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Braised Yuba with Mixed Mushrooms and Asparagus recipe

Braised Yuba with Mixed Mushrooms and Asparagus

The other day when I was writing a family story about how my father mastered cooking after my mother passed away, there I mentioned his specialty dish – ‘buddha vegetables’ –  a vegetarian dish that was made with at least seven different types of fresh and dried vegetables and mung bean noodles braised in a fermented beancurd sauce.  I realised while going through my notes that I had forgotten to include one particular ingredient in the description – Yuba – is also known as ‘tofu skin’, a very popular ingredient in Chinese cooking.  It is a food product made from soy beans, as a result, it shares a similar taste with soy milk and tofu.  But unlike tofu, it doesn’t made with added coagulant.  While soy milk is being boiled, a film is formed on the surface of the liquid, and the film will then be collected and dried in sheet or stick form.  Since Yuba retains its shape and texture after cooking, therefore it is widely used for stir-fried, as a wrapper for dim sum, for braising or for slow-cooked dishes.  Yuba is easily found in …

teriyaki king oyster mushroom recipe

Teriyaki King Oyster Mushroom with Snow Peas

This wonderful teriyaki sauce is one of the easiest sauces to make, it is deliciously piquant and so versatile that it can be used on nearly anything: meat, vegetables, noodles or grains. I always turn to this sauce when I am not sure what to cook. My favourite one is teriyaki salmon or chicken served on steamy hot rice with a side of nori seaweed and green leafy vegetables. But today, I opt for a vegetarian version with my new found favourite king oyster mushroom. This mushroom has the most meaty texture with the least water content compares to all of its other contemporaries. It holds its shape beautifully when cooked which makes it a brilliant replacement for meat. In this dish, the powerful flavour of the teriyaki sauce is complimented with refreshing and naturally sweet snow peas. The snow peas are barely cooked to retain its freshness and crunchiness, it goes perfectly well with the piquant teriyaki sauce and add a lovely contrast to the tender velvety mushroom. Serve with pipping hot rice as a comforting and satisfying meal. …

baba-ganoush recipe

Baba Ganoush with Pink Peppercorns

I didn’t intend to be absent from the blog for so long, I had planned for a mere three weeks break but it turned out to be an ongoing journey of self- (re)discovery, and somehow I didn’t want it to stop. During the break, I returned to my drawing board, literally, and my sketch book, doing sketches of all kinds; things that surround me, people who passing by, or even just ideas in my head. And I realised that I have forgotten how much I enjoyed drawing when I was growing up. I also spent a lot of the time reading novels and writing short stories, and I met some amazing people through a fiction writing class. I hope I can share some of the stories with you soon. I haven’t stopped cooking though, as you know if you are following my Instagram account, and can’t wait to share the recipes that I have created during the break. All in all, it has been a relax and inspiring time for me and I am glad that I had made this decision. …

Roasted za'atar carrot with goat cheese, pistachio and promagranate dressing recipe

Roasted Za’atar and Sumac Carrots Salad

These carrots are roasted to perfection, flavoured with za’atar and sumac; a combined taste of tangy sweet and yet earthy and savory. Za’atar is a spice blend that originates in Middle East countries, such as Lebanon, Israel, Jordon, Palestine and Saudi Arabia; and also popular in some north African countries such as Morocco and Tunisia. Every country has their own blend of spices. The one I have (and I use here) is from Israel, it is a blend of dried oregano, white sesame, thyme, sumac, dill and salt, it has an intense earthy flavour with a hint of licorice note. It gives a wonderful taste to almost anything, I love to sprinkle it on egg of all kinds, or rub the spice on chicken and lamb then put straight onto the grill; scatter it on homemade hummus and baked pitta bread, to say the few examples. The other spice I use here is called Sumac, it is also native to the Middle East; a red coarse powder made from ground sumac berries. It has a floral …

