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Prawn Paste Chicken (虾酱鸡)


small chicken drumsticks 12-14

Prawn paste 2 tbsp

White pepper powder 1/2 tsp

Oyster sauce 1 tbsp

Chinese cooking wine 2 tbsp

Sesame oil 1 Tbsp

Sugar 1 tbsp

Flour 5 tbsp

Potato starch 5 tbsp

Baking powder 1/4 tsp

1 beaten egg

Water 50ml

Oil for frying

1, put all the chicken drumsticks into a big bowl, add in prawn paste, sesame oil, white pepper powder, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, and sugar. Mix well, marinate for at least 3 hrs.

2, in a bowl, mix flour, starch, baking soda.

3, add in 1 beaten egg and water. Stir well till smooth.

4, heat enough oil in a deep pot. Test the oil temperature by dropping in a very tiny chunk of batter. If the batter flows up immediately, it means the temperature is ok.

5, dip chicken into the batter and fry till golden brown.


Xun Yu 熏鱼 Recipe

It’s a classic Shanghai dish.

1. Prepare a fish or fish fillet. Cut into slices about 1.5-2 cm thick.

2. Place fish slices in a bowl. Marinate with cooking wine, ginger slices and chopped spring onion.

3. Drain the fish. Pat them with kitchen towel. Cos next step is to deep fry them. If fish has water on it, the kitchen will become a dangerous war zone.

4. Deep fry the fish with medium low heat. This step needs a bit patience. Fish after frying should be crispy.

5. Prepare the sauce. Authentic Xun Yu needs a big pot of sauce. But I really don’t know how to deal with so much sauce. So I decided to make only a little sauce. Heat a sauce pan. Add in 1 tablespoon cooking wine, 2 tablespoon light soy sauce, 2 tablespoon sugar, several ginger slices. Heat to reduce the sauce a bit.

6. Put the fried fish in. Roll it in the sauce and quickly take it out. If it stays long in sauce, it won’t be crispy.

Cheesy Eggplant Croquette

  1. Peel the 1 large eggplant and remove stem. Chop it into small cubes. Also prepare 1/2 chopped onion and 3 cloves of chopped garlic.
  2. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tablespoon oil. Sauté onion and garlic first till aromatic.
  3. Add in eggplant cubes. Stir fry till softened. Season with salt and black pepper. Make sure eggplant is completely cooked.
  4. Place eggplant in a big bowl. Beat in one egg. Add chopped spring onion or parsley. Also add in 2 tablespoon bread crumbs.
  5. Take a spoonful eggplant in the palm. Stuff in cheese. Then close it up. You can make it into ball shape too.
  6. Coat eggplant croquettes in bread crumbs. And fry till golden brown.

I really love them.

To Make Your Dumplings Lace Skirt

As a native northern Chinese girl, I cannot express how much I love Dumplings in words. My husband is on a trip in China. Everyday he would ask me what I had for each meal. He knows my affection towards dumplings, so he ordered some online. Those dumplings were delivered to me the other day. They taste really good no matter boiled or fried.

One of my hobbies is reading recipes on my phone. There are many cooking apps. I like exploring in different recipes, picking some to try. I just happened to find this interesting recipe to dress dumplings with “lace skirt”. Yes! And I tried it. Just cooking for fun. 🙂

I followed the original recipe:


1. Boil dumplings till cooked. You can also choose to steam them or use the left overs.

2. In a bowl, mix water 40g, flour 5g, and very little salt. Mix well till no lumps.

3. Add 15g oil into the bowl. Mix well.

4. My cooking method is different from the original one: Heat a pan, place dumplings in it. When you hear the sizzling, pour flour water into the pan. Turn to low heat and wait till water dried up. The golden brown “lace skirt” will show up. While original recipe is to cook one by one and the “lace skirt” looks much better.

But mine is really crispy. 🙂

Sweet & Sour Sauce Prawns

1. Clean the Prawns. Cut off the whisker. Poke in the second last segment with a toothpick and pull out the intestine.

2. Heat some oil in the pan. Put all the Prawns in. Stir fry till each side turns red.

3. Pull Prawns to the side of the pan. Add in chopped garlic & ginger. Sauté till aromatic.

4. Add in 2 tablespoon tomato sauce. Stir fry with Prawns.

5. Add in 1 tsp cooking wine, 1 tsp light soy sauce and 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Quick stir to mix them well.

