June 7, 2019

Mung Bean Paste 綠豆沙餡

Green Mung Bean Paste 綠豆沙餡

Green Bean Paste, mung bean paste, chinese, cake, pastry, filling, recipe, traditional,  綠豆沙餡
By Published: 2019-06-07
This is one of the classic Chinese pastry cake fillings, the Green Mung Bean Paste 綠豆沙餡, a light, creamy, beany and nutty sweet golden filling that is one of my favorite fillings.  We used this paste to make our yummilicious Green Mung Bean Cakes 綠豆糕 for Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival  端午節 this year but actually it is more often used in as a tender filling for various Chinese cakes, pastries, cookies and even mooncakes.

June 5, 2019

Mung Bean Cakes 綠豆糕

Green Mung Bean Cakes 綠豆糕

cake, chinese, cookie, duanwu dragon boat festival, Green Bean Cakes, mung bean cake, pastry, recipe, red bean filling, 端午節, 綠豆糕
By Published: 2019-06-05
It's almost time for Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival 端午節 when the mighty dragon boats are once again afloat on the harbors to race each other to the booming beat of drums!  Did you know besides the making and eating of yummilicious zong zi to celebrate this festival (usually either the savory meat filled zong zi 肉粽子 or the sweet red bean paste zong zi 紅豆沙粽子the origins of the Duanwu Festival also has to do with a traditional time of ritual protection against pestilence and poisonous animals brought on by the heat of the summer season?  One of the things done in order to protect against summer sickness was to consume 'cooling' foods to help the body dispel heat and eliminate toxins.  Happily one of the traditional 'cooling' foods made for this purpose is the delighfully light and sweet Green Mung Bean Cake 綠豆糕, an elegant mold shaped sweet pastry of fragrant mung bean paste stuffed with sweet red bean paste.  So beautiful to look at and tasty to boot...you won't believe how fast these little cakes disappear!

Tang dynasty dragon boat race attributed to Li Zhaodao 李昭道, 7th century

May 28, 2019

Soy Sauce Marinated Crab 醬油醃蟹

Soy Sauce Marinated Crab 醬油醃蟹

crab, marinated, pickled, recipe, soy sauce, 醃蟹, 醬油, chinese
By Published: 2019-05-28
This marinated crab dish is SO AMAZING!  Crazy amazing!  Super duper seafood delight-O with stars bursting in the sky amazing!  I've been wanting to make it this for ever so long ever since I heard my mother 媽媽 reminisce how her mother made this dish frequently for the family when she was a child growing up in Zhejiang 浙江.  They made their marinated crab quite simply by soaking in rice wine and I remember thinking...interesting...how would that even work?  Well, that crabby thought floated around in my head for a long time until I recently watched the Netflix food show 'Flavorful Origins' and had my mind totally blown away by...well, everything that food show had to say really.  If you love Chinese food, you've got to check that show out...I think I watched it 3 times in a row.  Anyways, back to crabs, this Soy Sauce Marinated Crab is inspired by the 'Marinated Crab' episode of (drooling!) and the result is crab meat and roe completely transformed into something succulent, meltingly tender and mindblowingly TASTY!

May 15, 2019

Taiwan Braised Beef Noodles 台灣紅燒牛肉麵

Taiwan Braised Beef Noodles 台灣紅燒牛肉麵

chinese, recipe, Taiwan Braised Beef Noodles, taiwanese, 台灣, 紅燒牛肉麵, noodle
By Published: 2019-05-15
Yum, yum, yummy!  This yummilicious bowl of noodles of worldwide fame, the Taiwan Braised Beef Noodles 台灣紅燒牛肉麵, is filled with comforting chunks of meltingly tender beef and tendon and just cooked noodles all nestled in a deliciously aromatic spiced beef soup.  This noodle dish first appeared in Taiwan not too long ago, sometime after WWII when the Kuomintang 國民黨 relocated to Taiwan, bringing with them many of their own regional Chinese food influences.  Since then this delicious beef noodle has become a firm classic of Chinese cuisine.  So delicious and addictive and best of all easy to make right at home!

