Breakfast Congee

I get asked about this a lot, for some reason. Probably because  I bring it up a lot. On weekdays, I eat congee for breakfast every day. It’s fast, easy, healthy (maybe? Brown rice has fibre, right?) and filling. I got the idea while staying at a youth hostel in Hong Kong where they offered…

Macaroni soup with leftovers

This is a easy Hong Kong style dish that my mom use to make for lunch on weekends or if I was at home sick. The ingredients are simple: broth, elbow macaroni, some meat (leftovers from dinner or Spam), some veggies (whatever’s around). Sometimes she would fry an egg and put that on top. Eating…

Easy Roasted Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice Powder

Chicken is probably the easiest meat in the world to make. Put some spices on it and bake. Ingredients 2 chicken thighs, separated 1 tbsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder 3 tbsp light soy sauce Let’s do it! Put everything into a big bowl and coat the chicken well. Let marinate for as long as you…

Bitter Melon and Beef

I had quite a weekend a while back and my friend, Steph, the earth-to-plate food master, suggested a concoction of bitter melon, cucumber, green apple and some other stuff in order to detoxify myself. Raw bitter melon. For some reason, Asian grocery stores no longer sell bitter melon one by one, instead they sell them…

Elaine’s Mom-style Chinese Chicken Curry

I love my mom’s curry. It is amazing. But since I am not my mom, I can only make half-amazing curry, despite following her every direction as she hovers over me in the kitchen. Someday she will bequeath whatever secret she has to amazing curry (it better not be love) and I will be able…

Basic fried rice

Fried rice is another one of those recipes that use up all the leftovers in the fridge. All you really need is rice, soy sauce, veggies, protein and oil. You can have an endless amount of combinations. I have yet to make a combination that tastes bad, but that doesn’t mean this recipe is infallible….

Chinese-style pork, broccoli and brown rice with pickled cucumbers

I’ve sort of been craving Cantonese pork ribs lately, but really didn’t want to mess with the bones at work, so I went with pork chops. Sorry about the grossness of the picture. It’s biking season and everything sort of got bashed around. Chinese-style pork Ingredients: 2 pork chops, sliced into strips 1 tbsp dark…