Rice • 米(mǐ)

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… Continue reading Yangzhou Fried Rice (扬州炒饭)

Autumn • 秋(qiū), Seasonal Dishes, Sweets • 点心(diǎnxin), Winter • 冬(dōng)

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… Continue reading Puff Pastry with Yam Filling (番薯酥饼)

Flour • 面(miàn), Seasonal Dishes, Winter • 冬(dōng)

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

Autumn • 秋(qiū), Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn), Fusion Flavor, Seasonal Dishes, Winter • 冬(dōng)

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… Continue reading Braised Noodles with Green Beans (豆角焖面)

Seasonal Dishes, Soup • 汤(tāng), Winter • 冬(dōng)

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… Continue reading Daikon Beef Soup (白萝卜牛肉汤)

Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn)

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… Continue reading Hand-Pull/ Biangbiang Noodles (油泼扯面)

Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn), Fusion Flavor

Noodles with Tomato Scramble Eggs (番茄炒蛋拌面)

What is the dish that every Chinese people knows how to cook? It has to be the tomato scramble egg (番茄炒蛋)! It was the first dish my Mom taught me to prepare, and it was as well her first dish taught by her mother. The tomato scramble egg has been regarded as THE entry to… Continue reading Noodles with Tomato Scramble Eggs (番茄炒蛋拌面)

Flour • 面(miàn)

Pan Fried Scallion Flavored Buns (葱油饼)

"If you could live with only one kind of food for the rest of your life. What would it be?" This was a question my husband (by then boyfriend) asked me when the first time he cooked for me. "It has to be the Buns!" I answered. For a person from north China, the buns… Continue reading Pan Fried Scallion Flavored Buns (葱油饼)

Tastes Of Italy

Taste of Tuscany Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The character that makes me fall for food in Italy is its seasonableness.   In Spring we sow, in Summer we start to see peaches, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes in the market; then after the summer holiday back from the seaside, it is time for porcini mushrooms, figs, pumpkins, grapes, etc; close to end of the… Continue reading Taste of Tuscany Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Flour • 面(miàn), Seasonal Dishes, Soup • 汤(tāng), Winter • 冬(dōng)

Noodle in Beef Broth (牛肉汤面)

The comfort food for me, and lots of Chinese people, is noodle in soup.    The noodle has to be the long version, and the soup better is a meat broth. And when these two combine into a bowl, they have a magic powder to warm up my stomach and comfort my body.   Talking… Continue reading Noodle in Beef Broth (牛肉汤面)