Tomato and Egg Soup with Pickled Radishes

If you have been reading my blog, then you would have noticed I’m on a soup roll. That tends to happen when it is cold, windy, and sometimes downright miserable outside (and you’re still jetlagged and fighting off a cold). Today I am sharing one of my no brainer soup recipes – “no brainer” as…

Making Thanksgiving Simpler: It’s Okay Not to Cook Everything

Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house was comprised of a mixture of classic American and Chinese dishes. My mother would make Chinese side dishes like hot and sour soup and sautéed vegetables while I would make the American main courses such as turkey, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows….

Pork Wontons in Lazy Soup

When you are served a steaming hot bowl of wontons, you would assume it is the wontons that take the longest time. That was not the case in my household. In fact, it was the soup, a whole cornish hen simmering in water with ginger and green onion, that took hours to complete. Hence, my…

Hawaiian Egg Fried Rice

Repeat after me: Never use fresh rice to make fried rice. My rice has about a 5-day life span. 1st day = Fluffy 2nd day = Fluffy 3rd day = Slightly fluffy 4rd day = Medium firm with parts of the bottom getting hard (Best time for fried rice) 5th day = Eat at the…

Essential Ingredients for Lazy Asian Recipes

Many asian recipes reuse the same core ingredients. By stocking your fridge and pantry with these ingredients and their “short cut” versions, you’ll be able to make multiple dishes faster and easier. For the fridge (the Asian trifecta): Bottle of minced ginger in water (I use the brand Lee Kum Kee) Pre-peeled garlic (You can…

Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker

First year out of college and working an entry level job, I looked for a cheap but decently made rice cooker for my tiny city apartment kitchen counter. I decided on the Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker, which worked as both a rice cooker and steamer for other recipes. If you grew up with a nice…

Easy (Ugly) Pork Buns

Remember when I said not to expect handmade dough on my blog? Well the secret to no fuss pork buns (courtesy of my mom) is a can of refrigerated pillsbury original biscuits. Yep I said it. Here is what you’ll need. Equipment: Food chopper (You’ll not lazy unless you have one of these. Perfect for…