Spiced Apple Stew


Happy Fall. Its the season for apples, I counted there are some 7 different types of apples on display in TJ! Hillary just texted me to ask how to cook stewed apples. Well, this can’t be easier if you have a slow cooker. Its a 5-minute prep before you go to bed, and wake up to some tender, juicy spiced Read More

Vegan Claypot Sensation


Vegan ham, carrots, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots simmered for more than an hour… I was hoping that it will turn out like Claypot Sensation in Vegetarian House. Alas, this vegan ham is not the same as that vegan ham. No matter how long I stew it, it does not get as soft as what is available in the restaurant. Otherwise, Read More

Durian Cream Pie


  This is my contribution for the 49th Goumet Club meet: The Unified Theory of Deliciousness. The host of the club meet says “go take your favorite non Asian dish and go make it Asian OK?”. So I deconstructed my favorite Banana Cream Pie recipe and decided to substitute the banana with durian. This goes beyond Asian, its really South Read More

Stir-fried Greens with Beech Mushrooms


I prepare some variation of this recipe almost every week. This is my go-to recipe whenever healthy vegetables is requested. You can pick the type of greens, baby Bok Choy, Chinese mustard, Chinese brocolli, or any other leafy greens you can find in the Chinese grocery store. I like the beech mushrooms, you can also substitute with any other type Read More

Teochew Spiral Taro Mooncake


It is time for me to honor the Mooncake festival with some home-baked taro moon cakes.  I made the filling true to the Teochew tradition, with yam paste fried in shallot oil. Very happy with the outcome from my first attempt. The crust is flaky, and the filling is sweet and fragrant. Took me a long time, but the process Read More

Oh-so-good Ketchup Shrimp


Hua Jie’s awesome ketchup sauce and fresh, plump shrimp is a match made in heaven. Of all the dishes Hua Jie cooks, this ranks #1 for me. ❤. Ingredients 10 large shrimps, peeled and deveined 1 tsp sugar 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 cup onions cut into wedges 1 large tomato, Read More

Claypot Rice


  Claypot rice, stir-fried greens, and Chinese tea. A perfect combo for a family dinner on the weekend. The best part is that I cooked this in the rice cooker 😉. It so easy, yet so delicious. Ingredients Chicken 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thigh, cut into bite-size pieces 1 tsp salt 1 tsp msg 1 tsp dark soy sauce Read More

Stuffed Turkey Burger


This recipe is created at Hanna’s request. I was never a fan of turkey till Hanna told me that her favorite is turkey burger. I stuffed the burger with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and Swiss cheese. I’d say the end result is oozing with juiciness… I am starting to like turkey. Ingredients Caramelized Onions 3 large onions, thinly sliced (trust Read More

Stone Fruits Clafoutis


Summer fruit galore! I stopped by the farmers market this morning and there are stone fruits of all colors on display. Peaches, plums, pluots and more, and they are all bursting in juices and flavors. How can you resist? I came back with a full bag of stone fruits. They are best eaten fresh and naked, but what else am Read More

Hua Jie’s Pork Chop Sauce


I ate this growing up, and I can eat this everyday with pork chop or chicken chop and I’ll be happy. So happy. Hua Jie was here for 3 weeks. She made this sweet and sour sauce twice at my request, yet every time, I was busy at work and couldn’t watch how she made it. I called her last Read More

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