May 27, 2015

Green Bean Licorice Prickly Heat Herbal Tea 生地綠豆甘草茶

Green Bean Licorice Prickly Heat Herbal Tea 生地綠豆甘草茶

Cold, di huang, Green Bean, Herbal, itchy, Licorice, Prickly Heat, recipe, Soup, tea, Tonic, 甘草, 生地, 綠豆, 茶, 薏仁
By Published: 2015-05-27
Do you ever think about how much beverage we buy and lug home to drink?  Water, juices, sodas, etc.  Heavy to lug home, liquid in bottles is heavy, amiright?  We buy beverages too, but it's been humming in the back of my mind for a while that there must be a better option.  What, for example, did people used do for everyday for cool and refreshing drinks in the days before the invention of modern packaging?  They made their own drinks, of course!  So recently when my little girl's eczema flared up again due to the already humid weather descending over Hong Kong, I decided to cook up a big ol' pot of Green Bean Licorice Prickly Heat Herbal Tea, or 生地綠豆甘草茶.  A cool, inexpensive, refreshing sweet Chinese beverage that makes a great everyday drink and soothes itchy skin and prickly heat. 

May 22, 2015

Chinese Steamed Sugar Sponge Cake 白糖糕

Chinese Steamed Sugar Sponge Cake 白糖糕

Chinese, Steamed, Sugar, Sponge Cake, honeycomb, rice, cake, recipe, 白糖糕
By Published: 2015-05-22
Eating the deliciously bouncy Chinese Steamed Sugar Cake 白糖糕 always reminds me of being a kid.  Holding a squishy wobbly piece of cake in one hand whilst lazing on the sofa watching endless Road Runner cartoons.  Fighting over the last bits with my sisters.  Wondering why my cake had so many holes.  Thinking it was pretty cool that it had so many holes.  Trying to see through those many holes all the way to the other side.  And then eating some more.  Remembering all these things that made me happy when I was a kid, I decided to make some wonderfully wobbly Steamed Sugar Sponge Cake 白糖糕 for my little girl today and, no surprise, she loved it!

May 16, 2015

Steamed Giant Grouper Fish Head with Tangerine Peel 果皮蒸龍躉頭

Steamed Giant Grouper Fish Head with Tangerine Peel 果皮蒸龍躉頭

Steamed, Giant Grouper, Fish, Head, Tangerine Peel, fish head, steamed fish, recipe, giant garoupa,  果皮, 蒸, 龍躉頭
By Published: 2015-05-16
People usually think of fish as something small. You know, something that can be held with a hand or two.   I know I've always thought of them as small (and delicious) things. But as I have delved more into the tremendous varieties of fresh seafood that the Hong Kong local wet markets make available I have realized that some fish are not small. Indeed, some fish are really big! Recently we made the delectable Steamed Giant Grouper Fish Head with Tangerine Peel, or 果皮蒸龍躉頭,  which we have made many times before. Except this time I started thinking about the size of the fish that must go with such a head and ended up realizing that we were eating a giant fish head! Imagine that, I never knew!

May 13, 2015

How to Eat Sugarcane 吃甘蔗

How, Eat, Sugarcane, raw, prepare, 吃, 甘蔗
By Published: 2015-05-13
When I was a little girl my 爸爸 took my sister and I to Taiwan.  It was my first trip to Taiwan as well as Asia.  I remember the hot wet air hitting us like a ton of bricks when we descended from the airplane onto the tarmac, the hot sluggish wind.  This was a completely different place from where we were growing up, a place full of strange new sights, sounds and smells.  My 爸爸 had lived in Taiwan during his formative teen years and had never been back since.  He was emotional, full of half complete stories of his Taiwan years, stories sprinkled with joy, nostalgia and sadness.  One of the side trips we took on this little family adventure was a long and winding bus ride that took us to the lush deep south of Taiwan.  It was on this never ending bus ride that I had my first lesson on How to Eat Sugarcane  吃甘蔗.  Munching away on a stick was never so sweet!

