Saturday, November 18, 2017

Steamed Rice with Dried Seafood and Cured Meat 海味三寶臘味飯

The daily temperature in Southern California finally falls to the comfortable 70's F. It means hot pot and clay pot rice time! Clay pot rice with Chinese sausages is very common and popular but with the addition of dried shrimps, silver fishes and squid make the rice much more aromatic than with sausages and cured duck leg alone.

No clay pot? Not a problem. You can make this delicious meal using a regular rice cooker as well (just without the crunchy rice on the bottom).

It is a very easy to make dish and I don't think you need to have a "recipe" for it. Just make your regular rice, either in a rice cooker or clay pot, as soon as the water has been absorbed, lay the sausages, dried squid (soak and diced), dried shrimps and silver fishes on top. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes under medium/low heat, or until the rice cooker automatically finishes cooking. Then let it rest for another ten minutes before serving.



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christmas Dessert Classes 聖誕假日甜品班

I am pleased to announce that there will be two hands-on dessert classes to be held in December at in Diamond Bar, California. Details as follows:

1) Tiramisu and HK style milk tea
Date: 12/3/2017 Sunday
Time: 2-5pm
Location: Diamond Bar, CA
Fee: $50
Class size: 3-6 students

2) Mille Crepes 
Date: 12/9/2017 Saturday
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Diamond Bar, CA
Fee: $50
Class size: 3-6 students

Both desserts do not involve any baking and I will show you step by step so you can make these yummy desserts for the holidays. Class fee includes all ingredients, recipe and a take home product.
Info and register:

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Cooking Demonstration Program: HK Style Milk Tea 絲襪奶茶+菠蘿包

I am very excited to announce that my new program Hong Kong Style Milk Tea will debut in December 2nd 2pm at Norwood Library in the city of El Monte. Not only will I show you how to make silky milk tea, I will also demonstrate the making of Pineapple Buns from scratch. The pair is a staple in cafes throughout Hong Kong and here in Southern California. They are enjoyed not just in the everyday lives of many people, they are also in the list of intangible cultural heritage by the Hong Kong government.

The program and sampling is free to all but seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis. 
There is more than one county library in El Monte. Please make sure you go to the right one : ) 
Click here to find out more details.


我會在十二月二日下午兩點在 El Monte 之 Norwood Library 向大家示範做法,讓大家在美國都可以延續這些非物質文化遺產。

示範節目費用、試食全免,但座位有限,先到先得。El Monte 市有幾個公共圖書館,請不要去錯,地址及詳情請點擊這裏 。

Friday, September 15, 2017

Custard Mooncake Class 奶黃月餅班

Custard mooncake class is back by popular demand. 

Date: 9/23, 2:30-4:30pm in Diamond bar, California. 

Fee $50, include all the ingredients, one set of mold and a box of six cakes to take home.

Email to if you are interested. Class limited to 6 people.

日期:9月23, 2:30-4:30pm. 
地點:Diamond bar, California.
費用$50, 包所有材料,一套月餅模,一盒六個月餅。如有興趣,請盡快給我電郵:。只收六個學生。

Friday, September 1, 2017

Walnut and Date Tartlet 合桃棗蓉撻

This is a great finger food for parties because it involves minimal preparation. All the ingredients are store bought--date paste, puff pastries, and walnuts. I call it semi-homemade. The date paste is made with 100% dates, no sugar added, so it is naturally sweet. It is very convenient to use and work with and can be found in Mediterranean/Middle Eastern or international grocery stores. Puff pastries are also available in the frozen section of most American grocery stores. I always keep some in my freezer. The spices in this recipe--nutmeg and cardamom--are best whole, and freshly ground right before being used.

Ingredients to make about 48 tartlets:

½ pound frozen puff pastry sheets, or 2 ten-inch square sheets
one 13 oz pack baking date paste
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
½ tbsp freshly ground cardamom
2 tbsp butter, melted
½ cup walnut, halved

1) Thaw puff pastry sheets according to package instructions. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2) Mix nutmeg, cardamom and butter with date paste until combined. Divide into 48 portions, about half to three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

3) Cut the puff pastry sheets to 2x2 inch squares.

4) Place each square into the cups of mini muffin pan and poke holes into the puff pastries with a fork to prevent the dough from rising too much in the oven.

5) Place a portion of date paste into each cup and top with a walnut. Slightly press it in with your finger.

6) Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.
7) Let it cool completely. These pastries are best served the same day. If needed, keep in an airtight container.

1) A mini muffin pan usually has 12 cups. The recipe can be halved or even quartered if you only have one pan. Otherwise, you can bake in batches using the same pan.
2) Make sure to cut the puff pastry sheet no smaller than 2 inch squares.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mango Sago with Pomelo 楊枝甘露

I use mangoes the most in making desserts, especially during summer--ice creamjellypanna cottamochimille crepespuddingsouffle. Yet this one is a bit different from the rest. It is in liquid form, much like dessert soups common in Asian cuisine. Unlike baking, dessert soups are very forgiving and easy to make. There is almost no way to mess up or fail. Adjust the amount of sugar or use sugar substitute according to your palate.

Using mango puree and dice mangoes together increases the mango flavor and it matches so well with coconut milk and sago. I wonder why I haven't made this before!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mango Panna Cotta 香芒奶凍

If you like mango pudding, then you might like this dessert with panna cotta for an extra smoothness and richness. What a way to beat summer heat!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Almond Biscotti 意大利杏仁脆餅

Traditional Italian biscotti, cantuccini or biscotti di Prato, are very hard in texture and are meant to be dipped into coffee or some other accompanying drink to soften before eating.

The American version of biscotti is big, buttery and softer in texture, more like sugar cookies.

This recipe is a hybrid: a cookie with a texture that is not so hard but imbued with great flavors that can be enjoyed with or without dunking into coffee.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Molasses Oats Bread 燕麥麵包

Molasses is a thick and sticky by-product of the sugar refining process. It is more nutritious than granulated sugar because it contains iron, vitamin B, calcium, and magnesium. Usually unsulfured molasses is used in baking or other cooking recipes. Avoid blackstrap, which can make the baked goods bitter. Oats are a common breakfast staple. Besides using it to make oat meal, it is widely used in baking such as bread, cookies, granola, etc. The molasses lend the bread a sweet flavor, moist crumb, and crunchy crust, and the oats compliment the bread by giving it a hearty texture. It is great toasted and spread with butter or used as sandwich bread.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Egg Drop Sweet Soup with Fresh Water Chestnut 蛋花馬蹄露

Although the calendar says it is May, the weather in Southern California feels like summer for a week and winter for another. This Chinese dessert can be served warm or cold, which is perfect for the season. Fresh water chestnuts are available year round. It is a versatile ingredient. Besides using it to make water chestnut pudding/cake 馬蹄糕 during Chinese New Year, it can be used in other savory dishes to provide a crunchy texture.

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