Pork Shoulder and King Oyster Mushroom Stir-Fry

Have you ever eaten something that made you question why you don’teat that exact same thing everyday?  A food that is so tasty, so layered in flavor, succulent, juicy, salty and just a little sweet that you want to eat it again and again?  Something in which there are no more leftovers.  You might even…

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Kung Pao Chicken Wings

  I like Kung Pao Chicken and I like chicken wings but I absolutely love these Kung Pao Chicken Wings.  Why?  Well, for one thing they are delicious.  Tender on the inside and coated in a mouthwatering salty, sweet and spicy sauce.  They don’t take much prep or an extensive amount of time to throw…

Shanghai Noodles

  China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want…

Uyghur Spiced Lamb Parcels

              Some of the best food in China can be found in Xinjiang province, located in Western China and typically halal and more reminiscent of middle Eastern cuisine than of anything you would recognize from your local takeaway.  Popular dishes of this region are spiced barbequed lamb, hand pulled…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

      Before I had my beautiful daughter, life was carefree!  Sure, I’ll have another beer.  Why not stay out late on a Saturday night?  Hey, let’s go away for the weekend!  I had so many opportunities to spend my extra money and extra time.  Especially when I became sick.  If I felt ill,…

Pork and Pickled Daikon Stir-fry

When it comes to pickled vegetables, nobody does it better than Asian grandmothers.  They’ve spent years and years stuffing crates of it for their family whilst simultaneously slapping hands away and telling people, ‘You’re doing it wrong.  Go sit down.’  If you ever have the opportunity to avail yourself of an older Asian woman who…

Homemade Chinese Chile Oil

  In my humble and spice obsessed opinion, Chinese chile oil is a must have for anything noodle related in China.  Mixed with black vinegar, it is a great dipping sauce for a big plate of steamed dumplings.  A spoonful of it gives sesame noodles a little ‘something-something’ and no big beautiful bowl of NiuRou…

Pork and Celery Stir Fry

  For over a decade, I taught preschool all around the world.  Which means that I have seen kids’ lunches from Seoul to Seattle.  Not only that but I’ve experienced the universal struggle of getting children to sit at a table and eat food.   Whether each meal is delightful or dreadful really depends on what’s…

Amazing Dumplings!!

    Without dumplings, is it really Chinese New Year?  Could it be celebrated without an onslaught of fireworks, red envelopes filled with cash and a big steaming plate of dumplings?  No…它不能!!!!   So, after 5 years or so of living in China, I finally asked a friend’s mother to come and teach me how…