Browsing Category : Snack

Chinese Rojak (Salad in Shrimp Paste Dressing)


Updated: June 26th, 2021 Updated pictures and added green mango to the ingredients. Tastes delicious as always as long as you have Chinese crullers as the anchor. With all these bright and juicy fruits in the mix, the cucumbers are tasting a little flat. Next time, I will consider adding fresh lychee and guava. First Published: September 7th, 2015 My Read More

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Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad)


My memory of gado gado sauce is sweet, salty, tangy, and full of flavors from peanuts, garlic and shallots. This is my  second attempt at make-from-scratch gado gado sauce, after much adjustments, I got the sauce to the right consistency to my liking. This is a time consuming recipe if you were to prepare this salad from scratch. Picking the Read More

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Sicilian Meatballs


For the longest time, I have only made spaghetti with meat sauce, never meatballs. That is until my recent visits to Sicilian Butcher in Scottsdale. For whatever reason, I never like meatballs. In my first few visits to Sicilian Butcher, I did not cast my eyes on this item on the menu. Several weeks ago, we dropped into Sicilian Butcher Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Chicken Curry Empanadas


When my mother-in-law was here to help take care of the kids, her friends taught her to make curry puffs with Betty Crocker Pie Crust mix. Whenever the craving strikes, she would send me to Lucky to pick up a box for her. She can whip up these comfort snack in no time. What’s a trip to Lucky in exchange Read More

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Spiral Curry Puff – Flaky Crust


August 9th – Singapore National Day. I was overjoyed when I found out that Singapore Connect is organizing a National Day-In-Place virtual hawker food fare. Covid has prevented us from making our annual trip home and deprived us of the hawker food that we crave so much. The organizer offered some all-time favorites from bay area Singaporean chefs. We were Read More

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Yolko Ono


On our way down from Seattle, we stayed one night Portland to break up the long drive back to the bay area. Our first stop was the Columnbia River Gorge. Wow! Awe inspiring is how I can describe the scenery in front of us.  We drove along the Columbia River Scenic highway hoping to make a few scenic stops during Read More

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Pan Fried Chive Pockets (韮菜盒子)


Hanna says she wants to make chive pockets (韮菜盒子). She remembers trying it once when she was young. We frequent the dim sum restaurants that serve southern Cantonese-style delicacies. 韮菜盒子 is a northern Chinese savory snack and we don’t see them in these restaurants often. I thought this will be a nice cooking activity for both of us to spend Read More

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