EAST ASIA


ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CRACKLINGS
Another thing I wanted to check off the to-cook-list. And finally I got to check it off. I’ve done this roast pork belly with cracklings for handful times and failed that many times too !! The most desirable thing to me (and many others) when it comes to roasted pork […]

ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CRACKLINGS


CHA SOBA WITH MEN TSUYU
Cha soba (Japanese green tea noodles) with ment tsuyu (noodle sauce) is one of our family favorite. My daughter absolutely loves the regular soba noodles. She calls it “brown noodles” simply because of the color. She approached me the other day and said “Mommy, you haven’t cooked the brown noodles […]

CHA SOBA WITH MEN TSUYU


OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN
The mention of oxtail ramen makes me feeling a little nostalgic. It brings me back all the way to Oahu, Hawaii That’s where I had my first oxtail ramen. At Ramen Nakamura in Oahu. That little shop always has long queue. The Japanese and tourists from all over the world […]

OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN



POACHED PORK BELLY WITH SPICY GARLIC SAUCE 2
I’m a big fan of Szechuan cuisine (read: spicy). Though not all of their food are spicy, but some of them are and those agree well with us. “Suan Ni Bai Rou” or loosely translated into “white meat with garlic paste” is one of my favorite of Szechuan’s. It was […]

POACHED PORK BELLY WITH SPICY GARLIC SAUCE


CHAR SIU / CHINESE BARBECUED PORK 2
Never in million years I thought I could make my own char siu or known as Chinese barbecued pork at home. I thought it was complicated and with the oven we have at home, I didn’t know how it’s gonna turn out. Well, it turned out delicious. Char siu is […]

CHAR SIU / CHINESE BARBECUED PORK


STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH CHILI BEAN SAUCE 2
If you haven’t gotten tired of me saying “I love noodles”…well, I love noodles and flat wide rice noodles (or known as “fun” in Cantonese or “kwe tiau” in Hokkian dialect) are my most favorite. I like them serve with soup/stew or stir-fried. I really like this stir-fried flat rice […]

STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH CHILI BEAN SAUCE



ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES
Talking about zha jiang mian, I’m taken back to my almost-once-a-week-date with my sister at the Crystal Jade Restaurant in Singapore. Zha jiang mian was always what we ordered. I really like the zha jiang mian noodle there. Zha jiang mian is originated from northern China. Zha jiang means bean […]

ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES


KOREAN SWEET POTATO NOODLES 2
I made this sweet potato noodles few years ago when I first got the Easy Korean Cooking cookbook by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee. I’ve made it several times since then because it’s our favorite noodle dish. Along the way I’ve modified it just because a dish like this is usually versatile […]

SWEET POTATO NOODLES/ JAPCHAE


korean gamjatang
I know it’s not winter anymore, but I can have soup or stew anytime of the year. I often stocked up on pork neck bones and make some stock from them. We often have one noodle soup dish throughout the week. So one weekend my husband was telling me about […]

KOREAN PORK BONE SOUP / GAMJATANG



COLORFUL MANTOU
Mantou or Chinese plain steamed bun was my childhood favorite and still is. I remember having that for afternoon tea snacks. It’s like steamed buns, but usually without any filling inside and has a half-circle shape, soft and fluffy. Mantou is a staple of the Chinese. It can be eaten […]

COLORFUL MANTOU


PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES
You know, there is always first time for everything. This was my first time roasting a whole duck in my entire natural life so far lol! The thought of roasting a big bird like that was a bit intimidating (to me at least!). But once you did it for that […]

PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES


SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO 4
If you have ever eaten xiao long bao before, I know your face will lighten up by just seeing the words For the few years I’ve lived in Singapore, I had been spoiled with wonderful xiao long bao from various Chinese restaurants. Thin skin and the soup gushes out when […]

SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO



KIMCHI FRIED RICE/GIMCHI BOKKEUM BAP
When I said that you could put anything you want in your fried rice, this is another example, kimchi fried rice. I often have kimchi in the fridge. And we almost always have left over rice in our house. Sometimes, I intentionally cook more so that I can resort to fried […]

KIMCHI FRIED RICE/GIMCHI BOKKEUM BAP


SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH
I didn’t have much exposure to Szechuan food when I lived in Asia. Probably because Szechuan cuisine wasn’t as popular back then, but it sure has gained lots of popularity in recent years. Since I moved to Minnesota, I’ve love love..Szechuan dishes (hint: hot spicy food). But of course, not […]

SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH


STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH GREEN TEA 2
This stir-fried chicken with green tea is inspired by a Taiwanese dish. Taiwan is a place flooded with creative energy when. Food is one of them. I only went to Taiwan once and that was also on a business trip many years ago. Though it was a short trip but […]

STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH GREEN TEA



GOJI BERRY TEA
Goji berry or known as wolfberry is an important ingredient in my mom’s pantry and so is mine (and I believe many other Asians). My mom uses goji berry for tea, soup, stir-fry veggies, or just munch them like raisins. This berry is originated from China and usually comes in dried […]

