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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fried Radish Cake/ Char Kueh Kak 炒粿角

Char Kueh Kak is a very famous Penang/Teoh Chew street food. It has got its name Kuah Kak (sides of the cake) from steamed radish cake, where the cake was steamed in a round bamboo basket back in the old days. Once cut into diamond or rectangular shapes to be serve or sell in the market, the remaining sides that are left will then be cubed and made into this delicious fried Cake.

Since the fried cake has become increasingly popular, plain or simple rice cake without radish is now commonly use to make this dish, thus you can also use shop bought (vietnamese) rice cake as substitute to the radish cake I used here.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Steamed Black Locust Blossoms 槐花麦饭

I learnt to identify black locust blossoms a few years back from my friend LR , the species of edible flower in China is actually called "Huai Hua" (槐花) Styphnolobium japonicum (L.). 

The one that we found in the woods here in the Eastern part of the USA is actually Black Locust (洋槐花)Robinia pseudoacacia. 

Both the blossoms are very similar in shapes and tastes. Since Black locust blossoms is widely eaten in Europe and USA as fresh salad or made into snacks or jam. So it is almost safe to say that it can be used interchangeably with Chinese Huai Hua Styphnolobium japonicum (L.) in any recipes.

Huai hua is normally served steamed with a little wheat/corn flour and spicy sauce, a very tasty and hearty romantic way to serve flowers! 


后来我在网上做了点搜索,发现中国国内吃的槐花学名叫Styphnolobium japonicum (L.) 。美东这里找到的是洋槐花 (Black Locust)Robinia pseudoacacia. 



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hakka Ai Pan / Radish Mugwort Steamed Cake 草仔粿/艾粄

This is a true artisan steamed cake, the process of making it consist making the homemade dried radishes, followed by collecting wild mugwort from the woods, and kneading, wrapping the cakes the whole afternoon.

But the hard work is really worth it, this is the best Kueh I have ever had, it cannot be better though!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Homemade Dried Shredded Radish 自制萝卜签/干

Radish is in season and it is only 29 cents a lb, I had to bring a few back to make dried radish/Cai Poh bee! My sun-dried radish is ready in just under two good sunny days! 


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mugwort Steamed Cake 艾团/青团

Sometimes around Qing Ming/Tomb-sweeping festival, the Chinese will collect some Chinese Mugwort (艾草)to be hanging around the door, which is believed to be able to chase away unwelcome energy. It is also the main ingredient for the Chinese steamed cake Ai Tuan/Qing Tuan (艾团/青团)eate at or around the tomb sweeping festival.

My mom discovered a big patch of wild mugwort in the woods near my house during her visit few years back, she will bring back a bag full of the wild mugwort and boiled it down to be used for bath when she was feeling under the weather.

I have been meaning to make Qing Tuan by using the young wild mugwort nearby this year, since it is a wild plant and I want to make sure it is 100% safe to be eaten, I have done some research and found out that the wild mugwort near my house is the species Artemisia vulgaris, or common mugwort.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tea Smoked Chicken 茶叶熏鸡

I made this tea smoked chicken twice when I visited my family back home last month, everyone loves the richness in flavor and its juiciness.

Such an easy and delicious dish deserves a special place in my blog!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Multi-Grain Nut + Seed Bread 坚果杂粮吐司

My mom's favourite breakfast is homemade bread with some nut butter and avocado. She brought a bread machine a few years back and have been making homemade bread since.

She has been using the same recipe that came with the bread machine for years, the kind of recipe that is made for the machine, not too bad and nothing great about it either.

Since my visit in Malaysia this time is longer, I decided to create a multigrain nut + seed bread recipe for mom to use.

I made 4 loaves of the same bread each with little adjustment to the recipe, this one last one is by far the best, with close to 70% of liquid ratio, the bread stays soft and chewy days after baking.

Mom's bread machine broke after 3rd attempts on this recipe, a workload it is not designed to take, I had to use my sister in law's KA for my fourth bread and took the opportunity to get one new machine for mom, as the old one is really subpar, and take as much as a new machine's worth to repair.





Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chinese Aspic 水晶肉皮冻

Chinese Aspic is a dish made with mainly pork skin, where the skin are clean off of fat and cook into stock, when cooled, set into natural gelatin. The stock can be filled and flavored with spices.

Aspics are usually served cold with dressing and herbs as a starter, a good aspic is clear and free from impurities, which requires a lot of cleaning and slow cooking.



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