Deluxe Broccoli with Mock Abalone and Stewed Mushroom (花开富贵)

“Broccoli floret so much resembling the blossom. So, it’s named 花开富贵, simply refers to blossom brings wealth.. This is my deluxe version of broccoli with mock abalone and stewed mushroom steak (素鲍片西兰花烩扒菇).”

I blogged on this similar recipe two years ago. And, because of the 1st day of Lunar month of January, which means it was a Chu Yi (初一), that was our vegetarian day, even if it’s Chinese New Year, I cooked this dish again, for dinner on the very 1st day of CNY. However, to celebrate festive day better, I made my dishes more presentable than usual, trying to make its appearance look like restaurant standard (laughing).. Well, at least I was certain that the taste of this dish was more or less comparable, with less money spent on its ingredients. More

Stir-Fried Asparagus & Prawns with XO Sauce (锦上添花)

“Make the perfection to even more perfect.”

You don’t want meals with just meat, meat and meat throughout the CNY. Vegetables are essential to our diets, too, even during the festive, of course! And there are many greens can still be symbolical, for instances, the asparagus I’ve cooked here. More

Fried Egg with French Bean (豆角炒蛋)

“Fragrant and delicious egg dish with French bean, easy cooking for both the seasoned and beginner cooks”

There are more reasons for me to resist heavy food for now as Chinese New Year is approaching, and further more, I will be going on vacation soon. I’ve to cut down on food amount for the next two weeks in order for me to feel less guilty for pigging out during those two occasions (smile). 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. More

Light Vegetarian Root Vegetables Soup (我的萝卜世界)

“It’s light, it’s nourishing, it’s delicious, and it’s hearty. Take this soup on your vegetarian days, or simply drink it to cleanse or to cool body system once in a while”

This robust rooty soup makes a wonderful weeknight dinner which packed with plenty of beta-carotene (good for eyes and skins) and vitamin-rich root vegggies i.e. the radishes and carrots. Adding of meaty pork ribs not just brighten its flavour, but also make it higher in nutritional values, at the same time, balance your diet with both veggies and meat in the dish. However, since I had this soup on my vegetarian day last week, and hence, I did not add any meat, but to enhance flavour to this soup, soy beans made a good addition. More

Kai-lan Vegetables with Oyster Sauce (蚝油芥兰)

“Famous Oyster Sauced Kai-lan vegetable dish now you can cook it at home, easily and deliciously, without any bitter taste!”

Kailan, also named Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale. Many people like the crunchy texture of this leavy vegetable with thick stem, but often complain its mild bitter taste, too. Some readers asked me if I have a better to cook Kailan. Seriously, unless is baby kailan, I will not use stir-frying method as it does not sound appetizing to have the thick kailan stir-fried. I think, this is probably the best way to cook and taste Kailan without its inherited bitterness. More