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Halloween spiral pastry stuffed with pumpkin and cheddar

It’s always hard to entice someone to try, let alone spend time to cook something which they share utterly zero cultural or emotional connections with.  We are after all, creatures of habits and comforts, and both were properly brought up to not speak to strangers. …

Paper thin soft chewy, Sonoran-style flour tortilla

For a couple years now, I've been taking jabs at creating the perfect flour tortillas. Now, any conversation evoking the word "perfect" ought to be subject to a clearer definition, doesn't it?  So here is mine.  The perfect flour tortilla, in my view, should be...

Chewy marshmallow nougat w/ cheese crackers and pistachio

”  It has just the right resistance, just the right gives, and just the right amount of crunches, dense and chewy yet airy and textural.  “

Layered scallion pancraffles

- "  SOMETIMES THE RIGHT THINGS DON'T MAKE SENSE. " This is not a croissant.  I know better not to call it such without the distinct lamination equally spaced across in laser-precision, if only to avoid sudden eruptive rage from the sentimental hearts of any...

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Failproof flakey pastry stuffed with mochi and chocolate

- Listen, I've made this flakey pastry about four times now.  And each time, no matter how every single signs along the way was pointing towards an inevitable heartbreaking disaster, somehow, miraculously, it always turned out amazing.  I've stuffed them with jam and cheese, with...

Gluten-free, low-carb, chewy all-purpose noodles made of chicken breast

- “  The wisdom in exploring Mars lies in a single dumpling.  ” The merits to explore Mars may not be a subject that lands on a food blog very often.  Yet. Since the 1990's, the world has spend billions of dollars over the span...

Honeycomb macaroni w/ porky cream

"  Together, each cylindrical chamber separates easily with a brisk crack where the melted cheese are harvested and mingles with the cream sauce laying bare.  " On October 22nd 2018, in the darkness of the night, I laid on my eyes on Margeaux Brasseries's "honeycomb macaroni"...

WORLD PEACE CURRY, AND HAPPENS TO BE GLORIOUSLY DELICIOUS

SOUTHEAST ASIAN AROMATICS, KOREAN CHILI PASTE, INDIAN SPICES, GREEK YOGURT, ITALIAN SUN-DRIED TOMATOES, CHINESE ANISES, AND IN THE END, A LITTLE PUSH OF ALL AMERICAN CHEESE.  AN OTHER-WORLDLY CURRY THAT TASTES LIKE THE PINNACLE OF HUMANITY

DIM SUM MONTH: GLASS DUMPLINGS W/ MUSHROOMS AND SMOKED GOUDA CHEESE

DIM SUM MONTH STILL CONTINUES… OK, I know it’s not February anymore, but there’s still a couple more dim sum I want to share so DIM SUM MONTH is oozing into March a bit… WHAT:  Glass-like translucent dumplings stuffed with caramelized mushrooms and a soft-hearted…

DIM SUM MONTH: CHARSIU PULL-APART PINEAPPLE BUN

DIM SUM MONTH CONTINUES… WHAT:  The new poster child of dim sum-scape in Hong Kong, the char siu pineapple buns, pull-apart style! WHY:  Do you need to reason to eat a soft, squishy bun stuffed with sweet char siu pork and topped with crunchy “pineapple”…

DIM SUM MONTH: Crystal shrimp dumpling w/ shrimp oil mayo

EXACTLY WHAT DIM SUM IS SUPPOSED TO, BUT SOMEHOW FORGOTTEN TO BE, LITERALLY, AS TO TOUCH HEART Welcome to DIM SUM MONTH! WHAT:  I'm dedicating this whole month to the delicate art that is dim sum. WHY:  I'm slowly and painfully realizing how scarce a...

SUPPLE SLOW-COOKED SOY SAUCE CHICKEN RICE

*UPDATED 2017/06/02: Added an internal temperature for the chicken for perfect doneness. Print SLOW-COOKED SOY SAUCE CHICKEN RICE Ingredients SOY SAUCE CHICKEN: 1 small-size (1.2 to 1.4 kg/2.5 to 3 lbs) free-range chicken (weight includes the head) 2 (45 grams) scallions, cut into chunks 1″…

SANDY OLD MAN ON X’MAS

UPDTAE 2015/12/14:  The original measurement of 1/2 cup of flour worked for me, but because many had commented that their batter was too thin, I adjusted the recipe to 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. UPDATE 2016/01/11:  About comments that mentioned the batter was too thin…

HOW TO EASILY SOUS-VIDE IN OVEN, WITH OR WITHOUT WATER

FOR THE PAST 35 YEARS OF SOLEMN HATRED FOR WHITE MEAT, OF CLAWING CHICKEN SAWDUSTS OUT OF MY THROAT, IT MEANS TO TELL ME THAT ALL ALONG, I COULD’VE BEEN EATING THIS SUCCULENCE?!! IS THIS A JOKE?!!

HONEY WHIPPED RICOTTA-STUFFED SCONES

   THE THICKENED AND EMBRACIVE RICOTTA-MASCARPONE MOISTENS THE CRUMBS LIKE A SCONE CARRYING ITS OWN CLOTTED-CREAM       Sometimes, we wait for the perfect recipe-publishing moment to present itself.  Iced dairies to fend off the heat in August... festivities to baste in the spirit of October......

