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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Homemade Chili Oil 家常辣椒油

I like to keep a bottle of this homemade chili oil at home, adding a spoonful to any noodle dishes makes it taste much better. 

It is also an essential ingredient for Jiaozi/Chinese dumplings dipping sauce.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lion's head meatballs in clear broth 清炖狮子头

Last year when I was back in Malaysia for Chinese New Year celebration,I made this less oily version of Shanghainese Lion's Head Meatballs for my family and they loved it. I also made a mental note that I will write a recipe of this delicious dish when I have a chance. I didn't get a chance to make it again until this Chinese New Year.

This is a simple yet tedious dish, requiring good cooking skill and patience. No wonder it is a signature dish for reunion dinner at the then Kuomingtang leader Chiang Kai-Shek's home!



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!Apple Roses 酥皮苹果玫瑰花

It is Valentine's day today, I went to a nearby flower shop yesterday thinking of bringing some flowers for Chinese New Year. The owner told me roses are about 7 USD each! It is way too much!

I quickly pick up my phone to call hubby and told him not to buy me any roses this year! Well, that does not mean that there will be no roses in the house this Valentines!





Saturday, February 10, 2018

BBQ Pig's Trotters 香辣烤猪蹄

BBQ Pig's trotter is a well loved snack in China, especially among students. Grabbing a piece or two after school from roadside stalls is not uncommon.

If you have a big pot of Braised pig's trotters that you prepared for Chinese New Year dinner and have some left over. Try this BBQ Pig's trotters, you will be so glad that you have left over!



Braised Pig's Trotters 红烧猪蹄

I suspect that there will be at least one Pig trotter dish serves on every dining table during Chinese New Year in all Chinese family, it is considered to be one of the richer dishes that "counts".

Preparing trotters for cooking is a lengthy and tedious job, even at the comfort of the shop bought pre-cleaned trotters. I still find myself spending a good half hour cleaning the remaining hairs on it with tweezers.

A good pot of braised pig's trotters requires several cooking steps which includes long simmering towards the end. I liked my pig's trotters to be tender and fall off the bones while serving. This dish just fits the bill!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Gold Coin Bak Kwa 金钱肉干

Bak kwa is a type of Chinese savory sweet jerky that traditionally takes the form of thin square slices. It is the Malaysian/Singaporean favorite snack, especially during Chinese New Year or festive season.

Its popularity rises weeks leading to Chinese New Year, many seasonal bakers steps in to grasp the market, many with interesting products that carry well wishes and meanings.

This Gold Coin Bak Kwa is one of the most selling ones. Prosperity galore, just as the name implies! 



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard Green 梅菜扣肉

Mui Choy Kau Yuk (Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard Green) is a classic Chinese party/New Year dish. 

The Pork belly in it releases enough fat to compensate dryness of the preserved mustard green, and the preserved vegetable gives the dish its signature aroma and distinct taste. 



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Minced Meat Sauce over Steamed Egg 肉末鸡蛋羹

My son likes Steamed egg with minced meat, here is another variation that uses the Minced meat sauce that I made earlier, he finished all. 



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Asian Pear & Lotus Root Juice 藕梨汁

Winter months, for many people is the months of chronic feeling of dry throat and dry nose.

If you’re someone who’s battling itchy throat and bleeding nose, here is one simple solution that requires little effort, the best part of it is, it tastes really good!



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Millet Steamed Cake 小米糕

I like making Millet porridge once in a while for breakfast, I like the unique nutty flavor that it has and its high nutrient value is definitely a plus. One good choice for healthy plant base diet.

Making it into steamed cake is another way to enjoy this delicious healthy grain.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Mashed Potato with minced meat gravy 肉末土豆泥

My son A is not a big fan of potato unless it is cooked in a certain way. This mashed potato with minced meat and gravy is one of them. 

I normally served it with some steamed vegetables, which makes it a complete meal for a little boy. 




Monday, January 8, 2018

Stuffed Red Dates with Sticky Rice Balls 心太软

I made Gold Fish Tang Yuan for winter solstice and have some left over glutinous rice dough that I freeze up. Since "Storm Cyclone" is in town and the temperature plummet to a single digit. 

It is time to thaw my glutinous rice dough and make yummy snacks with red dates and stay warm!


这两天“炸弹气旋” (Storm Cyclone)肆虐美东地区,气温达到创纪录的零下二十度,天寒地冻的周末最适合做的事情就是在家做甜糯的甜点吃啦!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Enoki Mushrooms & Sliced Beef Soup 肥牛金针菇

We don't normally eat beef, let alone cooking at home. I wanted to buy some sliced mutton last week for hotpot, but brought sliced beef back instead. Since I also bought a few packets of Enoki mushrooms, I made this spicy soup for lunch, a perfect dish in bitter cold weather.


刚好超市里的金针菇买一送一,我也买了好几包。那就做我很喜欢的酸汤肥牛金针菇吃吧!大冬天的吃完全身暖暖的, 很舒服。

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