Cheesy Tomato Bake

Cheesy Tomato Bake

Do you ever eat just half a baguette and wake up the next day to find that it’s gone stale and hard? No? Me neither. I too always eat the *entire* baguette as it would be sacrilegious not to. But, for your friends who have Read More

Scallion Oil (葱油)

Scallion Oil (葱油)

Fun fact: I don’t like scallions. But I love scallion pancakes. And as a kid, I loved scallion oil – emphasis on the oil, not the scallions. Every time my mom would make scallion oil, I would diligently pick out every single scallion before mixing Read More

Pumpkin Mochi Muffin

Pumpkin Mochi Muffin

I had a mochi muffin for the first time a few weeks ago and learned that they’re actually very similar to the nian gao dessert (sticky rice cake) that my mom would make. Given that it’s the season for all things ~pumpkin~ I decided to Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More