Bok Choy Stir-fry
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by Kaitlin
5d ago
We all need a go-to green vegetable side dish to go with any main course, and this bok choy stir-fry recipe is a great candidate. Today, we’re sharing restaurant tips and tricks to make a delicious and simple bok choy stir-fry at home. It really is a great all-purpose side for any kind of meal! ... View Post ..read more
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Crispy Tang Yuan (In an Air Fryer)
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by Judy
1w ago
As the Lantern Festival, known in Chinese as Yuánxiāo jié (元宵节), approaches, it’s time to start thinking about eating yuanxiao or tang yuan. These are glutinous rice balls stuffed with various fillings. This air-fryer tang yuan recipe takes frozen sweet glutinous rice balls and makes them into something a bit different!  A New Way to ... View Post ..read more
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Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Guide 
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by Kaitlin
2w ago
Today we’re sharing our (very informal) guide to Chinese zodiac compatibility! If you grew up in a Chinese family, chances are that over the years you’ve had parents and relatives drop cryptic hints about your zodiac animal sign, whether it’s about your personality or your future partner.  We’re no different, and this post is a ... View Post ..read more
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Braised Pork Chops, Shanghai-style (葱烤排骨)
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by Judy
2w ago
Braised Pork Chops Shanghai-style, 葱烤排骨 (cōng kǎo páigǔ), are one of the pinnacles of Shanghainese home cooking.  Pork chops are pounded, dredged in egg, briefly shallow-fried, and then braised in a sweet soy sauce with a generous bunch of scallions. And I mean a lot of scallions! They’re just as much a treat as the ... View Post ..read more
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Mushroom Noodle Soup
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by Kaitlin
3w ago
This vegan mushroom noodle soup is made with three kinds of mushrooms to make the most deliciously potent broth.  It was inspired by a dish known as “double mushroom soup” (shuāng gū miàn, 双菇面) that I first tried in a Buddhist temple cafeteria in Shanghai. It carries on a long tradition of vegan and vegetarian ... View Post ..read more
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Party Hosting Tips from a Chinese Mom (& How to Be a Good Guest)
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by Judy
1M ago
With Chinese New Year gatherings coming up, you may find yourself either hosting a dinner or invited to a gathering. Today, we’re going to talk about party hosting tips from a Chinese mom’s perspective. We’ll also talk about how to be a good guest! Generational Lessons Our family loves hosting parties. Even though we know ... View Post ..read more
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Lobster Noodles (Yee Mein / E-Fu Noodles)
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by Bill
1M ago
Lobster Yee Mein (or yi mein), pronounced lóng xiā yī miàn in Mandarin or loong ha yee meen in Cantonese (龙虾伊面), is a dish combining long life noodles, or yi mein, (also call e fu noodles) and Cantonese-style lobster. It’s an incredibly tasty, luxurious plate of lobster noodles, and we’ll show you how to make ... View Post ..read more
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Dumpling Filling Recipes
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by Sarah
1M ago
We’ve posted many Chinese dumpling filling recipes over the years, each with their own unique flavor and character, including fillings made with ground pork, chicken, beef, fish, and vegetables. Dumplings are both a celebration food (especially around Chinese New Year), as well as an everyday emergency meal. With a big batch in the freezer, you’re ... View Post ..read more
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Chinese Roast Duck
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by Bill
1M ago
“A Chinese Roast Duck.” Those roast ducks glistening suspended in Chinatown windows across the globe are iconic. They’re a culinary masterpiece—admittedly an intimidating one to pull off at home. As you can imagine, we’ve gotten so many questions over the years—“do we have a Cantonese roast duck recipe?” As of last fall, when our cookbook ... View Post ..read more
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When is Chinese New Year 2024?
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by Bill
1M ago
Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival (春节 – chūnjié) is the year of the Dragon (pronounced “loong” in Chinese) and festivities start February 10, 2024. The lunar new year, falls on a slightly different day in January or February of each year, as it follows the Chinese lunisolar calendar, rather than the regular Gregorian calendar ... View Post ..read more
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