May 3, 2019

Shanghai Spring Onion Scallion Noodles 葱油拌面

Shanghai Spring Onion Scallion Noodles 葱油拌面

chinese, Cold, noodles, Oil, recipe, Scallion, shanghai, spring onion, 葱油拌面,
By Published: 2019-05-03
This is my favorite Chinese cold noodle dish!  At first glance this noodle dish seems unbelievably simple, just fried spring onions topping noodles mixed with soy flavored sauce.  But when made right it's also unbelievably yummilicious!  So much so that I always, always order this noodle when we go to Shanghai restaurants.  The sucky thing is that these days this noodle dish is badly made in the many restaurants and comes out tasting meh.  Which it shouldn't, cuz made right this Shanghai Spring Onion Scallion Noodles 葱油拌面 is absolute noodle perfection, the flavor of the fried onions intense, caramelized and delightfully chewy crispy and the al dente noodles just coated with heavenly flavor combo of sweetened soy and spring onion infused oil. 

So what is a girl to do if she can't get her noodle fix at the restaurants?  That's right, we make it at home now, just the way we like it!  It's actually a pretty easy to  make dish once you get the hang of it.

April 15, 2019

Egg Omelet with Minced Pork & Preserved Radish 煎蛋角

Egg Omelet with Minced Pork & Preserved Radish 煎蛋角

Egg Omelet, Minced Pork, Preserved Radish, 菜脯, 煎蛋角, chinese , recipe, choi poh, preserved turnip
By Published: 2019-04-15
If you love eggs you'll love this egg dish!  My grandma 奶奶 used to make this special treat for us sometimes when she had a moment to spare.  It was such fun to eat these little egg wrapped meat pockets...I would always use my hands to eat it when grandma wasn't looking!  There's something so satisfying about the tender light texture of the egg wrapped around all that tasty meaty goodness...it's comfort food at its best.  This traditional Chinese Egg Omelet with Minced Pork & Preserved Radish 煎蛋角 is a simple pork filled egg omelet flavored with the unique sweet salty umami of Chinese fermented radish.

April 4, 2019

Maltose Crackers 麥芽糖夾餅

Maltose Crackers 麥芽糖夾餅

Maltose Crackers, hong kong, snack, street food,  麥芽糖, 麥芽糖夾餅
By Published: 2019-04-04
Here's a treat straight from the past of Hong Kong!  These simple to make and yummilicious snacks were sold from street vendors to children in the 50s and 60s of Hong Kong.  The conveniently sandwiched stick allows children to eat their snacks and run around at the same time.  A type of Hong Kong  lollipop, if you will.  Both savory and sweet, these Maltose Crackers 麥芽糖夾餅 are unique snacks from Hong Kong's past!  Plus they're so easy to make that kids can do it themselves, with some supervision during the maltose part...you don't want to come back and find them ensnarled in a sugary web!

March 27, 2019

Thai Satay Skewers

Thai Satay Skewers

Thai Satay Skewers, skewers, satay, peanut sauce dip, chicken, beef, recipe
By Published: 2019-03-27
If you're one of those folks like me who think that restaurant servings of skewers are waaaay too small and few and never enough for your deep skewer hunger then you're in luck cuz skewers are actually pretty easy to make.  And if you make your own you can have as many, many mouth wateringly lusicous skewers as you can gobble down and hide under your shirt for nibbles later.  (Ouch, watch out for the sharp tips!)  These Thai Satay Skewers of thoroughly marinated meat grilled to caramelized charred perfection are a showcase for those famously startlingly contrasts that work so well in Thai cuisine, the sweet, salty, sour, bitter and spicy present and somehow all perfectly balanced in one dish.

