EAST ASIA


BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUN / CHAR SIU BAO 5
Char siu Bao or barbecued pork steamed buns is one of the most popular item when you go for dim sum. The pork is marinated and basting in savory and sweet sauce and roasted to perfection 😉 You’ll see most Chinese restaurants that serve authentic Chinese food will sell barbecued […]

BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUNS / CHAR SIU BAO


COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI
If you are wondering why it is called “cook and sell” dumplings, well, it is a direct translation from the Cantonese dialect siu mai. Siu 燒 means to cook and mai 賣 means to sell. Like I mentioned before, the Chinese like to name the dishes that convey good messages/meanings. […]

COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI


EASY PEASY CHICKEN TERIYAKI
Teriyaki is probably one of the most common terms we hear in culinary world and see on restaurant menu that serves Japanese food. The term teriyaki itself refers to the cooking method in Japan by broiling or grilling and basted in a sauce typically made of sake, mirin, soy sauce […]

EASY PEASY CHICKEN TERIYAKI



OYAKO UDON / UDON NOODLES WITH CHICKEN AND EGG
I’m always a big fan of Japanese home-style cooking. I found most of them are pretty simple with lots of flavor. Oyako udon is one of my favorite Japanese noodle dish. This noodle dish is so simple to make and very delicious. Oyako means parents and children in Japanese. The […]

OYAKO UDON / UDON NOODLES WITH CHICKEN AND EGG


STIR-FRIED SHREDDED PORK WITH SWEET BEAN PASTE
I have to admit that it does get a little hot to cook at the kitchen lately. I consider Minnesota’s summer as a “mild” one compare to that in Oklahoma, but still, the temperature inside the house rises quickly as soon as I do some cooking. But, I still need […]

STIR-FRIED SHREDDED PORK WITH SWEET BEAN PASTE


DRUNKEN CHICKEN SOUP
Sesame oil, ginger, and cooking wine are three important ingredients in confinement recipes. If you are wondering what confinement is, you can read about it here. This drunken chicken soup or sometimes people like to call it “ke ciu” or loosely translated as chicken with wine is one of the […]

DRUNKEN CHICKEN SOUP



CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE
I was first introduced to this crispy tofu cubes with sweet chili sauce when we visited Singapore last year. We were at Crystal Jade and my sister ordered this dish. My then 23-month old daughter got hooked to this tofu dish (Yes, it’s fried, who won’t get hooked ). I […]

CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE


GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL
I always have a thing for Japanese food. Mention the word sashimi, and you can literally see me salivating like the Pavlov’s dog (not a pretty sight I know, but you get what I mean). I actually made my husband promised to bring me to eat lots and lots of […]

GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL


ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU
Chinese sure does like to name their dishes in a unique way. Most of the time it’s a “literal” translation of what it visually looks like. This ants climbing a tree dish is one of the example. Fret not, there is no ants involved. This classic Szechuan dish is named […]

ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU



BEEF STIR-FRY IN SA-TSA BBQ SAUCE
This delicious beef stir-fry in sa-tsa bbq sauce was something I learned how to make back in college eons ago. My Taiwanese friend actually introduced the sa-tsa bbq sauce (or what she called Taiwanese bbq sauce) to me. Honestly, I didn’t like it as much initially. But, the more I […]

BEEF STIR-FRY IN SA-TSA BBQ SAUCE


FRIED NORI ROLLS
Seaweed is very commonly used in East Asia’s cooking. Nori is the Japanese term for edible seaweed .You will mostly see it being used as a wrap (like in sushi roll) and also as snack. My daughter loves roasted nori seaweed. I actually have to hide the seaweed from her […]

FRIED NORI ROLLS


CHINESE EGG DUMPLINGS / DAN JIAO
I first learned about the Chinese egg dumplings or known as dan jiao, from Taiwanese friends. The egg dumplings are commonly seen when they serve hot pot or during Chinese New Year. The origin of this dish though, was said to be from Peking. The skin of the dumplings are […]

CHINESE EGG DUMPLINGS / DAN JIAO



CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS 10
Chee Cheong Fun is one of my favorite Dim Sum items to order. I never ever have Dim Sum without Chee Cheong Fun. Dim sum is the Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or […]

CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS


CRAB WONTON SOUP
I know lots of people think of wontons when they think of Chinese food. Of course Chinese food is beyond just wontons. But, I can’t agree more that wontons are very commonly made as part of home-style meal and the varieties of wontons are limitless too. They are not difficult […]

CRAB WONTON SOUP


THREE CUPS CHICKEN
If you are familiar with Taiwanese food, you probably heard of or ate three cups chicken before. It is so called “three’cup” or san bei qi (三杯鸡) because the sauce that is used in the dish is made of sesame oil, dark soy sauce, and wine. All the three ingredients […]

THREE CUPS CHICKEN



STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS
…and you wonder what in the world is pipa shrimps ? Well, the shrimps are definitely regular kinds, but because the dish itself resembles the shape of a pi pa, a musical instrument from China, and hence the name. The shrimps are shelled, cleaned and butterflied and laid on top […]

STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS


BEEF WITH BLACK BEAN SAUCE
Black bean sauce is quite a popular ingredient in the Chinese kitchen. The black bean sauce is made by fermenting the black bean in salt and spices. When you taste it, it is quite salty and which is why it is often used in stir-fry meat dishes. You will find […]

