White Bread Loaf


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Haven’t baked any loaf lately since summer is here.  One day, out of nowhere, I had a sudden strong desire for a piece of soft and warm and fluffy freshly baked bread.   O(∩_∩)O~


350 g bread flour
1 teaspoon yeast
40g sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
150g whole milk
35g melted butter



Microwave the milk for about 15 seconds.  Add 1 teaspoon sugar and yeast.  Whisk and allow them to sit for 5 to 8 minutes.

In the stand mixer mixing bowl, add bread flour, sugar and salt.  Whisk the dry ingredients together and then add milk and yeast mixture along with an egg. 

Start stand mixer and set speed at 2.  Knead for a couple minutes.  Everything should come together at this point.  Add butter while kneading.

Continue to knead at speed 2 until the dough can pass window panel test.  There is no time set here.  All you need to do is to check from time to time.

Cover the bowl with lid.  The dough will rise double in size in about 50 to 60 minutes depending on the room temperature.

Transfer the dough to a large dusted wooden board .  Punch down and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

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Equally divide the dough into 4 pieces.  With a rolling pin , roll each piece thin and flat.

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Roll them up

Place them side by side in a loaf pan with lid

Wait until they double in size again.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375F/190C

Cover the loaf pan with its lid.  Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

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Unmold it as soon as it comes out for oven.  Cool on a cooling rack

Now it is time to enjoy!

The warm doughy scent when the bread is baking is so comforting that I think I can stay in the kitchen the whole day O(∩_∩)O~  

My favorite way to eat freshly baked loaf is to tear it apart with fingers and then enjoy it piece by piece.  Forget the bread knife.  This is I think the best way to enjoy this soft and fluffy bread. 

Homemade Noodle in Pork Broth and Chili Oil


As an Asian, I love having noodles.  And I love making them at home from scratch too. 

For pork broth:

4 pounds pork back bones
5 quarts water
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 large piece of ginger root, smashed
2 star anises
2 to 3 tablespoons rice cooking wine
4 to 5 dried chili peppers , cut into small pieces
2 to 3 bay leaves
1 black cardamom pot
2 to 3 cloves
1/4 teaspoon Sichuan pepper corns
2 to 3 pieces of dried rhizome/ dried ginger slices
1 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste

For homemade noodle:

250 g bread flour
a pinch of salt
90 g water


Wrap star anises, dried peppers, black peppercorns, dried rhizome/ dried ginger slices, Sichuan peppercorns, black cardamom pot, bay leaves and cloves with a piece of coffee filter paper and tie it up.

Pork back bones are different from neck bones because they are from different parts.  I prefer back bones and leg bones when making pork broth. 

Fill two pots with water.  Heat both of them over high heat.  Add back bones to one pot.  When it comes to boil, transfer the bones to the other pot along with spice bag, rice cooking wine and ginger root.  Discard the water where the bones were previously cooked.

Cover the pot with lid.  Reduce the heat to simmer for 3 to 4 hours.  I use a 5.75 quart Staub cast iron pot which is super great for making stew and broth.

Add ground white pepper, sugar and salt to taste.  Cook for another 15 and 20 minutes.

Add flour and salt to Philips pasta maker

I love thin noodles, so I always use Tagliatelle Pasta Disc

Cover with its lid.  Start the machine and slowly add water on top.

It will automatically knead the dough and squeeze the thin noodles out. 

There is a trick here for better textured noodle/pasta.  You can replace the water with egg + water mixture.  Or you can pause the machine for a few minutes after it kneads the dough so that the flour and water in dough can combine better.

Cook the noodle in boiling water for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Doesn’t it look good already?

I prepare diced bamboo shoots, soft boiled egg, chili oil, chopped pickled daikon, chopped peanuts and chopped green onion as toppings.

Soft boiled egg is my new favorite as noodle topping

Add pork broth and toppings to the noodle.  A bowl of freshly homemade noodle in pork broth and chili oil coming right up! O(∩_∩)O~

Bon Appétit!

Rice Dumplings with Pork and Salted Egg Yolks Wrapped in Bamboo Leaves


May 30th is the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in 2017.  The festival is set according to the lunar calendar, so it comes on different days every year.  Mostly it is either May or June.

Rice dumplings are the most traditional food to have on this day.  I make rice dumplings every year too.  It is fun to make them; even more fun to eat them!


3 cups of sweet rice
dried bamboo leaves
1to 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
salt to taste
2  to 3 bags of roasted chestnuts (3.5oz/bag)
12 slated duck egg yolks (available in the frozen food aisle in most Asian grocery store)
1/2 pound chickpeas

For the pork marinate:

1 to 2 pounds pork belly
1 to 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 /2 to 1 teaspoons sugar
1 to 2 tablespoon rice cooking wine
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder
salt to taste



Cut the pork into 1 by 2 inches cubes.  Add dark soy sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, rice cooking wine, ground white pepper, five spice powder and salt.  Mix well and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.

Thaw salted duck yolks and cut each one into halves.  They add texture and flavors to the dumplings.

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Add sweet rice along with seasonings to a large bowl.  Add water just to cover the rice.  Let them sit for a couple hours.

Boil the chickpeas until they are soft but not mushy

Fold every two bamboo leaves into a cone shape; add a tablespoon of sweet rice and chickpeas.

