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

January 29, 2015

Fishing Hong Kong Style 港式釣魚

Fishing, Hong Kong, Style, rabbit fish, steamed, recipe, 香港, 式, 釣魚, 泥鯭, Eight Tentacle Hook, 八爪鉤, youtiao, 油條,
By Published: 2015-01-29
In Hong Kong we live on an island surrounded by the sea.  Hard to remember sometimes in this concrete jungle that is the city.  But really truly, yes, we all live by the sea.  Often times we will stroll by the ocean pier just to breath the fresh breeze and feel the freedom of the open skies.  Recently in the depth of the winter the weather has been just lovely (read blue skies instead of grey) and we have been exploring our outdoor options more than usual.  Thus our inspiration for a Fishing Hong Kong Style expedition 港式釣魚, a frolic along the pier of our nearby sea, a first fishing experience for our little girl and a fun reminder of past fishing adventures for mom and dad.  (Not sure why the ocean was sloped that day but it sure felt gorgeous!)

January 24, 2015

Fragrant Pan Fried Squid Paste 香煎魷魚滑

Fragrant Pan Fried Squid Paste 香煎魷魚滑

Pan Fried, Squid, Paste,  recipe, seafood, 香煎, 魷魚, 滑, chinese
By Published: 2015-01-24

Ah, the mysterious creature of the deep, the delicious squiggly squid!  The stuff of legends, sailors of old telling tales of ginormous squid rising wrathfully from the seas to shallow them whole, boats and all.  Did you know that the giant squid is a real creature, growing up to the size of 30-60 feet (13-20 meters)!!  It's true, they really exist and I'll bet they're super yummy too, if ever I get a chance to snack on a bit o' giant tentacle.  For now , though, I'll have to be content with the wonderfully fresh squid that we can find at the wet markets in Hong Kong and especially, especially with our latest yummilicious discovery, the amazingly scrumptious freshly made squid paste that one can find at selected wet market stalls.  It's really fabulous that they did all the hard work of making the squid paste already (so fresh too!) and you can just pick some up and TA-DA!!, just like that, a drool worthy, super easy to make and yummilicious dish, the Pan Fried Squid Paste 香煎魷魚滑!

January 18, 2015

Homemade Rice Vinegar Health Drink 健康米醋飲品

Homemade Rice Vinegar Health Drink 健康米醋飲品

health benefits, Health Drink, homemade, recipe, Rice Vinegar, vinegar mother, 健康, 米醋, 飲品, apple cider vinegar, acv
By Published: 2015-01-18
The absolutely lovely (and rare) weather that we've been having in Hong Kong lately has managed to tempt us out and about more often than usual.  And we have been rewarded in some unlikely and very foody ways indeed!  We had taken our little girl to her Christmas dance performance and soon after her dance we wandered off into the nearby neighborhood of Kowloon City to enjoy the sunshine.  We discovered the wonderful Kowloon Walled City Park 九龍寨城公園 (more on that later) and had a leisurely, lovely stroll to our heart's content.  Just as we were almost ready to leave we discovered a little Mom and Pop shop selling water, snacks, ice pops, sodas...you know, the usual 士多 kind of stuff.  But, wow, wow, wow, imagine what we discovered, this humble little shop was also selling little bottles of homemade rice vinegar...with the mother!

health benefits, Health Drink, homemade, recipe, Rice Vinegar, vinegar mother, 健康, 米醋, 飲品, apple cider vinegar, acv

January 9, 2015

Boiled Fresh Octopus 白灼新鮮八爪魚

Boiled Fresh Octopus 白灼新鮮八爪魚

Boiled, Fresh, Octopus, recipe, chinese, live, 白灼, 新鮮, 八爪魚, 章魚
By Published: 2015-01-09

Have you ever seen a live octopus up close?  Beautifully sinuous creatures in constant fascinating motion, their suction cups giving off a rapid fire pop, pop, pop as they propel themselves all over the place with ease.  At the wet market seafood section the other day one of the fish vendors had a basketful of live octopus.  We stopped to watch the feisty boneless creatures writhe this way and that for a long while, my little girl was just fascinated!  In the end, of course, we ended up taking one of the octopus home!  We made the simplest and best dish one can make with super duper fresh octopus: Boiled Fresh Octopus 白灼新鮮八爪魚 served simply with a soy sauce and wasabi dip.  So fresh and yummilicious!

Boiled, Fresh, Octopus, recipe, chinese, live, 白灼, 新鮮, 八爪魚, 章魚

January 2, 2015

Sea Salt White Pepper Crackers 海鹽白胡椒脆餅

Sea Salt White Pepper Crackers 海鹽白胡椒脆餅

Sea, Salt, White, Pepper, Crackers,, recipe, chinese style, wheat thins,  海鹽, 白胡椒, 脆餅
By Published: 2015-01-02

It must be one of the ironies of modern life that we have everything at our fingertips and yet...we seem to miss out sometimes on just as much as we gain.  The reason I've been contemplating such dreary thoughts is that I realized recently (gulp...hangs head in shame) that I have never ever in my life eaten homemade crackers or even thought of making my own crackers!  I have always eaten the delicious (well sometimes delicious usually just kinda stale) boxed crackers that one finds in plentiful supply at the grocery shops.  But it never ever occurred to me to make them myself, I guess because I somehow thought that one needed a special machine to make edibles so thin and perfectly shaped.  Well it turns out that I was completely wrong!  You don't need a machine or special skills.  It turns out that not only are crackers dead easy to make but these homemade Sea Salt White Pepper Crackers 海鹽白胡椒脆餅 are so much more amazingly delicioso than the crackers that you buy at the store!  Seriously now...I'm kinda mad no one ever told me about homemade crackers!

December 26, 2014

Christmas Sugar Cookies 聖誕節糖餅乾

Christmas Sugar Cookies 聖誕節糖餅乾

Christmas, egg white icing, pasteurized egg, recipe, rolled cookies, royal icing, sugar cookies, 糖餅乾, 聖誕節
By Published: 2014-12-26
A very very Merry Christmas to all!!  It's that wonderful time of the year again, time for the baking, decorating and eating of Christmas Sugar Cookies 聖誕節糖餅乾!  Do you like my little girl's Santa Claus Cookie?  We're going to save this cute one to put out for Santa Claus when he comes by on Christmas Eve.  (Don't know how he's going to get into our tiny house!)  These cookies are a great Xmas project to do with your kids cuz all kids love to draw and what better thing to draw on than a cookie you can eat!  My little girl and I had a blast making these decorated cookies in preparation for the holiday season and we figured out some great tips for the cookie decorating part that made it much, much easier for my little girl to work with the icing to decorate the cookies.

Christmas, egg white icing, pasteurized egg, recipe, rolled cookies, royal icing, sugar cookies, 糖餅乾, 聖誕節
Our favorite Xmas tree ornament!
Christmas, egg white icing, pasteurized egg, recipe, rolled cookies, royal icing, sugar cookies, 糖餅乾, 聖誕節
Santa took a bite of our cookie!
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