March 19, 2019

Stir Fried Milk 炒牛奶

Stir Fried Milk 炒牛奶

chinese, Daliang, recipe, shunde, Stir Fried Milk, 大良鎮, 炒牛奶, 炒鮮奶, 順德, shrimp,
By Published: 2019-03-19
This traditional Chinese dish famously from Daliang Town 大良鎮 is simple and yet oh so elegant!  Stir Fried Milk 炒牛奶 uses fresh milk, egg whites, starch and a clever cooking technique to create a dish of delicate clouds of snowy white curds interspersed with sea sweet shrimps, buttery pine nuts and flecks of richly flavored ham.  A real showstopper kind of dish!

March 11, 2019

White Clam Pizza

White Clam Pizza

White Clam Pizza, seafood pizza, recipe, clam, pizza
By Published: 2019-03-11
For all of you pizza and seafood lovers, I'm super excited to share this!  I've been binging on food shows again (my favorite lazing about thing to do), this time enjoying 'Ugly Delicious' and they had this segment about this little ol' pizza joint in New Haven called Frank Pepe where they serve white clam pizza.  OMGosh...Clam pizza!  And it's sooo delicious that it's famous! 

To be totally honest I was really surprised to see that Americans were loving themselves something so wildly seafood-y, if you know what I mean.  Hmmm..actually, I'm not even sure what that means.  Anyways, I was so intrigued with the idea, I mean fresh clams, pizza, what could go wrong?   

We love, love, love fresh seafood and make homemade pizza every week so of course we had to try it.  And it was AMAZING!  This White Clam Pizza is simply made: freshly shucked clams, a bit of garlic and cheese and a swirl of olive oil combine to make this pizza a marvel of crispy golden cheese infused with the absolutely delicious briny sea sweetness of clam juice.  This white clam pizza is to die for!

March 4, 2019

Zha Jiang Mian Fried Sauce Noodles 炸醬麵

Zha Jiang Mian Fried Sauce Noodles 炸醬麵

chinese noodle, Fried Bean Paste Noodles, pork sauce, recipe, Soybean Paste Noodles, Zha Jiang Mian, zha jiang noodles, 炸醬麵, fried sauce noodles
By Published: 2019-03-04
Here's a yummilicious and easy to make bowl of Chinese noodles that is an all-in-one kind of dinner.  I love making these noodles for dinner when I'm feeling a wee bit lazy or just plain ol' out of time.  This Zha Jiang Mian Fried Sauce Noodles 炸醬麪 is a classic Northern Chinese noodle dish that is topped with freshly slivered vegetables and minced pork sauce fried with soybean and tianmianjiang paste until fragrant.  It's a comfort dish that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  For such a simple to make dish, the rewards are super tasty and satisfying!  

February 26, 2019

Corned Beef Egg Sandwich 蛋牛治

Corned Beef Egg Sandwich 蛋牛治

cha chaan teng, Corned Beef Egg Sandwich, Hong Kong Style, recipe, 茶餐廳, 蛋牛治, 香港式, cafe
By Published: 2019-02-26
Here's something fun and easy to make for a snack as well as being a classic menu selection at all Hong Kong style cafes, also known as cha chaan tengs 茶餐廳.  One of my personal favorite late afternoon snacks at the local cha chaan teng is one order of the Corned Beef Egg Sandwich 蛋牛治 along with a tall cool glass of Hong Kong Style Iced Lemon Tea 凍檸茶.  Ah...nothing better to satisfy those late in the day stomach rumbles!   It's also super easy to make at home and I like it to do that so I can make my Corned Beef Egg Sandwich 蛋牛治 exactly the way that I like it best: soft bread enveloping tender flavorful beef and just scrambled lusciously soft and buttery eggs.  Yumm...

