I am a scientist who loves to cook because there are many similarities between working in a lab and cooking in a kitchen. I love to share my cooking experience with you and to inspire others to cook.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012



I never had kale before until you made kale chips one day. It was delicious. You might wonder what is kale chips. My same thoughts. I thought it was fried kale, you know, like potato chips. The kale chips that I had was more like roasted kale. I think it was made by sprinkling kale with salt and drizzle with oil followed by roasting. The end result was crispy crunchy kale chips. If you had one of those dried seaweed snacks before, the taste is almost identical as kale chips.


I didn't know Kale chip was such a big deal until I visited whole foods and saw an entire section of aisle selling nothing but kale chip. These companies take it one step further  http://www.kaiafoods.com/store/home.php?cat=8   or this   http://rhythmsuperfoods.com/

Cheesy kale chips, BBQ kale chips, sea salt kale chips


I saw some kale at the grocery store the other day and I just have to buy it to see what the hype is all about.  My cooking strategy is simple -- garlic stir fry.


A few cloves of garlic
Kale - roughly chopped into sections


1. Heat some oil in a pan.
2. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown.
3. Add the kale and cook until the kale is "wilted". (how do you describe the doneness of vegetable?)
4. Drizzle with some sesame oil, season with salt.

Now the verdict. Kale is quite fibrous and it definitely requires slightly more effort on the jaw to complete break it down in the mouth. Maybe this is why kale chips/toasted kale was invented. High heat roasting (instead of quick stir fry) turns the kale into a crunchier substance which is easier on the teeth. And taste?  I am not good at describing the taste of vegetable but the closest thing I can say is that kale taste like seaweed. Not ocean flavor but the earthy flavor. 

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