May 3, 2015

Chilled Bigeye Fish - Chiu Chow Style 潮州凍大眼雞

Chilled Bigeye Fish - Chiu Chow Style 潮州凍大眼雞

Chilled, cold, Bigeye Fish, fish, big eye chicken, Chiu Chow,  潮州, 凍, 大眼雞, recipe, chinese, pu ning, bean sauce, 普宁豆酱
By Published: 2015-05-03
The thing about spring in Hong Kong is that it lasts only a few cool windswept weeks and then it's gone forever.  BAM! and just like that we're right in the midst of hot summer heat.  Yuck!   If there is one thing that I could do without it's those endless summery months!  And yet one must soldier on nevertheless and thus we find our thoughts turned longingly towards those delicious cold dishes in the Chinese repertoire. We've posted about several Northern Chinese style cold dishes like the crunchilicious Chinese Cold Cucumber Salad and the cold Chinese Spiced Beef Shin.  Today I want to share our latest obsession, a Southern style Chinese cold dish, the very easy to make and really, really amazingly fresh and sweet Chilled Bigeye Fish - Chiu Chow Style, or 潮州凍大眼雞.  This cold fish dish is so tasty and it keeps so well in the fridge that we're making batches of it so we can have it all the time! It's that good!

April 25, 2015

Fresh Bamboo Shoots - How to Prepare 準備新鮮冬筍

Fresh Bamboo Shoots - How to Prepare 準備新鮮冬筍

fresh, bamboo shoots, prepare, boil, how to, 準備, 新鮮, 筍
By Published: 2015-04-25

I grew up thinking food only came from supermarkets and so am forever grateful that I have had the chance to discover and experience the wet markets of Hong Kong where anything and everything culinary can be found for your eating pleasure.  There's nothing quite like the subtle thrill inside as you wander through the bustling real food markets on your daily round, keeping the corner of your eye on the lookout for whatever food treasures that day will bring.  I was so excited with my latest discovery that we found in a humble dirt sprinkled box, these strange hornshaped plants? vegetables? that turned out to be Fresh Bamboo Shoots!  Woo-hoo!  I've always wanted to try fresh bamboo shoots!  It turns out that these fresh bamboo shoots are not only easy to prepare but much more delicious than the canned bamboo shoots that we usually use.  (But of course it is!)

April 17, 2015

Indian Chapatis Rotis 印度扁面包

Indian Chapatis Rotis 印度扁面包

Indian, Chapatis, Rotis, flat bread, recipe,  bread, 印度, 扁面包
By Published: 2015-04-17

I looove Indian breads!  I always make my 老公 annoyed when we go to an Indian restaurant because, in the end, all I really want to eat is the amazing bread!  Hey, I can't help it if the darn bread is so yummilicious, amiright?!  To go along with our home cooked mini Indian feast which so far has included the delightful Spicy Indian Potato Cauliflower Aloo Gobi and the meatilicious Indian Spicy Baked Chicken  Masaledar MurghiI decided to make homemade Indian Chapatis Rotis 印度扁面包.  I can't tell you how much fun we had at our Indian feast, each of us eating our fresh warm chewy (homemade!) chapatis wrapped around choice tidbits of tender tasty curried meats and veggies!  Plus it's easy to make these delicious flat breads!

April 15, 2015

Spicy Indian Baked Chicken Masaledar Murghi 印度烤雞

Spicy Indian Baked Chicken Masaledar Murghi 印度烤雞

Indian, Spicy, Baked, Chicken,  Masaledar Murghi,  印度, 烤雞, recipe, tandoori, indian spices
By Published: 2015-04-15

Something easy and super tasty for dinner, right, that's what everyone wants?  This is the second post about our adventures into real Indian cuisine, about our mini Indian feast that we indulged in starting with the vegetarian dish Spicy Indian Potato Cauliflower Aloo Gobi that we wrote about the other day.  To go with these delicious dry curry vegetable dish we made this super easy Indian Spicy Baked Chicken Masaledar Murghi, a tender, fragrant, super spiced up meat dish.

Indian, Spicy, Baked, Chicken,  Masaledar Murghi,  印度, 烤雞, recipe, tandoori, indian spices

April 13, 2015

Spicy Indian Potato Cauliflower Aloo Gobi 印式干咖喱土豆烩花椰菜

Spicy Indian Potato Cauliflower Aloo Gobi 印式干咖喱土豆烩花椰菜

Spicy, Indian, Potato, Cauliflower, Aloo Gobi, dry curry, vegetarian, curry, vegetable,  印式干, 咖喱, 土豆, 烩, 花椰菜, recipe
By Published: 2015-04-13

Every once in a while we like to dip into far away cuisines for a taste of the exotic, to travel by dint of our tastebuds.  It's so much fun to treat yourself to a completely different world of textures, tastes and aromas!  One of the old cuisines that I find really interesting (besides Chinese cuisine, of course)  is Indian cuisine.  What a spectacular, varied and long lived food culture!  Recently we had a serious craving for Indian food and thus whipped up a mini Indian feast for ourselves.  Gorgeously spice infused vegetarian and meat dishes paired against a tart and refreshing cucumber yogurt dish, all of this eaten with deliciously fresh handmade chapatis.  This is the yummilicious vegetarian dish we made, the Spicy Indian Potato Cauliflower, also known as Aloo Gobi, or 印式干咖喱土豆烩花椰菜.

