About

Welcome dear reader!  But hold on, first things first.  Let's have  the definition of the word 'cookery':

cookery [ˈkʊkərɪ]
n. pl. cookeries
   1. The art or practice of preparing food.
    2. A place for cooking.

Okay, with that out of the way: Welcome! (again) to the adventures of cookery-wookery at The Hong Kong Cookery food blog.  When we're not running around doing the usual things in this crazy chaotic city we're cooking and eating the good food that comes straight from our teensy tiny six foot by three and a half foot Hong Kong sized kitchen. We love good yummy real honest-to-goodness food, especially the wonderful authentic Chinese food that we grew up with, and especially especially if we can make it ourselves.  And why not eat well and live dangerously in this city of East meets West, Old meets New, Anything Goes?

So, dear friends, cook and eat well!  Or as the Chinese say, 吃飯了!

Disclaimer:  No food was harmed in the making of this food blog.  All foods were made by us and eaten for dinner right away. (We're usually pretty hungry by the time photos are being taken!)


The Hong Kong Cookery

Dedication:  This food blog is dedicated to our dearest little girl, so that when she grows up she can still have access to all the food memories that are unfortunately mostly lost to those of us growing up in these fast paced modern times so cynical of the passing on of traditions.  Love you baby girl!

Background

I am an architect, children's book writer and illustrator.  My other (better) half is a filmmaker and an artist.

Contact

Something to say?  Give us an email at thehongkongcookery@gmail.com.  Hear from you soon!

28 comments:

  1. Yes! I'm so happy to have found your blog!! I was looking for red bean soup and made my way to hong sao rou, Chinese red cooked pork - I feel like I'm in my grandmother's kitchen! Thanks for documenting these recipes, I will be checking back here often!

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  2. Thanks Irene, you made us smile! I agree, there's is quite nothing like dear grandmother's kitchen is there? - ellen

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  3. love your blog. since I have moved back to Hong Kong, I am so exploring the local ingredients and the local cooking. My grandma used to cook for the family a lot of cantonese dishes. I hope that you won't mind me adapting your recipes to find my grandma's ones again.

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    1. Hi Island's Kitchen - Glad that you like our recipes! If you want to reference any of our recipes, just give us a link back to the original recipe. Thanks ~ellen

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  4. I stumbled upon your blog when searching for sweet rice dumplings - and I got more than what I searched for! Red bean paste? Stir-fry bamboo shoot? Da-yam! I'm in love with this blog. Keep up the great work! It is such a treasure trove of traditional Chinese recipes which are increasingly hard to find, and disappearing so quickly. I used to lament that I never bothered to acquire the recipes from my grandmother before she passed on but now there's your blog! Thank you :D

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    1. Hi DL - Thank you, it's good to know that others like you know and appreciate exactly what we are endeavoring to do! It's a lot of hard work, but comments like yours make it all worth it! ~ellen

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  5. Hello! I really enjoy your blog. I use to visit Hong Kong as a child with my mother. I miss the food and the culture there. Your blog brings back many great memories! And thank your for sharing so many amazing authentic recipes.

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    1. Hi Cake Girl,

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad that we could bring back some happy memories for you. Food memories are the best, aren't they?! ~ellen

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  6. LOOOOOOOOOooooOve your blog! please continue to share your home cooking tips!

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    1. Hi JM - For sure we will! Love straight back at you! ~ellen

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  7. hi ellen! nice to find another hk cooking blog. keep up the delicious posts. maybe we can exchange some recipes :)

    jun & priscilla

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    1. Hey there jun & priscilla - Cool, nice to meet (sort of) other HKongers who love cooking like we do! ~ellen

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  8. This blog is awesome!
    I am a child of HK immigrants who moved to Canada in the 1950s and 1960s. Mom would make a selected number of dishes until the huge wave of HK immigrants in the 1980s resulted in a lot of cheap, tasty Chinese restaurants in Toronto "I'm not going to stirfry at home and make it smell like a wok kitchen, let's go out" she'd say. But now she's passed on and we want to make some of our childhood foods again (even if we could buy it at said Chinese restaurants).

    Thanks for your blog. I'm starting with the hung dao sa (red bean soup) and want to try the tong yuan....didn't think the tong yuan would be quite so easy (at least up until you have to wrap and roll the little balls of sweet goodness). I don't suppose you have a recipe for braised dried oyster with black hair fungus (fat choy ho see) or tips on how to buy the good stuff. Grandpa used to trade in dried foods and preserved duck legs; he'd give my mom the biggest dried oyster......

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    1. Thanks, we love hearing stories like this! Gotta pass those food memories (and recipes!) onwards! You know what, we do have a recipe for fat choi braised oyster that I've didn't have time to write up last chinese new year. So let me dig it up and we'll get it out in time for the upcoming new year! ~ellen

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  9. This blog is my entire childhood! Literally spent the night scrolling recipe after recipe of utter familiarity! Fried dace and black beans, fermented beancurd, candied ginger, red/green bean dessert soups--so much nostalgia/food lust to eat those things again! I also can't wait to try out your baked porkchop recipe as well as black sesame ice cream amongst so many other things! Cheers, and please continue blogging!

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  10. Thinking about your comments, I realized that this blog is really part of our way of telling my little girl the story of our childhoods. So glad we could inspire food lust/nostalgia for you, please let us know how the baked porkchops comes out! ~ellen

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  11. I just read your "about" section, and realized we have some things in common (!!!). I'm also an architect (intern) and my boyfriend is a filmmaker, and I want to write books. :)

    So glad you are capturing all these food memories for your daughter.

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    1. Wow, what a quinky dink! So you're an architect too! Cool...by the way really like your photos! ~ellen

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  12. Cool blog! I'll be sure to come back for more :)

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  13. Raised in Hong Kong, artist, illustrator, interior design, aspiring children's book writer and home cook. The coincidences are uncanny. Love your blog, have been following your recipes for some time now! Everything that you cook is pretty much what I grew up eating (our family is HK, Chinese, and Taiwanese), and now that I live in NYC, I can make all those yummy foods that remind me of home when I'm feeling homesick. Thank you!

    -Kim Z

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    1. Hi Kim - You're my doppelganger, or I'm yours! What a quinky dink indeed! And thanks so much for your encouragement for this blog. We love it that we can bring back those traditional home cooking recipes to everyone! ~ellen

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  14. I found your blog when I was finding a recipe for Soy Sauce Prawns. Your blog is very interesting! So many great recipes.I'm looking forward to reading more recipes. I can't wait to try your recipe for dinner tomorrow.

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    1. Hi Caroline - so glad you found our blog, welcome, welcome! ~ellen

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  15. Sipping through my sweet potato dessert soup and decided to google it out of boredom... and found your blog! What a delightful little blog - you've taken me trips back to memory lane and you're making me miss my parents more (they're living overseas in Hong Kong). Your recipes remind me of all the dishes my mum used to make (that I have forgotten, how could I), I can't wait to try them out. Thanks again for creating this blog! Love from Australia xo

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    1. Hi Joyce - thanks! Hope that what we make can match up to your mum's cooking. Cheers from HK ~ellen

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  16. I'm so happy to have found your blog!! now i have a go to site to look up homey chinese recipes that I can read! i know, should of taken chinese school more seriously... You are a godsend! thanks for all the recipes !

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