Chinese Noodles and Vegetables Stir-Fry

Chinese Noodles and Vegetables Stir-Fry

When I was 20 I spent my summer selling educational study guides door-to-door in Oregon. After a long day knocking on doors, when we weren’t too tired to go out, my roommate and I loved to go to the local Chinese restaurant. We ordered 1 portion of fried noodles...
Zongzi – Chinese Sticky Rice with Pork In Bamboo Leaves

Zongzi – Chinese Sticky Rice with Pork In Bamboo Leaves

When I lived in China, zongzi and jiaozi (New Year’s dumplings) were among our favorite foods. I wanted to make these zongzi again and today I am sharing my recipe. They are basically bamboo leaves stuffed with pork and sticky rice. A delicious comfort food! I...
Sticky Rice with Duck, Chicken and Shiitake Cooked In Lotus Leaves

Sticky Rice with Duck, Chicken and Shiitake Cooked In Lotus Leaves

Mom, why are there some lotus leaves in the bathtub? Mom, why is the rice sticky? 🙂 This is exactly the kind of dish that I loved to eat when I was living in China. Sticky rice (also called glutinous rice) is really delicious, and it’s a real treat. My kids also...
Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry Chinese Style

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry Chinese Style

This is a very quick and easy classical Chinese dish. It is quite versatile, so you could easily substitute beef for chicken, or carrot, spinach or red peppers for broccoli. Feel free to express your creativity. That’s what makes cooking fun! If you are having...
Sichuan Spicy Noodles

Sichuan Spicy Noodles

In China, small restaurants and little street shops offer noodle dishes, xiao chi 小吃 (litt. small eats). They are basically eaten as snacks throughout the day. But they can also be eaten for lunch or dinner, as part of a larger meal. This is a typical recipe of...
Chinese New Year’s Dumplings (Jiaozi)

Chinese New Year’s Dumplings (Jiaozi)

Chinese dumplings, called jiaozi, are a classic of Chinese Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. For this recipe I have made the traditional filling of pork, Chinese cabbage, and chives. But for the New Year, Chinese people often put gold leaf and candy (to have a...