Turnip pastry (蘿蔔絲餅)

I love eating these tasty, flaky, savory turnip pastries. You can often find them in the Chinatown bakeries just waiting to be eaten. But nothing comes close to a freshly baked pastry still steaming when you take that first bite. *drool* One of my mom’s friends, Johanna would often make these when I visit my [...]

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Chives, Tofu and Pork Stir Fry (韭菜豆干肉絲)

This is a quick and easy stir fry dish with very few ingredients and makes for a quick meal. Every time I go to a Chinese restaurant I love ordering a dish similar to this. I love the combination of chives, tofu and pork. Yum. So here is my interpretation of the dish. The measurements [...]

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Five Spice Pork / Lu3 Ro4 Fan4 [滷肉飯]

This is one of my favorite Taiwanese meals (滷肉飯).  Usually it takes hours to simmer, but I’ve got it down to less than an hour. Just make a pot of rice (or if you have a Zojirushi rice cooker, just set it for when you get home from work), make this.. and viola- Taiwanese dinner! [...]

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Potsticker Dumplings (鍋貼)

A few weeks ago, I got a request from Cindy for a dumpling party at my place. I host one every once in a while and it’s always a hit.. This time was even better, especially since I had willing volunteers who happily sat and did all the manual labor.. I mean they made beautiful [...]

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Zha Jiang Mian [炸醬麵]

I often feel that zhà jiàng miàn (炸醬麵) is more often known as a Korean noodle dish than the Chinese noodle dish from which its name comes from. The name literally means “Fried sauce noodles.” This is a really simple dish that you can easily make a big batch of and eat for a few [...]

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Tao’s first dish: Hoisin pork over noodles

“Mom? Can you tell me how to make ground pork with noodles?” I asked, living away from home for the very first time back in 2000, and feeling like some food from home. I needed step-by-step instructions to cook anything beyond eggs, noodles or rice at the time. I already had the ingredients, because of [...]

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Leek pockets!

<sing in tune of hot pockets> Leek pockets! 韭菜盒子 or direct translation “leek box”. I just thought leek pockets was a catchier name. Tao and I have never made these before, but I have seen my mom and grandma make them before for me. I remembered all the ingredients from memory.. even mom was impressed [...]

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