Strawberry Matcha Latte

I had my first strawberry matcha latte at Boba Guys when I visited San Francisco back in 2015. At that time, I thought fruit in bubble tea was a strange concept, but the fruit was a refreshing addition to a typically heavy drink. This strawberry matcha latte recipe is so easy to make at home… Continue reading Strawberry Matcha Latte

15-Minute Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Tofu

This Chinese salt and pepper tofu recipe is the perfect vegetarian/vegan meal for those looking for something quick, easy, and protein-rich. Similar to my salt and pepper shrimp recipe, we use the same simple seasonings. However, instead of frying the tofu in a pan, we coat it in some cornstarch and put it in the… Continue reading 15-Minute Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Tofu

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

What is gyudon (beef bowl)? Gyudon is a popular Japanese quick meal consisting of thinly sliced beef simmered in a delicious savory-sweet sauce made up of mirin, sake, and soy sauce. Eggs are incorporated into the stir-fried beef at the end for extra protein and fluffy texture. This Japanese beef rice bowl is great for… Continue reading Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Salt and pepper shrimp (椒盐虾) is a crowd favorite Cantonese dish for those who love anything salty and crunchy (like well-done fries or potato chips)! The salt and pepper mixture is great on a number of proteins such as salt and pepper squid, salt and pepper tofu, and salt and pepper pork ribs. The great… Continue reading Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Vegan Jajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles)

What is jajangmyeong? Jajangmyeon, also known as Korean black bean noodles, is a hugely popular Chinese-Korean dish. Wheat noodles covered in a thick, savory black bean sauce that’s also great for dipping tangsuyuk (sweet and savory pork). It’s the best comfort food to have on a rainy night at home. The sauce can get messy,… Continue reading Vegan Jajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles)

Szechuan Chicken – Easy and Authentic

What is Szechuan chicken? Anyone who dines at a Sichuan restaurant might know that one of the best dishes to order is mala chicken (numbing chicken) or also known as la zi ji (spicy chicken). There are various other names for the dish, but the dish is defined by fried chicken bites buried under dried… Continue reading Szechuan Chicken – Easy and Authentic

Japchae (Korean Glass Noodle Vegetable Stir Fry)

What is japchae? Japchae (잡채) translates to mixed vegetables in Korean, and I recently learned that the dish originally contained no noodles. Surprisingly, the reason why so many people love this dish is because of how chewy the sweet potato noodles are compared to wheat noodles. The noodles soak up the marinade and make for… Continue reading Japchae (Korean Glass Noodle Vegetable Stir Fry)

Kung Pao Chicken (No Peanuts)

When I was a kid, I always assumed kung pao chicken (宫保鸡丁/gongbaojiding)was only a Westernized dish. To be fair, the Westernized and Chinese version are cooked differently. The Chinese one has origins in Sichuan meaning you’ll be getting much more of a spicy kick and is traditionally a dry stir-fry. The Westernized version is typically… Continue reading Kung Pao Chicken (No Peanuts)

Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce (Instant Pot)

Eggplant can be finicky. Different types vary in bitterness and its initial preparation will affect its taste. This Chinese eggplant dish is called 鱼香茄子 which translates to fish-fragrant eggplant. For those familiar with eggplant, the vegetable itself tastes like a bland sponge. However, this makes it great for soaking up any sauce you cook it… Continue reading Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce (Instant Pot)