Everyday Chinese Cookbook – by Katie Chin

In most Asian families, food and cooking are very much central to our lives.  We celebrate many special occasions using food as symbolism. But it’s the everyday cooking that grounds us, giving much comfort.  This post is a book review of Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook, 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen.  Just in …

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Daikon and Green Onion Sesame Buns Recipe

Making your own sesame buns sounds really intimidating.  But, my girlfriend Winnie has simplified it to an art!  This filling has only two ingredients, well, three if you count the salt.  Daikon or Japanese radish and green onions.  That’s all!  She used frozen pastry sheets and it was a breeze to make.  Don’t believe me? …

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Quick and Healthy Chinese Broccoli – Gai-Lan

It’s become more and more evident that we need to increase our green veggie intake to our diet for better health.  I love Winnie’s quick recipe for gai-lan, Chinese broccoli, also known as kai-lan, depending on where you shop. Gai-lan has large dark green leaves, a thick stem, and often has tiny yellow flowers.   Once cooked, the stems …

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Cooking Club and Sharing Recipes – Chinese Fragrant Eggplant Recipe

Back in 2002, we moved to our home,  located in a very small cul de sac in the suburbs.  The neighborhood included a variety of ethnicities and professions, which was a good fit for our family.  After a few years of settling in, I found a couple neighbors who had a common interest in cooking: Winnie, from China and …

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Mu Shu Pork Homestyle Recipe

Mu Shu Pork is a Chinese vegetables and pork stir-fry that is wrapped in a Mandarin crepe with hoisin sauce. It’s what I would call a Chinese burrito.  This “home-style” version was taught to me by my Chinese girlfriend, who is a fabulous mother, professional and cook!  She simplified this tedious traditional recipe rather drastically,  …

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