pie Crust 231

Matcha-Glazed Swirl Bread 232

A Black Sesame (Literal) Twist 238

My Favorite Cinnamon Rolls 241

White Peach & Lychee Cake 243

Chilled Mango Sweet Soup with Almond Jelly 246

Milk Tea Rice Pudding (& Regular, Too) 248

Peanut Butter Mochi Cake 253


Ginger-Cinnamon Punch (Sujeonggwa) 257

Sweet Tea 258

White Peach Green Tea 261

Milk Tea, Two Ways 262

Hong Kong Coffee Tea (Yuanyang) 265

Honeydew Bubble Tea 267

Matcha Hot Chocolate 268

Almond Whipped Cream 268

Conversions 271

Resources 272

Thank You 274

Index 279

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