Friday, January 20, 2017

Firecracker Shrimps 黃金炸蝦卷 – For Chinese New Year 賀年食品



Chinese New Year is just around the corner.  This year, it falls on January 28th.  Check out my previous blog posts for other Chinese New Year dishes and treats that I shared.  Or, click here to for more popular Chinese New Year recipes that I compiled last year.

Firecracker Shrimps 黃金炸蝦卷 – For Chinese New Year 賀年食品 http://uTry.it

Today, I wanted to share with you these delicious Firecracker Shrimps 黃金炸蝦卷!  You can serve them as an appetizer or as an entrée.  These Firecracker Shrimps are fried to golden brown perfection.  They are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  The marinade for these shrimps adds so much wonderful flavors to these little golden gems.

Firecracker Shrimps 黃金炸蝦卷 – For Chinese New Year 賀年食品 http://uTry.it

I served them with a sweet chili sauce, but you can dip them in whatever sauce that you like.  A Chili Mayo, Roasted Garlic Mayo, or even homemade ketchup would be nice too. 

Firecracker Shrimps 黃金炸蝦卷 – For Chinese New Year 賀年食品 http://uTry.it

These Firecracker Shrimps are perfect for the Chinese New Year.  During the Chinese New Year, we like to serve dishes that represent good health, good fortune, or other well wishes.  As for this particular dish, it represents happiness for the family and wealth.  The pronunciation of shrimp in Chinese sounds similar to laughter (ha).  So, the more you eat, the happier you’ll get!  Also, the shape and the golden color of these Firecracker Shrimps resemble the golden nuggets that ancient Chinese used.  Now, you know why you should make this dish for Chinese New Year!  

Firecracker Shrimps 黃金炸蝦卷 – For Chinese New Year 賀年食品 http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial.  Please stay tuned for more fun and delicious recipe next week! 預祝大家金銀滿屋, 日日笑哈哈!

Firecracker Shrimps 黃金炸蝦卷 – For Chinese New Year 賀年食品 http://uTry.it

 
 
Ingredients and Tools Used:
Egg Roll Wrapper (Click here for more information)
Microplane (
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Sambal Oelek Chili Paste (
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Light Soy Sauce (
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Sweet Chili Sauce (
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Rice Vinegar (
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Corn Starch (
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Sesame Oil (
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Asian Spider Strainer (
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round Giveaway Winner Announcement



Thank you everyone who participated in the “Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round”giveaway.  Special thanks to Quirk Book for providing the prize.  We have selected a winner through Random.org!
Random Winner

And the winner is….Michelle M., who said:

“The Fall is my favorite season as the leaves start turning beautiful colors and a nice breeze starts developing in the air.”

Congratulations, Michelle.  I’m sure you’re going to enjoy this book a lot!  I’ll be contacting you soon.

For those of you who didn’t win, you can still get your own copy of  Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round here

Thank you all for reading.  Stay tuned for more fun recipes and giveaway soon.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hello Kitty Red Bean Dumplings (凱蒂貓紅豆湯丸) for Chinese New Year


Do you enjoy Asian Style dessert dumplings (湯丸)?  Eating dessert dumplings is one of the “must-have” Chinese New Year tradition as the pronunciation of dumplings in Chinese represent the whole of the family, or the united of the family (團圓).  Many traditional Chinese New Year dishes represent good luck or some types of well wishes.  That’s because we all wanted to kick off the new year with a great start, don’t we?   

Hello Kitty Red Bean Dumplings (凱蒂貓紅豆湯丸) for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I want to pass on as many of the Chinese cultures and traditions to my kids as possible.  One of my favorite ways to pass on the traditions is through food.  To get them more interested, I often get them into the kitchen to cook with me.  As I was testing recipes last week, My Baby Girl joined me in the kitchen to create these adorable Hello Kitty Dumplings together.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my “recipe testing video”.   You might have noticed that the Kitties on the Instagram video had much bigger noses, and they looked more like piggies!  So, I made some adjustments for this week’s video tutorial to reclaim Kitty’s beauty!   

Hello Kitty Red Bean Dumplings (凱蒂貓紅豆湯丸) for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

These dumplings turned out so adorable and delicious.  It was so much fun to make them together with my Kids.  If you haven’t done so, check out the video tutorial above for the step-by-step instructions.  In respond to many of my Dear Readers’ requests, I did a voice over on this video instructions instead of the usual captions-only format.  But by all mean, click on the “cc” button on lower right corner of the YouTube video for Close Captioning if you prefer.   

Hello Kitty Red Bean Dumplings (凱蒂貓紅豆湯丸) for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

In my video tutorial, I included a few tips to make these cute dumplings.  So, be sure to turn up the volume and follow along! 

