By Ellen L.Published: 2015-02-06
We just finished posting on how to make those delightful Chinese New Year's sweet treats, the Jau Gok Peanut Puff Dumpling, or 炸油角. This little dumpling is really easy to make and easy to wrap as well if you use a dumpling press of some sort. But...if you want to go all traditional and hard core and wrap by hand, the wrapping is a bit more tricky, so we decided to do a quick post on How to Wrap Jau Gok Peanut Puff Dumplings 炸油角 by hand.
February 6, 2016
February 3, 2016
Jau Gok Peanut Puff Dumpling 炸油角 / 炸角仔
By Ellen L.Published: 2016-02-03
This post is inspired by the stories that have come in from our dear readers that spoke of their fond memories of the making and eating of the traditional Chinese New Year Treat, Jau Gok Peanut Puff Dumpling, 油角 or 角仔, also known as Tim Gok or Gok Jai. This sweet treat is especially made by grandmas and grandpas, mothers and fathers for the Chinese New Year festivities as snacks to munch on and to share with the many Chinese New Year guests expected. Another good reason to make and serve these crunchy munchies is that the distinctive shape of the Jau Gok is evocative of the gold ingots that the Chinese used for centuries as money. So you could make and eat piles of golden ingots, what better way to start off the Year of the Monkey!?
|Gold ingot used as currency in ancient China|
January 26, 2016
Chinese Smiling Sesame Cookie Balls 笑口棗
By Ellen L.Published: 2016-01-26It's almost time for the Chinese New Year 中國新年 and happy, plentiful thoughts of food, food, and even more delicious food are on my mind! As anyone with proximity to Chinese culture will know, all things Chinese revolve around the copious consumption of all kinds of yummilicious foods. Nom, nom, nom!! We are going to celebrate the snack aspect of traditional Chinese New Year foods this time around and we start with the easy to make, delightfully addictive Chinese New Year favorite, Chinese Smiling Sesame Cookie Balls, or 笑口棗. I'm sure you've seen these before, these little crisp sesame infused cookies can be bought everywhere during the Chinese New Year to munch on or to serve your CNY guests. But I'll bet you've never had them homemade and fresh and I think you'll find they are waaaaay more delicious made at home than bought from any store.
January 17, 2016
Pan Fried Cheong Fun Rice Rolls with Egg 香煎腸粉炒蛋
By Ellen L.Published: 2016-01-17Recently we were really excited when a new little food shop opened on our street and we saw that they sold all kinds of chinese noodles (like Cantonese egg noodles), and most exciting of all, at least for me, was that they sold really fresh Cheong Fun 腸粉, also known as Rice Rolls or Rice Noodle Rolls. Cheong Fun is used for all kinds of dishes, both savory and sweet, but for myself the favorite preparation is the classic Hong Kong snack food Pan Fried Cheong Fun with Egg. Chewy fragrant rice, just fried egg clinging to the rolls, splashes of sweet soy sauce and oh, the tasty deliciousness of hoisin sauce! YUMM...comfort food alert!!
January 10, 2016
Seriously Amazing Chocolate Tart 巧克力撻
By Ellen L.Published: 2016-01-10
I wanted to share this chocolate tart recipe because it really is seriously amazing. Not due to any special skills of mine or anything, let me assure you, this tart is amazing all by itself! I had to bring a dessert to a New Year's Eve barbecue that we were invited to and naturally wanted to impress and thus stumbled on this recipe for chocolate tart that seemed easy yet delicious. But I was wrong...it was super easy and amazingly delicious! Not just my opinion, this tart got rave stand up reviews from the folks at the barbecue, many of whom are chefs themselves. So if you're a super chocolate fan (like we are!) and need to produce an impressive but easy to make dessert, do try this Seriously Amazing Chocolate Tart. You won't be disappointed, I promise!
January 5, 2016
Chinese Egg Tarts 蛋撻
By Ellen L.Published: 2016-01-05
Greetings for the New Year and hope that you all have had a great holiday season! I know that we've been really, really busy and have only now had a chance to breath a bit. So, in thinking of what to write about as the first post of this grand new year, I had the inspiration to bring in the year with a bit of sunshine and to me there is not a thing in the world that is as sunshiny and cheerful as the absolutely fabulously famous and wonderfully traditional Chinese Egg Tart, or 蛋撻! Why it's something that every Chinese kid grew up with, it's sorta programmed into our DNA or something. Egg tarts are the first 'desserts' I remember eating, my grubby little hand eagerly lifting up a tart from its big pink box, falling in finger lickin love from the first moment with that tender, sweet eggy custard and the cookie like crust. Ohh...just taking one luscious bite of an egg tart takes me right back to warm and fuzzy times...
