Archive for the ‘Asian’ Category

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Chong and I had our Christmas feast a little early this year, we did it on Saturday, December 22, 2012 .  We may do a smaller dinner tomorrow, maybe hot pot or rice rolls (Chong’s favorite). It’s already Monday and we still have a lot of leftover! Since I’ve been MIA for a while, I’m going to post Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2011.

Christmas 2012: cream cheese wontons, eggrolls, peanut sauce, lo mein, duck, Ho Ho chicken wings, baked spicy squid, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, papaya salad, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice. Not pictured: turtle cake and tiramisu cake (both from Byerly’s).

Christmas 2011: raw and cooked laab, papaya salad, eggrolls, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, spring rolls, duck, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice, classic vanilla cheesecake and an ice cream cake.

As you can see, we had similar food for both years and I think I might make it a tradition–to cook less and enjoy the company more.  The only food that were made this year were the eggrolls, cream cheese wontons, and the sticky and regular rice. It was a bit of a hassle to have people run around town to get the food but all in all, the food was worth it.

Chong and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Thanksgiving 2012

This year, Thanksgiving consisted of: wonton soup for breakfast, creamy and cheesy mac and cheese, sausage stuffing, gravy, roasted asparagus, baked spicy squid, meatballs, a brined rosemary thyme roasted turkey (which turned out really moist), bacon wrapped smokies and shrimp, and stuffed mushrooms.  For dessert, not pictured, we had pumpkin pie and a tiramisu cake.  I’ve already planned my Christmas feast so stay tuned!

A Year In The Making, Part 2

Bye bye Michigan, Hello Chicago!

Chong and I were actually looking for the AYCE hot pot restaurant but I really needed to pee and it was cold so after walking up and down the blocks 2 times without seeing the restaurant, we decided to eat at Joy Yee (which was really good).  After ordering our food, Chong looked out the window and guess what? The AYCE hot pot restaurant was right next door!  Just our luck. Oh well, it’s a sign that we’re going back to Chicago!

The food was really good at Joy Yee.  We had the Vietnamese appetizer sampler and the sugarcane shrimp was really good (Chong has a love/banned relationship with seafood).  He ordered the Thai basil pork and I had the beef shabu shabu, which was humongous!

Window shopping in Indian Town

More Korean food at Cho Sun Ok Restaurant.  This was a really good restaurant; although it was tiny, it was packed and there were people waiting in line to get a table (which is always a good sign!).

Our favorite hotel, Hyatt Place

Our favorite place to visit, Mituswa

Chicago, you’ll always have a special place in my heart!

A Year In The Making, Part 1

Since I’ve been MIA for a year, I’m going to post pictures from the most recent (MI/Chicago Trip) backwards (Christmas 2011).  Here’s a photo journal of what’s been happening since I’ve last posted:

It was a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins shop so of course I had to take pictures of all the yummy ice cream.

We always have to visit Randazzo’s Fresh Market every time we’re in Michigan because that’s such a great place to get produce

Michigan has some of the best Thai food, sorry Minnesota

Thanksgiving Dinner

Chong and I had a wonderful time in Michigan.  We spent lots of time with the family, ate great food and drove around Michigan to see Chong’s old haunts. We can’t wait til the next time we’re in Michigan again.

New Year Hot Pot

Sorry I’ve been MIA these past few weeks. Unexpected situations came up so Chong and I have been extremely busy. Hopefully, I’ll fall back into my regular blogging schedule soon after things have settled down a bit.

Now to the good part. Chong and I celebrated the new year with a delicious hot pot that we decided to make last minute. We had lamb, beef, pork, shrimp, pork and beef meatballs, oyster mushrooms (which were soo good!) bean thread noodles, bok choy, yu choy, gai lan, napa cabbage, and spinach. I used my little fondue pot again and while it took a while for the veggies to cook, it was worth the wait.


I love Hmong/Lao sausages but it seems like the only times I really crave them is during the New Year or soccer tournament.  So because the Hmong New Year was held a couple weeks ago and because Chong and I didn’t go this year, we cooked our own Hmong/Lao sausages at home.  Of course,we I had to get papaya salad to go with it.  Lao sausage is similar to Hmong but the texture is different–it’s chunkier and has different seasonings.  I prefer the Lao sausage while Chong prefers the Hmong kind.  Here’s what we ate:

Kapoon Video

Wonton Noodle Soup & Oreo Cheesecake

Hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve last blogged.  Life has surely been busy.  Anyhow, I’m just sharing some random food pictures I made this past month.  First up is a wonton noodle bokchoy soup.  This is actually the second time I’ve made this soup–the first time didn’t turn out as yummy.  It’s really easy to make.  I will definitely do a video or pictorial on this so stay tuned!

Plain wonton noodle bokchoy soup


With all the trimmings–soy sauce, garlic chili sauce, cilantro, and green onions

For the wontons, I used ground pork, corn starch, salt, black pepper and shaoxing wine because I wanted it plain.  I used dried Kung Fu noodles and cooked it in water for 3 minutes.  I blanched the bokchoy and gave it an ice water bath after it was cooked.  I forgot what I used for the broth–it was either a pork or chicken broth.  Added the condiments and it was delicious.

I made a fresh batch for breakfast the next day and took it to work in my Tiger thermos bottle.  After 2 hours of sitting in the thermos, the noodles had become soft and silky and even more delicious.  This is a great dinner/breakfast option to make for those cold winter days that are coming soon.


My brother, Wit, loves anything Oreo and cheesecake.  He wanted to buy an Oreo cheesecake but I told him I’d make him one.  So I kept my promise and baked him one.  Boy, baking that cheesecake sure was time consuming but it was well worth it.

Took me 15 minutes to whip everything together


Baked, with a sour cream topping

Oreo crust and another layer of crushed Oreos in the middle

Care for a slice?

Mmmmm….mmm!  This was good but Chong and I couldn’t didn’t want to finish our half so I brought 1/4 of it to work.  Next time, if I ever decide to bake another Oreo cheesecake again, I’ll mix the Oreo with the cheesecake and see how that turns out.  I love cheesecakes but it’s too fattening so I’ll only bake it once in a blue, blue, blue moon.

Happy eats!


Broiled BBQ eel and rice breakfast

Good morning!  I woke up super early this morning (I consider 6 AM on a Saturday morning early, especially if I don’t have any early morning plans)–and got super hungry so I made some rice and broiled eel (from our Chicago trip).  I’ve noticed that if I don’t eat anything for breakfast and get really hungry, I end up with heartburn.  These days, even after I eat, I get heartburn so it’s a lose/lose situation for me.

Broiled BBQ eel and freshly made rice–a great combination for any meal!

Chong and I will be going to his co-worker’s daughter’s Quinceanera later this afternoon and I’ll be taking lots of pictures so stay tuned for that.  Have a wonderful day!


I didn’t even know that my mom grew edamame in her garden until I went over one day and she gave me a bunch of edamame plants and asked me to cook it for her.  Although I’ve seen edamame plants before and cooked and eaten plenty of frozen edamame, I’ve never actually touched the fresh stuff so this was a first for me.

Edamame plants

Close up

What Chong and I started with

What we ended up with

Enjoying the veggies of our labor