Chinese New Year 2014: What to eat if you want a raise!

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Chinese New Year begins this Friday, January 31, 2014! It’s the Year of the Horse and according to the Chinese fortunetellers, “The Year of the Horse is a time for all people to go forward confidently in the direction of their goals and dreams.” Read all about the Year of the Horse by Lily Choo at Epoch Times. Sounds like …

Roasted Duck with Chinese Steamed Buns

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On the dinner plate, Chicken has been the reigning king of fowl for far too long. I’ve been asking my meat market to stock a more diversified fresh poultry section, but apparently, I’m the only fool asking for such. Any poultry other than chicken and ground turkey gets banned to the frozen foods department: quail, duck, goose and turkey. (Guinea …

Mushroom Tofu Potstickers

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While these may not look like your normal cutely folded potstickers, let me assure you that these are 100% even better. Not only are they easier and faster to fold (No delicate crimping of pleating), they have MAXIMUM crispy crunchy surface! Double win for sure. We ended up folding 100 of these babies. 25 to eat straight away and the …

Curried Beef Dumplings

Curried Beef Dumplings Recipe

This recipe for Curried Beef Dumplings is from Carla Hall’s brand new book, Cooking with Love. Carla is a co-host on ABC’s The Chew and a “Fan Favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars. What I love about this recipe is that it’s sort of a cross between steamed sui mai (dim sum dumpling) and pan-fried potstickers. It’s the best …

Chinese Fried Wontons

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Chinese dumplings are probably one of the most convenient and versatile foods to keep around. 1- They go from frozen to appetizer or dinner in just a few minutes. 2- You can pan fry/steam (like potstickers/gyoza), deep fry, boil or steam. 3- They’ll store in the freezer for months. Dumplings are my emergency food (unexpected hungry visitors!), midnight snack (shhhh….don’t …

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Chinese Egg Drop Soup is one of those dishes that can be made incredibly well as a warming start to a meal…..or done terribly, horribly, no-no wrong. There’s an Asian restaurant near my house, not naming names but *cough* on 53rd Avenue *cough*, who serves Egg Drop Soup that has so much food coloring that it practically glows in the …

Vegetable Spring Rolls (Egg Rolls)

Vegetable Egg Rolls Recipe

This Sunday is Chinese New Year, the year of the s-s-s-snake! I haven’t fully researched what the forecast for the year will look like, but according to Chinese feng shui master, it’s best to wear a monkey around your neck to avoid getting bit by the snake. Here is a great infographic I created to show what to and not …

Pork Belly Buns Recipe

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Recipe with step by step photos for Pork Belly Buns – learn a surprising cheater steamed bun recipe that my Mom taught me!

Chinese New Year Recipes

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January 23rd is the Year of the Dragon! Year of the Dragon Prediction (from Chinese Fortune Calendar) “Dragon is a legendary animal and it is symbol of emperor in China. Since the Dragon is coated with mysterious color, Chinese consider that the dragon is unpredictable, untouchable and people cannot see its head and tail at the same time. Therefore, we can …