Fiddleheads are in season in the East and Pacific Northwest, and these crunchy, pretty looking shoots are one of the hallmarks of springtime. They’re featured here in a simple Asian stir fry with wild boar backstrap.
Wait, what? Chinese venison with cumin? These are words many people think would never go together in Chinese food, but this, done with lamb, is actually a very traditional northern Chinese dish.
In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I answer listener questions about making jerky, cooking venison ribs, and what’s my most important gear in the kitchen, and I talk about charring food and the idea of Chinese master stock.
OK, I’ll admit it: I like Sad Panda’s orange chicken. The combination of crispy, sweet, spicy and tart is more or less crack cocaine to humans, and I am not immune. Here’s my version of that recipe, done with pheasant, grouse, quail, turkey or partridge.
If you like the classic Chinese dish kung pao chicken, you’ll love kung pao venison. This is a pretty authentic Chinese version of the dish, which isn’t as sweet as the typical steam-table Chinese stuff you get at Sad Panda.
Char siu is basically Chinese barbecue, usually done with pork, or in my case, wild boar (it works with bear meat, too). It’s sweet, spicy and so damn good you owe it to yourself to master this recipe.
This is a classic Chinese stir fry with easy-to-find ingredients that I make with wild duck or goose — specifically snow geese, sea ducks or divers. Yes, you can eat them and in this recipe you’d never know they’re not “good ducks.”
Chinese sweet and sour fish is normally done with a whole fish, but who says you can’t do it with fillets? This dish is so damn good Holly and I ate more than a pound at one sitting. You want to make this recipe, my friends. Oh yes you do.