Though grills are traditionally small, Pan-Asian pit masters (and mistresses) developed an edgy, innovative big flavor grill culture that celebrates the "fifth taste," umami . Striped bass is stuffed with lemongrass, chiles, scallions, and ginger and grilled then, wait for it the fish is topped with more aromatics and doused with sizzling hot sesame oil. Thai beef salad is a mosaic of color and textures with an emphasis on veggies. Corn comes basted with sesame soy butter and finished with fire-toasted... [see more] coconut. Last up, pounded chicken thighs enclose Chinese ham, sausage, shiitake mushrooms, and cheese, and then get basted with Beijing barbecue sauce. Whole grilled striped bass with Asian aromatics; Grilled Thai beef salad; Coconut-grilled corn with sesame soy butter; Char Siu chicken thighs with Beijing barbecue sauce.
Multi-award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher and TV host Steven Raichlen takes a side journey away from classic grilling to explore the rich flavors of smoked food in the 13-part series STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT SMOKE. PROJECT SMOKE is a "how-to" cooking show that focuses on the art of smoking techniques and recipes from hot smoking and cold smoking to smoke roasting and "smoke-tisserie" cooking. Using traditional and cutting-edge techniques in must-try recipes, the grilling and smoking authority shows how to smoke a variety of iconic foods, such as Texas brisket, Kansas City ribs and Carolina pork shoulder. In several episodes, Steven also demonstrates smoking dishes not known for being smoked, such as vegetables, pizza and dessert. There's even an episode devoted to urban dwellers on how to make smoked eggplant dip, smoked gazpacho, stovetop smoked salmon and smoked ice cream.