Spicy, Indian, Potato, Cauliflower, Aloo Gobi, dry curry, vegetarian, curry, vegetable,  印式干, 咖喱, 土豆, 烩, 花椰菜, recipe

April 2, 2015

Natural Easter Egg Dyes 天然染料復活節彩蛋

Natural Easter Egg Dyes 天然染料復活節彩蛋

Natural dye, Easter Egg, Dye,  天然, 染料, 復活節, 彩蛋, recipe, instruction,  food dye, beets, tumeric
By Published: 2015-04-02

Winter fades and Spring is here!  And Easter is coming up!  Easter bunnies and creamy chocolates and Easter eggs!  This year we made some gorgeous (we think!) natural dye easter eggs for my little girl to take to her class to share with her schoolmates.   It takes a bit of time to make these natural dye easter eggs but it's an easy, fun project to do together with your kid or just for kicks.  And healthier cuz you're just using natural food dyes to color the eggs.  How cool is that!

March 30, 2015

Chinese Pickled Garlic 醃蒜頭

Chinese Pickled Garlic 醃蒜頭

Chinese, Pickled Garlic, pickles, 醃蒜頭, recipe, garlic, sweet
By Published: 2015-03-30

Ah, garlic!  That humble culinary bulb, the stinking rose!  People always say that garlic is one of those things where either you love it or you hate it.  For myself, I have found that my personal relationship with garlic fluctuates.  Sometimes, in some forms, I love it!  And sometimes, in other forms, I can find myself avoiding it.  I can't imagine cooking without it and yet, when I was pregnant and for a long time after, I could not stand raw garlic.  And then I swing back, ruminating on the creamy flavor of garlic after a deep slow long roast...or the flavor layers one smashed bulb can add to a simple stir fry!  One thing I have always found harder to like is raw uncooked garlic.  Recently we decided to try making Chinese Pickled Garlic, or 醃蒜頭, and I was really, really pleased to find that this sweet vinegary pickled garlic is not only immensely more yummilicious than raw garlic, but also packed with great health benefits and you also end up with the most amazingly garlicky flavored vinegar syrup in the world!

March 22, 2015

Pan Fried Tofu Stuffed with Fish Paste 煎釀鯔魚滑豆腐

Pan Fried Tofu Stuffed with Fish Paste 煎釀鯔魚滑豆腐

comfort food, easy, Fish Paste, pan fried, recipe, Stuffed, tofu, 煎釀, 豆腐, 鯔魚滑
By Published: 2015-03-22

A simple and homey Chinese classic.  Easy to prepare and delicious and fun to eat.  An intriguing play on textures and tastes.  The smooth silky blandness of tofu contrasted against the sea sweet fragrant chewiness of ground fish paste.  Pan Fried Tofu stuffed with Fish Paste, or 煎釀鯔魚滑豆腐, is such a comfort dish and it's super easy to prepare!

March 18, 2015

Chinese Cooking Stories from the Heart 煮食故事

authentic, chinese, cookbook, cooking, cooking stories, giveaway, memories, 煮食, 故事, 中國, 香港
By Published: 2015-03-18

Dear readers, I want to first of all thank all of you that wrote in to tell us your wonderful Chinese cooking stories for a chance at our cookbook giveaway!  We reviewed 'Chinese Feasts & Festivals: A Cookbookand made the delicious Homemade Chinese Pork Jerky Bakkwa  自制猪肉干 from a recipe in the same cookbook.   For a chance to win a free copy of the cookbook we asked for your best chinese cooking stories.

 Well, we have chosen our two favorite stories (the winner's cookbooks are on their way!) and we thought that you might enjoy reading the winning stories as much as we did.  I have to say, (excuse the cheesiness!) that it was wonderful to see how cooking really brings people together!

