Tag Archives: Chinese cuisine

Very Good Lunch at YEN Chinese Restaurant 紫艷中餐廳 & Best Braised Beef Noodles at YEN Bar at W Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

If you are yearning for really good, nouvelle style Cantonese food in Taipei, you should go to YEN Chinese Restaurant 紫艷中餐廳 at W Taipei. YEN Restaurant and YEN Bar share the top 31st floor of W Taipei with views of central Taipei from the dining room side of the restaurant and Taipei 101 when you’re at the bar. Besides the awesome views of the city, the interior of both parts of the dining floor are modern and primarily with the color palate of purple, black, white and chrome or stainless steel. (more…)

Deliciousness at the Original Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 (Taipei, Taiwan)

Earlier this month, I’ve visited Taipei, Taiwan and Okinawa, Japan with a friend for the sake of curiosity and needing a break from New York City. If you have been checking out my Instagram, there were lots of delicious food and we stayed in very nice hotels. Both places were charming in its own way and the people are wonderful. To kickoff this series, I’ll be starting off with the famous restaurant in all of Taipei — Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐. (We went to the original location on Xinyi Road but there’s many other locations around the city.) Sure, you..

Good Fortune Restaurant (Flushing, NY)

This past Saturday my parents, younger brother and I managed to meet up for dinner at Good Fortune Restaurant in Flushing, Queens. Since everyone is grown up and have their own schedules, it’s harder for us to meet up as I’m busy with work (hello, board meetings), my CPA accountant brother with tax season, and my parents (well, they are always busy). Good Fortune is a banquet hall style restaurant that serves very solid Cantonese food. It’s in the sweet spot of being casual that most families are able to go out there every week (and there’s a large daily..

Homemade Zongzhi (肉粽)

Homemade Zongzi (肉粽) A few weeks ago, I made zongzi (肉粽) for Dragon Boat Festival. This festival is a Chinese holiday that traditionally, we eat this delicious, hearty sticky rice dumpling. (more…)

Easter at Home & Homemade Peking Duck (Recipe)

Homemade goose fat biscuits topped with sliced Johnston Country Ham and poached eggs Easter, or any major holiday, is always a feast at home. Since I have this wonderful ham from Johnston Country Hams, I couldn’t resist starting Easter morning with homemade goose fat biscuits (it’s based mainly from this recipe, except one third of the fat is with Kerry Gold butter) topped with sliced the said ham, poached eggs and a smear of Dijon mustard to cut the salt and flaky biscuit. Of course, there’s more… (more…)

Dim Sum at Home

The spread… It’s been a hectic week to say the least. The superstorm Hurricane Sandy pummeled through New York City and the tri-state area pretty bad. To save you the details, all I have to say is that my family and I feel fortunate we’re all OK. To celebrate this feel of gratefulness, if you will, we ended up cooking at home this morning and cooked up some dim sum dishes. Beyond my dad’s signature Chinese BBQ pork, we had… (more…)

NTDTV's 3rd Annual Chinese Cooking Competition & Banquet

Getting invited to see and taste this year’s NTDTV’s 3rd Annual Cooking Competition at Times Square’s Duffy Square was quite an interesting and admittedly, unconventional spot to host an event like this. I would never imagine having an outdoor cooking competition smack in the middle of the busiest, tourist-filled area. But they’ve built platforms, a stage, four kitchens (that look like this), and several tables for VIPs and press. Cameras were everywhere and yes, the food smelled amazing as the 23 chefs from Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and the United States were duking it out with the dishes..