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shiitake-meat-ball-noodles-soup recipe

Shiitake Meatball Noodle Soup with Courgette Ribbons

The outside air smelled of firework the other morning when we were on the way to school. The air was crisp, cold and familiar. Though it didn’t take me long to recognise the combination of the cold air and the smell of exploded firework was part of my special childhood memory. I told my daughter who stood right next to me that it was how Chinese New year smelled like in Macau. We talked about we should try to spend Chinese New Year there in the near future, but it seemed far too long for me to wait, so I closed my eyes, breathed deep and hard as if doing so would bring me back to Macau immediately. We have entered the new Lunar Year, perhaps that’s why the smell of firework seemed so signifiant that morning. Sadly I don’t celebrate it as much as I did when I was still living in Macau with my family. But having said that, I still like to cook one or two dishes that I miss most from home to soothe my homesickness. My mother used …

Pho with meatballs recipe

On Noodles (with a recipe)

Slurping up a bowl of delicious noodle soup is, for me, a fundamental act of living, like reading a good book or having a meaningful conversation with someone, it is something that I cannot live without. As exaggerate as it sounds, for some people, it could be driving a cutting edge designer car or going on luxurious holidays, but for me, as long as there is a bowl of steaming hot noodle soup in front of me, I am content. Noodle is an essential and staple ingredient in Chinese cuisine. When I was a child, there was (or perhaps still is) a noodle shop in every corner of every street in the old Macau city. We would eat noodle soup or ‘lo-mein’ (noodles dressed in seasoned soy sauce) with ‘won-ton’ (dumplings), braised beef brisket or vegetables (etc) as breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night supper. The noodles (usually two types: thin and thick wheat noodles or rice noodles) served in these small eateries are usually fresh rather than the dried type that we usually get in supermarkets. These fresh noodles have a beautiful …

Chinese ginger fried rice recipe

Crispy Ginger Fried Rice

Two weeks ago, our dearest neighbour friend Insaf gave birth to a baby boy, a small, delicate human being who instantly brought so much joy to the family upon the minute he was born. When we visited them a few days later, the whole household was filled with delight and the smell of a new born baby. I was besotted with the touch of his porcelain smooth skin, his tiny soft fingers and the warmth of his body when I hold him in my arms. Then I realised I have forgotten how small and dainty Lilly was when she was born seven years ago, but what I do remember was I could just look at her petite face enthrallingly, for as long as she allowed me to. As I thought nothing would be better than having a warm, delectable meal after hours of labour, so naturally, cooking a few meals for Insaf would be my ideal gift for her. Therefore I have cooked her a couple of meals for the first few days after the birth. Having to see the satisfying expression (for both …

Spring quinoa bowl with asparagus, mushroom, kimchi recipe

Spring Herbed Quinoa Bowl

I was asked a couple of weeks ago by The Foodstand – an online global food community where thousands of food lovers connect and promote good eating – to take over their Instagram feeds this Tuesday. I was honoured and thrilled to be invited therefore I created today’s recipe especially for this purpose. It has been over a year since I joined this wonderful community, not only have I learned many cooking tips, inspirations for recipe and have met many virtual fellow food lovers around the world; but most importantly, I have become more aware of global food issues because there are always discussions and useful informations on their website. If you love food and want to learn more about The Foodstand, click here to view or join the community! Going back to the recipe, I wanted to create something fresh and healthy because Spring has arrived, and since I absolutely love grain bowl (as you might already notice! For example this post), I almost instantly had this picture in my head, a bowl full of spring, healthy …

roasted root veggies, avo and buckwheat salad recipe

Roasted Root Vegetables, Avocado and Buckwheat Salad served with Pistou

The first time I encountered buckwheat was about 2 years ago when I decided to take on a wheat-free diet. Since then I learned so much about cooking with gluten free ingredients, in fact so many ingredients especially whole food, are naturally gluten-free. At home, we eat a lot of brown rice, lentils, rice and bean noodles as oppose to bread and pasta. I won’t lie to you that I don’t miss having a pizza or a crusty sandwich, I do, and whenever I walk pass a bakery particularly when I am hungry, I wish I could get a straight-out-of-the-oven, feather-light buttery croissant and devour it right there and then. But I learned to adapt to a new eating habit which has improved my health remarkably. All these bloating, stomaches, eczema symptom have gone and I am thrilled that one relatively small decision I made had opened up a whole new world of new ingredients for me, and to have the chance to explore and experiment with these wonderful alternatives, not only in general cooking, but also in …