March 14, 2015

Crystalline Iceplant Salad with Soy Sesame Dressing 冷拌水晶冰菜

Crystalline Iceplant Salad with Soy Sesame Dressing 冷拌水晶冰菜

Crystalline Iceplant, iceplant, ice plant, Salad, chinese cold dish, Soy Sesame Dressing, chinese dressing,  冷拌, 水晶冰菜, chinese salad, recipe
By Published: 2015-03-14

After stuffing ourselves on festival foods merrily all through the Chinese New Year celebrations, we really felt like taking a breather and eating light for a while.  So we've been oohing and aahing our way through platefuls of our latest discovery, a plant/vegetable that, delightfully, looks as though it is covered with ice!  Its dewy sparkles caught my eye one day at the local wet market and I immediately asked about it.  The vegetable vendor enthusiastically vouched for this strange new vegetable, telling me that it was absolute perfection when eaten as a cold dish.  She even suggested a recipe!  And indeed she was right, this unusual vegetable made for a fabulous Crystalline Iceplant Salad with Soy Sesame Dressing 冷拌水晶冰菜, an easy to make, light, chinese style cold dish.  Not only was this dish yummilicious, we have gotten seriously addicted to this icy plant!

Crystalline Iceplant, iceplant, ice plant, Salad, chinese cold dish, Soy Sesame Dressing, chinese dressing,  冷拌, 水晶冰菜, chinese salad, recipe
Super close up of the surface of the Crystalline Iceplant

March 5, 2015

Braised Dried Oysters with Black Sea Moss and Roast Pork 髮菜蠔豉燜燒肉

Braised Dried Oysters with Black Sea Moss and Roast Pork 髮菜蠔豉燜燒肉

Black Sea Moss, braised, cantonese, chinese new year, dried mushroom, Dried Oysters, fat choy, feast, Roast Pork, 燒肉, 燜, 蠔豉, 髮菜, 好市發財
By Published: 2015-03-5

First of all let me greet you with this hearty Chinese New Year Greeting: Wishing you Prosperity and Good Fortune!  祝你好市發財!  And now let me invite you to eat that exact same greeting!  Whaaat, you're probably thinking, she's too much in the kitchen and has finally gone nutso!!  Wait...what I really mean is let me invite you to feast on the very traditional and very fabulous Chinese New Year's dish of Braised Dried Oysters with Black Sea Moss and Roast Pork, or 髮菜蠔豉燜燒肉.  The Chinese characters for dried oysters and sea moss is 蠔豉髮菜  which sounds almost exactly like 好市發財 which means Prosperity and Good Fortune.  Thus, through this auspicious twist of words,  you can actually feast on a savory dish of Prosperity and Good Fortune to start off the New Year of the Sheep!  And, indeed, what better way to start off the Chinese New Year than to partake of this intriguingly mysterious yet surpassingly yummilicious combination of unique Chinese ingredients that is the Braised Dried Oysters with Black Sea Moss and Roast Pork!

February 22, 2015

Homemade Chinese Pork Jerky Bakkwa 自制猪肉干

Homemade Chinese Pork Jerky Bakkwa 自制猪肉干

Homemade, Chinese, Pork Jerky, Bakkwa, recipe, meat jerky,  自制, 猪肉干, 肉干, cookbook review, chinese feasts and festivals cookbook
By Published: 2015-02-22

Kung Hei Fat Choy!!  恭喜發財!! Welcome to the Year of the Sheep!!  I don't know about y'all but it's been a busy few days of cooking for us.  Lots of delicioso type of traditional Chinese New Years dishes that we make once a year to celebrate the coming of the New Lunar Year!  Yummilicious things like Chinese Sweet New Year Cake 年糕, Steamed Radish Cake 蘿蔔糕, and the Braised Dried Oyster with Black Sea Moss (recipe coming up soon!)  One of the things we made for the first time this year is Homemade Chinese Pork Jerky, also know as Bakkwa,  or 自制猪肉干.  The reason we attempted to make our own jerky is because we received a most beautifully illustrated cookbook to review, Chinese Feasts & Festivals: A Cookbook, by S.C. Moey, and we were delighted to discover what looked like a pretty easy recipe for making this delicious treat at home.  I mean I love chinese jerky and never realized you could make it yourself at home!