February 20, 2019

Sweet Cow Ear Cookies 甜牛耳朵餅

Sweet Cow Ear Cookies 甜牛耳朵餅

Sweet Cow Ear Cookies, chinese new year, festival, chinese, recipes, cookies, treats,  甜牛耳朵餅, red fermented bean curd, traditional, 南乳, 牛耳朵, 猪耳朵, 紅腐乳, 象耳朵
By Published: 2019-02-20
As promised, here is my sweet version of that festive Chinese New Year treat, the Cow Ear Cookie. In our last post we discussed the recipe for the traditional Chinese Cow Ear Cookie 牛耳朵餅,  a savory cookie flavored with the exotic flavors of the Chinese red fermented bean curd.  I found the flavors of the red fermented bean curd in a cookie so intriguing that I decided to try to make a sweet version of the same.  Here is the result, my version of a Sweet Cow Ear Cookie 甜牛耳朵餅, a buttery sweet pinwheel cookie swirled through with the distinct umami flavors of the Chinese red fermented bean curd.  Psst...tell you a secret...I think we like these sweet cookies even better than the traditional savory ones!!

February 16, 2019

Cow Ear Cookies 牛耳朵餅

Cow Ear Cookie 牛耳朵餅

cow ear cookie, elephant ear cookie, Pig Ear Cookie, 牛耳朵, 猪耳朵, 象耳朵, traditional, Chinese, cookie, recipe, red fermented bean curd, 紅腐乳, 南乳
By Published: 2019-02-16
This traditional Chinese New Year cookie that has a really good name.  An animal part name...a name that only the Chinese could think of, loving as they so do to name things in a strange ways.  Personally I could think of many other names for a cookie like this that would be as appropriate and definitely more pleasing to the ear (and the stomach!)  Nevertheless the aptly named but strange sounding Cow Ear Cookie 牛耳朵 is a pleasingly pinwheel patterned deliciously savory cookie flavored and colored with the interesting and rather exotic flavor of the Chinese red fermented bean curd 紅腐乳.

February 10, 2019

Chinese Date Paste 棗泥餡

Chinese Date Paste 棗泥餡

Chinese, Date Paste, jujube paste, recipe, date filling, jujube filling,  棗泥餡, traditional, dessert
By Published: 2019-02-10
Traditional Chinese sweets typically use a couple of kinds of fillings like red bean paste (see my Grandma's red bean paste recipe), lotus seed paste, egg custard (see our custard recipe inside our Snow Skin Custard Mooncake recipe post), etc.  Another traditional Chinese dessert filling paste is this yummilicious concoction made from Chinese dates also known as jujubes 棗, a sweet pulpy fruit that is often used to sweeten Chinese desserts.  The Chinese Date Paste 棗泥餡 is pretty simple to make and the end result is a rich, fruity, sweetly smooth and thick paste that can be used for stuffing pastries like Chinese Rice Flour Cookies 紅棗泥炒米餅 or for making candy like Chinese Date Walnut Candy 棗泥核桃糕.

February 4, 2019

Chinese Date Walnut Candy 棗泥核桃糕

Chinese Date Walnut Candy 棗泥核桃糕

Chinese, traditional, candy, recipe, Date Walnut Candy,  homemade, 棗泥核桃糕
By Published: 2019-02-04
I'm sure that every Chinese kid has eaten these delicious chewy traditional Chinese Date Walnut Candies 棗泥核桃糕 at sometime or the other.  Made of Chinese dates and walnuts, its soft sweet fruity chewiness packed full of walnuts, it's a delicious treat anytime.  For the Chinese New Year, it is the perfect traditional candy to fill your Chinese Tray of Togetherness 攢盒 with!  We decided to go for broke this year and make these Chinese Date Walnut Candies at home and the resulting fresh yummiliciousness was even better than we expected.  Fresh homemade candies really rock the flavor!

