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Monday, December 4, 2017

Noodle soup with Shredded pork and pickled Mustard tuber 【榨菜肉丝面】

When winter comes,  it is all about warming, comforting foods at my home.  Did I mentioned :"Easy and quick?".

This noodle soup fits the bill, it is something you can make with literally whatever you have in your pantry.

The key ingredient in this noodle soup is the pickled mustard tuber that comes in small packet,  very handy and easy. You can find it in most Asian/Chinese supermarket.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mint Barley Water 薄荷薏米水

Barley water is well known for its cooling property, it is used especially in the southeast Asia, where the tropical climate brings with it the heat and humidity, this particular beverage could help to prevent dehydration and cool down the body.

The Chinese traditional herb and medicine also believed that barley could help to reduce weight, reduce water retention, and is a good source of fiber.

Since we are running heater 24/7 now in winter, I am making some Barley water to go with the Mint Syrup that I have in the fridge to help quince the thirst and dryness.



我之前做过香兰薏米水, 是家乡经常饮用的一道冷饮。冰箱里还有一瓶之前做的薄荷糖浆,今天熬点薏米水,喝的时候加一小勺的薄荷糖浆,薏米和薄荷也很搭哦!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Egg tomato dough drops soup 番茄鸡蛋疙瘩汤

My tomato plants didn't thrive very well this year during the summer, whatever we harvested mostly go to my son A's dinner plate.

I made Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes for A one day and he likes it very much, I then made this Egg, Tomato dough drops soup for him some days later. He finished the whole bowl on his own!



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Japanese Katsu Curry カツカレー 咖喱猪扒饭

This curry rice is one of my comfort foods, I fell in love the first time I had it in Japan years back. I also often order this dish whenever I visit Japanese restaurant here in US, or when I work in NYC, some of the Japanese Deli/Restaurants sell very good Katsu Curry Bento.

I bought a box of very good Kagoshima Kurobuta (かごしま黒豚, "Kagoshima black pig") chop from Japanese Supermarket few days back. 

Since it is long weekends here, I made my favorite Katsu Curry and rice and had one of the best home cook meals in months! 



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Masala Chai with Spiced Syrup 印度香料奶茶(附加香料糖浆食谱)

My husband loves Spiced tea and could have it several times a day. I used to grudge at the chore of repeatedly boiling and cleaning the utensils to make tea. 

Then one day when I was making this Mint Syrup , it suddenly dawned on me that I can also infuse spices in Syrup and make tea with it!!

That way, I can make as many teas as hubby liked and not having to wash pots several times a day!

So I didn't wait too long to take this thought into action, I made a jar of Spiced Syrup and made Tea for my husband, he couldn't tell the difference from boiling the spices in water!




Friday, November 17, 2017

Autumn Pear Paste 秋梨膏

Autumn Pear Paste or Qiu Li Gao/秋梨膏 is a type of traditional Chinese herbal remedy that was created in the Tang dynasty, initially for the Royal family. 

It is a type of natural throat demulcent and expectorant that is used for the relief of sore throat, coughs, hoarseness, and loss of voice.  

As the weather gets colder and dryer by the day, it is time to make a bottle of this herbal paste and be ready for the winter !




Monday, November 13, 2017

Pickled Celtuce/Guan Tao Cai Sim 自制罐头菜心/酱莴笋

When I was young, whenever I was under the weather, my mom or grandma will make some simple rice congee to go with Canned pickled celtuce, it is supposed to be light on the tummy and helps to get well. 

Grandma's version is a little fancier, she will mince some meat with this pickle and make a simple meat sauce, it is still one of my favorite dishes to go with congee, one that I missed whenever I am not feeling well.




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Homemade Indian Cottage Cheese 自制印度奶豆腐/农家奶酪

I made Rasmalai few weeks back for Diwali Celebration and was left with half big jar of whole milk. Since my fridge is very full and I did't want to waste the milk, I turned it into Paneer so that I can use it for cooking later and for easy storage.


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