Oct 2, 2014

Cream Mushroom Chicken Rice Casserole



I love pasta more than rice. Having tried to cook rice in ways I like, I believe I've started to love rice. Here comes my first love of the rice world.


Cream Mushroom Chicken Rice Casserole

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An easy lunch/dinner with chicken, veggies and rice. What a balanced meal!


Sep 24, 2014

Goji Berry Chicken Soup



Having tried chicken with different flavors, I've decided to go for a Chinese taste with the goji berries my friend gave me. Goji berries (枸杞 / 杞子, also called wolfberries or goji) have been used in Chinese medicine, wine and herbal tea for thousands of years. Not only is this Goji Berry Chicken Soup a good change of taste, it is considered a good health supplement.


Dried goji berries

According to traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries can help to treat diabetes and high blood pressure. They can reduce physical fatigue and dizziness. It is also believed they can protect our eyes.

Note: Goji berries could interact with some drugs. If you are using blood thinners, or taking diabetic medication or blood pressure drugs, you may want to avoid goji berries. Otherwise, goji berries are safe (when consumed in moderation, of course). [It is said that a healthy adult should consume about 20g of goji every day. A person can eat up to 30g of goji for medical purpose.]

Sep 15, 2014

Sweet and Savory Strawberry-jammed Chicken



Today I found two small packages of strawberry jam in my fridge. Desiring a new taste at the same time, I decided to create a sweet and savory dish with the jam. This strawberry-jammed chicken was a big success. My husband and I loved it so much. We had it with Tofu soup and white rice. What a perfect dinner!

Strawberry-jammed Chicken

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The wonderful blend of sweetness and saltiness will surely regain everybody's appetite. This strawberry sauce is easy to make.



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Sep 6, 2014

One of My Childhood Favorites: Texas Spaghetti



Hardee's first opened its restaurant in Hong Kong in 1990. It closed its last two shops in Hong Kong on December 27, 2006. Within 16 years, Hardee's left in my heart a few signature foods - curly fries, Texas Spaghetti and Mushroom Rice. I would say Hardee's was quite a success, as my mum didn't like fast food yet she wouldn't mind taking us to Hardee's.

Since I moved to North America (first Canada, then San Francisco), I have had more time for cooking. I looked for the recipe for my Texas Spaghetti but it was nowhere to be found. I also looked up Hardee's menu and finally realized what we had was a special Hong Kong menu! Lucky us!

I have cooked this spaghetti a few times already and my friends love it so much (they even call it "irresistible"!). I love it myself too! The taste brought back a lot of fond memories I had with my mum (especially because we both loved spaghetti). If you keep on reading my food blog, you will learn how much I love spaghetti, and perhaps you will also find out Hong Kong people love pasta much more than you expect.

Texas Spaghetti

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You will like this easy recipe for an impressive spaghetti with delicious aroma and exquisite taste!


My Texas Spaghetti

Aug 16, 2014

Simple new home, simple meals



My husband and I finally arrived in San Francisco - he is going to work here. While things are unsettled and our home is almost unfurnished, we are living a very simple life at the moment. But this doesn't stop us from enjoying our meals together!

[Secret: I'm quite glad indeed. Before we get rice, we can have noodle soup and pasta soup all the time. I love noodles and pasta!]

Chicken Macaroni Soup

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In Hong Kong, we have different pasta in soup, but we eat only the pasta and do NOT drink the soup. But I have made this pasta soup simple, healthy and delicious. You will like the soup as well. My husband and I consumed everything in the pot! 


Jul 31, 2014

Red Date Water restores youth and vitality



Sometimes I worry my friends with my pale face and lips. They would think that I'm so ill that I might faint anytime. According to Chinese medicine, this shows that my blood flow is not good and I have often been advised to drink Red Date Water, which has proven to work for so many people who did not have a good blood flow, especially females. 

Real-life cases

* Many ladies drank this magic potion and their face had that healthy pink colour again.

* Some ladies experience menstrual cramps during or before their periods. Red date water has helped relieve the pain. 

* People who use the computer for a long time at work, or who work a long time believe they have their strengths restored after drinking the water for a few days.



