Jul 6, 2017

Green Mung Bean Dessert Soup 綠豆沙

San Francisco's summer is no typical summer at all, but I found it too warm inside my body (due to pregnancy?). When I was young, Mom used to cook this sweet green bean soup (pronounced as look-dau-sa in Cantonese) every summer. We had it hot, right after it was cooked. Then, Mom kept some in the fridge and some in the freezer. The cold soup and the popsicles were as good as the hot soup!

According to the Chinese medicine, green mung bean has a cooling effect and can relieve the internal heat in your body. I guess that is why it is such a popular summer dessert in Hong Kong.

Prep time: 5 or 60 mins
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: Less than 2 hours
Yield: 4 servings

Green mung beans: 2/3 cup
Water: 5-6 cups (about 1280ml)
Chinese dried seaweed: 10 g (optional)
Coconut milk 椰奶: 1/3 cup
Yellow rock sugar: 2 average-sized pieces
[Note: The bean:water ratio is about 1:8.]

May 26, 2017

Garlic Quinoa

Because of my pregnancy, my husband and I now study the nutrition labels when we do grocery shopping. Quinoa has been our new favorite as it is high in dietary fiber, thus slowing digestion and allowing more time for nutrient absorption. It is also fluffy and chewy at the same time, making the texture of a dish more interesting.

Garlic Quinoa

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 30 min
Yield: 2 servings

Feb 8, 2017

Food Remedy for Colds: Chicken and Shiitake Congee

It has been pouring rain the whole winter here in San Francisco - and the whole Bay Area. I guess the unpleasant weather is not so good for our body, and many of friends have been sick recently. Of course, you can go to the doctor and take the medication right off. But sometimes you want your body to heal faster, or it has just begun and you want to nip it in the bud, or maybe you are pregnant and try to avoid any medications. Or you simply want to have something delicious for lunch. Try this chicken and Shiitake Congee! 


  • Ginger has been known for reducing nausea, soothing the digestive system, and helping treat colds or flu. Shiitake mushrooms help regulate the immune system. 
  • Chicken (or other protein) rev up the immunity. 
  • According to Chinese medicine, fuzzy melon is a "gentle" kind of food and is suitable for everybody, including those who are ill.
  • Garlic and green onion kill germs.

Prep time: 30 mins 
Cook time: 2 hours 
Total time: 2.5 hours 
Yield: 6-8 servings 

Jan 21, 2017

Shanghainese Noodles with Mustard Greens and Pork 雪菜肉絲麵

A few weeks ago, I ordered a bowl of Mustard Greens Noodles at a Shanghainese restaurant but was not satisfied at all. The sesame oil was too strong and made me sick (literally)... Craving noodles, I decided to make it myself. To my surprise, I found some quality Shanghainese noodles in a Chinese supermarket! Now that I have my own perfect noodles, I don't think I will order it at any restaurant again.

Shanghainese Noodles with Mustard Greens and Pork 雪菜肉絲麵

Prep time: N/A 
Cook time: 15 min 
Total time: 15 min 
Yield: 4-6 servings

Jan 19, 2017

Bandits' Chicken Wings 土匪雞翼

Chicken wings have always been one of my favorites. When I was young, Mom cooked wings with BBQ sauce, coke, soy sauce, etc, and I loved them all. About ten years ago, Tam Jai Yunnan Noodles (譚仔雲南米線), a noodle chain, became popular in Hong Kong. Their Bandits' Chicken Wings was one of their most popular side dishes and one of my favorites too.

Now that I'm in North America with no Tam Jai around, I have to cook these wings myself. I have actually cooked for my friends too, and they all loved it!

Bandits' Chicken Wings 土匪雞翼

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 30 min
Yield: 2-3 servings

Jan 10, 2017

Ground Pork Congee

Congee (or rice porridge) makes a good breakfast. My mom used to put all ingredients into the slow/pressure cooker at night before she went to bed. Then, the next morning, the congee would be ready! Isn't it convenient? 

I love eggs. That's why you find a boiled egg in my congee.

In the recipe below, I use chayote (also called vegetable pear, pear squash, christophene, cidra, sousou, 合掌瓜, 佛手瓜, etc) because I have fallen with love with the sweet fruit recently. You may use winter melon or cabbage ("juicy" vegetable) instead. 

Dec 23, 2016

Clam Chowder

Prep time: 10 min 
Cook time: 25 min 
Total time: 35 min 
Yield: 4 servings

Potatoes, peeled & diced: 2 cups 
Celery, diced: 1 cup 
Yellow onion, chopped: 1/2 cup
Clams in juice: About 500g (About 3 cans of 6.5oz chopped clams)
Clam juice: 1 cup (~1 bottle)
Bologna, chopped: 2 pieces 
Butter: 2.5 tablespoons
All-purpose flour: 2 tablespoons
Milk: 2 cups
Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
Black pepper, ground: to taste

Mar 7, 2016

My Easy Pad Thai

I just felt like having Pad Thai today. 

Not having the Thai ingredients at home, I decided to cook my own style of Pad Thai. How about Korean glass noodles? Positive. It was easy to prepare and the noodles were soft and chewy.

Prep time: 10 min 
Cook time: 10 min 
Total time: 20 min 
Yield: 2 servings 

Jan 26, 2016

Hong Kong Snack: Shark's Fin in a Bowl

Shark's Fin in a Bowl (碗仔翅) was one of my favorite afternoon or late-night snacks when I was in secondary school. To be exact, I loved to have Shark's Fin & Fish Paste in a Bowl (魚肉翅). People used glass noodles (粉絲) as the fake shark's fin, but more and more restaurants are using imitation shark's fin instead. 

The imitation shark's fin was on sale. That was why I bought it and made the soup today.

Shark's Fin in a Bowl (碗仔翅)

Prep time: 15 min 
Cook time: 15 min 
Total time: 30 min 
Yield: 10 servings 

Nov 2, 2015

Baked Salmon

Couldn't forget the delicious baked salmon I had in Norway. Decided to make one today. It's easy and irresistible!

Jan 24, 2015

Delicious Lamb Loin Chops Ready in 10 Minutes

Hubby and I have been in San Francisco for five months already. Have been invited to several homes, and enjoyed wonderful meals with our new friends. We had several simple steak dinners, a big thanksgiving dinner, a typical western dinner, some hot pots, and a Vietnamese spring rolls dinner. One of our latest favorites is lamb, no matter how it is cooked - whether it is sliced lamb in hot pots, or lamb loin chops. 

The special taste of lamb makes seasoning super easy. Plus, I enjoy having the original taste of our food. I decided to season my lamb loin chops with only a few spices. To my surprise, the simple dish lured me into eating more and more. (Hubby said the lamb was so juicy and tender. The recipe was a success!)

Pan-fried Lamb Loin Chops

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It is so easy and quick, and delicious! 

We like our lamb chops to to be rare in the center. .

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Yield: 3-4 servings