[shopping] Where can you shop reasonable priced organic Chinese vegetables?

I have conducted an Asian grocery shopping tour earlier at a local Chinese supermarket with two participants.  It was indeed a very interesting idea exchange experience.   My two participants are definitely rookies in Chinese cooking, and they were definitely amused on how many Chinese herbs and veggies we use in our everyday cooking; that…

[cooking] Simple Stir Fry 101

Stir fry seems to be the first thing come into everyone’s mind when they think of Chinese cooking.  However many of my non-Chinese friends are still a little bit confuse about how to make a proper stir fry dish. So here are a few steps with simple tools and ingredients to start and follow the…

[making] Fried Rice 101

A lot of people would wonder what’s the best rice to make fried rice?   Rule of thumb is, you need “dehydrated rice” or “harden rice” to make a good plate of fried rice.  Keep in mind for any fried rice that’s too moist, mushy or sticks together, should not consider to be good fried…

How to properly slice beef for Chinese stir fry?

Choosing the right part of beef for Chinese stir fry is crucial, and slicing properly for a tender taste is often an important step people would miss, or didn’t think it would matter.   Usually choosing the right part for stir fry need to consider three things:  tenderness, thickness and boneless.  I usually take the…

What’s the easiest way to peel grapes for your dessert?

I’ve heard friends who have actually bought grapes peeler!  But no you honestly don’t need that many fancy tools to stuff your kitchen drawers.  Peeling grapes is not a fancy preparation for fruits, if you’re making grape jello it would be better to use skinless grapes for sure.   Elongated seedless grapes would be easier…

A complete guide of Chinese ingredients in English

For those English speakers who are very much into the Chinese/Asian ingredients but often have no idea what they are in English, this complete guide may comes handy for you.   It’s actually compiled by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in Hong Kong, and have listed almost every possible ingredients that Chinese or Asian…

How to turn your soft boiled egg in to ramen egg 味付け玉子?

| Japanese ramen soft boil egg 味付け玉子 | Earlier on I’ve shared my method of making soft boil egg, and you can actually make it into the delicious soy sauced flavoured egg featured in most of the ramen in one easy step.   It’s perfect for a side dish or to put in your noodle soup!…

Easy pan fried crispy lotus root chips 

Recently I’ve been trying to explore many possible ways to make Asian Keto or Paleo dishes, and I came to a conclusion that most crispy textured food do not qualified to be Keto or Paleo in most cases, because either it has been processed or a starchy vegetable.   When you make a salad or…

Easy soft boil egg in just 4 mins

This is the kind of Japanese style soft boil eggs many Asian has a crush on!   There are many different ways to make it, but I find that most of the methods I’ve come across are just too “scientific” for me.  Instead of testing the temperature and time, I just cover the eggs (from…

Simple Chinese preserved veggie (suit choy)

| simple Chinese preserved veggie (suit choy) | Preserved veggies come in many different ways in Chinese cooking, this is one of the easiest that anyone can try at home! “Suit Choy”, or preserved mustard green is a very popular pickled veggies used in Hong Kong’s Cha Chan Tang, it’s paired with vermicelli soup, fried…