St. Patrick’s Deviled Salmon Cucumber Rounds

St. Patrick's Deviled Cucumber Rolls

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through the door. ~ Irish blessing I have always thought of St. Patrick as a ‘fun’ sort of saint. His namesake day March 17 tends to be associated with pageantry and revelry. Lenten restrictions are often lifted on this feast day of the […]

Turnip Cake ‘Loh Bok Gau‘ 萝卜糕

Turnip Cake

A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.  – Winston S. Churchill ~ DIM SUM SERIES ~ A week ago, people of Chinese descent all over the world celebrated the Lunar New Year, welcoming the Year of the Rooster. Following tradition, where Lunar New Year is celebrated […]

Siu Mai Dumplings

Siu Mai

“Never judge a Siu Mai by its wrapper.” ~ DIM SUM SERIES ~ Dim Sum (think ‘Chinese tapas’) restaurants are easy to find here in the Bay Area. However, good ones are another thing. They are but a handful, their credibility constantly reinforced by the ever-growing lines and wait times every weekend. True to Hong Kong dim […]

Taiwanese Gua Bao 刮包 (Braised Pork Belly)

Taiwanese Gua Bao

“Sweet and salty, creamy and bouncy, tart and sour, sweet and salty again.”  ~ TAIWAN STREET FOOD SERIES – Part 3 ~ Few things beat waking up to the warming, intoxicating scent of braised pork belly cooking on the stove. The dish was often made the day before it was meant to be eaten, usually a […]

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn Chicken image

In order to have good fried chicken, you should wash and season the bird the morning you’re preparing it for dinner. Don’t wait and do it right before you start cooking. Throw it in the refrigerator, seasoned, that morning, and give it a chance to soak up all the salt and pepper and goodness.  ~ Paula […]

Pan-Fried Tofu with Egg

Pan-Fried Tofu with Egg

“Silky golden nuggets with a spicy surprise!”  Don’t you just love it when a wrong turn ends up being right, when a mistake turns into an unexpected success, when a kitchen misadventure cooks up a new favorite? That’s what happened the other night – an attempt to save a blooper turned up a surprising appetizer that barely made it […]

Roasted Broccoli and Mushrooms

Easy weekday dinner with minimal clean up! Can also be served as an easy appetizer. 1 lb broccoli, cut into small florets and stemmed 4 cremini mushrooms, sliced 1 tbsp garlic, minced 3 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp cumin seeds 2 tsp sea salt Grated cheddar cheese (or any hard, sharp cheese) Serves 4 Toss […]

Lemongrass Ginger Patties

Lemongrass Ginger Patties

Lemongrass has that clean refreshing taste which reminds me of a quiet dawn, the dew still tenuously hanging from tips of branches and leaves, sunlight not yet come of age for the day. Ginger brings to mind secret joys, slightly spicy, slightly heady. Paired, they bring forth an exhilarating tingle at the back of the […]