Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn)

Steamed Bun/ Bread (发面馒头)

Years ago my husband asked me a question: If you had to choose only one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be? As an Italian, his answer was PIZZA! And as for me, who was born and raised in North China, I said: the steamed bun (大馒头)! The steam… Continue reading Steamed Bun/ Bread (发面馒头)

Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn), Soup • 汤(tāng)

Chinese Gnocchi (猫耳朵 Cat Ear)

猫耳朵 (māo ěr duo). This is one of the dishes that brought me into the kitchen and start to get my hands dirty in food preparations. It is an important dish for me. The memories that I can still recall, when I helped to prepare this dish with my grandma, can be traced back to… Continue reading Chinese Gnocchi (猫耳朵 Cat Ear)

Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn), Sweets • 点心(diǎnxin)

Steamed Rose Buns (蒸玫瑰花卷)

The Valentine's Day is arriving again~ Personally I do not like this "valentine" festival, because these days it is pure commercial and served only for corporations' marketing purposes. However I am not against celebrating love with your loved one. And it doesn't mean you must spend lots of money in a fancy restaurants on specifically… Continue reading Steamed Rose Buns (蒸玫瑰花卷)

Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn), Seasonal Dishes, Spring • 春 (chūn)

Spring Pancake (春饼)

Spring Pancake!🌮🌮🌮 I felt super happy when typing the title of this post, because by the time it is published, the Spring will be officially arrived! The reason why I am posting a recipe of Spring Pancake (春饼) is that according to the Lunar calendar, this Sunday 4th February is the day of Lichun (立春),… Continue reading Spring Pancake (春饼)

Five Ingredients, Flour • 面(miàn), Sweets • 点心(diǎnxin)

Steamed Corn Buns: Wō wo tóu (窝窝头)

As a northern Chinese, I used to eat food made of corn flour a lot in my hometown. I remember my family from time to time made corn flour pancake for dinner or breakfast. And my grandma also used to buy the steamed corn-flour sponge cake to me and my cousin for desserts. After I've… Continue reading Steamed Corn Buns: Wō wo tóu (窝窝头)

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)

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)