2nd Homecoming – day1.

For the second time this year 2018, we went visiting Wenchang, Hainan China. This visit is for specially for our 3rd daughter and youngest son who share the same birthday and are only free now to travel. So we brought them last Sunday on their birthdays to connect with their roots. There was great welcome,…

Braised e-fu noodles

This morning I could find yellow chives in the wet market and there’s a can of straw mushrooms at home. Together with a packet of ‘Hongkong’ noodles, I’ll create a dish served as longevity noodles during birthday banquets. During the recent surprise birthday party for husband, this longevity noodles dish was served. Ingredients E-fu noodles,…

Fish maw glass noodles soup

Daughters are home to celebrate the father’s surprise birthday party. Before they return to USA, I should cook one of their favorite that we usually have at reunion dinner during Chinese New Year. It’ll be like a ‘mini steam boat’ all served in a bowl, saves the trouble of setting up the hotpot and waiting…

Pork liver in claypot

Eeew, pork liver … had never done an offal, and the butcher kindly gave me one (for free 😀), but I didn’t know how to use it. Recalled that my late mom cooked those powdery ones with scallions and we loved eating it hot with steaming rice. I’ll attempt to replicate. As I haven’t cooked…

Tit for tat

We had visitors from Hainan so it’s my turn to cook up a storm. Hope they all enjoyed the food. They cooked so much and treated us to much food when we visited Hainan, now it’s my turn to practice my culinary skills. My version of tit for tat but in a good way. We…

Festive fatigue

Festival fatigue – no it’s an awakening! On the 9th day of lunar new year, the family gathered for an auspicious 8 course dinner on 3 round tables. 1) Roasted golden suckling pig is the first course. Its crackling crispy skin and juicy tender meat were devoured by young and old. No hesitation on that…

Meltingly flavorful

Woof, woof – welcome the year of the dog with a dish – meltingly braised sea cucumber, duck and mushrooms, was served during our reunion dinner. It’s duck stewed in pressure cooker pot a day earlier.  The white flower shiitake mushrooms is hydrated for half a day to soften, and sea cucumber was soaked and…

Sharks fins osmanthus eggs

Lunar new year’s eve, I cooked glass noodles with scrambled eggs for lunch ∼ the fancy name is osmanthus eggs. It’s nothing like osmanthus flower as I did not use enough eggs, with too much of glass noodles which also acts as faux pas sharks fins in this dish. Ingredients Glass noodles, eggs, onion, garlic,…

Ngo hiang – meat rolls

Amidst the Chinese new year foodie prep, this dish is welcome as it’s light, crunchy and tasty. It could be served as finger food else as a dish amongst all other festive dishes. Ingredients Simply minced pork (250 gms), fish paste (100 gms), sesame oil (1 tablespoon), 5 spices (1 tablespoon), 1 onion, some coriander…

Pork jerky

Bakkwa, or pork jerky is served in households when guests visit to welcome the Chinese new year. Amongst cookies, candies and drinks, pork jerky is as ‘munchable’ whilst visitors chat to catch up on the goings in the past year or forthcoming happenings. To welcome the new year, I’ve started to bake pork jerky, as…

Eve’s reunion

As like lunar new year tradition, we would have a reunion dinner on the eve especially as kids are home for the festive season, and to welcome 2018 with leftovers symbolic of ever lasting food on the table. It seems like there’s less to do since we’re having steamboat (also called hotpot or shabu shabu)…

Claypot rice

It’s the Eve, children have traveled home one at a time. Today’s lunch is the first meal for family get together. Yet, I’m lazy so I’m just gonna do a one pot solves it all. Ingredients 3 cups rice, 3 pieces boneless chicken thigh, 3 Chinese sausages and kailan vegetables. Prepare by cutting chicken into…