Smashed Cucumber Salad 拍黃瓜

How’s the summer treating you? I’ve repeatedly mentioned that summer is my favorite season of the year. But boy, when it gets really hot even I surrender to Mother Nature and refuse to fire up my stove, especially in my tiny NYC apartment ....more

Coconut Tapioca Pudding 椰汁西米露

It’s finally summer here in New York City. Being my all-time favorite season, summer just makes me feel excited about things – even with less exciting things such as re-organizing my file cabinets, washing the windows in my apartment, cleaning out the entire refrigerator and discovering things I have zero recollection of, and the list goes on but you get the ideas. Oh, another thing that I am really excited about is that today I am going to share one of my favorite summer desserts – chilled tapioca pearl pudding ....more

Chinese Vegetable Dumplings 素餃

Happy Summer everyone! Woohoo! In celebrating the start of my favorite season, I propose that let’s make some DUMPLINGS together ....more

Double Cooked Pork Belly 回鍋肉

Let’s talk about pork belly today. If you are crazy about pork belly like me, welcome to the belly club! But seriously, health reason aside, I think pork belly is such a versatile and flavorful cut of meat that’s often under-appreciated ....more

Cantonese Style Braised Beef Stew 炆牛腩

It’s been a long and really cold in New York City this year and to cope the cold weather I have been visiting some of my favorite dishes such as the chicken meatball soup, and a host of my favorite stew dishes. While many readers consider the Sichuan Spicy beef stew recipe one of best recipes I have shared to date, I have to say that this Cantonese version beef stew dish that I am sharing today posts as a strong contender to that top spot. If you ever get to cook both of them, I’d like to hear which one you like better ....more

{Restaurant Review} Dumpling Galaxy, Flushing NY

As I previously announced on facebook, I was going to introduce a restaurant review section to this site. Inspired by the multiculturalism in New York City, I’ll be sharing my food journeys discovering the ethnic cuisines this city has to offer. Before I start, I would like to lay out how my reviews work ....more

Hong Kong Style French Toast 法蘭西多士

A Cha Chaan Teng, or Hong Kong style café, is a unique casual eatery that’s been feeding the Hong Kong people since the 1950s. A typical Cha Chaan Teng offers a wide selection of Western-influenced Chinese comfort food ranging from spaghetti to milk tea to fried rice at very affordable prices. A Cha Chaan Teng normally opens all day serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it a great place to hang out with friends and grab a few bites without hurting the bank account ....more

Spicy Lotus Root 香辣炒蓮藕

While commonly used in cuisines throughout Asia, lotus loot has largely been a mysterious ingredient to the rest of the world. As the name suggests, lotus root is basically the root of the lotus plant. This vitamin-rich root vegetable is full of health benefits and nutritional value not to mention it is also gluten-free! ...more