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Ribs & Potato Stew

  1. Wash ribs in water. Put all the ribs in a deep pot. Add in enough water. Bring it to boil for 3-5 mins. Take out all the ribs and rinse under water.
  2. Heat a pan with a little oil. Stir fry drained ribs till they turn a bit brownish.
  3. Add in ginger slices and green onion. Stir fry till aromatic.
  4. Drizzle in 1 tbsp cooking wine. Stir fry till ribs dry again.
  5. Prepare sauce: 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce, 2 Tbsp rock sugar (you can reduce or add more sugar according to your taste). I also added in 1/2 tbsp Korean bulgogi sauce to add a bit spicy flavor to the dish. Pour sauce into the pan.
  6. Add in potato chunks. Stir fry to let the ribs & potato be coated with sauce.
  7. Pour in enough hot water can cover all the ingredients. Turn to low heat and simmer for 30-40 mins.
  8. Lid off. Turn to high heat and reduce the sauce.
  9. When sauce is about to dry, quickly stir fry evenly.
  10. Garnish with chopped spring onion.




Chicken & Shiitake Mushroom Stew (香菇炖鸡)

Usually in China, Chicken stew is made from a whole chicken. But I know for sure that my husband and I cannot finish a whole chicken stew. So I just used a whole boneless chicken leg instead.

  1. Soak dry 5 or 6 shiitake mushroom in 2 cups water. (Rinse under water first to remove all the dirt). Keep the shiitake water. Remove the stem and cut into 4 halves.
  2. Cut chicken into one-bite size.
  3. Heat a pan. Since there is fat in chicken, so actually, no need to add any oil. Sear the chicken to let the fat out.
  4. When chicken turns white, add in 2 tsp cooking wine. Stir fry till chicken got  dry again.
  5. Add in 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce and 1/2 1 tsp sugar (you can adjust it according to your preference). Stir fry to let chicken be coated with sauce.
  6. Add in shiitake, stir fry for about 2 mins.
  7. Pour in shiitake water covers all ingredients. Add in spices (ginger, star anise, bay leaf), I also added in 1 chopped carrot.
  8. Lid on. Simmer with low heat for 20-30 mins to make sure chicken is completely cooked.
  9. Lid off and reduce sauce with high heat.


“The Rice Killer”- Braised Pork Belly

I’ve cooked braised pork belly for many many many times. Seems that my husband will never get tired of it. Due to the dark rich sauce and juicy tender pork, this dish also has a nick name “the rice killer”. Because with this dish, you can have a lot rice.

The secret  lies in sugar and soy sauce. I can guarantee you that when you cook braised meat, add in soy sauce and sugar, you will get delicious sauce.

  1. Boil pork with cooking wine, ginger slices and green onion till soft and chopsticks can easily go through. Rinse under water. Cut whole pork belly into small cubes.
  2. Heat a pan. Because pork belly contains fat. So no need to add oil. Sear the pork with low-medium heat till brownish.
  3. Add in 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon sugar and 1 tsp cooking wine. Stir fry to let pork be coated with sauce.
  4. Pour in enough hot water just covers all the pork. Also add in bay leaves, star anise and ginger slices. Bring to boil.
  5. Lid on and turn to low heat. Simmer for at least 20-30 mins. If you want your pork to be super soft, you can simmer for longer time, like 1 hour.
  6. Lid off. turn to high heat and reduce the sauce.

My husband has superpower of detecting this dish. Every time with this dish on table, he will just pick it up very accurately with no mistake. I have to threaten him that if he doesn’t have any vegetables in other plate, I will put this dish away. 🙂

Braised Ribs with Potato & Long Beans

1. Rinse ribs under water. Then put them in a pot, pour in enough water that covers all ribs. Turn to high heat and bring to boil. Turn off the heat when ribs turn white. Rinse ribs in cold water and drain.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in chopped garlic, ginger & dried red chili. Sauté till aromatic. Add drained ribs in. Fry ribs till a bit golden brown.

3. Add in 1 1/2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp cooking wine, and 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Stir fry a bit. Pour in hot water covers ribs. Put on the lid and simmer with low heat for 20-30 mins or till water reduces half.

4. Add in potato cubes. Simmer for 10 mins. Then put in long beans. Simmer for another 8-10 mins.

5. Remove the lid. Turn to high heat and reduce the sauce.

Serve hot.

Braised Fish in Brown Sauce

Fish is a must-have dish during Chinese New Year. In Chinese fish is 鱼 (yú), which sounds like another character 余. 余 means extra or surplus. So we always say 年年有余 (nián nián yǒu yú),that means May you always get more than you wish.

Braised fish in brown sauce is a regularly-seen dish on Chinese dining table. And it’s kind of my husband’s favorite way of cooked fish.

This cooking method is ideal for those fish from lake or river, not very very skinny type. And if the fish is from deep sea, this method is not recommended. Braised with sauce is a good way to add more flavor to plain fish and it will also reduce fish’s original freshness at the same time.


