In The Kitchen

Seared scallops with broccoli

Seared scallops with broccoli

Most of you are familiar with Chinese stir-fry dishes. You can order them from any Chinese restaurant. This recipe is a must-order for my family every time we go out to eat, especially on Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, restaurants have been raising this dish’s price […]

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Quick stir-fry in "bamboo" containers

Quick stir-fry in “bamboo” containers

I am a bamboo lover. I have bamboo pots sitting both on my office desk and at home. The meaning of lucky bamboo plays a huge part in Chinese culture. Many people give this kind of plant for housewarming gifts, birthdays, anniversaries and achievements. It […]

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Braised whole fish recipe

Braised whole fish recipe

Once considered rare in the States, serving a whole fish at the dinner table – head, tail and eyeballs intact – is embraced by a lot of Chinese families, including mine. It is a lot less scary to eat than it looks. Whole fish also […]

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Steamed Pearl Rice Balls

Steamed Pearl Rice Balls

It’s Chinese New Year! You know what that means: It’s time for the traditional family reunion dinner. Why don’t you skip the line and celebrate the big day at home this year?

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Learn about the Xi Jinping’s native cuisine

While Xi Jinping spent his formative years in Beijing, his parents hail from Northwest China’s Shaanxi province. In Chinese culture, a person is considered from whatever region their paternal ancestors are from. Shaanxi province, located along the middle reaches of the Yellow River, is considered […]

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Photo credit: Victoria Li

In The Kitchen: 10-minute Mongolian beef

Succulent Mongolian beef is the perfect dish to make when you get that “I’m-too-tired-to-cook-but-I-have-to” feeling after work. This recipe is tasty and easy to rustle up, and all my test bunnies have fallen in love with it at first bite. And the best part? It […]

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Photo credit: Victoria Li

In The Kitchen: Spam musubi

Spam musubi is one of Hawaii’s most popular snacks. It can be found in most convenience stores there. Today, I am going to share my original spam musubi recipe with all of you. Spam musubi is basically a spam and rice sandwich with a twist. You can add […]

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