Homemade, Chinese, Pork Jerky, Bakkwa, recipe, meat jerky,  自制, 猪肉干, 肉干, cookbook review, chinese feasts and festivals cookbook
Illustration by S.C. Moey, from Chinese Feasts & Festivals: A Cookbook

February 17, 2015

Chinese New Year Flowers 中國新年花

chinese new year, flower market, hong kong, victoria park, Five Fingered Eggplant, Narcissus, orchid, Peach Blossom, Peony, tangerine, 中國新年, 桃花, 桔, 水仙, 牡丹, 蘭花, 農曆新年, 花
By Published: 2015-02-17

The one thing you have to do every Chinese New Year if you live in Hong Kong is to visit the Chinese New Year Flower Market, or 中國新年花市.  This huge, chaotic market located yearly at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay began as a flower market to sell New Year's flowers to all the households preparing for the New Year (one must have flowers in the house for New Year!) and has evolved over the years into not only an amazing flower market but also general fair or market, where anything and everything is sold, from toys to gadgets to political literature and t-shirts.  Everything with strong emphasis on preparing and celebrating for the upcoming Chinese New Year, of course.  We go every year to enjoy the very festive (though very crowded) atmosphere, to buy a balloon (a giraffe balloon!) and a toy or two for my little girl and, most importantly, to pick up our Chinese New Year's Flowers 中國新年花.  The Chinese New Year Flower Market is just so gorgeous and fun, with festive and colorful New Year's flowers as far as the eye can see!


chinese new year, flower market, hong kong, victoria park, Five Fingered Eggplant, Narcissus, orchid, Peach Blossom, Peony, tangerine, 中國新年, 桃花, 桔, 水仙, 牡丹, 蘭花, 農曆新年, 花

February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day! 情人節快樂

valentine's day, valentine, cookie, sugar cookies, royal icing, egg white icing, decorated
By Published: 2015-02-14

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at The Hong Kong Cookery!

We think there's no better way to celebrate the holiday of love than to spend some time making and decorating cookies to give as Valentines to your sweethearts and friends.  So here is my little girl's funny family of heart cookie valentines (there's Mommy and Daddy Heart, Baby Heart, Sister Heart, and Grams and Gramps Heart.)

Our Valentine to you, dear readers!   情人節快樂!

February 12, 2015

Chinese Candied Kumquats 糖漬金橘

Chinese Candied Kumquats 糖漬金橘

農曆新年, Candied Kumquats, candy, chinese, dried, kumquat, recipe, 糖漬金橘, chinese new year, snacks, 中國新年, fruit
By Published: 2015-02-12

This Chinese New Year recipe is a delicioso combination of a couple of things I really love, candy and fruit, and something really lucky for the Chinese New Year, the kumquat, or 金橘.  金橘 translates as "gold orange" which symbolizes that good fortune (which for the Chinese always means MONEY!) will find you in the upcoming year.  Which, to be honest, is always a good thing, right?  More money means more yummy food, amiright?  What people usually do is to buy big pots of kumquat laden trees (tying on lucky red pocket envelopes all over it) to put in their house and invite in the luck for the new year.  This year we decided to not just decorate our house with kumquat trees but to make some 'golden' food to ingest into our bodies so as to increase our likelihood of golden luckiness even more!  And thus we present to you our version of the Chinese Candied Kumquat 糖漬金橘, a choice snack for the festivities of the Chinese New Year, bringing you not only yummilicious delight for your sweet tooth but also a fun way to swallow some of that 'golden luckiness' right into your very being!

February 4, 2015

Macanese Style Portuguese Curry Chicken 葡國雞

Macanese Style Portuguese Curry Chicken 葡國雞

Macanese, Style, Portuguese, Curry Chicken, recipe, food, macau, 澳門, 葡國雞
By Published: 2015-02-04
I'm always so happy when I get a chance to write about Macau.  It's a place that pulls me in some way, there's something so interesting about this little city that started out as one of the first European trading port cities in Asia and now, 500 years later, is a gracefully beautiful yet contradictory grand dame, full of sometimes shocking flirtations and many, many secrets doors into her long, intricate past.  One very interesting part of this past of Macau is the ethnic group known as the Macanese, or 土生葡人, which are Macau born people with Portuguese ancestry.  (Macau was for a long, long time a Portuguese colony.)  The Macanese developed the eclectic cuisine known as Macanese food, a mix of Portuguese and Chinese cuisine that is very distinctly their own.  We were reminiscing about Macau the other day and how much we missed the food there and oh, we should make a short trip soon, blah, blah, blah.  Long story short, what else to do but to make this yummilicious Macanese Style Portuguese Curry Chicken 葡國雞, a dish unique to Macau and Macanese food!

Macanese, Style, Portuguese, Curry Chicken, recipe, food, macau, 澳門,    葡國雞
The façade of St. Paul's Cathedral in Macau by Wilhelm Heine, 1854
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