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Enjoying our lovely flavorful meal tonight – steamed fresh fish, thai basil chicken and string beans with tofu. Making meals with so much flavor, I tend to make extra rice. Sure enough 2 big bowls of rice each!


Celebrating Mr. Piggy’s belated birthday today. His birthday was a few days ago but because of graduations left and right, we finally got a chance to celebrate his birthday today. We didn’t go out, just made some  homemade garlic noodles, vegetables and steamed a couple of crabs.IMG_7692

Even made a fruit tart as the dessert for the very first time.  Happy belated birthday Mr. Piggy, thanks for being so patient and waiting for your turn!IMG_7694

Mother’s Day without Dai Bee since he’s off to his school’s outdoor ed program to Yosemite. Made him lunch this morning and dropped him off. Missed him already.IMG_7473-edited

We did something different for Mother’s Day this year. My sisters and I took my mom out for dinner Friday. On actual Mother’s Day today, we are also promoting health and wellness in our family as well as celebrating Mother’s day. After dropping off Dai Bee, we took a nice stroll with mom along ocean beach. The walk was about 1.5 miles from my mom’s house to one of my sisters, where we ended up with lunch (take out). The weather couldn’t have been better as it is always windy by the ocean. What a great way to enjoy mother’s day, staying healthy and avoiding the restaurant crowd at the same time!IMG_6743

As for our family, we just wanted to stay home and enjoy dinner comfortably. We bought some lobster tail from Costco ($20/lb=$40 for 6). Mr. Piggy offered to cook but he was afraid he’ll screw it up. So I ended up cooking for the night. It was easy to make and super delicious.  IMG_7539

Hope everyone enjoyed your mother’s day dinner as much as I did!IMG_7542

Made Tom Yum Goong noodle soup. For those who don’t know, this soup is hot, sour and spicy made with shrimp stock, one of the popular dish you’ll find in Thai menus. I’ve never made it before. Because my sister made it a few days ago, and had leftover ingredients (galangal, kaffir lime leaf), she gave them to me. I happen to have some lemongrass, so I tried making it today (following Pailin’s recipe), and added noodles to make it a full meal.

I can’t tell you if the ones I made are similar to the ones in the restaurants. I haven’t had tom yum goong in a long long time, so don’t remember the exact taste. This one I made had all the flavor I could remember. My critics ate it for the first time and gave it two thumbs up.


This is the Open-Year Dinner with my inlaws welcoming the Year of the Rooster! Same menu every year, and always a big feast. Sometimes I wish they are more open to try new dishes. Luckily my side is more receptive, giving me more areas to explore!


When I have a little bit more time on weekends, I tend to make my meals fancier. Tonight might be one of those nights.


This is what we’re having tonight – tomato soup over pastry, honey mustard salmon and roasted brussel sprouts. This will probably cost over $100 if the five of us were to order the same thing at a restaurant. Today, everything costs around $25. Looks like a lot of work, but really not. IMG_0992

In the past, I’ve tried making my own tomato soup. Now that took a lot of work. On weeknights, store bought tomato soup (from Trader Joe’s) will do the trick. We bought a bag of wild salmon from Costco. I used the honey mustard marinade and baked it for 400 degrees (right after the pastry soup was done). This took an hour or so before it was served on the table. I loved it how Ah Lo took his lovely time and enjoyed every bit of it!

Valentine’s Day Dinner @ home. Economical. Healthy. Delicious. Big Bonus – no reservations, no lines.


My family’s side to have the “Open Year Dinner” (開年飯) and we sure can feast!I made 6 dishes and my other sister made two. The others were store bought. The whole clan wiped out everything and of course the fried shrimp rolls were the first to go! If this doesn’t “open up the year,” I don’t know what does?

CNY food

Following the Christmas countdown, salmon has been requested for dinner today. And, salmon is what we are having for dinner. I made it using Damn Delicious’ recipe of the Sesame Ginger salmon.  It was not as flavorful as I liked (totally my fault) because I didn’t have enough time to marinade the salmon. I also didn’t use the siracha sauce as suggested in fear the boys might not be able to take the spice. But this sure is a nice change from “plain” salmon. This recipe is definitely a keeper.