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Since our meatless Monday meal police is not around, I was thinking of skipping it a week. Glad I didn’t. These are exactly what I was craving for tonight.IMG_7553.jpg

Just following the Chinese New year tradition – eat eat and eat some more. Here are some homemade CNY snacks/dessert in the last couple of days: 1) coconut glutinous rice cakes (年糕) 2) tea eggs (茶葉蛋) and 3) osmanthus cake (桂花糕).  img_5801img_5804img_5789img_5791

These are marbled tea eggs (茶葉蛋) are one of the more popular dishes on the table during Chinese New Year, but can be consumed all year long! The eggs symbolize prosperity and wealth. Sometimes when I crave for it, I  would buy them as snacks. This year, I found simple recipes online and made a few as one of our dishes for meatless Monday meal.

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Here’s the CNY version of meatless Monday meal.IMG_5812.jpg

Recipe for tea eggs:

  1. boil 6 eggs
  2. in a pot fill up:
    • 2-3 cups of water
    • 2 star anise
    • 1 stick of cinnamon
    • 2 bags of black tea, any kind you like. Pu-erh is traditionally used.
    • Soy Sauce, about ½ cup
    • 1 teaspoon of pepper corns
    • 1 small rock sugar
    • dried orange or mandarin peel (optional)
  3. gently crack the hard boiled eggs
  4. put cracked eggs in the pot and bring everything to a boil. Close lid, simmer for 40-50 minutes.

Started this Chinese herbal dessert for health purposes. 桑寄生 (SANG JI SHENG), also known as mulberry mistletoe stems, has many health benefits. I won’t too much into it because there are many websites who talk about this herb.

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I’ve made it into dessert (because this herb is naturally bitter). Here’s the recipe:

  1. steam 2-3 eggs (hard boiled)
  2. pre-soak lotus seed and remove the stems inside once they are soft
  3. bring a small pot of water to a boil, place a handful of the sang ji sheng herb and use hot water to “wash off” the dirt (for one minute or so). Remove and rinse thoroughly.
  4. boil 5-6 cups of water, and place 10-12 pitted red dates, pre-soaked lotus seeds, sang ji sheng (place them in a soup bag) and everything goes in to cook 5 minutes on high heat and 30 minutes in low heat
  5.  remove shells from eggs. use fork to poke eggs. add 2-3 thumb sized rock sugar and continue to boil in low heat for 10-15 minutes

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Our meatless Monday meal – going for vegetarian kimchi fried rice. Didn’t think the boys would like it, worried it might be too spicy. They went for seconds! Meatless meals are such a hit Dai Bee is now request that we have it two days in a week.

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My favorite breakfast! Sometimes I wonder if the boys know how lucky they are…

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Cheers to meatless Mondays – steamed eggs, garlic chayote and gai lan (chinese broccoli) over oyster sauce.

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