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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roasted Vegetable Burrata Toast

Roasted Vegetable Burrata Toast

While avocados can be hard to find during the colder months, the farmer’s market is filled with other things I love: butternut squash, spaghetti squash, delicata squash… see a trend here? Roasting a batch of squashes, zucchini, carrots, and broccolini is one of my favorite […]