Hello Kitty Red Bean Dumplings (凱蒂貓紅豆湯丸) for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

Last year, I shared with you the Black Sesame Dumplings with Ginger Syrup post.  (Please click here to get the recipe).  For these Hello Kitty Dumplings, I filled some with my homemade Red Bean Paste and left the remaining dumplings as plain.  I’ll post the homemade Red Bean Paste recipe below for your reference.  Or, you can also use canned/ready-made red bean paste from the Asian Supermarkets. 

Hello Kitty Red Bean Dumplings (凱蒂貓紅豆湯丸) for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial, stay tuned for more fun Chinese New Year Recipe next week!

Tools and Ingredients used:
Glutinous Rice Flour (Click here for more information)
Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers (
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Organic Dried Red Beans (
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Ready Made Red Bean Filling (
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Wilton Edible Candy Marker (
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year



Happy New Year!  Did you go somewhere fun to count down to the new year?  As usual, we stayed home for the count down and had a wonderful feast along with some bubbly to ring in the new year!  While the vacation and days off might be over for some people, the celebration is still going on in my house.

Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

This year, January 28th marks the first day of the Chinese New Year!  In Asia, Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year, comparable to Christmas and Thanksgiving in the U.S.  It’s a 15 days long celebration!  Schools, most shops, and businesses are closed during the Chinese New Year so that everyone can spend time with the family to celebrate. 

Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

Although we don’t get any days off for Chinese New Year in the States, I try my best to pass down the traditions and culture to my Kids, mostly through story telling, and more often, through food.  There are many traditional food and special dishes that we prepare mainly for the Chinese New Year.  But some are so good that I pretty much make them all year round, such as these Matcha (Japanese Green Tea) Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate.

Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

These cookies are quite simple to prepare.  They are the “slice and bake” type of cookie which you can (and should) prepare the dough ahead of time.  When it comes time to bake, you simply slice the cookie dough into disks and bake them off.  If you haven’t done so, watch my video above to check out my secret/tip on how to keep the cookie dough nice and round instead of having a “flat bottom” while it’s chilling in the fridge.  And you’re very welcomed!  Consider this tip as my Chinese New Year gift to you!  

Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

If you like Matcha, you’re going to love these cookies.  They are packed with the matcha flavor and go nicely with a cup of hot tea.  However, Matcha could be an acquire taste for some people though. 

Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

These matcha cookies are not too sweet, therefore, the white chocolate chips add a nice touch of sweetness to balance out the flavors.  The dried cranberries not only add a nice contrast of color to the cookies, but also a little tartness and texture as well. 

Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it

Make a batch to share with your friends and family during this Chinese New Year.  I’m sure they’ll love these gorgeous and fun cookies.  What other family traditions do you celebrate?  Do you have any special Chinese New Year dishes that you would always prepare for your family?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  I can’t wait to hear from you!


Matcha Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate - for Chinese New Year  http://uTry.it


Ingredients and Tools used:
Matcha Powder (Click here for more information)
Dried Cranberries (Click here for more information)
White Chocolate Chips (
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Cooling Racks (
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Baking Sheets (
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Silpat (
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Rolling Pin (
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Pomegranate Mimosa



How was your Christmas holiday?  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful time with your family and friends.  My family had a wonderful reunion with relatives travelling from Hong Kong.  The Kiddos had so much fun playing with their cousins.  We sure hope they’ll visit again soon. 

New Year's Eve Cocktail Recipe: Pomegranate Mimosa   http://uTry.it

With so many things and events happened in 2016, some were great and some were definitely bad, it’s quite a mixed feeling to say goodbye to 2016!  On the bright side, there are many great things to look forward to.  The key is not to lose hope!  I constantly remind myself not to worry about the things that I cannot change, but to focus on how to improve myself in case I need to change and make things better!  I always tell my kids to think positive, but prepare for the worst!    

New Year's Eve Cocktail Recipe: Pomegranate Mimosa   http://uTry.it

On a lighter note.  Today, I wanted to share with you the very last recipe and video tutorial for this year: Pomegranate Mimosa.  It’s a perfect cocktail to ring in the new year!  Usually, mimosa is a mix of fresh orange juice and champagne.  I’m changing things up and used pomegranate juice instead.  It’s a gorgeous and delightful twist to the traditional mimosa for sure!  I hope you’ll give this delicious cocktail a try soon.

Last but not least, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all your supports in 2016!  I’m truly grateful for each and everyone of you.  Your comments, feedback, and encouragement mean a lot to me.  Wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!  Cheers!

New Year's Eve Cocktail Recipe: Pomegranate Mimosa   http://uTry.it


Please drink responsibly.  Health and General Disclaimers