Poached Prawns in Clear Stock

I had a hard time trying to come up with an English name for this dish with the correct interpretation, as from literal translation, it is Salted Water Prawns (盐水虾). This is one of the most common dishes you will find in any local restaurants in Shanghai, as well as in the surrounding Jiang Nan […]

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Crispy Chicken Karaage

As a cardiologist, my mom has always been extra conscious of what we eat at home, deep fried food was never on her menu. But on the opposite, my dad has his passion for all things fried, and would alway order his own KFC on the side. After 10 weeks of lockdown and cooking from […]

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Pho the Real Boss

Gave it a fun name, because this recipe actually came from my boss. Every time we are in LA for regular meetings or reporting, he would make Pho for us over one of the weekends. Pho is regarded as the national dish of Vietnam with many different recipes, yet if you don’t know, California has […]

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Shanghainese Savory Turnip Pancakes

I’ve always preferred savory to sweet when it comes to snacks, and Fried Turnip Pie (油墩子) is a traditional street-food in Shanghai that reminds me of many childhood memories when I lived there. If you’ve been to Wu Kang Road in the Former French Concession (法租界), that’s where me and my friends used to hang […]

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Three-cup Chicken in Claypot

  A well-known and tasty chicken dish that you’ll find in most of the Taiwanese restaurants. I like to use a Japanese Style Moroccan Tajine / Claypot for most of my one-pot dishes, the cone-shaped lid accumulates steam and accelerates cooking time; the claypots or ceramic pots would also add an earthy aroma to your […]

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Shanghainese Scallion Oil Noodles

A super humble, yummy, traditional, minimalist dish that is commonly served as breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Shanghai. Ingredients: scallions (Spring Onions) cut them into finger length Seasoning Measures: 1-2 tbsp Cooking Oil 1 tbsp Dark Soya Sauce 2 tbsp Light Soya Sauce 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce 1 tbsp Brown Sugar Adjust to your liking […]

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Hainanese Bites Not From Hainan.

I never had a clear definition of what Hainanese food is categorized as until having spent a few years in South East Asia. The typical Hainanese food offered here are totally different from what are available in the physical Hainan island in the south of China, I guess it comes down to how Hainanese people […]

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