Jul 29, 2014

Oven-Baked Crispy Tortilla Chips



I had crispy tortilla chips (my dip: salsa ranch) and buttered corn (a popular snack in Hong Kong^^) for breakfast.


Crispy Tortilla Chips

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What is good about homemade tortilla chips are: 1) They are especially good served hot! 2) You can create the specific flavor you like! Of course, choose a dip you like, and enjoy the chips as much as you like!

Tortilla chips (dip: salsa ranch)

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Jul 25, 2014

Healthy Seaweed Tofu Soup



Thinking about what to cook for my Canadian friends last week, I decided to make the dinner more Hong-Kong-ish, and have all soup, rice, main dishes and dessert. If you have read my article "Chinese Pot Soup", you probably remember we like herbal soup. But I don't want to frighten my friends with very special flavors, so I went for this simple Seaweed Tofu Soup. Of course, my friends loved it so much (I only cook what I love~^^)! 

Seaweed Tofu Soup

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Seaweed is said to be able to help lower blood pressure. Tofu (Bean curd) is rich in antioxidants and can improve skin. The soup is beneficial to health. It is recommended you have this soup before eating fatty food.  


Jul 24, 2014

Great party food: Enoki Beef Rolls



Enoki beef rolls is a Japanese dish, but you know, Hong Kong people just enjoy trying different cuisines. Many of us like making them at home for lunch or dinner.




In Hong Kong, people usually pan-fry the rolls, while I prefer baking them for THREE reasons: 

Jul 16, 2014

The most popular party food in Hong Kong



I went for a picnic with my friends last Saturday and shared with my friends the most popular party food in Hong Kong, Pineapple and Sausage Skewers. They loved them just as my Hong Kong friends and I did.

When I was young, I had Pineapple and Sausage Skewers for every school Christmas party, and most birthday parties. It is the simplest party food to make, yet the taste never fails anyone. 

Jul 11, 2014

Starry Mini Pineapple Buns (Hong Kong Style)




Pineapple bun (Bo Lo Bau) is a specialty in Hong Kong. Pineapple buns do not really have pineapple inside. The bun got its name only because its cookie-like top crust resembles the thick rough skin of a pineapple.


Mini Pineapple Buns

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You don't usually find pineapple bun crusts like mine. Here is the unique recipe for my lovely mini-pineapple buns.



Jul 4, 2014

World Cup Fiesta: Brazilian Fish Stew, Moqueca



Are you a World Cup fan? Or are your family or friends World Cup enthusiasts? There's nothing better than enjoying delicious food when family and friends gather together to watch matches. The recipe I'm going to introduce may not be a very simple one, but it is worth it when you see the smiles on those you love, eating what you have prepared for them with love.


Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew)

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Jun 26, 2014

Chinese Pot Soup



I used to think every person on this planet started their dinner with soup. 

Jun 24, 2014

Lovely Dim Sum Siu Mai Dumplings



Never did I realise I love Dim Sum until I came to Canada.

As dim sum is expensive in Canada, I have to make it myself. Siu Mai is one of the easiest to make.


Siu Mai Dumplings

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Fish Siu Mai in Wanton Wrapper

Jun 18, 2014

Cantopancake



If you go to a dim sum restaurant (yum cha), you can usually find this savory pancake.

This type of Chinese pancake is popular in Canton area (Guangdong). That's why I have given it the name 'Cantopancake' - to distinguish it from other types of pancakes in China.

The recipe for the Cantopancake is really simple. It takes you only a few minutes to make one delicious piece.

Cantopancake
(Canton Chinese pancake)

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Jun 13, 2014

What Hong Kong people have for breakfast



As a Hongkonger, I always feel fortunate considering what we eat. Not only is the food delicious and cheap, but it is always so easy for us to try different things, including early mornings. Generally, I have seven different breakfasts per week.

Probably, you are most familiar with our dim sum breakfast. Dim sum is a Cantonese (part of southern China) meal, and is served in Cantonese teahouses (which is not as quiet or peaceful as you think). Going to the teahouse is well known as "yum cha".

For many families, yum cha is a weekend family activity. We usually go yum cha on Sunday morning, and eat and talk for one or two hours.


Dim sum at a Cantonese teahouse (or Cantonese Restaurant)