Vivian Ku

This quick and easy side dish goes with anything on the dinner menu. Made with a simple sauce, it highlights the fresh vegetables as the stars of the show. When pea shoots aren't in season, try this same stir-fry with fresh watercress or spinach.
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Pork Potstickers
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These healthy dumplings have a juicy filling so they don't need to be served with a dipping sauce, but offer them with a little chili oil if you'd like. Look for dumpling wrappers in the produce section of your supermarket or at an Asian market.
Wood Ear Mushroom Salad
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The mild flavor of deliciously soft (but still surprisingly crunchy) wood ear mushrooms is a perfect canvas for the vinegary marinade in this healthy salad. This recipe uses dried wood ears, so make sure you soak them overnight the day before.
Scallion Pancakes
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The real magic of this recipe lies in the way the dough is rolled, coiled, stacked and then rolled again to create a pancake. When pan-fried, it's layered with flavor and flaky on the outside while chewy on the inside. Serve these delicious and healthy pancakes with black vinegar or chili sauce for dipping.
Zha Jiang Noodles
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The name of this flavor-drenched dish aptly translates to "fried sauce noodles." A pork- and tofu-flecked sauce gets its savory powers from three layers of distinctive soy condiments. Tossed with thick wheat noodles, the result is satisfying and quite comforting.