GOJI BERRY TEA


MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES
Snowy day is always good to stay indoor and be warm (to me anyway). With that said, the kids need things to do something though. Baking some cookies is always a big hit 😉 I was able to get some good quality matcha powder from Japan. I’ve always love the […]

MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES


Chinese steamed chicken
Steamed chicken is one of our favorites. Not only it’s easy, but it’s tasty (regardless of the pale-looking color). It’s my to-go recipe when I need to fix a meal quickly and always popular with out two kids too. The meat is always soft and tender. Our other favorite steamed […]

STEAMED CHICKEN WITH GINGER AND SCALLION



SALT AND PEPPER SHRIMP
This salt and pepper shrimp is one of my absolute favorite shrimp recipes. The salt and pepper combination is highly addicting (to me) and if you add a bit of jalapeno peppers, OMG, So..so..good. Not burning spicy, but enough to give you that heat sensation. In fact, this salt and […]

SALT AND PEPPER SHRIMP


KOREAN CHICKEN WITH LETTUCE WRAP
If you like something crunchy and healthy with your meal, what can be better than a lettuce ? (you would say….chips? ha..ha..). I’m not a big fan of eating lettuce on its own though. It’s healthy and super low calorie for sure, but to be realistic, I’m not a person […]

KOREAN CHICKEN WITH LETTUCE WRAP


OYSTER VERMICELLI NOODLE
I learnt of oyster vermicelli noodle or known as oyster mee sua when I visited Taiwan few years ago. I had this bowl of gooey looking noodle this at the famous Shilin night market. If you google Taiwan Shilin night market, you can see the photos and read about it. […]

OYSTER VERMICELLI NOODLE



SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE SALAD
When I saw “Bang Bang Chicken” on the menu for the first time at a Szechuan restaurant a while ago, I knew I had to have it. I’ve never had authentic Szechuan bang bang chicken before. This popular Chinese street food, gets its name from a heavy baton that is […]

SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE SALAD


TARO PUFF / WOO KOK
Taro puff or known as woo kok in Cantonese language is one of my very favorite dim sum items to order whenever we go for a dim sum. I’ve always had soft spots for taro to begin with (or anything with high carbs lol). Making your own taro puff wasn’t […]

TARO PUFF / WOO KOK


SZECHUAN HOT POT FOR ASIAN NEW YEAR EVE 3
Chinese New Year falls on January 31,2014 this year. When I still lived in Singapore, this is the time of the year that I looked forward to the most. I usually booked my airplane ticket to go back home during this time 3-4 months before the new year. It’s the […]

HOT POT FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE



LION'S HEAD MEATBALLS
The Chinese often has unique way in naming the dishes. Lion’s head meatballs is one of the example. The shape of the meatballs resemble the head of the lion. There are lots of varieties out there for lion’s head meatballs recipes. You will see some were cooked with napa cabbage […]

LION’S HEAD MEATBALLS


GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH
Last month my mom made the red tortoise cake with mung bean fillings again for Iven’s one month celebration and they were really good. This time around she made the green tortoise cake with peanut fillings. Let me tell you, the peanut fillings is my favorite one compare to the […]

GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH


TAIWANESE MEAT PINWHEELS / ROU JIAN 4
I never had the rou jian or loosely translated as Chinese meat pinwheels until my mom made them few weeks ago. Apparently rou jian is a popular Taiwanese street food. It does look like a pinwheel with some meat and spring onion filling inside. The rou jian is pan-fried and […]

TAIWANESE MEAT PINWHEELS / ROU JIAN



KOREAN-STYLE CHICKEN STEW
In this cold wintry weather, I can’t stop thinking about something warm and somewhat spicy to ward off the cold. This vibrant-looking stew can’t be easier to make and very delicious. I resorted to Korean gochujang paste again to make this stew and it turned out wonderful. Print KOREAN-STYLE CHICKEN […]

KOREAN-STYLE CHICKEN STEW


GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN
Glutinous rice balls or known as tang yuan in Chinese is a traditional food that is eaten in special occasion. December 22 (or sometimes December 21) is one of the days that people eat tang yuan. It is a Dong Zhi Festival or known as Winter Solstice. It is one […]

GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN


PAN-FRIED KIMCHI FRITTERS 1
I have soft spots for kimchi lately, or perhaps I should say ever since I was pregnant with our second baby. Perhaps it’s the sourness ? I never really craved for things like pickles, but I did yearn for kimchi and I still am 7 weeks postpartum This pan-fried kimchi […]

PAN-FRIED KIMCHI FRITTERS



KIMCHI STEW
This is such a perfect stew for the autumn weather that is getting cooler. I really enjoy the the piquancy and spiciness of this dish. It is so easy to make kimchi stew and it gives such a great comfort. Print KIMCHI STEW (4 servings)   What you will need: […]

KIMCHI STEW


BAKED BUNS
Yes, I know..more and more buns. I gotta satiate my cravings for buns. These are baked however, not steamed like the usual buns. Baked buns with meat fillings are also very popular as a matter of fact. It’s my favorite too. Baking makes the buns crispy on the outside and […]

CHINESE BAKED BUNS