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Simple Homemade Pork Dumplings in Miso Soup

March 10, 2020

Part of me thinks that the title of this blog says it all – how much explaining do you need when you read “homemade pork dumplings in miso soup?”  But hear me out here – anyone can buy store-bought frozen wonton/potstickers/dumplings from your Asian grocery store and heat it up in miso soup.  But do you really want to eat frozen items that’s been in someone else’s freezer…


Claypot Rice With Mushroom and Chinese Sausage

October 8, 2019

I grew up in San Francisco, with easy access to a lot of delicious Chinese food.  Sometimes I wonder why there aren’t more specialty Chinese food restaurants like Chinese Porridge/Hong Kong breakfast style restaurants or Claypot rice restaurants??  I mean...the margin is HUGE! Anyway, I digress.   Cooking claypot rice can seem intimidating because you can run the risk of burning the rice, or undercooking the rice.  So,…


Homemade Kim Chi Recipe

June 28, 2019

According to, there are at least 10 kimchi varieties. (OK, if you REALLY want to go deep, there are hundreds of kimchi variety, from spicy to not spicy, from dry to wet).  The most popular kimchi sold in the US is Napa Cabbage kimchi, which is also the kimchi we’re making here. If you live in a major metropolitan city like San Francisco or Southern California, you…


Sun-dried tomato with chives cream cheese spread

November 2, 2018

This is an incredibly simple recipe with only 3 ingredients.  In addition to using it on toasts and bagel, you can also use this cream cheese spread to thicken and add creaminess to your pasta sauce.   Yield – 1.5 cups Ingredients 1 package/8 oz of cream cheese (in room temperature) 2.5 tbs of chopped chives 3-4 pieces of sun-dried tomato Preparation Using the purée function, combine cream…


Traditional Chinese Rice Dish – Loh Mai Fan (Sticky Rice)

October 13, 2018

Loh Mai Fan (Glutinous rice) is a rice dish I grew up eating. It’s possible that I am not looking hard enough, but I can’t find this dish in any Chinese restaurant’s menu. I’m so glad I came across this recipe and can make it myself! To make this, you’ll need: Equipment Instant pot Dry Ingredients Glutinous rice (1 cup unsoaked) Dehydrated shiitake mushrooms (5 pieces) Dehydrated/dried shrimp…


Simple Ginger Bug Recipe

September 21, 2018

I stumbled into soda making when my partner introduced me the book “Make The Bread Buy The Butter (affiliate link).”  Given the title of the book, the rebel in me attempted making butter first. The successful first attempt in making butter gave me an extra dose of confidence.  So I flipped over to the Table of Content for additional inspiration. And I landed in Ginger Ale/Soda. Again, it…


Simple Homemade Probiotic Orangina

September 21, 2018

Besides Coke, Orangina is the other soda my partner’s go-to soda.  With a 1.75L of Orangina costing $3.50+, it adds up if you drink two of those a week.  But if you have a jar of ginger bug ready to go and 4 oranges sitting at home, I’ll show you how you can make two 1.25L bottles of Probiotic Orangina at the convenience of your home. Even if…


Homemade Tortillas and Chicken Quesadillas

March 19, 2018

I love making as much of my food as possible. Homemade food tastes exponentially better than the ones you buy from the supermarket and depending on how refined your palate is; homemade food is also more economical. That is why I make my own tortillas.  Although I live in San Francisco – a city that offers a plethora of options for fine food – but for the price…


Probiotic Lemongrass Lemon Soda

February 26, 2018

This probiotic lemongrass lemon soda (any kind of probiotic soda for that matter) is our household’s guilty pleasure.  Yes, it is soda and it has sugar in it.  But you have control over how much sugar to add.  With it being probiotic, this delicious, refreshing soda will add healthy bacteria to your digestive tract, help to regulate your systems.   Ingredients: 1/2 cup of Ginger Bug liquid 6…


Fresh pasta with creamy tomato sauce and prawns

July 21, 2017

Sometimes it’s laziness, but I think the real reason behind people eating out is that it’s hard to cook for just two people.  So, for most of my recipes, you’ll find the portion is perfect for two people.  Here’s a delicious, quality creamy seafood pasta dish perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Ingredients: 7-8 prawns 2 sheets of homemade pasta cut into your favorite size (or 8-…