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Homemade breakfast options – hard choice to choose from American or Asian style?



Dai Bee made a special request for these scrumptious soft pretzels. Compared to the last batch I made, he suggested I add garlic salt this time. IMG_2156

Such a great feeling to see the dough rise! After rolling them in long ropes, twist them and dip them in water bath with baking soda and you’re good to go. Boys love them, and they’re as much fun to make as they are to eat!

Have you ordered a banh mi and wished you had more of this and less of that? Well, you won’t have this problem if you make it at home! I grilled some spicy pork (using spicy Korean marinade) and made some picked carrots (for the first time). IMG_2118Kinda weird we have a lunch item for dinner, huh? Yeah kinda…all because I had to run out for a basketball meeting, anything quick and easy…IMG_2126

Enjoying a chilled Sunday, prepping for lunches this week. Even got a chance to sneak away for a long overdue facial appointment. Thanks for instant pot again for making this pork bone broth. When I came home, spent about 10 minutes to assemble everything together. Dinner is ready…IMG_2091

How about some soft pretzels for breakfast this morning? 3choices: sesame, salted and cheese.

Yesterday was the 15th day of the CNY celebration, or known as lantern festival (元宵). Tangyuan is a traditional dessert people eat as it symbolizes family togetherness. They come with various stuffings, but I made the two that are more popular (peanut coconut and black sesame):

IMG_1933Of course, it’s cuter if they come in the shape of the dog (since this is year of the dog)! I made two different characters to differentiate the fillings.IMG_E1896


Here are the ones I made for the year of the rooster.

My first attempt to make sesame honey beef, but didn’t turn out the way I was hoping for. Will try to get it right the next time…Of course the boys’ eyes lit up when they saw their favorite egg bean curd (玉子豆腐). IMG_1875

Big feast with ma familia today celebrating Year of the Dog. I spent all day today in the kitchen cooking, dicing, plating. I started out with easy pace in the morning and then got nervous when I realized I have a whole bunch of stuff to do!


I made 8 dishes and my sisters made soup, brought fried rice, salt and pepper fish and duck.

We started Prosperity Toss (撈起- or Lo Hey) tradition last year. Since this is the year of the dog, I made the dog design with spiralized zucchini, Japanese daikon, carrots with wood ear (dog’s ears), red bell peppers, smoked salmon and fried wonton skins.


Today is also the day we pass out red envelopes to the kids.

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

After a long road trip, this is the best way to detox. Plus, I normally get lazy after traveling. This will have to do for tonight.IMG_1805