Browsing Category : Appetizers

Fried Raddish Cake (生煎萝卜糕)


While you can find these Fried Raddish Cake in all Dim Sum place anytime of the year, these savory cakes have a very special meaning during Chinese New Year. It symbolizes prosperity, good luck, and good fortune. Prepare them yourself and bring the good luck home! Ingredients 1 lb rice flour 1350g white raddish 2 pairs of Chinese sausage 2 Read More

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Chinese Braised Peanuts


I usually count on canned braised peanuts whenever the recipe calls for them. I decided to make them in my own kitchen this time for Chinese Glutinuois Rice. Use the slow cooker, and you don’t have to keep an eye on them as they soak up the flavors of spice, soy sauce and rock sugar. They are tasty as appetizer, Read More

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Dry Rub Grilled Chicken Wings


EK and I have spent many happy hours at BJ’S sports bar this last NBA season cheering on the Warriors. Few could imagine what crazy Warriors’ fan we have become. Our favorite game-time drink and snack are the top shelf margaritas and dry rub wings. This happy hour investment has indeed paid off with another championship win by the Warriors. Read More

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Cheese Platter


A glass of wine, a beautiful cheese platter, and a sunny blue sky makes for an idyllic weekend afternoon by the water. Here is how I like to put my cheese platter together: 1. Pick 3 cheese; one hard, one firm, and a soft and creamy cheese that you can spread on crackers. The Parmasan Gouda melange from Trader Joe’s Read More

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Honey Roasted Sriracha Brussels Sprouts


I was first introduced to Brussels sprouts at a gathering with teammates at BJs. They were crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside; spicy, tangy, and sweet. I looked up Brussels sprouts recipes immediately when I got home, wondering what I have been missing all these years. I have cooked this dish many times since then, but they Read More

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Rosemary Cheese Puffs


I made these cheddar cheese puffs for the July 4th backyard BBQ and also made a big puff for Nike’s flat iron steak birthday sandwich. All the human said these puffs are so yummy on its own, and Nike voted 4 paws up as he wolfed down his b-day cake in no time. Next time, I will try these savory Read More

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Thai Omelette


This is the most unassuming dish at our dinner table tonight and I think it turned out to be the tastiest dish for the evening. Everyone took a bite and was amazed how yummy it is. Yes, plain simple omelette but with a few atypical omelette ingredients. This is a simple, quick, and easy dish for a homestyle Thai dinner. Read More

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Steamed Tapioca Cake


I am a big fan of kuehs. Nonya, Malay, Indonesian, I love them all. One of my favorite kueh is tapioca cake. There are different ways to make tapioca cake; baked, steamed, or fried. I’ve tried Baked Tapioca Cake. I think that is the easiest, just stir the ingredients and stick them in the oven. Steamed tapioca cake takes a little more effort. Read More

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Egg Salad Sandwich


Sometimes in our quest for something new and fancy, we often forget what is old and simple is actually the best. I’ve made this simple egg salad sandwich many times when the kids were younger. Now that they have all grown up and I do not need to prepare those quick-fix sandwiches anymore, I have not visited this recipe for Read More

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Crispy Dumplings (Golden Purses)


I gave myself A+ for patience and effort as I scooped these little purses out from the hot oil. I am amazed by the amount of time and effort involved now that I try to document this recipe. I lost count of the number of hours that went into creating this dish. I have painstakingly chopped everything by hand to Read More

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