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This is my favorite homemade fried rice. You can’t find it anywhere out there. This is the kind of fried rice when I first learned to cook – my Go-To meal during college. It’s simple with cabbage, chinese sausage and eggs).

Tonight when the boys were having dinner at “out-laws,” I got to enjoy this. Sure brought back memories!IMG_1808

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Having Cantonese style stir fry sticky rice for dinner tonight. It’s not the healthiest meal, so I don’t make it often, plus it’s takes a lot of patience. However, it is very good, with the Chinese sausage, mushrooms, dried shrimps, scrambled eggs, and some green onions, the boys can easily chow down two big bowls. I normally “raw fry” the rice while adding water until cooked. It requires constant stir frying of the rice which makes the rice chewy. You can cheat and make the rice in rice cooker, but it doesn’t taste the same. Seriously, this is the best way and only way to have stir fry sticky rice. I don’t have any recipe for it. This meal does take some experience as it is instinct-heavy cooking. A touch more, a touch less of water can make a huge difference.  Then again, this flavorful dish is worth the effort.IMG_0345

Tonight, Mr. Piggy had to remind me (again) the boys can fix their lunches themselves. I hesitated, but bit my tongue. In the background, I heard one diced (celery) and one started stir frying the minced turkey meat. Then one got the leftover rice ready, while the other took out the condiments. 10 minutes or so, their lunches were ready. They both did a taste test and both approved. That’s all it took. Just a reminder.IMG_0300

You can pretty much find Yangzhou fried rice in every Chinese restaurant, and the cheapest rice plate on the menu. We normally don’t order it because I’d always thought it’s so easy to make at home. Strangely, I never made it…until a recent graving, which was tonight.

A couple of years ago, I had the best(est) Yangzhou fried rice in Hong Kong (西貢). That restaurant raved about their Michelin star rated Yangzhou fried rice. The waiter promised us we won’t be able to eat it anywhere else. He was absolutely right! Everything about that fried rice (at that restaurant) was so perfect, even ’til this day, I remembered it. Unfortunately, that one dish was shared by many, so I only had a two spoonfuls. I should have ordered more, but decided to try something else. Bad idea! Their rice left a huge impression on my palette and I don’t see Yangzhou fried rice the same anymore. I never ordered it ever since because I was afraid it might ruin it for me.

I wasn’t going to replicate it tonight because I can’t.  I just wanted to eat it and so I made it to satisfy my craving. IMG_0145

Meatless Monday is serving garlic chayotes, oyster mushrooms and chestnuts over a head of lettuce, and finally, stir fry enoki mushrooms, wood ear, with bean curd skin. Luckily, I always have the last couple of items at home which is a great help on meatless Mondays!IMG_9756With three dishes and a pot of soup, we still don’t have much leftovers for the boys to pack lunch the next day. They are making their own lunch after dinner (for those days we don’t have leftovers). The thought of me making cute little bento boxes for them not too long ago, shows that times have changed for sure. IMG_9761Untitled.png

One of the summer goals is to teach the boys to cook a full meal on their own. Dai Bee is making fried rice with chinese sausage and scrambled eggs. Though he still prefers I watch him through the whole process, I really don’t need to.FullSizeRender 12

This is the end result. First cooked meal by Dai Bee. Hpe there’s many more to come. It needs some work but not too bad for the first time.

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Been craving for a good bowl of fried rice lately. So decided to make some today for the meatless Monday meal! Used some red bell pepper, string beans, marinate tofu and eggs for this easy peasy meal.img_6071

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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With kids out of the house (staying with my sister), Mr. Piggy could have gone out for nice quiet dinner. However, knowing this is a big weekend (Mother’s Day weekend), it will be hard to find decent restaurants at such a late time. In addition, we are limited to vegetarian only since I’m on a veggie diet today. With leftovers here and there, I managed to whip up a salad for myself and egg white dried scallop fried rice (瑤柱蛋白炒飯) for Mr. Piggy. I was actually happy with my salad because it was exactly what I wanted to eat. After dinner, we watched a couple of old Chinese movies. Couldn’t ask for a better date night.

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Meatless stir fried rice today. A simple fried rice made with a medley of bean curd.  Should have made more. Nom nom.

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