Chinese New Year Dinner 2017, Year of the Rooster

"Kung Hay Fat Choy"! (Happy Chinese New Year) Today is Chinese New Year.  Almost every year we have family dinner in a restaurant.  In my previous posts on the same subject, I had already introduced to you the dishes that had lucky meanings and special presentations.  This year, we had ordered four different dishes that... Continue Reading →

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Fish Maw -A Delicious and Nutritious Dish,

Dear Readers: I have been very behind in blogging,  but I had worked hard these few days, in order to prepare for this delicious and nutritious dish.  It is my pleasure today to introduce to you a special ingredient:  fish maw.  So, what is fish maw? Fish maw is one of the precious traditional Chinese ingredients which are... Continue Reading →

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Weekly Photo Challenge- Dialogue

I should have posted this to my food blog which I have lagged behind for a while. A fellow blogger friend not only loves Chinese food, but studies Chinese words. This is for you, John.

My Notebook

 In response to Frederic Bivers Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue, this is my entry.

imageDelightful desserts round in shape.

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Sybaritica's post has sparked my interest to post these two dishes which I made  with dried scallops.  The main feature of these two dishes is to present the scallops in a "classy" way.  The same principle applies:  steam the dried scallops till they become wet and soft.  Do not mix them up but leave them as... Continue Reading →

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Chinese New Year Banquet – Year of the Horse, 2014 – Restaurant Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq3rTAXiNUQ Dear Readers and my Blogger friends: I wish you all a wonderful Year of the Horse!  As in the previous year, I have chosen the same restaurant to hold our Chinese New Year Celebration for our big family.  Three tables were ordered and everyone was very happy and satisfied.  The restaurant is: Mayflower Restaurant,... Continue Reading →

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Roast Pork: Two Homemade Recipes

My friend JL 's  Roast Pork Recipe: Ingredients: 3 lbs  ( 五花腩)pork ; fattest  portion. Use 四季雞粉 (1 bag) -- A special chicken broth  mixture or powder. Cooking directions Rub the powder to the meat only. Cover with foil except the skin. Put into refrigerator for 3 days Put into the oven, 450 F for half... Continue Reading →

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Hillbilly Tea at Louisville, Kentucky — What a Pleasant Surprise!

Hello, dear readers: First of all, I  must apologize for not posting on this blog for more than 2 months.   The reason was that I had been busy publishing my e-books.  I have altogether published three.  Please refer to my travel blog My Notebook and my 3 little e-books posted on Speaker Deck.  To add to all... Continue Reading →

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Family Dinner in our Family Restaurant – Crab and Lobster Noodles and more…

Our cousin who came to visit from Australia, enjoyed very much the Chinese food here, particularly in a family restaurant which we called our family cafeteria!  It is not high-end like the other one that I recommended to many of you.  The presentation is alright ...like 2 stars.  However, the taste is 4 stars.  I... Continue Reading →

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What did we eat in Yunnan? — My Yunnan Trip #7

I just returned from a 9 days' trip to Yunnan, China.  The trip was great, but not the food!  In fact, none of my previous China trips had food that satisfied me.  For some of my readers who don't know,  I grew up in Hong Kong which has the best Chinese food.  Cantonese food is... Continue Reading →

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Argentine cuisine – trout, beef, pasta, empanada, sweet snacks and chocolates…

In this South America trip, we were in Argentina for about 8 to 9 days.  Therefore I can say that we did tried quite a bit of everything in terms of Argentine food.  The food was good, but again, I did not notice a lot of traditional Argentine cuisine.  I was most impressed by the... Continue Reading →

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My South America Trip #20 – Lamb and Wine in Chile

In my last post My South America Trip #19, I mentioned the blog written by a North American anthropologist Jim Stuart living in Chile.  The blog Eating Chilean had its last post written in May, 2012.  I found it very interesting.  If you are going to Chile by yourself and you have time to go around to look... Continue Reading →

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My South America Trip #16 –What did we eat in Brazil, Argentina and Chile?