January 29, 2019

How to Deseed Pomegranate

How to Deseed Pomegranate

Deseed, how to, Pomegranate, get seeds out, easy way, beat, fruit
By Published: 2019-01-29
Pomegranates are a gorgeous fruit, chock full of fabulousness for your mind and body, its red juicy seeds shimmering in the light like living ruby teardrops.  Famously, pomegranate seeds were the temptation that Persephone succumbed to when abducted by Hades, the Lord of the Underworld.  Those few ruby red seeds tied her to the world below forever...  (Lesson: when in a fairy or god/goddess situation, never ever eat or drink anything!!!)

On a brighter note the pomegranate is the perfect fruit to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, its color the lucky happy red that the Chinese consider a harbinger of luck and its many seeds an apt symbol for fertility.  And while I actually really love eating pomegranate seeds, they're super yummy...but gosh darn it, I always found that getting the seeds out to be a real b*tch.  Picking them out takes forever...  But then I discovered that there is a really easy and quick way to get those pomegranate seeds out after all.  A fabulous fun method where you get to beat something up!

January 7, 2019

Homemade Shrimp Ball Paste Steamed with Broccoli 手打蝦膠蒸西蘭花

Homemade Shrimp Ball Paste Steamed with Broccoli 手打蝦膠蒸西蘭花

Broccoli, chinese, homemade, paste, recipe, Shrimp Ball, steamed, 手打, 蒸, 蝦膠, 西蘭花, , 蝦球, 蝦丸
By Published: 2019-01-07
Yumm...broccoli and shrimp...two of my favorite things in one easy dish!  Make this way easier than you think Homemade Shrimp Ball Paste Steamed with Broccoli for dinner and not only does it look good but it's a two for one (seafood and veggies) as well as super yummilicious.  The key to this spectacular looking dish is the shrimp paste, or shrimp ball paste as I have called it to differentiate it from the intensely aromatic fermented shrimp paste 蝦醬.  This shrimp ball paste is made with fresh shrimps and it's surprisingly easy to make.  Once you have the hang of making shrimp ball paste you can make plain ol' shrimp balls for your noodle dishes or hotpots, or smear it on all kinds of veggies to be steamed or fried to shrimpy deliciousness!

December 18, 2018

Christmas Wreath Cookies

Christmas Wreath Cookies

no bake, christmas cookie, christmas wreath cookie, recipe, easy
By Published: 2018-12-18
There's nothing like the Christmas season and the fun of all the festivities that go with it.  In addition to secretly amassing great piles of gifts and stocking stuffers we always find the time to bake and share our Christmas cookies.  This year, in addition to our usual decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies, we also made Christmas Wreath Cookies, which are not only really easy to make and delicious to eat but also a real treat for the eyes, looking just like miniature versions of the real Christmas wreaths!  Plus the kids just love these chewy gooey yet surprisingly crunchy sweet treats!

November 22, 2018

Rabbit Fish Congee 泥鯭粥

Rabbit Fish Congee 泥鯭粥

chinese, classic, congee, fish, Mottled spinefoot, Rabbit Fish, recipe, rice porridge, traditional, 果皮, 泥鯭粥, 褐藍子魚, jook
By Published: 2018-11-22
Here's a little something for comfort, guaranteed to hit the right spot, as the autumn weather turns chill, cool northern winds blowing tree leaves adrift.  This is a classic Cantonese type of congee, or rice porridge if you like, that infuses the wonderfully creamy soothing heat of rice porridge with the sweet tender meat of the rabbit fish.  You can, of course, use other fish but this particular combination is a classic dish that you can, if you're lucky, still find in some of the grand ol' Cantonese restaurants that carry on in traditional fashion.  Or, shucks, if you can't find it, try making it at home, trust me it's worth the effort!  Rabbit Fish Congee 泥鯭粥 is an easy enough dish to make at home, it just needs a bit of time to cook down the rice and soon you'll be slurping on a perfect dish of creamy fish congee, warming yourself from the tip top of your head right down to the bottom of your toes!
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