Apple Carrot Muffins

With a whole box of leftover shredded carrots sitting in the refrigerator, I decided to make carrot muffins for this week’s breakfast. Hanna did most of the work assembling the ingredients, mixing and dividing the batter into the muffin cups. These muffins turned out beautifully. She did a great job dotting the muffins with walnut chips. Top it with cream Read More

Ushering in the Year of the Ox

How time flies! So glad we finally sent off the dreadful Year of the Rat. Hope that we will truly turn the corner with the pandemic in the Year of the Ox. There are so many Chinese New Year traditions that we observed when I was growing up. The girls cannot experience the holiday the same way we did in Read More

Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶)

Bak Kut Teh is the Teochew/Hokkien pronunciation of pork bone tea (肉骨茶), though there is no tea in the ingredients 😁. Preparation of this dish involves hours of simmering the pork ribs in spices. When it’s ready, the broth is full of flavors and … fat. That’s why we need to pair it with Chinese tea to cut the grease. Read More

Soon Kueh

Soon kueh is one of the Teochew delicacies that I wanted to master. I love the chewy skin and the complex texture of the savory filling. Top it with sweet soy sauce and fried shallots, Yum! I spent 5 hours in the kitchen, painstakingly wrapping, pinching and pleating the edges of each dumpling. Well worth the effort. The filling in Read More

Hot and Sour Soup

With the pandemic still raging, it’s been one year since I step foot in a Chinese restaurant. Many of the Chinese restaurants do not offer outdoor dining and we did not want to take any risk with indoor dining. I decided to prepare Hot and Sour Soup at home, it is one of our favorite items on the Chinese restaurant Read More


My newfound tequila cocktail.  Margarita with fizzzz…. Ingredients .5 oz (1 part) fresh lime juice .5 oz (1 part) simple syrup 1.5 oz (3 parts)tequila 2.5 oz (5 parts) fresh grapefruit juice 1 oz (2 parts) sparkling water Chilli lime salt for rimming Mint leaves, lime and grapefruit wedges for garnish Directions Rim the glasses with chilli lime salt. Fill Read More

Grilled Garlic Shrimp

We ushered in the first day of 2021 with a BBQ on the roof top of our apartment building. Its a beautiful day on a hopefully great new year for everyone. I think I served the best grilled shrimps I have tasted ever, the HUGE shrimps are juicy, bouncy (that’s what Hillary says when she tastes a good shrimp) and Read More

Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

We always get-together as a family during the winter holidays. When the girls were in college, we drove/flew them home so that we can spend some quality time together at home or on a vacation. For the first time in 25 years, Ashley is not going to be home for Christmas. Covid certainly threw a wrench into our holiday plans, Read More

Pluot Margarita

Another successful cocktail experiment….The most difficult part is extracting pluot juice from overripe, squishy pluots. Wear food prep gloves, squeeze the pulp into a blender, then blend and strain for the juice. I have toned down the tequila to juice ratio lately. Now that I have been making cocktail so often, its better to be measured about the level of Read More

Vietnamese Spring Roll Noodle Bowl

I was introduced to Vietnamese food after coming to the United States. I don’t recall seeing a Vietnamese restaurant growing up in Singapore. In California however, we see Vietnamese restaurants in many cities. Phở is the trademark of Vietnamese food, but whenever I go to a Vietnamese restaurant, I will always go for the dry rice noodles with Vietnamese Egg Read More

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