This is a popular dessert soup in Hong Kong households. People call it sweet soup (糖水 or tong sui), it literately means sugar water. In Cantonese cuisine, tong sui is a collective term for any sweet, warm soup or creamy dessert generally served at the end of a meal. 糖水 is truly a Cantonese specialty rarely found outside of the Cantonese-speaking communities. Black sesame seeds, sweet potatoes, eggs, beans, almonds, walnuts, fruits, milk, cream, rock sugar and Chinese herbs Continue reading
The Lunar New Year is the most important festival for Chinese people in China or other countries. 2017 is the Year of Rooster, begins on January 28. Happy New Year 新年快樂!
It is a long-standing Chinese tradition to make steamed new year cakes to celebrate the new year and bring in good fortunes for the whole year ahead. Although steamed taro cakes and turnip cakes are also considered new year cakes nowadays, the authentic new year cake is just a simple steamed cake made with brown sugar, glutinous rice flour and water. It has a very dense sticky texture and very little flavor. The host family normally serves it to the guests who come to visit Continue reading
Although it may seem exotic, lotus root is rather common in Asian markets. Lotus roots are known for their sweet, crunchy texture, not for their flavor. However they look and taste exotic once stir fried with other ingredients.
Under muddy water to support the plant, lotus root is actually the stem of the lotus plant with elegant flowers and big leaves above water. Matured seeds Continue reading
Clay pot rice casserole is a Cantonese staple in Hong Kong as well as in large Chinatown in the U.S. There are many options to choose from, Chinese style sausage 臘味煲仔飯 and chicken mushroom 冬菇滑雞飯 are two of the most favorites. Other choices are beef, lamb, ribs, chicken and sausage: 窩蛋牛肉飯, 枝竹羊腩飯, 北菇排骨飯, 臘腸滑雞飯. Cold winter nights are the best time to enjoy hearty, tasty clay pot rice casserole with your choice of meat. The secret to an authentic Continue reading
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is a hit in our household. Each jumbo size cookie is packed with chocolate chunks and toasted crunchy pecans. It is a go-to afternoon snack, a favorite dessert, and a special treat during the holidays. With just a few simple ingredients and easy to follow steps, Continue reading
Okay, this is not exactly a traditional Chinese dish. However it is my latest creation of a simple meal. Without a lot of fuzz in the kitchen and fancy ingredients, an impressive healthy dinner is ready in no time. I normally like to pan fry a sunny side up egg, put it on top of the rice pilaf and then drizzle with Continue reading
When it comes to sweet potato, there are no cultural barriers, no rich and poor differences. In China and other Asian countries, people consume plenty of sweet potatoes each year. Western countries such as England and America, people make sweet potato fries, cakes, puddings, biscuits, pies, bread, salad, soup… Continue reading
Eating pies during the Christmas season is one of the popular tradition. Pecan pie is a Southern staple and also the holiday’s favorite. Making pies together is a holiday tradition for many households, mix flour, mix sugar, chop pecans… Continue reading
Christmas is the season for cookies, lots of cookies, different kinds, different shapes, different flavors, different colors. No doubt, cookies are globally popular, no matter what part of the world. In my household, we don’t need any excuses, we make cookies whenever we want. This year I revisited a ginger cookie recipe and made it much better. My child-like excitement grows when the warm, holiday Continue reading