Mongolian Chicken

The holiday season is deeply upon us. There are lots of celebrations going on. In about two weeks, there will be Christmas and the Chinese Winter Solstice 冬至. Being a good home chef, I decided to make one dish and celebrate both holidays. To me Continue reading


Asian Chicken Mushroom Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a household comfort food in the western countries such as the United States, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom. It is one of Americans favorite dishes from homes
to restaurants. Come holidays and cold winter, comfort food is always on people’s mind. Meatloaf is a simple food with a lot of love. The classic meatloaf is Continue reading

Best Refrigerated Homemade Veggie Soup

Soup is a terrific way to use homegrown vegetables in the summer. This soup is hearty and healthy, made with fresh bitter melons, tomatoes and peppers from our garden. We also add carrots and chayote squash for extra health benefits and sweet flavor. It tastes super delicious, even picky eaters will love it. Many People who have digestive issues will benefit immensely from this homemade soup’s abundant Continue reading

Caramel Chip and Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

After making chocolate chip cookies so many times, I am excited to find something else that is just as delightful. Caramel is a delicious new flavor for these cookies with dried cherries. The sweet, milky caramel flavor creates a special contrast with the tart cherries. Unlike chocolate chips, these caramel chips don’t melt during baking, Continue reading

DIY Lemon Mustard Oregano Marinade

Mix Lemon Mustard Marinade in Bowl:

2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon DIY salt and black pepper mixture
1 teaspoon wine, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Lemon Mustard Oregano Marinade for Chicken:

Combine salt and pepper mixture, garlic, oregano, mustard, lemon juice, wine, cornstarch and olive oil in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Wash and dry 1 pound chicken tenders. (You can use chicken breasts or thighs.) Add chicken to the lemon mustard mixture, mix to coat with marinade on both sides.

Once marinated for 15 minutes, grill the chicken, or pan fry it on stove top. Bake the chicken in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 30 to 35 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 to 168 degrees. Let cool for a few minutes, cut into pieces. Serve in salad, rice or pasta.

Garden Soup Tomatoes and Bitter Melons

This soup uses bitter melons and sweet cherry tomatoes from our garden. Add chicken and soup broth, cook 20 to 30 minutes until flavors combined and ready to serve. I only add salt and black pepper for seasoning, nothing else. It tastes good.

The onion, garlic and ginger give a fresh, earthy flavor to the soup. The slightly bitter taste from the bitter melons and a hint of Continue reading

DIY Savory Chinese Black Bean Garlic Sauce

This black bean garlic pepper sauce mixture is savory and flavorful. You can use it on many different Chinese cooking such as stir-frying, braising or steaming, on fish, meat or tofu. The recipe is also very flexible. Use more or less ingredients as you like, depends on what you are cooking. In general, fish and veggie need less sauce. Pork ribs (or thick cut meat) will need stronger flavor and more sauce.


DIY Savory Chinese Black Bean Garlic Sauce

Mix ingredients in a bowl:

2, 3 or 4 serrano peppers (remove seeds if too hot), chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons fermented black bean garlic sauce, as needed
1/2 to 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine, 5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce, 1/2 to 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (for color, optional)


Pork and Bitter Melons in Black Bean Sauce

The tender, juicy steamed spare ribs coated with savory Chinese black bean sauce is among my favorite choices when eating at the dim sum restaurants. I have many favorites when it comes to dim sum. I created this dish to capture a little bit of the same flavor and use the bitter melons and peppers from our garden. In order to get tender meat, I cook it in the oven instead of stove top. Less work Continue reading

Tangy Sweet Lemon Chicken

Here is another sweet and sour dish we love to eat in the summer. I adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar I use depends on how I feel that day. Instead of adding the chicken to the sweet and sour sauce, sometimes I add the sauce to the chicken and then toss it a few times until all the pieces are coated with the sweet and sour sauce. Another fun way to eat the chicken is to dip Continue reading