Hong Kong Fried Noodles (港式炒面)


  Noodles symbolizes longevity. It is a favorite item on the menu for Chinese dinner of any celebratory occasion. After preparing a number of other dishes for our CNY dinner, I wanted a ‘longevity’ dish to round out the menu. It must be simple, not too oily. I chose Hong Kong Fried Noodles this time. It is very easy to Read More

Rainbow Osmanthus Tang Yuan (七彩桂花汤圆)


Today is the first time we celebrate the Lantern Festival (元宵节 – Yuan Xiao Jie) with the girls in their SF apartment. Since the girls left for college, we haven’t been able to spend CNY together. This is the first year since they graduated that we are able to get-together again for CNY. There is none other than tang yuan Read More

Buddha’s Delight – Luo Han Zhai (罗汉斋)


What is another good CNY vegetarian dish to cook besides my favorite Braised Mushrooms with Fatt Choy? 罗汉斋 came to mind but  it requires me to assemble 18 different vegetables/vegetarian ingredients! I made a list and was able to find about half of them in the kitchen. After a whirlwind trip to the grocery store, all my ingredients are in Read More

Pumpkin Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts (白果金瓜芋泥)


I am in search of my Chinese/Teochew roots. This weekend, I decided to try an authentic Teochew dessert Pumpkin Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts (金瓜芋泥) – more aptly called Au Nee in Teochew. We always had this dessert at the end of a meal at Teochew restaurants. It is tough to find a Teochew restaurant here in the bay area; Read More

Red Bean Lotus Seed Soup


I was in search of a simple dessert for reunion dinner. Thanks to Mrs Leong of The Best of Singapore Cooking, I found this Red Bean Lotus Seed Soup recipe. I’ve modified it to use the slow cooker instead of the pressure cooker. It turned out perfect; its a wonderful sweet ending to some great time spent with family over Read More

Spicy Korean Chicken and Potato Stew


This chicken recipe is simple and easy and definitely a keeper for times when I need to whip up a dish quickly. No need to cut chicken, no need to mince garlic, just throw all into one pot and stew …. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Ingredients 3 lb chicken wings and drumettes 2 Tbsp canola oil Read More

Korean Vegetable Stir Fry


Following last week’s success at cooking Korean Tofu Stew, I am trying out more Korean recipes… This is one is vegan! Prep Time: half hour Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 1 cup brocolli florets 1 cup cauliflower florets 1 cup carrots, sliced 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 package shimeji mushrooms 2 tsp minced garlic 2 Tbsp Read More

Chicken Mushroom Alfredo Baked Rice


I was all flustered from cooking a mushroom risotto dish by the time I sat down at the dinner table at a Christmas get-together. The mushroom risotto didn’t turned out as I had expected and took way too long to prepare. Then I saw a similar dish brought by Hsiao Ting’s brother-in-law Johnson. I took a bite and wow! It Read More

Beancurd Barley Soup (白果薏米汤)


Whenever I don’t want to worry about waking up to fix breakfast, one of the easiest way is to set the slow cooker to work while I sleep. I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law, though she cooks it over the stove while I found the lazy way out! Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: depends on setting on the Read More

Korean Tofu Stew


At Ashley’s request, I made my first attempt at home-cooked Korean dish. This recipe is easy and the stew is very tasty! Tofu and mushroom are the two favorite ingredients in our home-cooked meals. Soupy, and spicy; this makes a very hearty dinner with steamed rice. There will be many more Korean dish attempts in my kitchen going forward… Prep Read More

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