Saturday, December 30, 2017

Salt-Free Chinese Pickled Cabbage 【东北酸菜】

The North East is the granary of China, it has very fertile lands and very distinguish seasons. Winter is harsh in North East, with harsh weather comes very little fresh vegetables.

Fortunately, fall in North east abounds in Chinese cabbage, one vegetables that is known for its storability. Another way to preserve the abundance Chinese cabbage is to pickle the vegetable. 

The pickled cabbage has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, which makes it a very unique ingredients in many delicious dishes mainly made in Winter.



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Fish and Chinese Chive Dumplings 【鲅鱼饺子】

I grow up eating Tang Yuan (Glutinous rice balls) to celebrate winter solstice. And I came to know that the Northern Chinese eats dumplings/Jiaozi in the winter solstice.

Since I am craving for some dumplings and it is winter soltice yesterday, I made this fish and Chinese chive filling jiaozi for lunch and Gold fish glutinous rice balls in gingery syrup for dessert.

That makes 2017 winter solstice celebration a "Fishy fish theme"




Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Winter Solstice! Gold Fish Tang Yuan 【金鱼汤圆】


It is winter Solstice today, so is the time to eat some Glutinous Rice Balls. I have a Japanese Kabocha pumpkin at home, so I made these cute little gold fish Tang Yuan for my son A. 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mung Bean Cookies 【绿豆饼】




Mung bean cookie is one of my favorites Chinese New Year cookies, it has been years since I last had it. 

Sometimes back I saw some mung bean cookies imported from Taiwan being sold at the nearby Chinese supermarket. I brought some home to try, I liked it and hubby likes it even more, so much so that he finished the whole box in one go. I had to go back to the store to bring two more boxes later. 

Unfortunately, I did not find the same product in my recent visits to the store, we have been missing our favorite treats for some times now.

It was snowy and I was off from work on Thursday, since I was not in the mood to leave the house, I spent the day cleaning and the afternoon making these cookies with homemade Moong bean flour. 

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!