rice bowl recipe

It’s All About Rice Bowl – 6 Beloved Rice Bowl Ideas

**HAPPY NEW YEAR** Looking forward to another year of adventure, food adventure to be precise. The last year has been a good year, full of delicious ideas. I spent perhaps half of the year if not more, cooking up the storm in the kitchen and hundreds of meal were made, recorded and eaten. When I go through my food photos from my computer, I can hardly believe the amount of meal I have produced; some meals were new and some were food that I cook regularly, a necessary combination to make my job balance and interesting. One of the dishes that I often make as well as being one of my absolute favorites is ‘Rice Bowl’ or ‘Grain Bowl’ served with a couple or several different toppings. If you are following me on Instagram, you will notice this easy to make, delightful to eat and most of the time, a feel-good ‘fridge-cleaning’ dish frequently appears on my feed. I have been telling myself that I should post these recipes on the blog but the beauty of these ‘bowls’ is …

Strawberry and cucumber salad recipe

Strawberry and Cucumber Salad with Feta Cheese and Hazelnut

Somehow I still can’t really get used to the spring weather in Berlin, sunny and relatively warm one day then gloomy and cold the next. The rain shower comes in between sunny spells has become an usual scene on a daily basis. I was shivering standing in our local playground yesterday while my daughter was practicing cycling on her bike, even though I had my waxed jacket and scarf on. I really can’t wait for the summer to come, my favorite time of the year, and Berlin Summer is beautiful. Today is one of those days again, overcast and quite chilly. I feel like adding some colours to my day, to feel alive and motivated. Nothing better than having a colourful, healthy and luscious meal that would lift your spirit up a bit on a grey, bleak day. This strawberry and cucumber salad is just the ticket – the sweetness of the strawberry pairs very well with the salty feta, the crunchiness of the cucumber and hazelnut give the whole dish a great texture. On top of …

Sardines noodle soup recipe

My Time Machine – a short essay about eating alone and the Macanese sardines noodle soup (with recipe)

I often eat alone. Lunch is mostly ‘my time’, the time I can choose what to eat, simple or complicated, or anything at all. The time to be truly myself – I often cook the food that I miss from home, which is a little bit too exotic for my husband, or too Asian (but to be fair, my husband is quite open with new taste, Asian or not, however there are still some dishes that he is not so keen.). For me, eating the food that resembles the taste of my home is to retrieve that feeling I dearly miss. Luckily I know a way to travel back in time…alone. There are few dishes I like to eat when I am home alone: streamed rice served with chilli bamboo shoot (pickle bamboo shoot from a jar!), soy marinated minced beef rice porridge, this is my favourite mum’s recipe, my mother used to cook this for us when we were feeling a bit under the weather, I think of my mother every time I eat …

gluten free spicy mushroom avo toastie recipe

Chili (Gochujang) Mushroom and Avocado Toastie

I love this unusual combination of spicy chili mushroom and creamy avocado on toast recipe I created for Kitchenbowl, and now you can get the step by step photo recipe here! Just in case you would like to have a written version of this recipe, here is the list of ingredients and method you need to make this easy and delicious toastie. Note: you will only need about 1-2 teaspoons of the yummy chili sauce for this sandwich. The left over sauce can be used with nearly anything, for example: spread it on grilled meat, fish, stir-fry vegetables, rice and noodles etc. Enjoy and have a lovely Easter Holiday! Ingredients: (serves 2) For the chili sauce: (with left over sauce, keep in fridge) 1tbsp. Gochujang – Korean chili paste 1 tbsp. Miso paste 2 tbsp. Toasted sesame oil 1 tbsp. Tamari or soy sauce 1 pinch of sugar 1/2 clove of garlic, minced For the toastie: 1 Ripe avocado A dash of Lemon Juice 150g Oyster mushroom, brush cleaned and roughly sliced 4 slices of Gluten-Free …

dan dan noodles recipe

Jet Lag and a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles

I usually cope very well with jet lag, perhaps I am getting older (!!) therefore it has not been so easy for me this time round. Wake up way too early in the mornings (still dark outside) wondering if I should force myself to get up or try to fall back asleep. Then in the afternoon, yawning starts sometime between 3pm to 4pm, and last for a good hour. My jaw will hurt from yawning too much, and my eyes water. Felt like I had too much to drink the night before. It is kind of tough to go about with the usual daily chores, but I try to cook and write in between yawning and doing laundry, that is the reason why this post took me a while to write…but I am glad that my first post, after a nearly 3 weeks break, is finally online! After nearing 3 weeks of indulgence with incredibly delicious food, it was quite tough for me to decide on a recipe to cook and write about. Or rather I should say, too many …