Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese Candy Box

Kung Hei Fat Choi to you all in the Year of the Horse!

I grew up in Canada, so I was never exposed to all the Chinese New Year customs and traditions. So if you came to my home to bai nian (a CNY custom to visit friends and family) the only festivity you would experience is a Chinese candy box (全盒) and some servings of turnip cake [see previous post].

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Chinese Turnip Cake (蘿蔔糕)

Chinese Turnip Cake

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, I wanted to share a Chinese Turnip Cake (蘿蔔糕) recipe that I learned from Town Gas Cooking 2 years ago.

Traditionally this cake is made during Chinese New Year, but nowadays this is a regular item on the dim sum menu. For those who’ve never tried Turnip Cake, don’t be mislead by the “cake” and think it is a sweet dessert, in fact it is a savory dish.  It is made from grated Chinese radish (which is similar to the Japanese daikon), rice flour with diced ingredients such as dried shrimp, dried shiitake mushrooms and Chinese sausages and then steamed over high heat. Read more >>

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury to cook every night, but I do make an effort to try 1-2 times a week. It’s not always something fancy, in fact it is usually something quick and simple and pasta is an item that makes it to our dinner table quite frequently. Last night was one of those nights I wanted to whip up a healthy meal quickly and decided on the vegetarian Pasta alla Norma. Read more >>

Inakaya: A Unique Robatayaki Experience

Inakaya Robatayaki Decor

To celebrate our wedding anniversary this weekend, we went to Inakaya to try the robatayaki (a Japanese style of cooking food on a grill). Located on the 101st floor of ICC, the tallest building in Hong Kong, this restaurant is one of the few elite restaurants that are part of Sky Dining 101.

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French Onion Soup

Martha Stewart's French Onion Soup

Another favorite winter warmer of mine, is the classic French Onion Soup ~ made with savory beef broth, sweet caramelized onions and topped with melted Gruyère cheese and crunchy croutons. This bistro classic is popular because of it’s deliciously rich and comforting flavors.

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The Dining Room ~ 南小館

The Dining Room Shredded beancurd

Hysan Place houses a long list of restaurants, giving Causeway Bay shoppers a lot more dining options. It has taken me quite a while to try out most of the restaurants in this rather new shopping mall.  And because of the queues in front of the Shanghainese restaurant, The Dining Room (南小館), it has taken me even longer to try this place out.  We finally got ourselves into The Dining Room for lunch a few weekends ago. Read more >>

Pomegranate, Pear & Walnut Salad

Pomegranate Pear Walnut Salad

Looking to use some of the pomegranate seeds I mentioned in my last post, I searched the Internet for some salad ideas and came across a recipe from the Williams-Sonoma’s Healthy in a Hurry cookbook which looked appealing and seemed fairly easy. Read more >>