Chinese “gnocchi” and stew: 貓耳朵

I first had this dish when my grandma came one year from Taiwan to visit … The literal translation for 貓耳朵  (pinyin: mao1 er3 duo1) is “cat ear”.. but don’t worry no cats are harmed in the making of this dish.  The rolled flour dumplings look like cat ears, which is what the name of [...]

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San Tung Fried Chicken Wings and Sauce

San Tung (山东小馆) is a restaurant in San Francisco that serves chicken wings that are just delicious. Ever since my first visit, I have been curious how they are made. After eating many orders, talking to insiders and reading a few books, I have uncovered their secret; the wings are actually a fusion of Chinese [...]

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Foodbuzz Festival 11.05.10: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival was held the weekend of 11/5/10 in San Francisco, CA. Tao and I were very excited to be attending our first time as featured publishers. The attendees were asked to bring a gift basket on Friday to be swapped with another Foodbuzz attendee. So since I love everything and anything [...]

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How Tao Cleans/Peels Shrimp

Peeling and deveining shrimp can be a time consuming task so here are a few tips that will help the process be a little less painful. 1. First, I remove the legs. I pinch the legs and then pull/rip them off by pulling to the side. 2. Next, I remove the shell. Sometimes when pulling [...]

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Loofah Squash [Si Gua] (絲瓜)

My grandma introduced me to this vegetable when I went to Taiwan one year… and if you were wondering, it really is the same loofah that you use to scrub your back in the shower! But it tastes delicious and is a great light vegetable to eat. So easy to make too… Ingredients: 2 loofah [...]

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Chinese vegetable: On-Choy, 空心菜

My favorite vegetable is the Chinese dish 空心菜 (pinyin: kong xin cai) or in Cantonese, On-Choy. The literal translation is hollow heart vegetable. It totally makes sense once you take a look at the green stems…which are hollow on the inside! I always ask for this dish in any Chinese restaurant- even if its not [...]

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Chicken and Dumplings

I swear in my last life I was probably from the South… I love all comfort foods! Chicken pie, meatloaf, fried chicken and… chicken and dumplings! We recently purchased a new cook book from America’s Test Kitchen and I must say that it has not yet disappointed us. To my delight, I saw a recipe [...]

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How to Poach Eggs

Oh silly me.  I thought poached eggs were so difficult to do and only good for eggs benedict.  But I have quickly learned that poached eggs are so simple to make and oh so healthy because there is no oil involved.  Oh, and yet again there is a secret ingredient that makes it all work… [...]

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