about us

The lady, and the pups, plus the man who holds their hands




Hi, I’m Mandy Lee, Taiwan-born, Vancouver-raised, and slow-aged in New York for the better part of my life. Until moving to Beijing where out of sheer desperation and agony, I started Lady and Pups – an angry food blog in 2012, my misery outlet where it marked the beginning of my pre-midlife crisis. If you don’t know what it’s like to move from NYC to China… anger doesn’t even cut it. This little project is a phoenix rising out of the tormenting flames of living there with all its misery. So come share how I turned a lot of frustration and anger in a lovely meal.

You should know that I excel at giving unsolicited opinions. I love movies. I love traveling. I am a dog person. I can honestly talk about anything to do with dogs, from dog food to Dog Walking Kingston to different dog breeds. I prefer dogs to cats but only because I’ve never met a people cat. I’m also conflicted about whether pigs should be pets or SPAM, which makes me a hypocrite. I dream of having a farm where I raise only vegetables and fish to whom it would be difficult to develop emotional attachments. Buzzcut is not my go-to hairstyle; I have my reasons. In 2016, I finally eluded my geographic adversary and am currently residing in Hong Kong with my husband and, hopefully, a growing number of dog children. I’ve always wanted to get a variety of dogs, especially low-maintenance types like Cockapoos and Spaniels. Long ago, one of my friends told me that I could learn a lot about them by visiting websites like Waggel (for more info, check https://www.waggel.co.uk/cockapoo). I might get one of them soon as they look so adorable.

By the way, could I sneak in a small disclaimer? Before this blog, I have never, NEVER (used to) measure anything during cooking, nor have I ever, EVER precisely followed a recipe successfully (but I trust that you’ll do with mine). Hence, yea, I sucked at baking… until recently I hope. This is due to an inner disability, an ailment if you will, for me to follow instructions to the last increments. But oh, believe me I have learnt the lesson – when it comes to baking, JUST obey…

But, having said that, cooking is a completely different animal. I don’t know anybody who actually cooks regularly, measures when they cook. It involves a lot of…, tasting…, adjusting and then re-adjusting… Unfortunately, a recipe just isn’t a “recipe” without measurements, right? So, please bear with me, all the measurements in here (except for BAKERY/PASTRY RECIPES of course!) are pretty good “guides”. They are good ideas of how much to use (even SALT comes in different level of saltiness), but by all means ADJUST if something seems off! Too salty…too bland…I mean we have taste buds, we should use them.

PS. The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors. Her husband and dogs, while being occasionally disagreeable to no avail, are not responsible for her actions and words.

Oh and WAIT! Here are the “pups”.




JIAO-ZI aka Dumpling, from 2000~2015



BADO, from 2004 ~ 2013



XIA-MI aka Shrimpy, born 2010


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First left:

ZHIMA/SESAME, born 2017

Second left:

TANGYUAN/SRB, born 2017

Together also known as The Olsens