Savory Oatmeal

You’ve probably figured out by now that I like switching things up. So when the idea came to me to rethink one of my breakfast favorites — oatmeal — I jumped on it.  Savory oatmeal. What is this madness, you might ask? But think about it. Sometimes you wake up and don’t want sugary toast, sweetContinue reading “Savory Oatmeal”

Crispy Crunchy Wraps

You take a bite. The warm tortilla crunches soundly against your teeth, breaking into brittle shards as the delicious contents reveal themselves to your taste buds. This is the ideal wrap—crunchy and light, simple enough to make on a weekday but good enough to bring to a potluck. The best part is this: all you needContinue reading “Crispy Crunchy Wraps”

Healthy Marinated & Steamed Tilapia

My mom is a seasoned veteran of the home cooking world, but even she raved over this recipe. “Cici,” she said excitedly on the phone. “You have to try this out.” “Oh, okay, yeah,” I replied, hoping she wasn’t using her mom senses to detect what I was eating at the moment. “What are you doingContinue reading “Healthy Marinated & Steamed Tilapia”

Simple Onion and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry

This is the ultimate Asian comfort food: easy to make, simply delicious, and goes really well with plain white rice. It doesn’t get any easier than this. Stir-frying is already one of the simplest cooking techniques, and the onion-and-bell-pepper combo is one of my all-time favorites. The onion’s aroma mingles with the crispy freshness of theContinue reading “Simple Onion and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry”

Easy Mooncakes with Mung Bean Filling

These things are so expensive in Asian supermarkets, you’d think they require hours of intense labor. Not so. Usually, mooncakes are made with somewhat exotic ingredients (golden syrup and lye water) and with even more exotic kitchen tools (namely, a special mooncake press). But look, my kitchen is currently located forty minutes away from theContinue reading “Easy Mooncakes with Mung Bean Filling”

Red Wine Vinegar Mushroom & Onion

Sometimes stir-fry gets monotonous. Chop, oil, fry, stir, sprinkle with salt. Where’s the fun in that? Trick question. There is no fun. But one rainy day found me standing in front of the vinegar section in the supermarket, wondering if a new type of vinegar was the missing piece in my life. Balsamic vinegar was tooContinue reading “Red Wine Vinegar Mushroom & Onion”

Salt & Vinegar Potato Stir-Fry

This is like salt and vinegar potato chips, except Asian and way healthier. The best part, though, is that this won’t make you feel like you’re pregnant with a seven-month food baby, as potato entrées usually do. Unless you’re already seven months pregnant, in which case stir-fried potatoes won’t help either. Potatoes are commonly stir-fried in China, butContinue reading “Salt & Vinegar Potato Stir-Fry”

Laughing Sesame Seed Balls

I think I’m addicted. Addicted to easy, to fried objects, to laughter. In other words, to these sesame balls. The idea of making sesame balls came to me from one of my followers. (Yes, you can give me ideas on things to make. No, I won’t bite your head off. Yes, I promise.) These laughing ballsContinue reading “Laughing Sesame Seed Balls”

Flaky Steamed Tilapia

It seems unfair to the laws of the universe that this is so healthy, yummy, and easy at the same time. But the universe made Hot Cheetos, and this is my revenge. This is a Chinese style of cooking tilapia, and my family would always cook the fish in this way before we discovered theContinue reading “Flaky Steamed Tilapia”

Super Savory “Pancakes”

Flaky, savory, salty, and a little crunchy. You must try these. In Chinese, they’re called cong you bing, literally “Scallion oil pancake.” They look like pancakes, but they’re definitely not. Besides, looks don’t mean a thing in my kitchen. I wear ugly t-shirts on a daily basis. They’re a classic Chinese food, a snack flexibleContinue reading “Super Savory “Pancakes””

Asian-Inspired Guacamole

I’ve been eating this stuff for years, and I didn’t know it was guacamole. In our house, we just called it “avocado salad.” In our house, we ate it as a side dish. We ate it straight. On toast. On crackers. On cold spoons. Under the table. Inside the chicken coop. Upside down. Underwater. What.  WeContinue reading “Asian-Inspired Guacamole”

Delicious Steamed Eggs

Eggs are amazing, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes you run out of stuff to do with them in the mornings. You’ve scrambled them, fried them, baked them, omeletted them. You need something else in your life. Something Asian-inspired. Kinda savory, kinda salty. Me. Ha! No. You need these … Asian Steamed Eggs Taste &Continue reading “Delicious Steamed Eggs”

Sweet & Sour Ribs

This ain’t your cheap take-out version of sweet ‘n sour. No “all-you-can-eat,” MSG BS. This is authentic Chinese sweet and sour, applied to spare ribs. These are the best. I know, because my Asian granny taught me how to make this, and my granny is more Asian than yours. Note: This recipe can be appliedContinue reading “Sweet & Sour Ribs”

A Super-Healthy Butter

Peanuts, chickpeas, almonds, hazelnuts. Those are all healthy things by themselves, but when we make butter out of them, we put in a ton of oils. Yes, oils do have good healthy fats, but let’s be honest — how many of us actually only manage to eat recommended servings of anything with the word “butter” in it?Continue reading “A Super-Healthy Butter”

Almond Sesame Chrysanthemum

I went to the local Asian supermarket recently, where I found a green leafy vegetable. I thought they only sold Pocky. The label read “shungiku.” That’s not Chinese, so I’m not obligated to know what that means. But my parents knew exactly what it was — tong hao. It tasted kinda different but it wasn’t tooContinue reading “Almond Sesame Chrysanthemum”

Profiteroles

I rolled out of bed at 7:00am this morning and I felt like making French food. So I did. Welcome to my life. Be jealous, friends. The good news: this may be French food, but it ain’t fancy. Hardly any waiting time, no buttering/rising/folding/kneading involved. And it’s still yummy as heck. Drizzle it with easyContinue reading “Profiteroles”