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

Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef

I’ve recently started to crave Chinese takeout eats: sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, Kung Pao chicken, you get it. I know, what a strange craving! This version of Mongolian beef is less sweet than what you might find at an Americanized Chinese spot (i.e. PF Chang’s, Read More

Hot + Sour Soup

Hot + Sour Soup

It’s currently freezing in the Bay (read: sub 50 degrees), which means this weather screams hot and sour soup. Recipe below – it looks long but you can use what you have on hand! No bamboo shoots? Oh well. Vegetarian? Skip the pork. You get Read More