Want a recipe for an easy spicy sweet and sour fried chicken? There are a million ways to prepare sweet and sour sauce, but I think I have found a super easy way if your home is regularly stocked with Thai sweet chili sauce, tomato ketchup, and soy sauce.
If you love dishes with Chinese herbs, you are going to love this simple codonopsis, shiitake, and red dates chicken. It is more traditional to use one whole chicken cut up into pieces, but I like to simply use 8 pieces of drumsticks. Another good option is to use chicken thighs. I honestly think chicken […]
Let’s talk a bit about this 15 minutes eggplant spicy soy sauce. I think this is an awesome summer dish because one, it takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish, and two, you only need your microwave for this. I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid staying in the kitchen […]
Mention wontons and people immediately conjure up the image of steaming hot soup, which is not bad, but fried wontons are actually so much better. Of course fried wontons means deep frying, there is just no avoiding it, but trust me, it is worth it. The best fried wontons is made with pork, so unless […]
Today, I am sharing a recipe to make taro swirl bread. I use taro paste from my previous taro paste recipe, so if you want to make this bread, please refer to my previous recipe to make taro paste before hand. Or, if you want, you can use red bean paste too to make this […]
Have you ever visited Asian bakery and look at the pretty purple color from their taro baked goods? Actually, you can make taro paste easily at home, just with a handful of ingredients: taro root, coconut milk, and sugar. You won’t get the shocking bright purple color though (I suspect the ones from bakery are most […]
How can anyone resist freshly steamed Chinese steamed buns, let alone one shaped in rose, and come in light purple and bordering pinkish hue? After saving so many of these recipes for a long long while in my Pinterest board, I finally took the plunge and make these babies. Verdict: taste really good, soft fluffy […]
One of my readers ask me about how to make almond tofu that is ever present in Chinese buffet in United States. Well, the easiest way would be to buy almond tofu mix, but that feels a bit like cheating, but it works if you want to go the simplest route.
Someone in your house is hungry and demand to be fed in less than 15 minutes. Does this sound familiar? Well, if you have one pound of broccoli and one block of firm tofu, you can make this tasty and healthy dish under 15 minutes, thus problem solved. Also, have I told you that this dish is […]
When I am lazy but still want to cook something quick and healthy, I often rely on steamed dishes. Today, I am going to share this steamed chicken with red dates recipe, a super easy dish, super fast to prepare, and pretty healthy to boot. If you want to be extra healthy, opt for free range […]
Codonopsis (dang shen) and red dates (hong zao) are two of the more commonly used Chinese herbs. Codonopsis is said to help increase appetite and immune system, while red dates are good to maintain healthy blood pressure and full of vitamin C and super perfect when you have cold. Both of these are said to […]
One of Asian grocery stores that I frequent is Marina, and they always give out food coupon for your purchase, which can be used in exchange for take out items in the nearby food stall and I usually ends up with either char siew or siew yuk. Most of the times, we eat those as […]
Chinese herbs are most commonly prepared as soup, but they can be made into healthy, easy, and delicious dish by steaming. Here I prepare a simple dish by steaming together marinated chicken drumsticks with slices of rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, along with my favorite Chinese herbs, which include angelica root (dang gui), american ginseng, jujube fruit […]
Sausage bread is one of the more typical Asian style bread, and they come with many different kind of styles, but I am going to use braid for my sausage bread. I use the same bread dough as the one for my ham and mayonnaise bread rolls, and I can vouch that this dough is good […]
Visiting an Asian bakery, be it Chinese, Japanese, or Korean is like stepping into a bread heaven. Most of the time, I think these bakeries share roughly the same kind of dough recipe. They are invariably soft and pillowy, milky and buttery, and almost always filled with all sort of wonderful ingredients ranging from sweet […]
Asian steam buns with ground pork/meat filling come with many names. It is called rou bao (肉包) in Chinese, nikuman (肉まん) in Japanese, and in Indonesia where I grow up, we call it bak pao, derived from Chinese Hokkien dialect. The most traditional meat to used in a nikuman is ground pork, but you can also […]