Tag Archives : Recipe

Braised Pork with Egg and Fried Bean Curd (卤蛋)


Updated: June 21st 2021 How time flies! I have cooked this dish many times since it was first published in 2015. It was always at the request of EK or the children. It is one of the most requested dish these days when the girls visit. I cooked it again this weekend and managed to capture the key steps with 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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Aperol Spritz


We were at North Italia in Scottsdale. I saw the waiter brought big ballon glass filled with a bright and inviting cocktail to the next table. That surely is a cocktail calling my name. I ordered one. Sparkling, refreshing, sweet, tart, and bitter! It’s everything I like in a cocktail, especially the lingering bitters. From now on, I have to Read More

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Vegan Emerald Tofu Stir-Fry


Unlike regular tofu, thousand layer tofu slices have a special texture. Called 百页豆腐 in Chinese, when pan-fried, it is soft and chewy on the inside, and crispy on the outside. It’s texture is what makes this tofu very addictive. They can be found in the frozen section in Asian grocery stores. The whole family loves 百页豆腐, it’s best served vegetarian Read More

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Blueberry Banana Bread


EK was complaining again that the refrigerator is overloaded. There is way more food than the two of us could eat before they have to be thrown out 😬. I needed to salvage the blueberries before they are moldy. There are also two sad-looking overripe bananas in the fruit bowl …. out came a blueberry banana bread. Our breakfast for Read More

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Asian Sesame Chicken


I love three cup chicken, but Hanna always complain that it is too oily.  I have resorted to this alternative recipe when I want to cook Chinese stewed chicken instead. Lots of ginger, no sugar👍, and still very flavorful with the reduced sesame oil. Ingredients 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thigh Chicken marinade 2 Tbsp light soy sauce 1 Tbsp Read More

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Crispy Pork Belly Taco


I’ve been craving pork belly lately and saw some nice cuts in H-Mart last weekend. I picked them up, made one serving for crispy pork belly rice, and saved the other for a fusion taco. What so fusion about it? crispy pork belly marinade with Chinese five spice powder and Asian sriracha mayo slaw served on Mexican tortilla skin. EK Read More

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Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies


We always get-together as a family during the winter holidays. When the girls were in college, we drove/flew them home so that we can spend some quality time together at home or on a vacation. For the first time in 25 years, Ashley is not going to be home for Christmas. Covid certainly threw a wrench into our holiday plans, Read More

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Pineapple Margarita


The mixologist in me has been very busy lately dreaming up of different twists to the margarita recipe. How about replacing the lime juice with fresh pineapple juice?! As pineapple varies in tartness and sweetness, adjust the lime juice and syrup as appropriate. I typically start with less lime juice and syrup than what the recipe calls for, and adjust Read More

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Mango Sago Pomelo


Updated Sep 21st, 2020 We hosted Ramesh and Vibhav for a backyard lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. A get-together with friends and family in 2020 is unusual to say the least. A clear sky with clean (good enough) air is also unusual in California after a disastrous summer of fire storms. We are ready to put summer and 2020 Read More

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