Grandma's Secret Ingredient for Chinese Beef Noodle Soup? Just a Little Rum

Now that I live off-campus, I've realized how much I crave home cooking. I didn't miss it while living off of dining hall food, but that's probably because they distracted me with differently disguised fat.While I'm trying to eat a balanced, temporarily omnivorous diet (earlier this week I realized that I haven't been eating enough protein), I try to find recipes that are more protein-based rather than carb-based. The good thing about this recipe is that it can be tweaked to reflect either! ...more
This looks delicious! I can't wait to give it a try.more

Roasted Chinese Chicken

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I speak Chinese, and that's not amazing

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Priscilla Chan is Mark Zuckerberg’s College Sweetheart, Not Asian Fetish

Usually, when a couple gets married, they are showered with gifts and well-wishes. Not that Mark Zuckerberg is known to do anything the conventional way....more
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One Year After the Tiger Mother: The Way We Talk About Parenting Will Never Be the Same

Exit the Year of the Tiger. Actually, 2011 was officially the Year of the Rabbit… but you wouldn’t know it from the talk about Tiger Moms and Butterfly Moms and Wolf Dads, and the multitudes of cross-bred animal analogies that were spawned from Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which was released right before the last Chinese New Year. Many Asian Americans would prefer that whole catch phrase would just go away, but the parenting landscape will never be the same. And you know what?...more
I thought Amy Chua's book was very entertaining - my son (14) also read it and was laughing out ...more

What Do Our Wrinkles Truly Reveal About Us?

Every time I look in the mirror, it seems another line has developed around or between my eyes. Is it lack of sleep, the stress of work and three kids, or could it possibly be the roadmap to my inner self?  If you ask anyone in North America, they’d tell you those wrinkles are simply a sign of age, and in the next breath, they’d refer you to their plastic surgeon.  But according to ancient Chinese medicine, those lines on your face may tell a deeper story about who you are, and may even provide a roadmap to the inner you....more

Recreating a Lost Memory – Hong Kong Egg Cakes from New York’s Chinatown

I’ve been reminiscing about a part of my childhood in New York’s Chinatown where I attended Chinese school every weekend. After class, mom or dad would walk me over to Mosco Street where in a tiny red corner stall, labored Cecilia Tam (aka the Egg Cake Lady) to buy a bag or two of her legendary egg puffs (aka eggettes) or “gai daan jai” in Catonese....more

On Chinese Fettuccine, or "Be Brave; Food can Smell Fear"

As anybody who had a television in the '80s can tell you, you should not fear cooking. This message was drilled into our brains every time Jeff Smith or Julia Child appeared on PBS. Which was often. (Also, a cookie or a bubble bath can distract you from the fact that you live in a slum and your neighbors are made of felt. But that's another story.) Jeff Smith would drop whole plates off-screen or hammer flat a piece of steak with a 2x4 and tell you that the racket is fine, even marvelous. Julia Child made dropping a raw chicken part of her schtick when she did live cooking demonstrations....more

Making Chinese Moon Cakes with “A Tiger in the Kitchen”

Monday, September 12 marks the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a celebration of the harvest for Chinese around the world, as well as many other Asian cultures. It's a holiday rooted in folklore and history, but for many Chinese Americans, it's all about the moon cakes. In my experience, these dense, sweet pastries come from a tin or a Chinese bakery. I don’t know any Chinese Americans who make them from scratch anymore—they are intricate, labor intensive, and who has the time?...more
This is a great story and I love the picture. So pretty! I am interested in trying these ...more