[Translate] Happy New Year of the goat! 恭喜發財! I wish you all a happy and prosperous year! My family and I cooked up so many dishes like the crispy pork belly, there was also the traditional fat choy soup with dried scallops, shiitake mushrooms and fresh lettuce, homemade nian gao, taro cake, and turnip cake, and roast whole chicken (flavored with five-spice powder). We’ve open up a new box of fancy grade da hong po (武夷岩茶), translated as “big red robe tea” to serve with our food. This type of tea is a rich oolong tea that have notes of..
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[Translate] Happy New Year! Good luck in the Year of the Horse! 恭喜發財! 馬年行大運! My family and I ended up serving a mix of traditions, so to speak, for our new year dinner. The dessert you see above, is a rich and delectable macadamia shortbread brownie. The buttery, delicately crisp shortbread just melds with the fudgy brownie perfectly that if I left my weight consciousness at the door, I would have eaten the entire batch by myself. Of course, we did make and ate the simple traditional sweet of nian gao (my recipe). Chewy and tasty, and symbolically give us..
[Translate] I recently received an incredible package of local, humanely raised duck products (whole duck with its head and feet intact and duck breasts) from Crescent Duck*, located in Long Island, NY. Crescent Duck Farm grows only premium Genuine Long Island ducklings. What is particularly great about Crescent Duck Farm is it’s a family owned farm since 1908. The birds are fed only natural grains without hormones or artificial growth stimulants. What I’m really excited is the fact I get to cook with the Chinese style whole duck since type of duck is pretty hard to come by that is..
[Translate] Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro; my spread of Godiva goodies; Godiva chocolate liqueur with my glass of Simple Chocolate Martini I was invited to Godiva‘s New York City headquarters for the launch of their Lunar New Year chocolates with Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro. The spacious, streamlined, modern space are shared office space, an open kitchen and a model Godiva store so they could copy the displays to all of their shops around the globe. Along with tasting their standard but delicious line up of bonbons (as seen above) and their sweet Godiva chocolate martini. We were..
[Translate] On Saturday, February 9th my family and I celebrated this years’s Chinese New Year Eve, the Year of the Snake, by cooking a storm. Nothing particularly new about that generally except our menu has changed slightly compared to last year. As always, dishes cooked or baked during this holiday have a symbolic meaning to it, generally about happiness, bringing good fortune and health. There’s the traditional fat choy (髮菜), dried scallops, dried oysters, dried shiitake mushroom soup that has a whole range of umami, musky seafood flavors. This dish’s significance is about bringing wealth into the new year. (more…)
[Translate] On the morning of Chinese New Year (which was Sunday, February 10th) my family and I carried on the tradition of having dim sum as the first important meal of the new year. We chose Grand Restaurant due to my mom’s curiosity of this place. This restaurant is located in the New World Mall and it is really is a huge place. Har gaw (蝦餃) and Shu mai (燒賣) We started with har gaw (蝦餃) and shu mai (燒賣) which symbolically means happiness and wealth from the Chinese word shrimp. (Ha sounds like one is laughing.). These dishes were..
[Translate] Chinese New Year tray of togetherness, chocolates, tangerines; Pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios; Oolong tea and pistachios on the side Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! 恭喜發財! In Cantonese, Gong Hay Fat Choy! I wish you all much prosperity and happiness in the new year of the Dragon! One of the most important days of this holiday is New Year’s Eve. If you were in my family’s kitchen, you’d be stuck in there the day before preparing, rehydrating, chopping, and marinating a whole bunch of ingredients preparing for dishes to cook for this holiday. While in between, we snack on pistachios..
[Translate] This month, Foodbuzz has selected me to be one of their publishers to write their monthly 24×24 project. My proposal was to cook a Chinese New Year meal feast all from scratch. From the crispy roast pork (phonetically pronounced siew yuk; 烧肉) to egg custard tarts (dan tats (蛋撻), which I wrote last year (CLICK HERE for the recipe) with several other traditional dishes which I will talk about later. Chinese New Year (it’s the Year of the Rabbit) is starting on February 3, 2011. Granted, I’ve cooked this feast early but my brother has to be out of..
[Translate] A week ago, when it’s the first day of Chinese (or Lunar) New Year, my mom called my phone early in the morning telling me to meet her at Jade Asian Restaurant in Flushing, for dim sum at 8 AM. I’m scratching my head as to “why so early?” But then it dawned on me that it’s a Sunday, prime dim sum days are weekends by default, and it is the first day of Chinese New Year and one must eat a “good” breakfast to start off the year. (To clarify a bit, this holiday is very food-centric and..