Wakame Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing recipe

Wakame Avocado Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

Sesame sauce is hugely popular in Asian countries, I grew up eating steamed wobbly rice rolls topped with flavoursome sesame sauce for breakfast, one of my absolute childhood favorites. The other of my beloved dish is hand-torn chicken and julienned cucumber served with silky, sweet sesame sauce. In fact, I love everything with a toasted sesame flavour, so sesame oil becomes my definite pantry item, a drizzle here and a drizzle there, a natural flavour enhancer. I was at my daughter’s school summer fair the other day and I was helping out at one of the food stalls. A fellow mother made summer rolls with a sesame dipping sauce which were so delicious that they sold out almost within just an hour. I was definitely spellbound by the smooth, delectable sauce that I didn’t hesitate to ask her for the recipe. She has given me the list of ingredients but I have to work out the quantities myself. So here is my version of the sesame sauce which I serve here as a salad dressing, and I hope you will like it and will make …

Maple Strawberry Galette recipe

Maple Strawberry Galette

There has been a constant flow of mouth-watering photos of pies, galettes and tarts going on Instagram lately, it makes me realise summer is in fact the best time to bake. Markets are abundant with local summer berries, plums, apricots, peaches, rhubarb, cherries etc., they are fresh and sweet as they are, but flavour intensify after going through treatment of heat. Especially when these fruits passed their prime, simply bake them in the oven, or stew them on the stove with a little sugar or natural sweetener, turn them into something rich and luscious. I was given two kilos of strawberries the other day and as much as we love strawberries and cream, we wouldn’t have managed to finish them before they rotted away or before we got tired of the sight of cream and strawberries. Luckily with all the inspiring pictures on social medias, I decided to make a gluten-free strawberry galette which I have been wanting to try for a while. To make a light and buttery gluten free pie crust (without the additional of special binders such …

Tamari Maple Noodles with Grilled Spring Onions recipe

Tamari Maple Noodles with Grilled Spring Onions

To my surprised (I imagine it will be my family’s as well), I am writing a recipe with spring onions, not as a garnish, but as the main ingredient! I was never keen on spring onion so much since I was a child, although I grew up seeing them often in our kitchen and whenever I went to the market with my mother, we were always given spring onion for free if we bought vegetables from the stalls, but I could somehow avoid eating it. If any of it did land on my bowl, it would be skillfully removed by me with chopsticks almost immediately, even the smallest loop that was hidden in my food (and I was famous for that). I remember vividly that my sister Karen and I once went for congee (Chinese style slow-cooked rice soup) in a local eatery in the old Macau city, when the food arrived, I was horrify by the sight of a large pile of chopped raw green onions on top of my congee, and I scooped it out with my porcelain soup spoon without hesitation, in a split …

kimchi frittata recipe

Kimchi Frittata

One of the best things about making frittata is you can literally clear out your fridge at the same time: use up the bits and pieces of left over meat, cheese, herbs and vegetables which are somehow hidden in the bottom of the crisper drawer. It is incredibly easy and fast to make, you can make plenty for the next day’s lunch box as well. Add a nice green salad or salsa, and you are good to go. This frittata here is between an Italian frittata and a Spanish tortilla with an unusual Asian twist: Kimchi! It gives the dish some heat and a slight umami flavour. If you love kimchi, it will be something you will make again and again. I love the potato addition as it give the dish a really nice texture. I prefer new potatoes, as they are crisp and remain a bite after cooked. In this recipe, they are thinly (relatively) cut and pan-fried without parboiled beforehand. As for the vegetables, use any you have in hand or buy any type you prefer. I use …

vegetable noodle bowl recipe

Vegetable Noodle Bowl – with no recipe

Summer is always my favorite season in Berlin, I would like to just being outdoor and enjoy the green spaces all around Berlin all the time, so cooking in the kitchen is a bit of a tough call especially in a steamy hot day! Sometimes I would just pack a few snack and go to the little playground around the corner and just sitting on the grass, do some reading and writing and be inspired by the nature. When I do have to cook – all I want is something that’s quick, healthy and tasty but not so much of cooking to do. A noodle bowl or rice bowl are always the first two ideas that come up when I need a quick fix, this time, I opt for a vegetable noodle bowl as I have plenty of vegetables sat at the crisp box in my fridge, a good idea to use up any vegetables you have at home already. On top of that you can use any type of noodle you like, that’s why you don’t …