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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]