I have not celebrated Chinese New Year (CNY) for many many years. “Celebrating” in my family meant receiving red envelopes and gorging on good, homemade, traditional Chinese food.
It’s been twenty years since I celebrated Chinese New Year with my folks! They do still go about the tradition with my siblings, but living 5,000+ miles away doesn’t make it easy to rush over for dinner.
This year, I wanted to eat something “special” for CNY. Continue reading
I have never have liked sweet and sour sauce, whether it was with vegetables, chicken, pork, or prawns! I hated the smell. I hated the consistency. I just plain hated it. The funniest thing is that I have never tried it, but the smell of vinegar has always put me off food.
Since I hate it so much, I never paid any attention to how my father made it.
So why am I blogging about it? Well…. Continue reading
One morning, I really felt like a sweetened coconut milk soup for breakfast and came up with this rather weird concoction. Ok, it’s not that weird, I mean, my father used to make a pasta dish with a super-sweet sugary broth and served it with boiled eggs. However, the honey in this soup did lend a rather “honey-ish” flavor to the soup (not surprisingly). Continue reading
I love coconut curry. I love kabocha squash. I love boiled eggs. I love rice noodles. So why on earth did I not mix them together to make a dish that I would love earlier? Who knows. It’s Easy. Simple. Delicious.
I used a Panang curry paste to make this soup, but you can use any curry paste of your choosing. I think yellow, red or even green Thai curry pastes would work well with this. Continue reading
Mooncakes? Yes please! Homemade mooncakes? Yes please! Homemade gluten-free mooncakes? Yesssssssssss, please!
I love mooncakes. Growing up, we’d be lucky if we had a tin of four to share between six of us. They were never great in quality, but what did I know? For many years, I didn’t eat mooncakes. This was until about 4-5 years ago, when I stumbled across them and had to buy them. After that, I couldn’t stop eating them! (I’m surprised I’m not the size of a house).
Since each fresh mooncake is about $5 each, I was determined to make my own. I even have a wooden mold! This project was put on hold when I went gluten-free Continue reading
This is a great filling for steamed or baked Chinese buns. It’s rich, smooth, nutty and barely sweet. I used it in my gluten-free mooncakes.
This recipe does not use lard, lye water or rose water. It’s simple: lotus seeds, sugar, water and olive oil (believe it or not). There is definitely a difference in taste, but I do like the flavor of olive oil so it doesn’t perturb me. I’d also rather use olive oil than some dodgy vegetable oil. Most traditionalists Continue reading
Everybody should eat more probiotic food… period. Kimchi is one of those foods where you can sneak probiotics into your diet without noticing it, well, ok, you will notice it if you don’t like kimchi. I guess it is definitely an acquired taste, and to be honest with you, I’m not sure if I have that acquired taste. I like the kimchi when it’s not fully ripe, that is when it’s not fully fermented, which kind of defeats the object Continue reading
It’s funny how we often crave the foods we enjoyed when we were children. This recipe is based on a dish my mother used to make, and still makes. Thinly sliced, boneless, pork chops are marinated in a mixture of Marsala wine, light soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and spring onions.
The combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and spring onions bring out the Chinese-influence on this dish. Although my mother used to use Sherry Continue reading
Ever since I ordered black sesame jin dui (fried sesame glutinous rice balls) at a dim sum restaurant in Vancouver B.C., J has been slightly obsessed with the aromatic flavor of black sesame seeds. He refused to eat any jin dui stuffed with red bean paste! I, on the other hand, am no stranger to the wonderful aromas of black sesame seeds. One of my favorite desserts is sweet black sesame soup.
When I saw the recipe for “black sesame ice cream” in my latest test book “The Vegan Scoop”, I just had to try it! I adapted the recipe by toasting Continue reading
You have to believe me when I tell you that this is not a bowl of thickened squid ink.
It’s a dessert/snack, which tastes like a grass jelly flavored Angel Delight (pudding). The creation was made purely accidentally. I had half a can of grass jelly left, and I wanted to make it into a drink with rock sugar syrup… only the amount of syrup I used was not substantial enough to make a drink, but a silky dessert/snack.
I thought it was pretty pleasant. However, if the black gelatinous mass doesn’t put you off, Continue reading
I’ve been going through a weird phase recently. I’ve been craving foods from my childhood… often the ones that I hated then. The most recent craving was Chinese grass jelly.
It was warm in Seattle for about a week, and all I could think about was a bowl of nicely chilled Chinese grass jelly with rock sugar syrup. Only I didn’t have any at home. The idea of this jelly normally disgusts me, Continue reading
Let’s get back to basics.
Plain egg fried rice is one of the easiest, quickest, simplest and cheapest Chinese dishes you can make. It can be served as a side dish or as a main meal. The best part is that you can add anything to it to make it a little more substantial. In this recipe I’ve added prawns (shrimp), but feel free to omit them, or add something else. It’s also a great way of making use of any leftover rice.
I’ve cut down on the amount of oil used typically in Chinese restaurants, mainly because I think it is unnecessary. Continue reading