Add pork, roasted chestnut, duck egg yolk and chestnut.

Add another couple tablespoons of sweet rice and chickpeas on top

Wrap it up

All done

Add water.  Cook on high heat until it comes to boil.  Cover with lid and reduce the heat to simmer.

Cook the dumplings in simmering boiling water for two hours before serving.

Drain well and you can either serve them hot or cold.

Unwrap the dumplings right before you are ready to eat.  Sweet rice is perfectly cooked.  The dumplings are savory with all the seasonings and marinated pork inside.  The duck egg yolks and roasted chestnuts add texture and tons of rich flavors too.

Bon Appétit! 

Grilled Skewed Beef with Onion and Chili Peppers

I have done grilled skewed beef for so many times that I can do it right with my eyes closed O(∩_∩)O~  however, I am never getting tired of BBQ, neither is my husband.  We grill and BBQ at any chances when the weather allows. 



2 pounds of chuck eye roast
1/4 to 1/3 low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
2 to 3 tablespoons rice cooking wine
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced with garlic presser   
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 egg white
2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 cup chicken stock/ water or as needed
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons white sesame seeds
red pepper flakes
extra white sesame seeds



Dice the chuck eye beef into 1/2 by 1/2 inch cubes.  Add the beef to a medium bowl, along with soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice cooking wine, sugar, paprika, ginger powder, minced garlic, onion, egg white, corn starch, black pepper, salt and white sesame seeds.  Mix with a pair of chopsticks or a wooden spoon while slowly adding chicken stock / water.

Cover with plastic and allow the beef to marinate in refrigerator for 2 days.

Remove the beef from fridge half hour prior to the grilling time. 

Skew the beef together with stainless skewers

Start the grill and wait until the interior temperature reaches 400F/204C.

Spray the grill rack with oil.  Add skewed beef.  Spray the beef with a little bit oil too so that they won’t stick to the grill racks.

Cast iron grill racks are a lot like cast iron pans.  The more you use them, the more they get seasoned.

Flip the beef over.  Caramelization is starting.

Keep grilling and flipping until both sides are golden brown.

Mix cumin, pepper flakes and white sesame seeds in a small bowl.

Sprinkle the mixed spiced over grilled beef.

And now it is done.  What you need now is a can of cold beer!


Chicken Soup with Oyster Mushrooms and Chinese Yam

What Asian people mean by chicken soup is quite different from American chicken soup.  Our chicken soup is more like broth with diced chicken in it with added herbs or vegetables.  Southern Chinese are known for their delicious and wide variety of soups. 

The soups my grandma usually made in her kitchen were chicken soup and pork rib soup.  I grew up eating them and now they are two of the most frequent soups I make in my kitchen too. 

The combinations between chicken and vegetables added to the soup can be endless.  You can literally put in anything you like.  Don’t be afraid and get creative.  You might have some amazing soups invented! O(∩_∩)O~

I use Chinese yam and oyster mushrooms today.  They both have mild flavors so that the taste of chicken will not be over powered. 


1 free range organic chicken
1 large piece of fresh Chinese yam (available in Asian grocery stores)
1 piece of ginger root, smashed or crushed
2 to 3 tablespoons pearl barleys
1 handful dried longan fruit
8 to 12 jujube dates
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon rice cooking wine
1/2 to 1 teaspoon rock sugar
3 to 3 1/2 quarts of water
salt to taste


Rinse the chicken under running water.  Dice it with a cleaver knife.  Try to find the chicken with yellow fat which will help to make beautiful bright yellow chicken soup.

Peel the Chinese yam and dice it into 1 by 1 inch cubes.  Chinese yam is a very popular ingredient in Asian soup because people believe it is good for health and human digesting system.  Plus, it taste good too!

(Some people might develop minor allergic reaction when exposed to Chinese yam liquid.  My husband does too.  Don’t panic if your skin itches if you peel Chinese yam with bare hands.  Be sure to put on gloves before handling it.  )

Dice the oyster mushroom roughly the same size as Chinese yam.

Fill a cast iron soup pot with water.  Add chicken.  Cook over high heat until the water boils.  Allow it to continue boiling for a few more minutes.  With a spoon, skim off scum that is clouding on top. 

Add ginger root, pearl barleys and rice cooking wine.

Cover the pot with lid and reduce the heat to simmer for about one and a half hours.  Adjust the simmer time accordingly. 

I use a Le Creuset 4 1/4 quart soup pot here.  It is perfect for stewing and simmering.  And it can go straight from stove to table, looking astonish.

After simmering about one and a half hours, increase the heat to high.

Add jujube dates, dried longan fruit, diced Chinese yam, ground white pepper, rock sugar and salt to taste.

Stew over medium heat for another 20 minutes or so.  Add diced oyster mushrooms.

After 2 to 3 minutes, the soup is done.  Remove from heat.

A pot of good chicken soup can be judged by its light golden color.  And this is definitely good O(∩_∩)O~

Serve immediately. 

When cooked, the Chinese yam has a similar texture to potato.  It is starchy and creamy at the same time.  Chicken soup and oyster mushrooms add extra flavors to the yam too.

Sometimes I serve Asian soups over induction cooktop on dinner table.  It can be kept piping hot this way through the whole dinner.  And it can also be transformed into hot pot in no time when needed.