Chinese Savoury Sauces

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

Stir-fried Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 214, Fat 14.6 g, Carbohydrate 7 g, Fibre 1 g, Sugar 2 g, Cholesterol 36 mg, Sodium 605 mg, Protein 14 g.

Stir-fried Beef with Coconut-flavoured Curry Sauce

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 277, Fat 19.5 g, Carbohydrate 8 g, Fibre 1 g, Sugar 3 g, Cholesterol 24 mg, Sodium 669 mg, Protein 16 g.

Pan-fried Pork with Pineapple in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 226, Fat 10.0 g, Carbohydrate 18 g, Fibre 1 g, Sugar 10 g, Cholesterol 49 mg, Sodium 454 mg, Protein 16 g.

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Green Tea, Coffee May Help Lower Stroke Risk

“This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and coffee on stroke risks,” said Yoshihiro Kokubo, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., lead author of the study at Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center. “You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.”

Researchers asked 83,269 Japanese adults about their green tea and coffee drinking habits, following them for an average 13 years. They found that the more green tea or coffee people drink, the lower their stroke risks.

  • People who drank at least one cup of coffee daily had about a 20 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who rarely drank it.
  • People who drank two to three cups of green tea daily had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke and those who had at least four cups had a 20 percent lower risk, compared to those who rarely drank it.
  • People who drank at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea daily had a 32 percent lower risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, compared to those who rarely drank either beverage. (Intracerebral hemorrhage happens when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds inside the brain. About 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.)
  • Participants in the study were 45 to 74 years old, almost evenly divided in gender, and were free from cancer and cardiovascular disease.

During the 13-years of follow-up, researchers reviewed participants’ hospital medical records and death certificates, collecting data about heart disease, strokes and causes of death. They adjusted their findings to account for age, sex and lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol, weight, diet and exercise.

Green tea drinkers in the study were more likely to exercise compared to non-drinkers.

Previous limited research has shown green tea’s link to lower death risks from heart disease, but has only touched on its association with lower stroke risks. Other studies have shown inconsistent connections between coffee and stroke risks.

Initial study results showed that drinking more than two cups of coffee daily was linked to increasing coronary heart disease rates in age- and sex-adjusted analysis. But researchers didn’t find the association after factoring in the effects of cigarette smoking — underscoring smoking’s negative health impact on heart and stroke health.

A typical cup of coffee or tea in Japan was approximately six ounces. “However, our self-reported data may be reasonably accurate, because nationwide annual health screenings produced similar results, and our validation study showed relatively high validity.” Kokubo said. “The regular action of drinking tea, coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming.”

Tea and coffee are the most popular drinks in the world after water, suggesting that these results may apply in America and other countries.

It’s unclear how green tea affects stroke risks. A compound group known as catechins may provide some protection. Catechins have an antioxidant anti-inflammatory effect, increasing plasma antioxidant capacity and anti-thrombogenic effects.

Some chemicals in coffee include chlorogenic acid, thus cutting stroke risks by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Further research could clarify how the interaction between coffee and green tea might help further lower stroke risks, Kokubo said.

Source: American Heart Association

Potato and Corned-beef


2 medium Russet potatoes
1 lb cooked corned-beef brisket, chopped
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup diced orange bell pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced Spanish onion
pinch of cayenne
salt and black ground pepper
2 tbsp snipped chives
1 tbsp chopped thyme
2 tbsp chopped parsley


  1. Put potato in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook for 25 minutes, or until slightly under-cooked. Drain and set aside to cool. Peel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté bell peppers, celery and onion for about 8 minutes. Add cayenne and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove and cool.
  3. Melt 1 tbsp butter over high heat in the skillet. Add potatoes and cook until golden. Reduce heat to medium. Add beef, herbs and vegetables. Cook until heated through. Serve hot.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Source: Gusto!

Today’s Comic

What’s for Breakfast?

Traditional Korean Breakfast

The Menu

  • Pork Stew with Kimchi
  • Grilled Fish
  • Banchan
  • Rice