Sesame Chicken Recipe

Open Sesame! Look, I couldn’t resist and you won’t be able to resist this recipe from the bhall757 YouTube channel.


▢ 5 tbsp Vegetable oil

▢ 2 eggs – lightly beaten

▢ 3 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)

▢ 10 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour

▢ ½ tsp salt▢ ½ tsp pepper

▢ ½ tsp garlic salt

▢ 2 tsp paprika

▢ 3 chicken breast fillets – chopped into bite-size chunks

On to the Sauce:

*▢ 1 tbsp sesame oil – optional – you can leave out and just sprinkle with plenty of sesame seeds at the end if you prefer

▢ 2 cloves garlic – peeled and minced

▢ 1 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar – white wine vinegar will work too

▢ 2 tbsp honey

▢ 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce – use more or less depending on the brand and how spicy you like it

▢ 3 tbsp ketchup

▢ 2 tbsp brown sugar

▢ 4 tbsp soy sauce

Let’s Get to Work



Popular YouTubers, the Fung Bros were inspired to do a piece on why American Chinese food restaurants are closing across America based on a New York Times article.

Additionally, if this is breaking news to you that America’s Chinese food isn’t exactly an authentic Chinese experience.   Check out this list by about 11 popular American Chinese food you won’t find in China. 

McDiversity? Two Asian American Guys and A Replacement McDonald’s Poster

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More than a winning result happens in this story, a story about not exactly the right thing to do but maybe it will help McDonald’s and other corporations do more of the right thing.   The antic, credited to Crazy Rich Asians helping these Filipino American guys think more deeply about the need to be proactive about diversity:

The Story

Two University of Houston students, Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo, went viral on Twitter after sharing images of a fake McDonald’s poster they made and hung at one of the fast-food chain’s locations in Pearland, Texas. The reason for the prank, they said, was because they noticed a lack of diversity on the decorative wall posters. They returned to the Pearland location with a plan: to hang a photo of themselves in the restaurant and see if anyone would notice.  READ MORE

It took 51 days before McDonald’s noticed…

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Los Angeles Food Truck: The Manila Machine

Photo by multiculturalcookingnetwork

Photo by multiculturalcookingnetwork

At a recent event, The Manila Machine was on the scene.  The gourmet Filipino food truck tempted a young Filipino guy and companion describing herself as non-Filipino.  The sandwich of choice is longanisa sausage. Complimented with spring roll and an adobo dipping sauce.  As only fitting we get the review from customers just sinking their teeth into the food of the Manila Machine for the first time.


Check it out This MCCN  fan Sound Bite Review of the Manila Machine:

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Marveling over Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen has  been acting for a long time from the small screen to the big screen but Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD has MING-NA WENpropelled  her TV stardom.  She actress was born on the island of  Coloane Island, Macau located  40 miles from Hong Kong.    As a toddler she was move to New York with her mother.  After a few years her mother met and married  Soo Lim Yee.  His family owns a restaurant in Pittsburg called the Chinatown Inn.

A Few more Interesting Facts

  • Chosen by Goldsea Asian-American Daily as one of the “100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time” (ranked #49).
  • One of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2008).
  • Speaks Mandarin

Multi-Cultural Cast Members of Glee

Although, we have featured many stories on cast members of Glee we are not Gleeks.   Why have we done story after story on cast members of Glee over the years?  The cast is so multi-cultural in comparison to many other shows on television.  That is refreshing.  Having worked in the casting department of several shows, I am definitely sensitive to the subject.  As a writer, I do think that Glee fails miserably when it comes to writing for African Americans and  it has some casting issues too.  It is my Achilles heel, one for each foot  but I am not going there today.  Let’s stay positive and simply recognize the cast.  In today’s society more than ever in the United States, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Darren Criss with brother, mother and dad.

For instance to look at the very popular Darren Criss, you think “White Boy.”  Well, you would be partly right.  According to, Criss is Irish, Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese.  In an interview you can watch him describe his love for Filipino food while visiting Manila.

Harry Shum plays Mike Chang.  In real life Shum’s first language is Spanish.  He is a Costa Rican born Chinese guy.


Newer cast member Sugar Motta played Vanessa Lengies is both Egyptian and German. READ MORE

Special Guest John Stamos  played a dentist on Glee.  If he was dentist then I don’t think I would have a problem with getting cleaning on a regular basis.  Stamos is one of Hollywood most widely known American Greeks to the point of landing Greek yogurt commercials.  However, the Greek is only one half Greek.  READ MORE t1larg.stamos

naya RiveraNaya Rivera plays Santana.  Naya recently told MTV that she is is half Puerto Rican, one quarter German, and one quarter African-American.   In her earlier days she played an African American on family matters.  On Glee, she is a proud Latina.  Her cultural ambiguity didn’t exactly help the actress when she was just starting out in the business. READ MORE

Lea Michelle plays Rachel Berry. Doesn’t she have the most beautiful chocolate brown hair.  Her mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic while her father is of Spanish Sephardic Jewish ancestry, and Lea was raised Catholic.

Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz plays Tina Cohen-Chang.  She is   is an KoreanAmerican.   Tina was born in South Korea but she was adopted at the age of three months and raised in East Meadow, New York.

Gulaman Fruit Cocktail and (Gelatin in Coconut Milk) Drink Recipes

Gulaman, in Filipino cuisine, refers to the bars of dried seaweed used to make jellies or flan, as well as the desserts made from it.Agarose or agar is made of processed seaweed, mostly from Gelidium corneum–one of the most common edible alga, dehydrated and formed into foot-long dry bars which are either plain or coloured.

The gulaman jelly bars are used in the various Filipino refreshments or desserts such as sago at gulaman (or gulaman at sago, commonly shortened to sago’t gulaman), buko pandanagar flanhalo-halo, different varieties of Filipino fruit salads, black gulaman, and red gulaman.

Drink Ingredients :

  • 1 bar gulaman (unflavoured gelatin), red or green
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 medium coconut, grated
  • 1/2 cup pinipig, toasted



Review of Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook

Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook is an impressive cookbook in its tutorial and somewhat narrative story telling.  It is the kind of book that should be read over and over again if not simply based on the introduction to each new chapter from appetizers to dessert.  Many non-Asian people are  intrigued by Asian cuisine but intimidated by the mere thought of preparing it will find peace for their apprehensions.  Author Corinne Trang’s voice in her writing comes across as a gentle teacher skilled at figuring out how to make the student not only understand but relate to the content.  I was immediately impressed at the easy read and inspired to try the recipes.  Morever, the book leaves you feeling enlightened about Asian culture and cooking.  READ MORE

The Asian Equation in American Life and Politics- Spoken Word by Jason Chu

So many Americans tend to speak of the inhabits in only terms of Black and White.  Despite growing Latino and Asian populations we are stuck in a yester year perception of America which has always been a fallacy propagated too long.  With the media in the hands of more people than ever before we have of a potential to stop the madness, stop the lies and combat stereotypes.  This short two minute spoken word video by Jason Chu is worthy of your time.  See Stats of Asian American Voting Trends

I would add his video apology about the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple is equally compelling(Click here). -Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor