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Yearly Archives: 2011

Char Siew (Chinese BBQ Pork) Lo Mein

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Noodles and pastas are always my favorite ingredients. I love cooking these ingredients and it is so easy to combine with meats, seafood or just vegetables. It can be cooked as a one dish meal. View more

Baby Bok Choi with Shrimp in Oyster Sauce

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Today, happened to be in a local Vietnamese grocery store in my neighborhood and it was their NY Supplier’s vegetables delivery day. All the vegetables were very fresh and the most attractive vegetable was the baby Bok Choi. View more

Stir Fried Shishito with Langostin Tails

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This morning, my husband missed having his langostin tails. So, later in the morning, I went to Trader’s Joe to get some frozen langostin tails. He loves langostin tails than lobsters. View more

Instant Sambal Belacan Powder

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I love to serve this Indonesian sauce with most of my fried chicken, raw vegetables salad, fried seafood and tofu dish. View more

Fried Sambal Belacan Tilapia

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Three weeks ago, I was in NYC Chinatown and accidently found a grocery store specialized South-East Asian cooking. They carried lots of different types of ingredient for Indonesian, Malaysia, Singaporean and Thai Cuisines. View more

Fried Turnip Cake with Sweet Soy Sauce (Chai Tow Kuay)

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I grew up in a Teochew Peranakan family and my late great grandma, late grandma and my late mom will always cooked Nonya and Teochew food. I always enjoyed Teochew Cuisine especially any dish that are made up of noodles and rice. View more

Black Soy Sauce Chicken

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Today, my husband was away on a trip and my son was in New York City and I was all by myself at home. I take the liberty to cook a assumptous meal for myself. I was so glad that I did. View more

Red Bean Soup with Sago (Ang Tau T’ng)

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Ang Tau T’ng is literally translated to “Red Bean Soup” is one of the South East Asia comfort desserts. As a young kid, View more

Fresh Young Coconut

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The young coconut is one of the most important fruits in the tropics because of it water. The main reason to pick the fruit when they are still green and young is to drink its water. Coconut water and coconut milk are completely two different liquid. View more

Fifteen Day of Chinese Lunar New Year

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Yuan Xiao Jie
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Today will be Yuan Xiao Jie, the first full moon of the New Year. It is also known as “lantern festival” because during the old practice of having colorful lanterns, displays and parades were introduced during the Tang Dynasty. It is also believed that Yuanxiao is named after a palace maid, Yuanxiao, of Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty. Young and unmarried Buddhists and Taoists generally will make a point to visit the temples on this day because they believe that the full moon is associated with romance and marriages. Yuan Xiao also has a special significance for people who are in love.

Every Chinese household will be celebrating this day with a small gathering for dinner together once again, but this time any family members that are unable to attend are excusable. The dinner is still served with traditional food but it does not have to be grand unless the family is wealthy. After dinner the unmarried ones will visit the gardens/Chinatowns . Here the display of lanterns or parades are organized by Chinese Associations or Organizations to mark the occasion and will also give a chance for unmarried guys to catch a glimpse of unmarried girls strolling thru the lantern displays. It is also believed that both sexes are hoping to meet some potential mates to marry.
Yuan Xiao Jie also marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. On this day Chinese families will eat the traditional snack, Glutinous Rice Dumplings (Tangyuan) Its pronunciation is synonymous with “Tangyuan” which means Reunion – symbolizing togetherness and happiness for the family. This year the Yuan Xiao Jie or last day of Chinese New Year is on Thursday, February 17, 2011 and once again I am unable to celebrate on a weekday as Kim and Balbir are not able to be home on time for dinner. I will be celebrating this festival this coming Saturday, February 12, 2011 with a couple of friends to join us at our dining table. I am going to entertain my family and friends with:

YUAN XIAO JIE MENU

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STARTER

Or Luak (Teochew-style Oyster Egg Omelet)

APPETIZER

Moo Shu Vegetable with Pancake

ENTREE

Fried Garlic Shrimp

Fried Ham & Chicken Rolls

Singapore Mei Fun

Stir-fry Assorted Vegetables with Mushrooms

DESSERTS

Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Red Bean Paste

Fried Nian Gao (Fried Chinese New Year Cake)

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