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Furikake Rice Cakes

Furikake Rice Cakes

These are so fun to eat as a midday snack! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, a little sweet from the mirin, and tons of umami. Serves 2 as a main or 3-4 as a fun appetizer/side. Ingredients: 1 tbsp neutral cooking oil Read More

Pork Chop Rice (Pai Gu Fan)

Pork Chop Rice (Pai Gu Fan)

Growing up, the other kids my age on the street were Taiwanese. After school, their moms would bring us bian dangs (lunch/bento boxes) that they’d pick up from neighborhood Taiwanese cafes. Pai Gu Fan was always one of them. Thinking about those boxes makes me Read More

Pork + shrimp wontons

Pork + shrimp wontons

We’re a biiiig wonton fam. We love them because they’re a great ~family bonding~ activity and also super versatile – have them in soup, dressed up with dipping sauce, or even fried (I haven’t tried this myself but my friends I’ve gifted wontons to have). Read More

Spicy Glass Noodles with Pork (Ants Climbing a Tree)

Spicy Glass Noodles with Pork (Ants Climbing a Tree)

Spicy glass noodles with pork is more traditionally known as “ants climbing a tree” (ma yi shang shu – 蚂蚁上树); this spicy Sichuan noodle dish is so aptly named because the minced pork cling to the mung bean vermicelli, resembling ants climbing on a tree. Read More

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

This mapo tofu is a riff on the way that my dad would make it. More traditional recipes will use Pixian doubanjiang or even fermented black beans, but we didn’t usually have those ingredients in our pantry. For this dish, I used Lee Kum Kee’s Read More

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Everybody was kung pao fighting.. ok, I’ll stop. My sister and I debated over how much vinegar was the right amount. I felt like 1 tbsp was a little too vinegar-y, she thought it was perfect and has requested that I *only* make it for Read More