Vegetarian Japchae (Stir Fried Glass Noodles)

When I first moved into my neighborhood in North Seattle, the closest grocery store featured mostly Chinese ingredients. Over the years, they began to emphasize other cuisines such as Korean, Indian, Russian etc in order to compete with another nearby asian store. I was not happy at first. Many of the items were unfamiliar. Last…

One-Pot Mapo Tofu with Sausage

The best thing about ground sausage is that it is versatile and pre-seasoned. When I returned home from the holidays, I went into my fridge and examined what needed to be cooked. There was a package of unopened tofu. I knew that I had plenty of ground pork in the freezer so it made sense…

Easy Chinese Red Bean Sticky Rice Dessert

This dessert, comprised of mostly sticky rice and red bean paste is a family tradition. Every year my granduncle is tasked by my grandma to make a batch and deliver them as gifts to family members. This dessert is difficult to find in the US, though if you are lucky to live in a city…

Quick & Easy Fishcakes Oden “Soup”

Almost anywhere in the US you can find Japanese restaurants serving miso soup, udon soup, and ramen. It is very rare to find a place that offers “oden”. Oden is a type of Japanese one-pot dish that starts with a light and savory broth and finishes with various ingredients boiled in the broth. Before our…

Jimmy Dean Fried Rice

Costco is dangerous. My husband bought more Jimmy Dean sausages than I knew what to do with. One lazy night, I decided to try making fried rice with Jimmy Dean. It’s pork, it’s  pre-seasoned, and most importantly it’s filling, so I didn’t see a downside. I tossed and crumbled a pound of Jimmy Dean sausage…

Easy BBQ Beef Rice Bowl

Rice bowls, grain bowls, salad bowls – these beautiful bowls topped with an assortment of meat and vegetables are all the rage right now.  The thought of putting one together at home can seem time consuming, but all you really need for this recipe is your rice cooker, a darn good marinade, egg, hot sauce,…

Chinese Tea Eggs

I used to imagine those tea eggs got their beautifully marbled skin from being steeped in a brew of dark black tea. My guess was close, but I was forgetting two other crucial ingredients: Soy sauce and sugar.  This Chinese tea eggs recipe from my grandmother is the most basic and laziest version (you can…

Soy Braised Daikon (Radish)

“Soy braised” is a cooking technique commonly used for many dishes in Shanghai and it involves braising meat and vegetables in a mixture of soy sauce and sugar. The literal translation is “red cooked”. This recipe is a quick and easy way to make a side vegetable dish using this style of cooking. Ingredients: 1…

Chinese Garlic Shrimp

I spent the last week and a half in Shanghai, eating to my heart’s content and jotting down recipes and tips from my grandma and uncles. My great grandpa on my mother’s side was a legit cook, whipping up banquet styled meals to feed his eight children. All of his children learned to cook traditional…

Lemongrass Soy Sauce Pork Chops

I bought a jar of fragrant ground lemongrass powder from a spice shop in Bali and I have been dying to try it out.  Luckily I had some lovely fresh bone-in pork chops in the fridge so I decided to create a marinade. After marinating the pork for two days, I cooked them in a…