December 18, 2015
Stained Glass Cookies 彩色玻璃餅乾
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-12-18
Dear readers, in this Christmas season, I'm going to have to admit that I've got cookies on the brain, a veritable cookie fever, if you will. Cookies, cookies, cookies everywhere! What can one do, though, with Christmas parties coming up one after another and a little girl at home that loves her cookies and milk? Our latest discovery of fun cookies to make and bake for the holiday season are these wonderfully fun and amazingly beautiful Stained Glass Cookies 彩色玻璃餅乾. I can't believe that I had never seen these cookies before! Where the heck have I been? Who would have thought that one could make cookies that let light in through a colorful candy window?! Amazing cookiness, if you ask me. And you can even hang them on your Christmas tree!
December 12, 2015
Chinese Sweet Potato Ginger Dessert Soup 番薯姜糖水
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-12-12
Brrrrrr! All day long a chilly autumn wind has been blowing in through the crack in my window, outside its been raining on and off and the world is all wet and dreary. On days like this there's nothing that warms you up better than a touch of the right kind of traditional Cantonese sweet soup. And the right kind of sweet soup, at least for me, is the kind of sweet soup with a bit of ginger in it, no, no, I must be upfront, a darn boatload of ginger in it. Yummm...that delicious spiciness of ginger! How good this Chinese Sweet Potato Ginger Dessert Soup 番薯姜糖水 is, soft comforting pieces of luscious yams floating in a sweet and fiery soup that warms you right through to the tips of your toes!
December 6, 2015
Snowball Melting Moments Cookies 雪球融化時刻餅乾
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-12-06Yeah, it's that time of the year! The countdown to Christmas is here! I love the Xmas season despite all the rampant commercialization of it these days. There's always been something really wonderful, warm and fuzzy to me about it all. And now that we've got a little girl it's even more fun to celebrate Christmas, there are gifts to hide, decorations to put up, christmas carols to sing! We kicked off the season this year by making these yummiliciously fun Snowball Melting Moments Cookies; a cookie easy enough for my little girl to make, mostly, by herself and good looking enough to give away as a gift. I mean who wouldn't want to make and eat cookies that look, taste (in my imagination, at least), and melt deliciously in the mouth just like real snowballs!
December 1, 2015
Chinese Ma Lan Tou (Kalimeris Indica) Tofu Salad 涼伴香乾馬蘭頭
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-12-01
This special little dish, the Chinese Ma Lan Tou (Kalimeris Indica) Tofu Salad, or 涼伴香乾馬蘭頭, is one of my personal favorite vegetable dishes of Shanghainese cuisine. It reminds me, in its simple yet very presentable ethereal grace of those Shanghai ladies of old, so classy with their beautiful cheongsams, not a permed hair out of place, delicately floating by trailing scents of flowers and soap. Never before and since have Chinese ladies looked so good! (In my humble opinion, that is.)
November 20, 2015
Stir Fry Beef Udon Noodles 牛肉炒烏冬面
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-11-20
Sometimes there's nothing you want so much as a good heap'in plate of steaming hot stir fried noodles. Yuummmm... Noodles are a great all in one dish! You've got your long twirling noodles that you can slurp or suck up, your various bits of lovely vegetables (healthy!), and your lovely splash of marinated meat (scrummy!). Everything you need for a super tasty all in one dinner or lunch. We love to use udon noodles to make our stir fry noodles cuz you get the added perk of the udon oozing just enough starch to make a deliciously sticky, oh so satisfying! sauce that juicily coats all your stir fry. So good! Try this Stir Fry Beef Udon Noodles, it's an easy, throw together leftovers kind of dish that makes a lovely, tasty, saucy plate of delicious noodles.
November 6, 2015
Chocolatey Chocolate Ice Cream 巧克力雪糕
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-11-06Yum, yum, yum, my favorite flavor of ice cream! Chocolatey chocolate! No matter how many new and exotic flavors appear on my ice cream horizon, I always float back lazily to that rich, velvetly, creamy, uniquely chocolatey taste of chocolate ice cream. (Well, that, and also my other classic childhood favorite ice cream, Strawberry Ice Cream!) We always like to have some homemade ice cream in the fridge and this Chocolatey Chocolate Ice Cream 巧克力雪糕 is a great favorite of ours for eating and for dressing up to make fancy ice cream cones!
October 30, 2015
Chinese Daikon Brisket Stew 清湯蘿蔔牛坑腩
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-10-30Finally we here in Hong Kong have felt the cool soothing touch of the occasional autumn breeze! As usual, it's been a long, hot, humid summer and we're just crazy glad that the weather has cooled down enough to allow us at times to live with open windows and no air conditioner blasting away. The change in the weather been so uplifting in a way (silly me, I know!), that I have been inspired to start dreaming of warm, fortifying autumn dishes for our dinner table. This Chinese Daikon Brisket Stew, or 清湯蘿蔔牛坑腩, is one of those comfort dishes that fills you up heartily, tastes just yummilicious with tender beef and meltingly soft daikon swimming prettily in a clear soup that will give you strength to fight against the autumn chills.
