Hot and Sour Soup

I pretty much always order hot and sour soup when I go out for Chinese (which admittedly is about once a year), but I think I’ve only made it at home a couple times, and the first was way back in high school. Two weeks ago I decided to […]

Tofu, Broccoli, and Mushrooms with Noodles

For some, the foods that bring up memories of childhood include boxes of Hamburger Helper and frozen Costco lasagnes, but not for me. I consider myself incredibly lucky that my mom made all our dinners from scratch. She made an enthusastic foray into the world of Chinese cooking, so […]

Mu Shu Tofu

Every time I see a recipe now, I have to stop and think for a second about whether or not I can get all the necessary ingredients at my local grocery store, and whether they will be reasonably priced. I just can’t stomach the thought of paying over five […]

Soba with Spinach and Tofu

While I love pretty much ALL noodles, I think these buckwheat soba noodles are my favorite. I made a simple stir fry flavored with oyster sauce, and tossed it with soba for a quick and healthy dinner. Shopping here has definitely been a big adjustment; I’ll have an idea […]

Steamed Pork Buns (Bao)

They may not look like much from the outside, but these soft buns filled with smoky-sweet barbecued pork are one of my favorite foods.  I fell in love with them in Singapore 12 years ago and have been a huge fan ever since. When we go to dim sum, […]

Char Siu Pork

Char siu pork was like an exciting new taste discovery to me when I was just beginning to cook.  I needed some for a recipe, so we went to the Asian grocery store and bought some.  I was intrigued by the appearance of the bright red meat, and also by […]

Singapore Noodles

Singapore was the first foreign country I ever visited.  My family was living in Australia, but that didn’t really count as foreign, because as my mom liked to say, it was a perfect mix of California and the UK.   But Singapore, to my 13-year old eyes, was really foreign. […]

Pot Stickers

I have made these quite a few times and I love them.  I find the repetition of filling and folding them is soothing, and they taste amazing!  They would not be complete without the soy-vinegar dipping sauce, which you see in the photo above. The filling is primarily composed of […]

Bok Choy Chicken Soup

This is a great, comforting chicken soup.  It’s a  wonderful recipe from my favorite Chinese cookbook; I can’t believe I’ve made so many things from the book but never this! (adapted from The Chinese Kitchen by Eilenen Yin-Fei Lo) Marinade: 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp oyster sauce 2 tsp […]

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