Yangzhou Fried Rice (扬州炒饭)

I can’t really recall the reason, but this dish Yangzhou Fried Rice had been, for a long time, a signature dish of my Mom for wishing me good luck. I clearly remember that the day when I took the National College Entrance Examination (全国统一高考), THE exam in China that to qualify a student to enter…

Puff Pastry with Yam Filling (番薯酥饼)

Happy New Year of 2018! After the holiday period, do you feel overloaded with a lot of meat and wine? As for me, this year I unfortunately managed to eat not too much, because I was sick. Actually it was not only me, the whole family got beaten down starting from the Christmas Day until…

Steamed Dumplings with Daikon Pork Filling (萝卜猪肉馅蒸饺)

Growing up as a norther Chinese, I remember that dumpling has played a huge part in our life. We eat dumplings for most of the important occasions: Chinese New Year dinners, family gatherings, farewell/ welcoming meals, etc. It is a social food, as it can involve many people into the preparation; meanwhile it brings together…

Braised Noodles with Green Beans (豆角焖面)

Every year in early Autumn, once I see there are green beans displayed on the stalls, I would immediately think of this dish: braised noodles with green beans. I remember my grandma used to cook this dish to me, so that I got to eat some green vegetables. And now I also cook this dish…

Daikon Beef Soup (白萝卜牛肉汤)

In China, we have a famous saying: Eat radish/ daikon in winter, ginger in summer (冬吃萝卜夏吃姜). In our tradition, we believe in the Yin (阴) and Yang (阳) balance of the universe, so as in our body. In Summer because we sweat a lot, the heat inside our body, aka Yang (阳), runs out leaving…

Hand-Pull/ Biangbiang Noodles (油泼扯面)

In the cold winter days, besides a steaming hot soup that can comfort my stomach, I also crave for the hand-pulled noodles! Not any kind of noodles, Hand-Pulled noodles it is!!!   Why is that?! First it is, using an Italian word that I learned after living in Italy, artigianale. When I chew them, I…