HOW TO ACTUALLY COOK PERFECT RICE WITHOUT A RICE-COOKER

LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, ONCE AND FOR ALL… DON’T YOU EVER, EVER, AND I MEAN NEVER EVER, BOIL YOUR SUSHI RICE THE CORRECT RATIO AND TOOLS The ratio between rice : water is perhaps the single, most confusing information on cooking sushi rice. Most…

THE PARADOX OF ICE CREAM-SPRING ROLL W GROUND PEANUT BRITTLE

...BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE.  THE REAL MIND-BLOWING PART IS THE LAST DESCENDING SPRIGS OF THE UNIMAGINABLE... FRESH CILANTRO LEAVES If you were those who like to travel to unfamiliar places, see unfamiliar pictures, eat unfamiliar things, chances are that for many times, you have been caught up in...

M(Y) SHANGHAI’S COLD WONTONS IN SPICY PEANUT SAUCE

YOUR ULTIMATE REVENGE TOWARDS THE COMING ASS-BINDING HEATWAVES A REFRESHINGLY PLEASURABLE PAIN, BEST SERVED COLD It might say something about me, perhaps not in the most positive light, whenever I fell for a Chinese dish-inspiration from half way around the world while living right inside the epicenter...

BEIJING DRUNK-FOOD, JIANBING

WITHOUT THE BRAVERY FROM WITHIN A BEER CAN... YOU CAN NOW MAKE THIS SIGNATURE BEIJING STREET-FOOD AT HOME What the hell's this?  Well... let me refresh it for you. If you have ever lived or travelled to Beijing.  It was nightfall.  Granted that you should be excused...

BLACK SESAME MOCHI ICE CREAM FOR EM’S BB-SHOWER

THERE IS AN UNUSUAL STURDINESS AND BOUNCINESS TO EACH BITE, AND DEEP NUTTINESS WITH EACH MELTING CHEWS

PEANUT BUTTER STICKY RICE BALLS IN GREEN TEA

THEY COMPLETE ME

MY XIAN FAMOUS SPICY CUMIN LAMB HAND-SMASHED NOODLES

ONCE YOU GET THERE, WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR YOU TO GET THERE, THE REST IS AS EASY AS BIANG Does this recipe really need introduction?  If you have been enjoying, following, or even just been seduced from afar by the unstoppable uprise of this basement-stall to now...

miso stewed short-ribs French-dip sandwich

Lost my sleep mojo. Left pink eye that’s flirting dangerously with my right eye. Egg allergy plus one-lick-too-many from testing the magic 15-seconds scrambled eggs, gave this pre-middle aged face a few beautiful, custard-filled pimples. Tweezer rage.  That corner of my eyebrow is never coming back…

MAGIC 15-SECONDS CREAMY SCRAMBLED EGGS

THE PREVIOUSLY-THOUGHT-IMPOSSIBLE SCRAMBLED EGGS-FANTASY SPEED, AND CREAMINESS.  ALL TOGETHER We all think we know how to do scrambled eggs. We all know, I hope, that speedy scrambled eggs cooked over high heat will be grainy, rubbery... and worst of all, will ooze liquid out of...

THE VAMPIRE SLAYER RAMEN-EXPRESS

CALL IT, THE RAMEN WITH 40 CLOVES OF GARLIC... WAIT.  44 CLOVES. SOMETIMES, and for the sake of modesty not all the times, but sometimes, after I pasted every photos of a recipe in place and started to stare into space thinking about what I...

XI-AN FAMOUS HOT RICE RIBBONS

I must admit, my belated appreciation for the hype of Xi’an Famous Foods, was a slow, reversed progression. Six years ago before we left New York, it wasn’t yet a thing over there.  Then after six years of looming around Hong Kong and then now Beijing, I barely…

CANTONESE-STYLE ROAST PORK BELLY

Except that it was just too damn, unnecessarily complicated! OK, you’re right. For those who only stop by once in a while, I’m evidently not someone who, by principle, seeks kitchen-shortcuts. I receive considerable amount of twisted pleasure from fiddling with obsessive cooking behavior I…

MOCHI DONUTS

” YOUR SKINNY JEANS WILL SELF DESTRUCT IN 30 MIN. THIS MESSAGE WON’T. “

FAUX SMOKED MEAT/PASTRAMI

“There’s New York. There’s Montreal. THEN THERE’S THE REST OF THE BARREN WORLD WITHOUT THIS SMOKY PINK” (My subconscious eagerness to share this may have caused me to accidentally publish it before saying anything… By the way, WordPress, if you’re reading, a “confirm publish” pop-up…

SPEED FOLDING, PEANUT SUGAR MORNING BUNS

“JUST TWO FOLDINGS, GUYS.  TWOOO FOLDINGS!” I literally cannot wait, cannot put another wasted minute between you and this recipe.  Cannot contain the overjoy in the fact that I have fulfilled the purpose of why I was put on this earth, my designated service to…

HOLY CRAPPED HOLLANDAISE

I’m sure it happens to everybody.  I know, self-assuringly, that I’m not alone on this…  I’m sure that once in a while, we all come across a recipe, a “trick” really, that gets us so excited we forget to reasonably doubt and then it fails…

insights to your shrimp dumplings

There are days, you know,  not everyday, but days when I really… hate this.  I mean, what is this anyways?  A self-published “web-blog” about me making dinner.  Talk about being a loving sponge when it comes to self-absorbing not to mention a shameless evasion from…

almond tofu x 2

I stare at the blinking cursor on my screen and completely blank out.  My mind is sucked dry from a trip to the veterinarian, and as my 13-year old Dumpling lays in the hospital with a tube down his throat and a three-day-hospital-stay ahead of him,…

Egg Crepes

(简体)(繁體)  I think that more than lunch, or dinner, or snacks and what-nots, people tend to have a more fixated idea on what a breakfast ought to be.  Even though I may have my Asian background to thank for (if I may) a broader window…