BEEF WITH BLACK BEAN SAUCE


SHRIMP ROLLS
If you google the word “shrimp rolls”, you will get over 5 millions images of shrimp rolls. Speaking of variety! These shrimp rolls are not wrapped in spring roll wrappers, wonton wrappers, rice, seaweed, or any other common wrappers. The shrimp rolls are wrapped using roasted bell peppers. I love […]

SHRIMP ROLLS



CHICKEN TERIYAKI ROLLS
The fun part about making sushi is you can pretty much roll in (or roll out) whatever you wish. These chicken teriyaki rolls are just one of the example. I also rolled in some avocados and spinach leaves. These rolls can be a complete meal on its own. These will […]

CHICKEN TERIYAKI ROLLS


INARI SUSHI
Inari sushi is one of my favorite sushi that is very simple to make. Inari sushi is typically made of a deep-fried tofu skin pouch, called aburaage in Japanese, stuffed with seasoned sushi rice. Aburaage are skins made by lifting the skin off soy milk and drying it. The aburaage […]

INARI SUSHI


SCALLOP, MAYONNAISE, POTATO AND SESAME ROLLS
After trying the shrimp, spinach, and wasabi mash rolls using mashed potatoes to replace sushi rice and they turned fabulous, I gave another different rolls using mashed potatoes a try. This time using scallop and mayonnaise. I gotta tell you these are really good too. I’ve always enjoyed eating scallops […]

SCALLOP, MAYONNAISE, POTATO AND SESAME ROLLS



TONKATSU INSIDE-OUT ROLLS
The other fun part about making sushi is you can pretty much roll them with whatever ingredient you like. Sushi doesn’t always have to come with fishes, at least not to me. The typical sushi roll is made with the seaweed expose to the outside. With the inside-out rolls, the […]

INSIDE-OUT TONKATSU ROLLS


LEMON PEPPER CRAB SUSHI BOATS
Before I say anything else, this lemon pepper crab sushi boats has definitely become one of my favorites. The first bite into the sushi and I think the nerves on my tongue immediately sent signals to my brain and I my respond was like “WOW! The sweetness of the crab […]

LEMON PEPPER CRAB SUSHI BOATS


GREEN BEAN SUSHI BOATS
Sushi is absolutely beyond just raw fish. The thing you can make into sushi is really limited to your own creativity. You will see as I do more sushi posts (please bear with me). I’m not a chef. Just a mother who likes to experiment at kitchen and if I […]

GREEN BEAN SUSHI BOATS



SAN LAU HOR FUN / CANTONESE-STYLE FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH FISH AND BEAN SPROUTS
I know it can be confusing if you are not familiar with all the different names a type of noodle can be called for the same thing in different languages. Hor fun is one of the example. Hor fun is the Cantonese name for the flat rice noodles that we […]

SAN LAU HOR FUN / CANTONESE-STYLE FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH ...


BEEF CHOW FUN / CANTONESE-STYLE STIR-FRIED RICE NOODLES WITH BEEF 2
I got hooked with beef chow fun the first time hubby ordered it at this Chinese restaurant and the first bite into this beef chow fun was simply unforgettable. Beef chow fun is a popular Cantonese dish. I would say this is the Cantonese style of “char kwe tiau/ stir-fried […]

BEEF CHOW FUN / CANTONESE-STYLE STIR-FRIED RICE NOODLES WITH BEEF


FISH-FRAGRANT AUBERGINE
So after making the fish-fragrant pork, I decided to also make another one of Szechuan popular fish-fragrant dish, the fish-fragrant aubergine/eggplants. Again, there is no fish in the dish if you ever wonder. The term fish-fragrant comes from the popular way of the Szechuanese using ingredients that are usually used […]

FISH-FRAGRANT AUBERGINE



FISH-FRAGRANT PORK
I’ve seen this “fish-fragrant” description on the Szechuan restaurant’s menu we often go to and never knew what the whole dish was all about. So, we decided to give it a try and really liked it. After a success in trying to “mimic” the Szechuan Piao Xiang Chili Fish fillet […]

FISH-FRAGRANT PORK / 魚 香 肉 絲


TWICE-COOKED PORK / 回鍋肉
We love Szechuan food so much and it didn’t make sense if I didn’t make this very popular Szechuan dish – twice-cooked pork. I personally always find the red-looking dishes very addictive. The utilization of dried chilis and Sichuan peppercorns set Sichuanese food different with other Chinese food. I always […]

TWICE-COOKED PORK


CHINESE DUMPLINGS / JIAO ZI
After cooking for a while now, I realize that dumplings are so widely found around the globe. Each country has its own version of dumplings. When I said dumplings, of course it’s a very broad term. When something is wrapped with a flour dough, it’s pretty much a dumpling. The […]

CHINESE DUMPLINGS / JIAO ZI



FRIED EGGS WITH TOMATOES
If you never have fried eggs with tomatoes before, well, maybe you should give it a try. I never knew about this dish until oh..let’s see, not too long ago (maybe 13-14 years ago) my ex-housemate, who is also my best friend, made this dish. We lived in an apartment […]

STIR-FRIED EGGS WITH TOMATOES


YANG ZHOU FRIED RICE / 揚 洲 炒 飯
Oh geez..another fried rice ha ha! I just have to post this Yang Zhou fried rice because it was something that I learned about when I was still in middle school. Yang Zhou fried rice or often called Yang Zhou chao fan is said to be originated in China…dated all […]

YANG ZHOU FRIED RICE / 揚 洲 炒 飯