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!

November 12, 2018

Lemony Lemon Pound Cake

Lemony Lemon Pound Cake

lemon drizzle, lemon, cake, pound cake, recipe, moist, lemon zest, sugar syrup, best pound cake
By Published: 2018-11-12
I've been lemon crazy recently.  Lemons in everything to the point where my little girl has started rolling her eyes at me when I present my latest pièce de résistance.  But I can't help it, lemon is so good with everything from roasts to jams to sauces and cookies and cakes!  Even the every popular Candied Lemon Peel.  Which leads me to this most amazing Lemony Lemon Pound Cake recipe that I just had to share cuz one can never eat too much cake, amirite?  But seriously, this Lemony Lemon Pound Cake is a real keeper, the best lemon pound cake I've made, heck the best pound cake,  refreshingly tart and fragrantly lemony all the way through from the moist rich crumb to the hard lemony drizzle on top.

November 2, 2018

Homemade Dried Salted Cured Fish Roe 自製魚子幹

Homemade Dried Salted Cured Fish Roe 自製魚子幹

bottarga, chinese, Cured, dried, fish roe, homemade, karasumi, recipe, salt preserved, salted, fish roe, 自製, 魚子幹, how to
By Published: 2018-11-02
I must confess a love for all foods preserved.  It must be the special uniquely umami taste that preserved foods have, the original taste intensified and transformed through the process of preservation and fermentation.  I have been anxious to try this particular preservation for a while, having seen the lovely preserved golden hued mullet fish roes 烏魚子 (so expensive!) available at the airport duty free shops when we have airplane layovers in Taiwan or Korea.  Thus when we discovered fresh fish roe (squeak!) at our local wet market there was nothing left to do but try making our own Homemade Dried Salted Cured Fish Roe, or  自製魚子幹.  

October 19, 2018

Oven Dried Longan Fruit 自製龍眼乾

Oven Dried Longan Fruit 自製龍眼乾

chinese, dragon eye, homemade, Oven, Dried, dehydrated, Longan, Fruit,  自製, 龍眼乾, 烤乾, 龍眼
By Published: 2018-10-19
The funny thing is that I like the luscious lychee fruit more than its sedate cousin the longan dragon eye fruit.  But, turn that around when it comes to these fruits in dried form, cuz I love, love, love dried longan fruit more than anything!  The fresh longan fruit, a small berry like fruit with a hard shell encasing a translucent sweet white flesh, is delicious and all that but, man oh man, when it is dried it becomes so sinfully sweet, in a natural way, deliciously chewy and just so absolutely yummilicious that it is better than candy!  Yes, that's right, Oven Dried Longan 龍眼乾 is even better than candy (except chocolate of course) and that's how we eat them in our house, as a naturally deliciously sweet and healthy fruit candy.

September 24, 2018

Chinese Rice Flour Cookies with Date Filling 紅棗泥炒米餅

Chinese Rice Flour Cookies with Date Filling 紅棗泥炒米餅

Chinese, recipe, Rice Flour, Cookies,, crispy cookies, Date Filling,  紅棗泥, 炒米餅, traditional, wooden mold
By Published: 2018-09-24
The best thing about the celebration of traditional Chinese festivals are the traditional style eats, amirite?  And as it's Mid Autumn Festival time (oh the moon tonite!) we thought we'd make some traditional style cookies for those who are not so much into eating mooncakes.  These Chinese Rice Flour Cookies with Date Filling 紅棗泥炒米餅 are wonderfully light and satisfying traditional cookies, slightly crispy yet crumbly with a lusciously sweet date filling besides packing a visual wallop with their graceful molded shapes.  Plus they are easy to make!

September 20, 2018

Walnut Sesame Tong Yuan 核桃芝麻湯圓

Walnut Sesame Tong Yuan 核桃芝麻湯圓

Rice Dumplings, Walnut, Sesame, Tong Yuan, chinese, nut, recipe, 核桃, 芝麻, 湯圓
By Published: 2018-09-20
Mid Autumn Festival is just around the corner and we've been dithering about which mooncake to make.  Will it be our Double Yolk Lotus Mooncakes, our Five Nut Mooncakes?  Or perhaps our Snow Skin Mooncakes will do the trick.  Not only that but, as my little girl is reminding me, we must buy all the glowing paraphernalia that is needed for Mid Autumn Festival celebration, a night of moongazing and mooncake eating.  Let's see...we have got glowstick glasses, glowstick necklaces and rings, glowstick bunny ears and there's still our annual trip to pick up lovely Chinese lanterns to carry while moongazing.  And not only all that but we are also making other festive treats such as homemade tong yuan rice dumplings, those luscious little sweet treats whose rounded shapes make it the perfect moon tribute.  This year we made Walnut Sesame Tong Yuan 核桃芝麻湯圓, with a buttery nutty decadent sweet walnut sesame filling that is the perfect foil to the smooth and chewy rice flour wrap.
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