Pan Fried Sugar Rice Cake with Taro – Nian Gao (煎年糕)


It is symbolic to eat Sugar Rice Cake during Chinese New Year because its name in Mandarin – Nian Gao (年糕) is a homonym for 年高 –  年年高升, meaning growing taller or making progress year after year. I’ve learnt this version of pan fried sugar rice cake from my mum-in-law. She likes to sandwich the rice cake between two thin Read More

Yu Sheng for Year of Pooch


It’s the Year of the Pooch! Before Nike came into our lives, I could not imagine living with a dog. I am a convert now. Just seeing him wag his tail, snuggling up by my side when I work, and imploring with his soulful eyes to play brings so much joy and affection into our family. What did I miss Read More

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

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

Crispy Fried Shallots


In many of my recipes, I have referred to these crispy, fragrant shallot bits as the miracle topping. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of these on top of vegetable stir-fry, fried rice, fried noodles, or just about any Asian dishes, it always add a heavenly touch to your dishes. For years, I have been relying on Hua Jie’s fried shallots that Read More

Chicken Shawarma


Last summer, I was looking for a place to get some takeout lunch for picnic by the Monterey bay. I stumbled upon Dametra Fresh Mediterranean. Tried their Chicken Shawarma wrap with Tzaziki sauce. It was so good! Light, refreshing, and tasty. We went back to Monterey 3 more times over the summer, and every single time I had to stop Read More

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf


When I came across this Saffaron Almond Rice Pilaf recipe years back, I discovered so many firsts: First time I bought saffaron and found out that a tiny pinch of saffaron costs a bomb! First time I discovered that the Jasmine rice I grew up with have a cousin called Basmati Rice First time that I found out you can Read More

Cheese Blintzes


  The holidays and the unexpected stress fracture in my foot has put me out of action for almost two months. Although the doctor insists that I have stay in that bulky healing boot to stabilize the foot, I am determined  to cook and blog a recipe this week. I’ve chosen to try Tyler Florence Blueberry Blintzes on Food Network Read More

Apple Crumble with Pumpkin Ice Cream


This Thanksgiving, I created the Apple Crumble and Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe to incorporate the best of apple and pumpkin pie into one dessert on our dinner menu. The pumpkin ice cream turned out to be the star of the dessert ensemble. In this recipe, I attempted to make the chocolate leaves and pumpkin puree from scratch. Making chocolate leaves Read More

Pumpkin Apple Bread


Tis the season of apples and pumpkins. This moist pumpkin apple bread is a perfect blend of the two Fall favorite ingredients. The treat: savor the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg while it bakes in the oven. Its one of the signature in our home that Fall is here. Ingredients 16 oz fresh pumpkin puree 1 granny smith apple, chopped Read More

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