I have written more than 15 posts about my recent trip to South America on my other blog My Notebook.  If you are interested in nature and sceneries, please do not miss my 15 posts on this trip.  Today I am turning to my food blog to share with you an interesting subject:  What we ate... Continue Reading →

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Chinese New Year Banquet

Happy Year of the Snake! I wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a wonderful year of the Snake! I know some of you are really interested in Chinese (Cantonese) cuisine, particularly for those of you are living in an area where not too much Chinese food is offered.  Well, I am lucky to be... Continue Reading →

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My South America Trip #17 – Brazilian Food and Beverages – Caipirinha, Charrascaria, Brazilian Coffee and Coconut Water

Brazil In Brazil, I learned about a new drink called Caipirinha.  It is alcoholic but made from sugar cane! Here's the description: Caipirinha Caipirinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [kajpiˈɾĩɲɐ]) is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça (pronounced: [kaˈʃasɐ]) (sugar cane rum), sugar and lime.[1] Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga orCaninha). Both rum and cachaça are made from sugar cane-derived products. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the... Continue Reading →

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My South America Trip #16 –What did we eat in Brazil, Argentina and Chile?

I have written more than 15 posts about my recent trip to South America on my other blog My Notebook.  If you are interested in nature and sceneries, please do not miss my 15 posts on this trip.  Today I am turning to my food blog to share with you an interesting subject:  What we ate... Continue Reading →

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Easy Abalone Recipe – Braised Abalone in Original Sauce

I would like to apologize to my readers that I have neglected this foodblog for a while, primarily because I was on vacation to South America, and have been engaged in posting all my travel photos on my other blog My Notebook. Although the work has not been completed yet, I need to write this post... Continue Reading →

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Macarons and Desserts in Bottega Louie, Los Angeles Downtown

This is a conference week. We are now in Los Angeles downtown. After dinner we passed by the Bottega Louie restaurant with a gourmet market, where some French bakery and desserts looked very interesting. We were all attracted by their colorful look. I bought three beignets , one plain, one chocolate and one raspberry, and ate... Continue Reading →

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Weekly travel theme: display – Love these shoes! Would love to eat them!

This is an entry in response to the weekly travel theme from a fellow blogger Ailsa's Weekly Travel Theme: Display. i  believe you all like the shoes which are displayed in this picture. the shoes are exquisite, pretty and stylish. But you can't wear them. Yet you can eat them....because they are all chocolates! The... Continue Reading →

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Chinese Banquet Menu

  These nine dishes are currently on the menu of a Chinese Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco Bay Area.  I had previously posted them one by one with some descriptions,.  I am re-posting these pictures today, just to test out how the new tiled galleries help to enhance the presentation. As I mentioned in the... Continue Reading →

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Besides Turkish Coffee and Greek Desserts….

A while ago, family and friends took a trip to Turkey and Greece. Some of the photos are posted in another Blog. Today, I would like to share with your some of the dishes that we had during the trip. The key ingredients used in Turkish cuisine are: lamb, beef, fish, vegetables like eggplants, beans,... Continue Reading →

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Family dinner with style – made by my sister Sil

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my sister Sil is a great cook.  She loves cooking and entertaining.  I benefit a lot from her!  Our brother and sister-in-law came from Australia to visit us.  There were lots of eating in restaurants.  This was the only family dinner that they had, and who made this... Continue Reading →

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Scott’s Seafood Reataurant in Jack London Square – Great for Celebrating Special Occasion

It was my best friend's birthday.  We had dinners in many different restaurants before, including the famous restaurant in Berkeley.  We also celebrated our birthdays or special occasions in this restaurant a few times.  But nothing could be better than the experience that we had last weekend.  When I reserved the table via Open Table,... Continue Reading →

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Royal Peking Duck

When I was touring Beijing, China, of course I could not miss the famous Royal Peking Duck. Surprisingly, you can find a similar Peking Duck menu in many Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco. The one that we had last night was wonderful! It was served among a banquet menu in a high-end Chinese seafood restaurant.... Continue Reading →

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Par-boiled Giant Surf Clams

This clam dish is on the summer menu of a famed seafood restaurant. Each patron is presented with an individual clam decorated with ginger and green onion, with soya sauce and oil. It looks and tastes very good! Try it when you come across a good Chinese seafood restaurant.