2 rabbit fish

Oil 2 tsp

Dark soy sauce 1 tablespoon

Light soy sauce 1 tablespoon

Cooking wine 1 tablespoon

Sugar 1 1/2 tbsp

Ginger 3 slices

Garlic slices of 2 cloves

Bay leaves

Star anise

Hot water 1 cup

Shredded spring onion

1. Wipe the fish with kitchen towel to make them dry.

2. Heat 2 tsp oil in the pan. Put fish inside. Fry each side for 2-3 mins or till a bit brown.

3. Add in ginger, garlic, bay leaves, star anise. Stir till aromatic.

4. Add in dark & light soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar and water.

5. Cover pan with lid. Braise with medium heat for 10 mins. Then flip fish over and braise for another 8 mins.

6. Take the fish out into the plate. Keep heating the pan to reduce sauce to the consistency you want.

7. Pour sauce over fish and garnish with shredded spring onion.

You can also heat another 2 tablespoon oil and pour over spring onion and enjoy the sizzling.


Dark Braised Trotters 

1. Cut trotters into small pieces.

2. Place trotter pieces in a pot. Pour in enough water covers trotter.

3. Turn on stove and heat till water boils. Take trotter pieces out. Rinse and drain.

4. Heat a little oil in the pan. Put trotter pieces in. Stir fry a bit.

5. Add in a little cooking wine, soy sauce, ginger slices, star anise and several sugar cubes. Then pour in hot water covers all ingredients.

6. Turn to low heat. Cover the pan with lid. Slow cook till water reduces to 1/3.

7. Turn to high heat. Keep stir frying until sauce becomes very condensed.

Braised Pork With Mushroom & Vermicelli 

1. Heat a little oil in the pan. Put in a little  ginger shreds. Stir fry a bit.

2. Put in pork slices ( cut pork belly into medium thick slices). Stir fry till they turn a bit golden brown.

3. Add in mushrooms ( torn into slim shreds). Stir fry till they get softened.

4. Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce and 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce. Stir fry evenly.

5. Pour in enough hot water reaches half height of all ingredients. 

6. Turn to medium heat. Cover the pan with lid and braise for 5-10 mins.

7. Add in vermicelli, and braise to another 5-10 mins. (Please refer to the instruction on package).

8. Sprinkle some salt to season and some chopped spring onion. 

9. Braise for another minute and dish out.

Dark Brasied Chicken Leg


Boneless chicken leg

Light soy sauce 1 tsp

Dark soy sauce 1.5 tsp

Sugar 1 tsp

Salt 1/4 tsp

Hot water 4 tsp
1. Heat the pan. Put in the chicken with skin side down. 

2. Flip it over when the skin side turns golden brown. And fry the other side till golden brown too.

3. Take the chicken out and cut into smaller pieces. Pour the chicken oil in the pan out.

4. Heat the pan and put chicken pieces back in the pan again. Stir fry for a minute or two.

5. Add in light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. Stir fry till each chicken pieces is coated with sauce.

6. Add in around 4 tsp hot water. Turn to medium or low heat. Cover the lid. Braise for a while till the water reduces to little.

7. Turn to high height. Keep stir frying at the same time to make sauce condensed. Then turn off the stove and dish out.

I served it with cucumber slices. My husband loves it very much.

Easy Braised Chicken With Shiitake 

This dish is actually similar to yellow chicken stew. Yellow chicken stew is really popular in China. I guess there are yellow chicken stew restaurants in every China’s city.

It’s a dish made mainly of chicken, shiitake and green bell pepper.

I cooked it in a relatively easy way.

1. Cut boneless chicken leg into medium pieces. You can use other chicken parts, but I don’t recommend chicken breast.

2. Heat some oil in the pan. Put in chicken, stir fry till chicken gets a little golden brown on the edge.

3. Add in carrot and shiitake slices. Stir fry for a while.

4. Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Stir fry evenly.

5. Pour in enough water covers all ingredient. Cover the pan with lid and use low or medium heat.

6. Before the sauce in pan is almost dry. Put in bell pepper pieces, and turn to high heat.

7. Keep stir frying till sauce is dry.

It’s an ideal match for rice.

If you want it to be spicy, you could add a little dry red chili at first.

Braised Beef With Potato


Beef ( cut into medium pieces)

Potatoes (chopped into medium pieces)

Light soy sauce

Dark soy sauce

Cooking wine

Salt sugar


Star anise

1. Beef pieces in boiling water till water gets boiled again. Take beef out, rinse and drain.

2. Heat some oil in the pan. Put in 2 or 3 ginger slices. Then put in beef, add a little cooking wine. Stir fry for a while.

3. Put in potato pieces. Stir fry till the edge gets a little golden brown.

4. Add in hot water covers all ingredients. Also add 1 or 2 star anise, 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp sugar. Braised with medium heat.

5. When water reduces to less than 1/3 and potatoes become softened. Turn to high height. Keep stir frying till sauce becomes dry.

Potatoes are very soft and tasty.