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This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

A martini taste test, a brand new stovetop, and some killer karaoke jams. See everything that went down this week at Serious Eats!

8 Nonalcoholic Drinks That'll Satisfy When You're Craving a Cocktail

When you're craving a cocktail, plain old juice or soda just doesn't cut it. Luckily we've got an archive full of really good options; alcohol-free recipes that really make good cocktail substitutes. These eight drinks are remarkably complex, thanks to the thoughtful use of spices, tart vinegar, fruit, and nuts.

Asparagus Ain't Sichuan, but Boy Does it Work in This Fiery Salad

Asparagus isn't exactly a Chinese ingredient, but that doesn't mean that it can't find a comfortable home in Chinese food. I've got no doubt that if asparagus were to grow in the cool, misty mountains near Chengdu, that we'd see it served as a cold green appetizer or side dish on menus in Sichuan. Show More Summary

Do the Hokey Pokey: How to Make Chocolate-Coated Honeycomb Candy

Honeycomb is a delicious aerated caramel candy made with sugar, corn syrup, and baking soda that's also known as hokey pokey, cinder toffee, puff candy, and golden crunchers. It's quick to make and totally addictive, especially when coated with chocolate and salted peanuts. Here's how to make it.

Spring Drinking Essentials: 8 Great White Wines to Guzzle

As you start planning spring's first picnic, these are the wines you want.

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

This list is my first stab at a comprehensive compendium of my favorite fast food dishes. It is totally, completely, 100% biased and based on my personal taste alone. You will no doubt disagree with me on a few or perhaps every point. I'm happy to fight you to the finish and let the crispest french fry and tastiest burger win.

Knife Skills: How to Clean, Trim, and Prepare Artichokes

Artichokes look like the armored tanks of the vegetable world—an impenetrable defense of shield-like leaves and thorny tips. But with the right tools and know-how, it's easy to get them ready for eating. Here are three ways to trim them: all the way down to the heart, minimally for steaming, and also for the classic Roman-Jewish dish carciofi alla giudia.

Hash Browns, Tacos, and Beyond: 10 Savory Recipes for Breakfast Potatoes

Potato, poh-tah-to. However you pronounce it, the humble potato is the perfect blank canvas for savory breakfasts. They're hearty and filling and come in handy when battling a hangover. We've got a list of 10 of our favorite recipes for breakfast potatoes from Roasted Potato and Sausage Quiche to Sweet Potato, Sage, and Fried Egg Tacos.

The Real Home of Sweet and Sour Pork: Secrets of Dongbei Cuisine

Dongbei, better known as Manchuria, stretches up toward Siberia from Beijing, where winter temperatures drop well below freezing. The food here is hearty and meaty to bulk up against the cold, and the region is home to one particular beloved dish.

How to Make the Ultimate Poutine

A perfect poutine is a trifecta of the best of its three ingredients—fries with a crisp exterior and soft interior, fresh and soft squeaky cheese curds, and a beefy brown gravy that's just flavorful enough without overwhelming the fries or curds. Show More Summary

12 Kimchi Dishes We Love

Kimchi's distinctive funky kick pairs well with all sorts of ingredients, so we like to mix it into chicken salad, ramen, fried rice, and even use it as a burger topping. Not sure how to make the most of the jar bubbling away in your fridge? These 13 recipes will get you started.

Tiki's Hollywood Origins and the Woman Behind It All

Tiki culture as we know it was invented in Hollywood—it couldn't have happened anywhere else.

How to Make Thai Fried Chive Cakes

These fried chive cakes are insanely chewy inside with a crisp, golden shell. Flavored with garlicky Chinese chives, they're a snack that, once you've tried them, you won't be able to live without.

Cooking With Olive Oil: Should You Fry and Sear in it or Not?

It's common to hear that olive oil shouldn't be subjected to high-heat cooking applications like deep frying and searing because of its low smoke point. But does the science back that idea up? We looked into the existing research and did some taste tests of our own to find out from both a health and flavor perspective.

Fishing for Somen: How I Hosted a Japanese Backyard Noodle Party in My Studio Apartment

To the Japanese, nagashi somen—a game of running chilled noodles down a split bamboo pipe with cold water, and catching them with your chopsticks—is as evocative of summer as running through sprinklers and swimming in cool rivers. But what if it's winter in New York, and you have no bamboo or running stream? I couldn't let such trifles stop me.

How to Make Stir-Fried Beef With Chinese Broccoli

Beef with broccoli is a staple of North American Chinese fast food joints, but the real version of this dish uses Chinese broccoli (gai lan), not the more familiar broccoli florets. Gai lan pairs perfectly with the strips of marinated beef, shallots, garlic, and oyster sauce in this easy dish.

The Secrets of Amazing Soba: Behind the Scenes at Miyabi 45th

Dried noodles have mostly replaced homemade udon or soba in the Japanese home kitchen, but the fresh soba tradition is alive and well in Seattle at Miyabi 45th, where chef Matsuoka Soma rolls out noodles daily to make sure they are smooth enough to slurp, strong enough to dip, and subtle enough in presentation to let the quiet flavors of buckwheat whisper in each diner's mouth.

For the Best Oatmeal Pancakes, Toast Your Oats and Brown Your Butter!

This is an article about oatmeal pancakes, and damn good ones at that. Toasted oats. Browned butter. Tangy buttermilk. A texture so light and fluffy it makes butts nervous about keeping their jobs.

Why Sherry Vinegar Deserves to Be Your One True Vinegar

Sherry vinegar might just be the one vinegar to always have on hand. Here's why.

Weekend Recap: This Week on Serious Eats

Spice cabinet spring cleaning tips, the story of breakfast cereal, and must-try Italian beers. See everything you missed this week on Serious Eats!

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