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

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons


Lately, I have an obsession with salad, especially Caesar Salad. Love the crunchy lettuce, tangy dressing, flavorful grilled chicken, salty Parmasean, and crispy croutons. This has become my go-to recipe whenever I need salad on the menu. Love it! ❤️ Ingredients Croutons Caesar Dressing Salad Directions Croutons Caesar Dressing Assembly

Easy Homemade Focaccia with Whipped Ricotta


Just before we left Scottsdale for the summer, we had dinner at etta that just opened up across the street. I was blown away by their Foccacio Bread and whipped Ricotta with Honey dip. I’ve never seen a cylindrical foccacio and never tasted it with ricotta and honey. The bread was actually slit at the bottom and we just needed Read More

Passion Fruit Margarita


Mama Judy gave me a bag of passion fruits just before I left California. I rarely see passion fruits in the store and these are growing in her backyard😯! Priceless gift! Upon arriving in Scottsdale, I have been itching to make some magarita with these home grown passion fruits. Tonight is the night. Success on first attempt! Ingredients 4 Tbsp Read More

Portuguese Durian Tarts


It’s Mid Autumn Festival! I have leftover durian paste from making Snow Skin Durian Mooncake, and frozen flaky tart dough from making mushroom tarts. We will celebrate this festival with the addition of the unconventional ‘Moon Tarts’ too! I searched high and low for a Portuguese Durian Tart recipe and couldn’t find one. This is my made-up recipe and turned Read More

Snow Skin Durian Mooncake


I am blessed with two mooncake molds from Wai Ping years back. Whenever Mid Autumn Festival comes around, it is a reminder to dust the mold and do something with it. Of all the mooncake flavors, I love durian the most. I decided to make Mao Shan Wang (猫山王) mooncakes again this year. Taste wise, can’t go wrong with MSW, Read More

Mango Sago Coconut Pudding


The 100-degree heat in Foster City is screaming for some refreshing, chilling desserts. I rummaged through the fridge and found two overripe mangos. And there is some left over coconut milk and berries from fruit tarts I made the day before.💡! I whipped this up in half an hour last night and went to bed happy. It’s good. Ingredients 2 Read More

Lemongrass Coconut Rice


While I have made Nasi Lemak many times, I was never totally satisfied with the outcome of the coconut rice. This time I tried a different recipe incorporating lemongrass juice with coconut milk. The outcome is perfect. It fragrant, tasty, and fluffy! And its cooked in the rice cooker! Ingredients 3 cups basmati rice 3 stalks lemongrass, bruised 6 cloves Read More

Mini Mushroom Leek Tart


This summer I have served mushroom leek tartlets a few times when hosting friends. Having made different versions of Mushroom tarts and galettes, I find these bite size version is the best and has been a crowd pleaser every time. Thanks to Chef Chao for inspiring me years back in 2015! I have been continually improving on this recipe 😊. Read More

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