14th Arizona Gourmet Club Meet cum Lunar New Year Celebration


In keeping with the tradition of Chinese New Year, this is my contribution to the new year get-together with the Arizona Gourmet Club – Yu Sheng. I named my dish 龙腾虎跃 – tossing the salad is dragon dancing and tiger leaping 😄.  Its a blessing to be able to celebrate lunar new year with friends and observe some traditions that Read More

Soy Sauce Chicken Noodle (油鸡麺)


I spent a lot of my childhood in Chinatown. My sister and I usually hang out at my Dad’s shop house. Sometimes we go next door and read in the World Bookstore (世界书局). Other times, we roam the alleys of Chinatown and checkout the street vendors. When it’s time for food, there are so many options to choose from. More Read More

Lettuce Wrap


This is one of Ashley’s favorite dish at the Chinese restaurants. If it is on the menu, it will be one of the first dishes on our table. Now that we don’t meet her often, and rarely goes to a Chinese restaurant with her, I wonder if it is still one of her favorite? Ingredients Sauce Lettuce Cups Directions

Lettuce Wrap


This is one of Ashley’s favorite dish at the Chinese restaurants. If it is on the menu, it will be one of the first dishes on our table. Now that we don’t meet her often, and rarely goes to a Chinese restaurant with her, I wonder if it is still one of her favorite? Ingredients Sauce Lettuce Cups Directions

Yuan Xiao (元宵)


Ashley is home for Chinese New Year. Of all the CNY food that she likes, I know sesame-filled glutinous rice ball ranks at the top of her list. I have tried to make these dumplings many times but never had real success. The last failed attempt resulted in Inside-out Glutinuous Rice Balls 😂. I decided it’s time to give it Read More

Lee’s Army Stew


Hanna is back for CNY! She requested for baked beans and spam. Although I have been cooking this dish for a long time, it doesn’t have a name 🤔. I vaguely recall there is a dish named Korean Army Stew that included spam and baked beans. On googling, I realized that it has a much longer list of ingredients including Read More

Singapore Delights – Hokkien Mee, Laksa, and Onde Onde with Cookery Magic


My Christmas present from EK is a cooking class at Cookery Magic. It was a nice surprise as there are three dishes I really wanted to learn – Singapore Hokkien Mee, Singapore Laksa, and Onde Onde. I get to pick these three dishes and invite two guests to this private lesson. I invited Lynn and Janine to join us. Lynn Read More

Holiday Mushroom Rice


We were invited to a Christmas PJ Party hosted by Karen and Gus. Last year was the first time we attended the party; their place was setup like a winter wonderland. We were blown away by their effort in hosting this event and their hospitality. I have been looking forward to visit again this holiday. We showed up with mushrooms Read More

Durian Basque Burnt Cheesecake


Planning Durian Basque Burnt Cheesecake for the next Arizona Gourmet Club Meet. First attempt and it’s a charm 😊. Ingredients Directions

Pandan Chiffon Cake


Craving chiffon cake a lot and wanted to make a pandan flavored version. Tried twice. First with a nonstick pan and the cake fell out instantly when I flipped the pan over 😲. Lesson learned, never bake a chiffon cake in nonstick pan! Bought another aluminum tube pan and tried again. Success! Ingredients Directions

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