[xmas 2018] Top 5 perfect Xmas surprises for the Foodies

Christmas is coming in less than 2 weeks and I know most of us are still going out crazy shopping for the holiday. It’s always thoughtful to give and to receive gift that fit your loved ones and at the same time they have absolutely no idea to have receive such thing on Earth. So…

[eating] Most updated Mississauga Asian food map

The holiday season is approaching and many are planning on a staycation in Niagara/shopping at the Premium Outlet or to cross the border for a shortcation; and my map to find good Asian eats on your way out from Niagara and the US back to Canada is out! I have included some of my recommendations…

[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] Brined pork hock with infused Iron Buddha

This is one of the most traditional Chinese home cooking dish that not many families would make, because it takes a lot of time and effort. In order to ensure the pork hock stays in one piece after brining for a few hours and keeping the collagen and skin good looking and tasty, we need…

[cooking] Burdock, carrots and ginger bits fried quinoa rice

Recently I have been developing more Asian vegetarian dishes, adding various elements like low carb, paleo, keto, etc and trying to use as much whole foods as possible.   Rice and noodles are certainly two major processed food we eat, and we all know about the bad side of them so here I came up…

[travelling] Red crabs by the East Coast in South Korea

During the months with R are considered “oyster months”, then surely Winter is definitely the seafood season you never want to miss.   During December to March is the harvest time of the crabs along the Northern Hemisphere like regions including Japan, Canada, Korea.  Meaty crabs like the King Crabs, Snow Crabs and a regional…

[travelling] A stroll down Gangneung Coffee Street

It was such a hassle to go to the East Sea before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.  Taking the bus from Seoul was the only way that can get you to most of the cities along the East coast of the country. But now, with the KTX taking you directly from Seoul to Gangneung, you can…

[travelling] How to get the best deal when you buy electronics in Japan?

Japanese household electronics are still popular among many Asian tourists, and to satisfy the enormous oversea demand, many Japanese electronic brands have now introduce dual voltage small appliances, including hair dryers and other cosmetic used electronic goods like facial steamer and cleansing brush. In my trip to Japan this time, I was hoping there would…

[cooking] Boneless Hainanese chicken with fragrance rice

There are actually several different styles of Hainanese chicken, including Thai, Hong Kong and my most favourite Singaporean style.   The chicken itself is pretty much the same, in terms of taste and making, but the only difference is the dipping sauce.  Singaporean Hainanese chicken rice comes with three dipping sauce – dark thick sweet…