Pork Ribs Tea - Bah Kut Teh (肉骨茶)

If you have traveled to Singapore or Malaysia, one famous Chinese soup you are bound to have heard of is Bah Kut Teh. This soup, which literally translates to “Meat Bone Tea (肉骨茶)” from the Teochew language, is a deeply flavorful pork ribs broth that contains no tea (despite the name). This pork ribs soup is intensely [Read More...]

West Lake Beef Soup - Gratifying and Flavorsome

Besides the Hot and Sour Soup, the West Lake Beef Soup (西湖牛肉羹) is probably the next most common soup found in Chinese restaurants in the US. Although the ingredients for this soup are simple, the West Lake Beef Soup is both gratifying and flavorsome – with a rich, mellow taste and a silky smooth mouth feel. The West Lake Beef Soup is a popular local dish of the mountainous ZheJiang (浙江) Chinese province, where the famous West Lake is located. One secret to making a soft, smooth West Lake Beef Soup is [Read More...]

Tofu Skin Water Chestnut Soup with Mushroom & Black Moss

I am heading down an experimental path with my cooking lately.  It started with the purple sweet potato I used to re-create a traditional rice dumpling (tang yuan) dessert in my last recipe.  This week, I am using an ingredient that I have never cooked with although it is familiar to me.  This ingredient is very well [Read More...]

Purple Sweet Potato Dumpling (Tang Yuan)

Sweet rice dumplings, or Tang Yuan, is a traditional Chinese sweet dessert that is similar to the Japanese mochi in appearance. Like mochi, Tang Yuan is made out of glutinous rice flour and water to form a smooth al-dente dough which is rolled into round balls. While mochi is typically served dry, Tang Yuan is always served moist with a sweet gingery syrup. Tang Yuan is also never filled with ice cream like some versions of mochi. Instead, Tang Yuan is typically filled with a sweet delectable [Read More ...]

Double Steamed Asian Pear Almond Dessert Soup

This is a delicious classic double steamed Chinese dessert I love. It has a delicate sweetness that is lightly contrasted with a smooth gingery zing that sits over a lovely mellow tone of almond fragrance and fresh pears. This dessert is good year round but especially suitable for the cold dry autumn and winter seasons. This dessert soup nourishes and moisturizes the lungs and skin. It helps to quench thirst and expel phlegm. This dessert can be [Read More...]

Moisturizing Asian Pears Herbal Soup with Dried Figs

As we are in the midst of the dry cold season, I was reminded of a delicious moisturizing soup that my family enjoys during this time of year.  This soup, made with ya li Asian pears, dried figs, and a few simple Chinese herbs, is a gentle nourishing tonic that moistens the lungs and skin from the [Read More...]

Revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date Tea

This revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date tea is a traditional recipe in Chinese food therapy. Although typically drank by women, it is consumed by men also. For women, this tea has been used for centuries to replenish the blood supply after a menstruation cycle or child birth. It is also used by Chinese women to relieve gynecological ailments, or menopausal symptoms. This recipe is so easy to make, with 3 simple steps that anyone can do at home [Read More ...]

Longan and Dried Figs Pork Soup

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a warm and wonderful holiday weekend! I enjoyed my time off with my husband eating and relaxing.  We also took a day hike at Mountain Diablo.  From the top of the summit there, at about 3,900 ft above sea level, we can see all the way to the [Read More...]

Burdock Daikon Carrot Pork Soup

It has been a while since I last made a soup with Burdock Root, 牛蒡 (also called Gobo or just Burdock).  While this root is literally the foundation for a common weed that some find pesky, burdock root is known in several Asian food cultures to have cancer fighting abilities and health benefits.  Europeans have also used this [Read More...]

Potato and Tomato Onion Fish Soup

I have a fish craze lately, prompted by my recent milky white Bok Choy Fish Head Tofu Soup (白菜魚頭豆腐湯). It was so delicious and so easy to make that I wanted to make and share another fish soup recipe with you. Besides, fish is so healthy for us. They are a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to the healthy function of our brain and heart. This soup is delicious and it is nourishing for the body too, making it a great soup for both young and old. [Read More ...]