6. Pour in 4 tablespoon hot water. Cover the pan with lid. And simmer for 2-3 mins.

7. Remove lid. Turn to high heat. Reduce the sauce.

Prepare a Christmas Feast with a King Crab

Yesterday when my husband and I were buying groceries in a supermarket, we noticed there was sale of king crab. Turkey is too big for us to have for Christmas, so a king crab sounds a good idea.

Today when I got up, the first thing I needed to do is to defreeze the king crab we bought. Then I disassembled it into several parts.

For the central body, I took the Shell off. Then picked the meat out. Heat a pan, melt a small piece of butter. Put the meat in. Sauté a bit. Add in 1 tablespoon flour. Quickly stir. Then add in 3-4 tablespoon milk. Stir slowly and evenly to let it reduce to white sauce. Put the crab meat white sauce into the shell. Sprinkle cheese. Put into oven ( 200 degree C, 8-10 mins) or till cheese melts.

Crab legs can be divided into three parts: thigh (fat end), middle parts and thin end parts.

For the fat thigh, I used them to cook spaghetti:

Heat a piece of butter in the pan. When melted, add in crab leg. Stir fry a bit. Then add in chopped garlic. Stir till aromatic. Pour in a little white wine. Simmer a little. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in chopped parsley and cooked spaghetti. Quickly stir evenly.

For the middle crab leg parts, I roast them with garlic butter. Put a small chunk of butter in a bowl. Add in chopped garlic, a little salt and pepper. Blend well. Cut half the shell off ( or even less). Then spread garlic butter onto meat. Put into oven. 180 degree C and 20 mins.

For the thin ends, I cut them into smaller pieces. Marinate with a little cooking wine and corn starch. Heat a little olive oil in the pan. Put the crab leg pieces in. Stir fry for 2-3 mins. Add in chopped ginger and spring onion. Quickly stir fry. Add in a little cooking wine, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Quickly blend evenly and serve hot.

For the claws, I used them to cook light soup. Put crab claws, corn pieces, Chinese yam, mushroom, ginger shreds and spring onion pieces into a pot. Pour in 1 1/2 bowls of water. Turn to high heat. When water boils, put in salmon slices. Turn to middle heat and cook for 3 mins. Add in 1 tsp sweet cooking wine and salt. Cook for another minute.

And that’s it. Our Christmas feast made by a king crab.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Lemon Prawn

It’s a very simple dish to cook.

Prepare sauce: 50g lemon juice, 50g sugar and a little black pepper powder. Mix them well.

Clean Prawns and prepare some chopped garlic and green onion.

1. Heat some oil in the pan. Put the Prawns in. Stir fry till Prawns turn pink.

2. Add in chopped garlic and fry till aromatic.

3. Pour the sauce in. Turn up the heat a little. Quick stir fry to let each Prawn be coated with sauce.

4. Sprinkle chopped green onion as garnishment. Quick stir and ready to serve.

The Prawns are very bright and shiny in color due to the lemon sauce. And it tastes very tender and juicy. You will not stop licking your fingers. My husband loved it.

Pan-fried Cumin Baby Potatoes

1. Wash baby potatoes and peel them. You can also leave the skin on.

2. Put potatoes in a deep pot. Pour in enough water covers all potatoes. Heat on the stove and boil for 15 mins. If your potatoes are much smaller, then you can just boil for 10 mins.

3. Drain the potatoes. Heat a little olive oil in the pan.

4. Put potatoes in the pan. Fry till golden brown on the surface.

5. Sprinkle salt, cumin and pepper. Stir fry evenly.

Fried Burdock 

I used to think burdock can be only used as tea or medicine herbs. I never thought it could be cooked as usual vegetables.

Burdock is very good for health. This dish is very simple. Just rinse burdock in water, remove the peel. Then cut into think slices. Thin slices are easy to cook and will be very crunchy. Dust burdock slices with flour. 

Heat oil in the pan. Fry burdock slices till both sides turn golden brown.

No need to add any seasoning. Burdock tastes a bit sweet itself.