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 →

Fried Salmon Head and Collar

This post is in response to fellow blogger Sybaritica's Notable Nosh: Grilled Salmon Collar. When I saw his post, I said, there aren't lots of meat there.  But he said "There’s actually quite a bit of meat in the head (a large one anyway".   I can understand this now, because my sister just cooked a... Continue Reading →

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 →

My South America Trip #18 – Chilean Cuisine: “Ode to Caldillo De Congrio ” by Pablo Neruda

"Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the combination of Spanish cuisine with traditional Chilean ingredients, with later influences from other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy,France and the Middle East. The food tradition and recipes in Chile stand out due to the varieties in flavors and colors. The country's long coastline and the Chilean people's relationship with the sea adds an immense array of ocean products to the variety of... Continue Reading →

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 →

Mushrooms with Garlic and Oyster Sauce (My Recipe: My Best Dish)

Yesterday it was Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Although we often eat out when we celebrate, we usually stay home and cook on Thanksgiving. This year, as always, my sister cooked, for about 30 people. She cooked a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. Although this is not a potluck party, I feel that I should contribute... Continue Reading →

Ahi Tuna Sandwich – Nordstrom Cafe

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I am a regular at the Nordstrom Cafe. This week, there is a special that I really like. I think it is one of the best specials in this cafe. Here are the ingredients on the menu: Ahi tuna Roma tomatoes Wasabi aioli Ginger sesame slaw Brioche roll... Continue Reading →

Fresh Fish Congee with Dried Scallop — an experimental cooking method…

From Post a Day to Post a Week, and From My Notebook to Food for Thought I have been neglecting my foodblog for a while, because I posted primarily on another blog My Notebook in the past month, usually in response to the weekly photo challenge. I was also trying to post a day, but could... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

French Press or Pour-Over? Ethiopian Fancy or Ethiopian Supernatural? Is Coffee tasting fun?

Many people like wine-tasting.  Have you ever attended coffee tasting?  Tonight, it was my first time, tasting coffee at Peet's Coffee and Tea in the East Bay. When my friend and I went to Peet's after dinner in a restaurant nearby, we only wanted to get a cup of good coffee, from its single cup... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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.

Braised Pork and Taro with “Chu Hou” Paste

Braised Pork and Taro with "Chu Hou" Paste This is a very popular dish among family and friends.  I love  to eat taro but dislike the process of cutting its rugged and hairy skin.  Also when peeled, the taro's surface has become very slimy.  Like many people, I am allergic to the slimy surface. In... Continue Reading →

This picture is a summary of my four posts of bitter melon. It also marks a milestone of my Blogging history. I am using the new WordPress app on my iPad for the second time to test out its effectiveness. I started to blog 3 months ago; created five active blogs..kind of, and a few... Continue Reading →

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 →

Bitter Melon with Spare Ribs and Garlic and Bean Sauce

Bitter Melon with Spare Ribs and Garlic and Bean Sauce In one of my previous posts, I had posted how to cut and prepare bitter melon.  As many of you have not read that post, I am repeating some of the instructions there to help those of you who are not familiar with cooking bitter... Continue Reading →

Steamed Sea Bass

Q & A 1.   Q: Steamed fish? Hey, it is the easiest. No skills are needed. A: Many people do not even know that you need to employ some strategies in order to make a tasty dish of steamed fish. 2.  Q: Steaming is steaming...what kind of strategies do you mean? A: Well, it is... Continue Reading →

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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