Chinese Ginger Chicken Soup

Everyone has a specific soup they crave when feeling under the weather. For me, it’s Chinese ginger chicken soup. No matter who in my family makes it, the broth is almost aways consistent, but the toppings can be customized. My favorite toppings to add are quail eggs and daikon. I say the broth is “almost”…

Half-Chinese Braised BBQ Ribs

Half, hapa, whatever you want to call it – The reason I gave this recipe its name is because I combined traditional ingredients with American BBQ sauce to obtain the same taste as my mom’s recipe. There are two versions of this recipe so you can customize it to your taste. One uses big sliced…

Seafood Hot Pot (Soup)

Happy Chinese New Year! Festivities usually include a very large feast of multi-courses either at a restaurant, at home or both with family, extended family, and those cousins you didn’t know existed. Since most of my relatives lived far away from us, my family had a more low key celebration. My mother would plan the…

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…

Chinese Tea Braised 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…

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…

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…