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Our meatless Monday night – vegetarian dumplings (with tofu, chives, corn, carrots, wood ear as stuffings). The boys helped me wrap them last night which made this a quick and easy meal.

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With the help of instant pot, made this scrumptious chicken soup. I added snow fungus (雪耳) and red dates to add a bit of flavor. This will be the soup for the entire week. IMG_0776

Another day in the kitchen today, making a few dishes – this time for my side of the family.  As usual, we had a potluck, and everyone brought some delicious homemade food. This will probably the last time we’re ordering the turkey from KFC, folks are not too thrill about it. Anyway, here’s to another year of good health and great food!IMG_3436

For my inlaws, we had a small party, but so much food. Good thing we didn’t have turkey. Only one of Mr. Piggy’s cousin (who happens to be a vegetarian) came along with my inlaws. She brought her vegetarian (traditional) dishes and I made mine. We originally agreed just to make a little bit of everything, but got carried away. Glad everyone enjoyed the food. Tomorrow is another feast…IMG_0464IMG_20171123_180441

Time to replenish the Korean spicy anchovies – always good for porridge, noodles or just eat it by itself…Caution: need self control as these are very addictive.IMG_0323

On a cold wet night like this, nothing beats a warm bowl of Japanese ramen. Using the sous vide to cook the pork belly last night so tonight’s meal is more just putting stuff together (soft boiled eggs were soaked in the marinade last night). Wednesdays are normally quite hectic because of Ah Lo’s basketball practice. Hence, Wednesday meals are often plan ahead.

 

Note to self: Should have pork belly in sous vide for longer period of time (perhaps 6-8 hours) to get it more tenderized.

The Japanese ramen broth takes a long time to make and perfect. So on a weeknight, this will have to do:

  1. on a deep wok, heat up 2 teapoons of oil, add 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic, ginger, green scallions (stir for about 1-2 minutes) – optional chili paste
  2. add 2-3 cups of beef broth and 2-3 cups of chicken broth (mine were homemade)
  3. bring to boil, and add 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  4. I cooked the ramen in the soup so it came out very flavorful
  5. Assemble

In case you’re curious, this is the brand I used for my ramen:

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Our homemade Halloween costume this year! Simple, but fun…WE did get a lot of attention while T-o-Ting. IMG_0265Like previous years, we went to my sister’s neighborhood to do trick or treating. Surprised my boys are still up for it. Here’s their loot!IMG_0278

Made lunch and dinner at home today. It was such a beautiful day, we walked to our neighbor grocery store to pick up a few items. Instead of going out for lunch, we made burgers at home. I love that I get to add on whatever I’d like without the “extra charge.”

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For dinner, I made Vietnamese beef stew (Bò Kho) with the instant pot. Instant pot is definitely a huge time saver on this meal. Earlier the day, I marinated the beef brisket. It took about an hour to get the tendons and beef tenderized: manual high pressure for 50 minutes and add the carrots for 7 minutes on high pressure. The aroma from the fragrant broth was absolutely amazing.  Glad I made a big pot, so we can have it lunch tomorrow!IMG_0224

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

Got a whole bunch of apples from Mr. Piggy’s auntie’s backyard. I shared some with my sisters and kept some for myself. Should have made apple pie with these, but decided to make soup with them instead. Using some pork bones, carrots, sweet and bitter apricot kernels (南北), this apple soup is good for soothing lungs, especially great to drink during this hot and humid weather.

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