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Stir-fried Rice Cakes (炒年糕)

Stir-fried Rice Cakes (炒年糕)

As a kid, whenever we went to a Chinese restaurant, especially a Shanghainese restaurant, we would always order stir-fried rices cakes (炒年糕) of some sort — sometimes with cabbage and other times with shepherd’s purse. Since being in New York, I haven’t found a restaurant […]

Sticky Rice Shu Mai

Sticky Rice Shu Mai

Unlike the HK-style shu mai you see at dim sum and yum cha that’s filled with meat and shrimp, Shanghai-style shu mai is stuffed with sticky rice mixed with ground pork, shiitake mushrooms, and dried mushrooms. However, more often than not, I never make it […]

Braised Pork with Rice, Lu Rou Fan (滷肉饭)

Braised Pork with Rice, Lu Rou Fan (滷肉饭)

I’ve recently started to crave braised pork with rice, lu rou fan (滷肉饭) often. Even though I didn’t grow up eating this dish at home, it still tastes homey. I, in particular, find myself craving this when hungover — file under: weird hangover cravings. While […]

Ratatouille Galette

Ratatouille Galette

The reason I love galettes is the same reason why I generally prefer cooking over baking: precision. Unlike cakes and cookies, the beauty of a galette is in the imperfection. A simple, flaky dough, wrapped around whatever you want your filling to be. In the […]

Pork Wontons

Pork Wontons

We were a wonton family – we never really made potstickers or jiao zi but wontons, wontons we always had in the freezer. What’s the nuance? If dumplings are the broader category for dough that is wrapped around a filling in a pocket-like form, then […]

Chinese Chive Pancakes

Chinese Chive Pancakes

Growing up, my mom would always make these pancakes when Chinese chives were in season, which they are right now. So when I was walking around Chinatown and saw them at the market, I found myself craving the pancakes she makes. Since I now live […]