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Phil Lempert


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In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.

THIS WEEK: Braised Boneless Sweet Soy Short Ribs and Asian Vegetables from Ponzu in San Francisco, Calif.

Everyone knows that San Francisco is the home to some of the best food in America! Next time you’re there, stop by Ponzu for a bold blend of Asian cuisines presented in a contemporary style. And for a little atmospheric fun, you’ll enjoy gazing into the three 125-gallon fish tanks filled with exotic creatures. For those looking to create something Ponzu-style at home, chef Michelle Mah has given us permission to “steal” her recipe for Braised Boneless Sweet Soy Short Ribs and Asian Vegetables. Enjoy!

right/msnbc/Components/Photos/060530/060530_mah2_vmed_12p .jpg2661100000right#000000http://msnbcmedia.msn.com1PfalsefalseAbout the chef: San Francisco-based chef Michelle Mah is the ultimate mama’s girl. Raised in Southern California, this Korean-born chef cites her mother’s cooking as the first inspiration in her road to professional success. Now, as executive chef at Ponzu, Mah incorporates her mother’s traditional cooking style and her mastery of French-California cuisine into Califronia Asian flair, creating a signature culinary style that delights her guests.

A passionate world traveler, Mah's cuisine integrates her eclectic, global tastes with Californian agriculture, seafood and sustainable farming. Her self-initiated approach, known as “Asia without a map,” is not restricted to Korean, Chinese, Japanese or Thai cuisines, but crosses borders and incorporates flavors from the lesser–known Asian cuisines such as Burmese and Malaysian.

With fresh and seasonal ingredients, Mah blends traditional ingredients with contemporary presentation styles to create dishes whose bold flavors and accents are perfect to share. Mah says, “The possibilities are endless when you have an entire continent to work with.”

Braised Boneless Sweet Soy Short Ribs and Asian Vegetables is served at Ponzu for $23. This recipe is for a serving size of two.

Braised Boneless Sweet Soy Short Ribs and Asian Vegetables

Chef Michelle Mah of Ponzu in San Francisco, Calif.


401 Taylor Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


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