Scallion oil noodles 

葱油拌面 Scallion oil noodles is my childhood favorite. The fragrant of freshly chopped scallions lightly fried in oil; the color of the scallions transformed from green to golden brown (back then this would be the edible gold foil); the process of mixing the oil with the noodles; and the smooth taste of noodles seasoned with soy sauce. Everything is…

Fried rice with bok choy and minced beef

Fried rice are nutritious and quick to make. It is among the first dishes I have ever made. You can get extremely creative with the ingredients. The base is always with cooked rice and eggs. Of course you can use other grains such as brown rice, black rice etc. Then, I add one type of…

Beef steamed eggs

I have seriously missed the taste of this. Every time I went to my grandparents, they always made this so nicely. It was such a simple and delicious dish that I encountered so often. Beef steamed egg, 肉饼子炖蛋, is usually present at cafeterias in Shanghai. I never knew this is a Shanghainese regional dish until…

One pot Asian noodle soup

One of my favorite dishes in autumn is a nice warm bowl/pot of noodle soup. It is comfy, filling and quick to make. You can be really creative with the ingredients, I usually have one meat, at least one vegetable, one carbs and a soup base. Today these things are in my comfy bowl: 1…

Extensive guide on ordering bubble tea

Bubble tea in China are like Starbucks in the West. They are custom made and highly addictive. When you order bubble tea in China, you can specify the amount of sugar, ice, and what to order. After the ordering, the cashier gives you a receipt with an order number on top. The store will call…

Milk tea chestnut oatmeal

When I was in Shanghai, I lived with one bubble tea/milk tea per day. There was such a wide selection of tea stalls and tastes that I hardly repeated my tea order. I will present you the ultimate bubble tea guide in later posts, stay tuned~ This morning, my bubble tea craving kicked in so…

Shanghainese cold noodle

In a hot summer day, something refreshing is the way to go. Cold noodles are popular around Asia and depending on the country and region, they are prepared differently. Various noodle types, toppings and sauce are assembled together to create the ultimate refreshing meal! In Korea, cold noodles are called Naengmyeon where traditionally, buckwheat noodles are served in…

Porridge, sweet or salty?

Porridge is a nice warm bowl of grains typically cooked in water or milk. It is often served for breakfast. Depending on where you live, it could be salty or sweet. In Asia, porridge is also known as congee (粥). Uncooked rice to water ratio is often 1 to 10. They are cooked on stove…

Tea leaf eggs

Tea leaf eggs is a direct translation from the Chinese word 茶叶蛋, pronounced as, Cha Ye Dan. They are sold over the street venues and they are absolutely delicious, healthy, and good for gains! The eggs are often steep with black tea leaves, five spices and soy sauce. As they are steep with cracked shell,…

Sesame walnut lava tang yuan

So… The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration has almost come to an end. In case you have missed it, it started on the 8th of February, lasting for a period of 15 days, until 23rd of February. On the last day, the full moon appears again and this day is called Lantern Festival. Traditionally, people…