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My Favorite Bitter Melon Recipe — Bitter Melon stuffed with Ground Pork, Garlic and Bean Sauce

Bitter Melon stuffed with Ground Pork I had published two bitter melon recipes.  This is the third one and my favorite.  In fact, I did not learn this recipe from my mother, but from a lady who was buying pork in a Chinese grocery market. I just bought some bitter melons, and was waiting to... Continue Reading →

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Durian Flaky Pastry, a Cantonese “dim sum”

This durian flaky pastry is a dessert I found in a new Cantonese "dim sum" restaurant yesterday. I never saw this before. I tried it, and wow! It was sooo tasty that I had to finish the whole piece instead of sharing with others. As durian is a fruit with a strong and special smell... Continue Reading →

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Steamed “Swimming” Shrimps

Steamed "Swimming" Shrimps Your immediate reaction is :  Do you mean fresh shrimps?  Fresh from the freezer?  Of course not, my dear friends.  I mean the shrimps that are still "swimming" in the fish tank in some Chinese grocery markets.   It is not always available.  Just last week, I happened to find these "swimming"... Continue Reading →

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Ladies and Gentlemen: Do you know how to eat Mango like a Lady or Gentleman?

Summer is here.    Great!   It is Mango's season again!  Yum, yum! My next post is about a mango recipe that I "invented".  Stay tuned to view that one. Before I post that "new invention", I want to guess how many of you know how to eat a mango?  It is not surprising that... Continue Reading →

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Longevity Peach Buns

The banquet will not be complete without desserts.  This banquet menu actually includes three desserts but I only feature this very special one here--"longevity peach buns".  Inside the buns are lotus paste.  The buns are in the shape of a peach, which represents longevity.   Usually, if requested, bigger restaurants will provide this special desserts... Continue Reading →

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Butterfly Shrimps with Broccoli

The presentation of this dish is very beautiful, and the shrimps are also excellent in taste.  The back of each shrimp is cut open so that when it is fried, it will curl up like a butterfly.  That is why it is called "butterfly shrimp".   This is the last main dish that I would... Continue Reading →

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Double-Boiled Whole Winter Melon Soup

This soup is a very famous Cantonese cuisine.  The inside of a winter melon is scooped empty to make an urn.  The inside is then filled with soup ingredients, such as herbs, ham, mushrooms, chicken, scallop etc.  The whole urn is double steamed for at least four hours and brought out to the dining table.... Continue Reading →

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Baked Lobster with Ginger and Green Onion

I recently attended a banquet in a Chinese Seafood Restaurant.  The dishes were just delicious.  While I don't know how to prepare them, I would like to share with you how they look like so that the next time you go to a good Chinese Restaurant, you can order them and try them out.  As... Continue Reading →

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Steamed Whole Fish (Fresh Cod)

Fresh fish here means "fresh from the tank".  You can find fresh fish swimming in the tank in some seafood restaurants. It is important that it is served "whole" with head and tail, to represent the meaning of "beginning and end".  Only real "fresh" fish tastes good when steamed, and it is very expensive in... Continue Reading →

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Spare Ribs and Baked Chicken

Spare Ribs and Baked Chicken My sister Sil is a talented cake decorator and wonderful cook.  She is also a caring person with an extremely good heart.  She always holds parties for family and friends.  I am the one who benefits from her gourmet cooking every week.  I have reserved a page in my food... Continue Reading →

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Shrimps boiled in 7-up

7-up shrimp sauce  I heard about this recipe recently from my sister's friend, and did some modifications myself.  The result was fantastic!  We used to boil shrimp (with shells on) in boiling water and then use soya sauce and/or hot sauce to eat with the shrimp.  With this 7-up recipe, there is no need to... Continue Reading →

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction – Good Food — My Notebook

Good friends, good company, good food! Very satisfied dining with family and friends and, trying out different international cuisines: Cantonese, Mediterranean, Indian, French, Malaysian… via Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction – Good Food — My Notebook

I just published my first cookbook! a real book!

For my friends in the foodblog community!

My Notebook

Dear fellow bloggers and friends,
As many of you know, I am a very curious person,  and cannot stop learning.  I just found out a book making site :  www.Blurb.com, when I was reading another blogger friend ‘s post and her publications.  I cannot wait but to embark on a new project immediately.    As a result of “hard work” these two days during the holiday, I made it!  Here’s my book at the Blurb bookstore.  Although I am placing it for sale on Blurb.com, I do not even know how it works!  Most of all,  money is not what I am pursuing.   I am working on an ebook version but due to some errors it has not been generated yet.  I will be sharing the ebook with all of you free!
All these recipes are actually posted in my foodblog:

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