Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Below are the three dishes I’ll teach in the cooking class this evening.

Char Siu

Nutrition value for 1/12 portion of recipe:

Calorie 135, Fat 5.4 g, Carbohydrate 8 g, Fibre 0 g, Sugar 8 g, Cholesterol 36 mg, Sodium 273 mg, Protein 12 g.

Char Siu Burger

Nutrition value for 1 burger:

Calorie 321, Fat 15.5 g, Carbohydrate 24 g, Fibre 1 g, 14 g, Cholesterol 57 mg, Sodium 622 mg, Protein 22 g.

Crispy Shell with Char Siu and Vegetable

Nutrition value for 2 shells:

Calorie 101, Fat 6 g, Carbohydrate 7 g, Fibre 1 g, Sugar 3 g, Cholesterol 13 mg, Sodium 185 mg, Protein 5 g.

Stir-fried Spaghetti with Char Siu and Vegetables

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 347, Fat 12.9 g, Carbohydrate 40 g, Fibre 2 g, Sugar 9 g, Cholesterol 93 mg, Sodium 711 mg, Protein 17 g.

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Poor Sleep Stresses Patients with Ringing Ear Disease

For people with tinnitus, which features chronic ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking in the head and ears, poor sleep makes it even more difficult to cope with the condition, researchers have found.

The study included 117 tinnitus patients treated at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit between 2009 and 2011. The more severe the patients’ insomnia, the greater their complaints about their tinnitus symptoms and the worse their emotional distress, the findings showed.

“Tinnitus involves [mental], emotional and psycho-physiological processes, which can result in an increase in a patient’s distress,” study co-author Dr. Kathleen Yaremchuk, chairwoman of the hospital’s ear, nose and throat department, said in a Henry Ford Health System news release. “Sleep complaints, including insomnia, in these patients may result in a decrease in their tolerance to tinnitus.”

“Treating patients with tinnitus is challenging,” Yaremchuk said. “A chronic tinnitus patient presents a challenging clinical picture that may include anxiety, depression, annoyance or self-reported emotional distress. And one of the most frequent self-reported complaints of tinnitus patients is ‘getting to sleep.'”

The researchers said their study also offers further proof that treatment of insomnia in patients with tinnitus may reduce tinnitus symptoms’ severity.

More than 36 million Americans have tinnitus. The exact cause is not known, but several conditions have been found to trigger or worsen tinnitus, including exposure to loud noises, wax build-up in the ears, sinus or ear infections, head and neck injuries, and disorders such as Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and hypo- or hyperthyroidism.

The findings were presented at the recent Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings.

Source: Henry Ford Health System

Chicken Wings Classic


24 chicken wings (about 4 lb)
1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup Tabasco
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp cider vinegar
Carrot and celery sticks
Blue-cheese dressing, bottled or home-made


  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Cut wings in half at joint and remove tips.
  3. Place wings in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1/3 tsp cayenne or, if you like wings really fiery, use 1 tsp. Toss wings to evenly distribute cayenne.
  4. In a small bowl, stir Tabasco with butter and vinegar. Pour mixture over wings and toss well to coat.
  5. Spread wings out on wire rack but do not crowd. If wings are large, you may need 2 baking sheets to hold them. Bake in centre of 450ºF oven until skin is crispy and brown, about 1 hour. (If wings are on a rack, they don’t need to be turned.) Remove from oven and serve with carrot and celery sticks or coleslaw and blue-cheese dressing for dipping.

Makes 24 wings.

Source: Chatelaine

Today’s Comic

Chinese Home-cooked Breakfast

Noodle Soup with Char Siu, Fried Egg and Vegetables

Shikai Kazari Maki Sushi How-to

1. Attach one half piece of a 1/2-sheet nori to one end of a 1/2-sheet nori by a few grains of rice. Mix 150 g of white sushi rice with 50 g of masago. Spread the mixed rice on the nori sheet.

2. Roll by hand from one end to the other to form a cylinder.

3. Cut the cylinder into four quarters.

4. Place a 1.5 cm square fried egg strip of same length as the cylinder in the center of the four quarters. Place the square log on one end of a 1/2-sheet nori. Roll up the matt to form the shikai roll. Cut into 4 pieces of equal thickness.

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