Golden Shrimps (with Salted Egg Yolk) – 黄金笑虾虾

“One of the important Chinese festive seafood dishes. It helps to spread laughter around!”

Chinese Lunar New Year, we (Chinese) emphasize on cooking symbolic dishes with auspicious dish name. Prawn, or called it shrimp, is one of the compulsory items to be used to cook CNY dishes as shrimp, in Cantonese, is pronounced as HA (虾). Its pronunciation resembling the sound of laughter, ha ha! It represents happy life with lots of laughter ahead. Do you also notice? Even the curvy shape of each shrimp resembles smiley lips. So, eating shrimps are symbolical during Chinese festive, especially to the Cantonese dialect group.

Moreover, the shrimps in my recipe were cooked till golden appearance. Gold = wealth, it is not difficult to decipher its auspicious definition here, isn’t it (smile)? More

Stir-Fried Pig’s Liver with Spring Onion and Ginger (姜葱豬肝)

Stir-fried pig’s liver with scallion and Hua Diao rice wine. You will like this, if you like livers, but if you don’t vary the dish with other meat types and adapt the recipe, it’s still perfectly fine though!

Of course, I was following up with the other “Scholar dish“, or perhaps, it’s just the usual stir-fried pig’s liver dish, I shall called it now (smile).

I wanted to recommend this dish as I think having the best and freshest pig’s organs is to have it dealt and cooked by your own! I have never tasted any fresher pig’s livers from outside stores/ food centres than those I cooked at home, seriously. It’s simply because you will choose the best liver, probably bought it freshly from the market first thing in the early morning, then store and chill it perfectly. Then, cook it almost immediately to retain its freshness, with the best cooking method you’ve learnt. More

Scholar Dishes (状元肴)

“Two important dishes to be eaten on the 1st day of school to symbolise an auspicious start of formal education for schoolers”

How your cooking and dishes would help in your kid’s studies? Nothing about supplementary food or valuable nutrients in the food you cooked, it’s purely a personal belief, or called it a superstition in our family…

This is a traditional belief inherited from family, to have the scholar dishes eaten on the first day (or second) of school. More

Stir-Fried Okra (Ladyfingers) with Chili (辣炒羊角豆)

“Spice up your meal with this spicy ladyfingers dish”

Not many people like this vegetable, ladyfingers aka Okra, simply due to its slimey texture inside, when cooked. However, this vegetable has been one of my favourite, not just because it is low in saturated fat, and cholesterol, but high in fiber, vitamins and very rich in various minerals, I heard this vegetables may help in weight loss (chuckling)! I mean.. I liked it, too, of course, especially when it’s cooked with chili paste or in curry gravy.

Spicy flavoured okra whets my appetite much more than usual. It complements steamed rice so well. More

Fragrant Fried Bee Hoon with Stewed Pork Chops

“Flavourful fried bee hoon for lunch over a lazy noon”

You will feel hard-pressed to refuse seconds of this irresitible stir-fry. Chinese-style fried bee hoon (rice vermicelli or thin rice stick), with tender stewed meat mingle with its rich and flavourful stewed meat sauce coated on every strand. Crunchy bean sprouts add even more texture to it.

Wanted an express but delicious meal as lunch over a lazy weekend last week, I cooked this bee hoon to ease my cooking, at the same time, satisfy everyone’s tricky taste bud. Not only ‘lazy’, I was tired, after a long week, so busy over preparation for the festive at office. Yes, we are going to have the yearly group-wide staff Christmas Eve party in the office. So, no choice, I have to conserve my energy to organise the party for 100 over person! Luckily, I have gotten help from my fellow RC team, too.. More

Fried Mock Fish Fillet in Savoury Pineapple Sauce

“Eating vegetarian meal can be so interestingly delicious!”

Yesterday, 19th of Lunar September, the day of Guan Yin’s (in Sanskrit words: Avalokiteshvara; Chinese words: 观音) Renunciation, considered an auspicious day for Buddhist.

For me, I prohibited myself from ‘killing’ lives, means meatless diets for the day. It became my another day of vegetarian cooking. More

Tomato Fried Egg (番茄炒蛋)

“Simply tasty and healthy tomato fried egg!”

Fried egg with fresh tomatoes was one of the dishes I always cooked at home. I learned the dish from many TVB shows. Not sure why but it seemed that Hong Kong people loved cooking this, and yes, even in the shows. :D

Nope, those shows did not provide its recipe, but I managed to figure it out in my own. :) If I remembered correctly, the dish was commonly cooked with just the fresh tomatoes, but in my recipe, I had some chopped shallots added. This was just to elevate the aroma as well as the natural sweetnes of the dish, and purely a personal preference. More

Stir-Fried Romaine Lettuce with Preserve Beancurd

“Simple yet sumptious vegetable dish. Very easy to prepare!”

Today, I would like to introduce this simple yet delicious vegetable dish to you. Romaine lettuce, especially baby romaine lettuce, can be eaten raw, and is usually used in salad making. However, I am going to cook it, this time.

Just a few stirs with some simple condiments and side ingredients added, this decent baby Romaine lettuce dish can be served even in top-notch Chinese restaurants as their signature dish. Yes, it’s common, and Cantonese loves this dish. I’ve tasted and seen this dish cooking with many different types of vegetables during my vacation in Hong Kong. More