Summer Soup with Bitter Melon & Vegetable

 Bitter Melon Vegetable Soup 苦瓜時菜湯
Bitter Melon Vegetable Soup 苦瓜時菜湯

As the summer season winding down, we prepare to say good bye to our vegetable garden pretty soon. But until then, we still have quite a bit of garden vegetables. We have had so many good dishes already. To send off this year’s hot and rainy summer, we will make a vegetable soup using bitter melons. Continue reading


Serrano Bacon Beans and Fried Eggs

Bacon Spicy Bean Fried Egg pic1

This quick stir-fry makes a delicious filling for breakfast wraps, snack wraps, party wraps, or lettuce wraps. You can use it with cheese, eggs, or rice to create endless possibilities. I like to use the bacon-bean mixture to make fried eggs or fried rice. They are so delicious we just love it. You can even make a fancy frittata, don’t forget Continue reading

Stir Fried Mushrooms with Bitter Melon Spicy

 Bitter Melon Stir-Fry with Mushroom Cantonese Style 苦瓜炒蘑菇粵菜
Bitter Melon Stir-Fry with Mushroom Cantonese Style 苦瓜炒蘑菇粵菜

The traditional Cantonese home cooking is very basic and simple, the ingredients are fresh and the seasonings are usually soy sauce, salt, wine, sugar and sesame oil. Ginger, garlic, fermented black bean and green onion are popular aromatic ingredients used in Chinese cooking. What you see is what you get, Continue reading

Nutty Spicy Kung Pao Long Beans

Kung Pao Beans pic2
Spicy Kung Pao Chinese Long Beans  宮保辣豆角

Kung Pao Chicken is one of the classic Chinese-American foods in Chinese takeouts. Slightly spicy and sweet, the diced chicken and peanuts are quite delicious. Since we are lucky to have a garden full of long beans and serrano peppers, I decided to take advantage of the fresh vegetables from our backyard. Continue reading

Chinese Gai Lan with Oyster Sauce

 Blanched gai lan with oyster sauce 蠔油芥蘭.
Blanched gai lan with oyster sauce 白灼蠔油芥蘭.

Also known as Chinese broccoli, gai lan 芥蘭 is a dark green vegetable with thick stems, large flat leaves and small flower buds. Look for gai lan with no yellow spots or broken leaves. Check the ends of the stems, make sure they are not dry or cracked. Their tiny flower buds (not flowers) should be pale to light green, tight and compact. Lots of flowers generally indicate gai lan is very old, Continue reading