October 19, 2015
Chocolate Ganache 巧克力伽納徹
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-10-19
I don't know about you dear reader, but I love me my chocolate. And if at all possible I like to have chocolate...with chocolate! So these little Chocolate Ganache filled Chocolate Macarons are a great favorite of mine (see our recipe for Chocolate Macarons here). This creamy, soft yet solid ganache filling is super yummiliciously chocolately and a great filling for macarons. Try this super duper simple to make Chocolate Ganache 巧克力伽納徹 that dries to a perfect semi solid state, creamy when you bite into the macaron, but solid enough to keep its lovely round edged shape.
October 15, 2015
Chocolate Macarons 蛋白杏仁餅 | 馬卡龍
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-10-15
In Hong Kong there are many places nowadays selling this very frenchie delight of the macaron, one of the many of the patisserie of that nation that has traveled far in fame and glory. I have bought them as a treat for my little girl and she was ever so delighted with them, these light, airy, sweet, nutty, colorful little delicacies that look almost too pretty to eat. But they are so expensive! And my girl was always longing for them! Then I got addicted to watching The Great British Baking Off, the most delightful baking show ever, and I noticed that the home bakers on the show often made macarons for decorating their luscious creations. They made it look so easy that I thought, if these folks can do it so can I! So I made these elusive Chocolate Macarons, or 蛋白杏仁餅 | 馬卡龍. And to be honest these lovely chocolate delights were not as hard as I thought it was going to be!
October 5, 2015
Homemade Mung Green Bean Flour 自製綠豆粉
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-10-05
When making our Macau Almond Cookies 澳門杏仁餅 during the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival I discovered that I could not find one vital ingredient for the cookies: mung bean flour also known as green bean flour or starch. So I thought to use some elbow grease and just make it myself. It turns out that it is not so hard, just needing a bit of time and patience to make this nutty, roasty, aromatic Homemade Mung Green Bean Flour 自製綠豆粉.
September 27, 2015
Macau Almond Cookie 澳門杏仁餅
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-09-27Chinese Mid Autumn Festival 中秋節 is just around the corner and my little girl is beside herself with anticipation! (It's her favorite holiday of the year plus she gets to stay up late!) The yearly celebration of the biggest moon of the year, the harvest moon, Mid Autumn Festival so much fun here in Hong Kong! There are moon cakes to make, shopping expeditions to make, lanterns to light and little children to dress up in festive Chinese attire , moon gazing outings to plan! After an early preparation of our traditional double yolk lotus seed paste mooncakes and our five nut mooncakes, I thought why not make an extra traditional treat to have on hand in case of the extra munchies? I ended up making some of these delectably light and flavorsome Macau Almond Cookies 澳門杏仁餅, quite easy to make and delightfully easy on the eyes.
|Our neighborhood park's spectacular Mid Autumn lantern this year!|
September 14, 2015
Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam 士多啤梨果醬
By Ellen L. Published: 2015-09-14
Recently I've happily discovered an important fact. It turns out that you can make your own homemade fruit jam pretty easily and quickly! Wow, oh wow! I've always hankered after making my own fruit jams, dreaming of the fresh, sweet sticky goodness that I could feed my family (and myself, of course!) if only I could make my own jam. But I was intimidated by all the talk of canning jars and sterilization and super large pots of boiling fruit. It all sounded so serious and ultra time consuming! And then I found out (by finally watching the amazing Great British Bake Off, OMG I'm totally obssessed with that show!) that if you only wanted one jar of jam to eat, why, that was easy peasy to make! And so I tried it out and made my first jar of Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam. Just like that I was in jammy heaven, sunshine and happiness in a jar!
September 6, 2015
Asian Chili Hot Oil Sauces 辣椒醬
By Ellen L. Published: 2015-09-06
We reviewed the cookbook The Asian Kitchen - Fabulous Recipes from Every Corner of Asia by Kong Foong Ling (see our cookbook review here) and here we present the recipes that we used in our review. As you can probably see we decided to make a smorgasbord of Asian Chili Hot Sauces, one from each of three different countries. What a fun idea it turned out to be! Easy to make, gorgeous to look at. And best of all, you can travel around the world with the tip of your tongue, all while eating a home cooked meal!
By Ellen L.Published: 2015-09-06
We recently got an opportunity to review The Asian Kitchen - Fabulous Recipes from Every Corner of Asia by Kong Foong Ling, a cookbook packed with recipes from the many fabulous cuisines of Asia. Not only recipes from Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, but also packed with interesting introductions into the food culture of each country, suggestions for planning meals and a handy pictionary of the more exotic food items and kitchen utensils required for the recipes.
(We have a special treat for our dear readers, a giveaway of two copies of The Asian Kitchen - Fabulous Recipes from Every Corner of Asia. See the end of this post for details on how to enter. )