We’re all cooking at home — maybe a little more than usual — so we asked Memphis chefs to share some of the dishes they’re creating in their own kitchens. Boy, did they deliver! Give one of these tasty-looking recipes a spin. Who knows … you might have found a new favorite hobby!

What Memphis Chefs are Cooking While We’re All at Home

Asian Steam Bun/Bao

Chef Wayne Yeh, owner of STIX, shared a recipe for Asian steam bun/bao. It is one he makes at the restaurant, and here he’s sharing it with us so you can try it in your own kitchen.

Asian Steamed Buns from STIX — a Memphis chef recipe

Spice up your meals at home with this delicious recipe from Wayne Yeh, owner of STIX. Image: STIX Restaurant

Asian Steam Bun/Bao recipe

Wayne Yeh
These fluffy and flavorful buns are light and slightly sweet.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Asian

Ingredients
  

  • 4 buns STIX makes buns fresh at the restaurant, but when Chef Wayne makes this dish at home, he buys Gua bao/Taiwanese burger buns from the Winchester Farmers Market on Winchester Road.
  • 7 ounces thinly sliced steak Chef Wayne prefers a ribeye
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 julienne yellow onion
  • 1 bunch green onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium-sized carrot finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Teriyaki sauce from grocery store

Instructions
 

  • Steam buns (Chef Wayne's makeshift home steamer consists of a medium pot with 1/2-inch of water).
  • Roll up three baseball-sized balls of aluminum foil and put inside the pot.
  • Take a glass plate and rest it on top of foil balls.
  • Place the buns on the plate, cover with a pot lid, and bring water to a boil.
  • While the buns are steaming, heat a frying pan with olive oil.
  • Sear steak to preferred doneness.
  • Add vegetables into a frying pan.
  • Add teriyaki sauce.
  • Remove buns from steamer.
  • Carefully split open the buns to open like a taco shell.
  • Stuff the steak, vegetables and teriyaki sauce deliciousness from the frying pan into the steamed buns.
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Guacamole

The brilliant culinary minds at Babalu shared this oh-so-delicious guacamole recipe. Typically it is made table-side, but now that you have the recipe, you can make this on your next taco night at home.

Guacamole recipe from one of Memphis' chefs

Taco Tuesday just got a little tastier. Image: Babalu

Babalu's Guacamole

Babalu
This guacamole recipe is fresh and delicious. You won't be able to get enough!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dip
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 2 halved Hass avocados
  • 1 Tbsp sliced green onion
  • 1 ½ Tbsp squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ½ Tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • Kosher salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Remove “meat” from avocados and place all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle salt all over ingredients to evenly incorporate.
  • Mash with a spoon or large fork. (Babalu suggests using a potato masher)
  • Keep mixture somewhat chunky, and serve with corn chips.
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Terry Gant’s Chicken and Dumplings

Terry Gant has been Huey’s Midtown kitchen manager for nearly 40 years. “My family and I love Terry’s Chicken and Dumplings in times like these,” he says. Try this comfort food recipe for yourself.

Terry's Chicken and Dumplings

Terry Gant
This comforting chicken and dumplings recipe is perfect for a chilly night when you want to be warm and cozy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American/Southern
Servings 4 gallons

Ingredients
  

  • 5 lbs uncooked chicken
  • 2 cups chicken base
  • 14 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 5 cups melted margarine
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp yellow food coloring
  • 4 gal water

Instructions
 

  • Boil chicken in 4 gallons of water with chicken base and black pepper until completely cooked.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken and shred it. The chicken stock should now be reduced to 3 gallons.
  • Add the chicken back into the stock, along with the roux (see below) and boil for 30 minutes.
  • Add dumplings (see below) to the soup and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Roux: Blend 4 cups flour and 4 cups oil and water until smooth to make roux. Whisk until the roux is free of clumps and is smooth. It is not necessary to cook this roux down as it will when added to the chicken stock.
  • Dumplings: In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining 8 cups flour and 2 cups of margarine with the salt and knead with your hands until the mixture has the consistency of cornmeal.
  • Add 3 cups of cold water and the food coloring and continue to knead until well-mixed.
  • Flour a cutting board.
  • With a well-floured rolling pin, roll dough flat (1/8 inch) and cut the dough in one-inch squares.
  • Bring 2 gallons of water to a boil, add the cut dough and cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Strain dumplings from the water as soon as they are cooked.
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General Tso’s Sauce

Chef Daniel Gamboa of South of Beale is sharing his General Tso’s sauce for cauliflower. Whip up a batch of this sauce, and you can try it on anything that needs a punch of flavor.

General Tso's Sauce

General Tso’s sauce is a delicious way to add a mix to your kitchen plate. Image: South of Beale

South of Beale General Tso's Sauce

Chef Daniel Gamboa
Try this tasty General Tso's sauce on anything in need of a punch of flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Asian

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ⅓ cups soy
  • 2 ½ cups sambal
  • 7 ½ cups sugar
  • 5 cups rice wine vinegar
  • 1 ¼ cup cornstarch dissolved in water
  • Batter Ingredients:
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups cornstarch
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Heat all ingredients together while whisking.
  • Bring to a boil, or cook until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Beat eggs with water in one bowl.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in another bowl.
  • Add eggs and water to dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Preheat fryer or hot oil in a pan to 350 degrees F.
  • Dip cauliflower in the batter and drain off any excess before slowly dropping in oil.
  • Fry for 6-8 minutes, occasionally moving the cauliflower around to ensure florets don't stick together.
  • Remove cauliflower from the oil and toss with the sauce in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion.
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Enjoy your cooking adventures!

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