Bittermelon and Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce

Bittermelon and Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce

Remember how when you were a kid, you would turn your nose up at anything that was weird looking or nasty tasting? Well, my nemesis was bittermelon (bittergourd). My mom would cook bittermelon every so often either in a stirfry or in soups and insist we eat it because "it’s good for you!" (How many times have you heard that?)


3 Cups Chicken Recipe

3 Cups Chicken

This dish is another classic Chinese dish that originally calls for 1 cup each of 3 main ingredients: soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine, hence the name 3 Cups chicken (Sam Pui Kai)! However,1 cup of each ingredient is quite a bit too much for me. Imagine having a whole cup of sesame oil in there! You’d have a circle of oil lubing your mouth if you did that. Not too pleasant!

So, I looked up some recipes and decided to adapt all the different recipes into my own (heavily borrowing from Amy Beh’s original recipe on After a bit of experimenting I find that instead of 3 cups of everything, it’s actually better to have one part sesame oil to two parts soy sauce to three parts rice wine (1:2:3 chicken might be a more appropriate name ^_^). (more…)

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Chinese New Year Cioppino Hot Pot

Gong Xi Fa Cai – Happy New Year!


A few weeks back, Foodbuzz put out a call for proposals for another one of their "24, 24, 24" meals. Since the date would be very close to Chinese New Year this year, Annie and I submitted a proposal, focusing on a Chinese New Year theme. We were surprised and honored to have been chosen as one of the food blogs featured this month.


Homemade Baked Char Siew Bao

Homemade baked char siu bao

A while back I posted a recipe for Baked Red Bean buns. I’ve been wanting to follow that up with this post because I use the same dough recipe to make the buns but the filling can be changed up.

There is a lot you can with that basic sweet dough recipe. As you know, besides the red bean buns, I’ve also just rolled them up and wrapped them around hot dogs to make hot dog buns. And I’ve even gotten some pork soong (pork floss) and stuffed that in the dough.


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