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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Black Locust Blossom Syrup 槐花糖浆



It is May and is the season to forage black locust flowers (Robinia pseudoacacia) again, I made Steamed Black Locust Blossoms and 

Black Locust Blossom Pancake  in the past years.


This year I decided to make a batch of black locust flowers syrup, it can be use to mixed with liquor and seltzer to make cocktails or used on pancake/pastry as drizzle


阳历五月,又来到了槐花香的季节。自从知道槐花能吃,还特别好吃后,我每年的槐花季都要摘点回家做蒸槐花槐花煎饼吃。

今年我家附近树林里的槐花又开了满树,带儿子去公园玩的时候顺便摘一盆槐花回家做槐花糖浆。做好的槐花糖浆能够用来做鸡尾酒或者淋在糕点上吃,非常当即美味。


Ingredients:Makes about 16 oz
200 g of sugar
200 g of black locust flowers
2 cups of water
1 lime (1/2 thinly sliced and remaining 1/2 squeeze out the juice)

材料:可做两罐糖浆
200 克 蔗糖
200 克 槐花
2 杯 水
1 只 青柠 (半只切薄片,半只挤出青柠汁)




1. Clean and soak the Black Locust flowers in salt water for 10 minutes. Wash and drain the flowers. Divide the flowers into half and place it in two mason jars with 2-3 slices of lime.

2. Add water to a sauce pan and heat the water to boiling and add the sugar, stir until the sugar dissolves, add lime juice and stir well.

3. Allow the sugar syrup to cool for 10 minutes, pour half to each mason jar and cover the jars immediately, let the flowers steep in the syrup for 24 hours.

4. (Optional) Filter out the flowers and give them a squeeze to extract all the flavor, store in air tight container in refrigerator, it could be stored up to 2-3 weeks.

1. 把槐花摘好洗净泡盐水10分钟,再次洗净沥干后分成两个等份装到洗净消毒好的瓶子里,加入2-3片的青柠。

2. 把糖和水加热煮滚至糖完全溶化,加入青柠汁拌匀。熄火稍等10分钟。

3. 把糖浆倒入玻璃瓶里,加盖旋紧室温泡24小时。

4. 24小时后用纱布过滤挤出糖浆,再次装瓶冷藏即可。此糖浆可冷藏2-3周。



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hakka Style Braised Duck 客家卤全鸭



Braised duck is one very common dish Malaysian Chinese prepared for the Chinese reunion dinner. I personally liked to have it the next day, the taste of it will be fuller.

This recipe I am sharing today was given to my mom by my aunt, slightly different than my mom's recipe, it is very tasty.

卤全鸭是马来西亚华人过节时都会煮的一道菜。选择肉质比较紧实的番鸭来制作,口味丰富,隔天吃更是美味。

今年过年我妈口传了阿姨家的卤鸭秘方,和平常妈妈做的有点不一样,味道更醇厚,非常好吃。

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.

这款家常辣油用处非常多,吃面条或馄饨时加上一勺,味道马上升级不少。也是做凉拌菜和沾酱不可或缺的调料之一。

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!

去年回娘家过年的时候年夜饭我做了这道清炖狮子头。口感肥嫩不油腻,父母很是喜爱。

这道据说是过去蒋介石家年夜饭必有的年菜,做法看似简单,要做好却还是相当考验手艺和耐心的哦!

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!

情人节快乐!

昨天和朋友约吃饭的时候刚好隔壁就是一间花店。吃完饭我想着去买点花回家插插,结果店主告诉我玫瑰花一朵要七美刀!价格真贵得不像话!

我马上走出店门掏出手机给俊爹打电话让他今年不许给我买玫瑰花了!

既然今年不然买玫瑰花,咱们情人节就自己做几朵玫瑰花吧!给自己烤的几个酥皮苹果玫瑰,美得让人舍不得入口哦!



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!

香辣烤猪蹄是个但是名字听起来就很诱人的小吃,用碳烤的更是香得不得了。

年夜饭炖的红烧猪蹄如果没吃完,第二天拿来做这款香辣烤猪蹄,一定很受欢迎哦!

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!

红烧猪蹄是个做法不复杂,只要炖煮时间足就自然美味的一道菜,很适合在年夜饭时做,只要把猪蹄处理好炖上就可以转手准备其他的菜了。

炖得香香糯糯的猪蹄入口即化,是年夜饭餐桌上的一道大菜哦!

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! 

肉干是东南亚过年时不可少的年货,年关越接近,卖肉干的摊贩就越多。除了传统的方型肉干外,好多肉干店还推出了各样新产品。

这款金钱肉干尤其受欢迎,它的形状像金币,春节时买来待客或送人都特别喜庆,吃了说不定新的一年里就财源滚滚来啦!


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. 

春节快到了,做几个年菜吃吃。

今天上的这道菜是客家人团圆饭桌上不可少的梅菜扣肉。蒸得糯糯的五花肉油脂渗入梅干菜里更带出了梅干菜的香气。吃起来肥而不腻。

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. 

小时候很爱吃外婆做的肉末鸡蛋羹。我也经常给俊宝做,他很爱用鸡蛋羹拌饭吃。

冰箱里有一大罐我前两天做好的多用途肉臊,用另一个方式做了这个鸡蛋羹,我和儿子都很喜欢,还特别简单好做。

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!

深秋、冬季气候干燥,每天在开着暖气的屋里生活很容易上火,造成喉咙鼻腔干燥发疼。

秋冬季节是吃藕和梨的好季节,鲜榨的藕梨汁清火润肺,是冬天最好的降火、润肺饮品。


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.

冬天我喜欢熬点南瓜小米粥喝,很喜欢小米特殊的香气,它还是个营养价值很高的粗粮。
小米拿来做糕点也非常好,今天的这款小米糕好吃还不上火,真是早餐的另一个好选择。

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. 

俊宝不爱吃马铃薯,只有几个有限的马铃薯菜他愿意吃。这款肉末土豆泥是其中一款。

每次做这个菜,我会给他蒸上几块西兰花和胡萝卜一起吃。这样就各种营养都有了,是个不错的儿童餐哦!

唯一不足的地方是俊爹这个土豆控每次都会和儿子抢着吃这道菜。

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!

冬至时做金鱼汤圆剩的粉团我给冻上了。

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.

上周去超市买菜的时候我想着天气那么冷,买两盒羊肉片做火锅吃吃。到家才发现我带回的肉片里有一盒是牛肉片。

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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