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Healthy Bean Soup

It’s a soup made of different kinds of beans. It’s very healthy.

There was a period of time, I cooked regularly. My husband’s grey hairs became much less. Recently, I decided to cook it again.

Main ingredients are beans. I measured with my own hands.


A handful of Red beans

A handful of Kidney beans

A handful of red kidney beans

Half handful of Barley

Soak all the ingredients above for overnight. Barley belongs to cold food, so it should’t be used less.

When cook it, also add in

Half handful of black sesame

Half handful of walnut

6-8 red dates (cut a bit)

Some Chinese yam (Huai Shan, peeled and chopped)

Black sesame is good for hair. Walnut is good for brain. Red dates are good for skin.

Put all ingredients in a deep pot. Pour in enough water, cos it will take at least 2 hours.

My husband hates the beans. He just eats walnut, Huai Shan, drink the soup and leave all the beans. So I put a lot of water into the pot. Otherwise, the soup will be very thick. Of course, if you are Ok with it, you can add less water.

I cooked it for 3 hours. If you want it to taste sweet, you can add in sugar.


Red Bean Bun

I’m a red bean fan. I love almost everything about red bean. This red bean bun needs red bean paste. I used the one bought from supermarket.


Bread flour 200g

Sugar 18g

Salt 2.5g

Yeast 3g

Butter 15g

Water 100-120g

Red bean paste 300g
1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a bowl.

2. Pour water in and stir with chopsticks at the same time. 

3. Knead all ingredients into a dough.

4. Cut butter in. Keep kneading till butter is fully absorbed.

5. Put dough in the bowl. Wrap with plastic and let it rise till 2 times big.

6. Press the air out and divide dough into 6 small balls.

7. Press each ball flat. Put a red bean ball (50g) in the center. Wrap it up. Then place red bean buns on a baking pan. Into the oven with a big bowl of hot water under it.

8. Let it rise till 1.5 times big.

9. Preheat oven to 190 degree C. Sprinkle black sesame on the bun. Place a pan on the top of them to press them a bit.

In the oven and bake for 18 mins.

A little crispy outside but really soft and sweet inside. I love them.

Spinach Salad

1. Clean spinach and cut into halves.

2. Boil enough water in a pot. Also add in 1/2 tsp salt.

3. Boil spinach for 1 min. Then take them out. Rinse in the cold water and drain.

4. Squeeze spinach by hand to squeeze the water out.

5. Place spinach in the big bowl. Add in 1/2 salt, 1/2 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 vinegar. Mix well with spinach.

6. Put a little minced garlic, minced ginger and white sesame over the top. If you want it to be spicy, you can also add a little dried chili on it.

7. Heat a pan on stove. Add in 2 tsp oil. Heat it till very hot.

8. Pour hot oil over garlic, ginger & sesame mixture. Then mix them with spinach by chopsticks.

Very simple & yummy Chinese style salad.

Stir Fry Vermicelli With Vegetables


Vermecelli ( cooked in boiling water till almost done, not completely done. Then rinse and drain)

Onion shreds 

Carrot shreds

Spinach ( cooked in boiling water for several seconds. Then squeese the water out and drain)

A little chopped ginger

1 tsp light soy sauce

1 tsp dark soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

A little salt

1 tsp white sesame 

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

2. Add in onion and carrot. Stir fry till they turn softened.

3. Add in vermicelli, stir fry evenly with carrot and onion. 

4. Add in light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. Then stir fry evenly for around 2-3 mins.

5. Add in salt and spinach. Stir fry evenly.

6. Last add in sprinkle white sesame.

Black Sesame Round Bun And Mini-burger 

I promised my husband that I would make hamburger for him. And I tried the other day.
First, I baked black sesame round bun.


Bread flour around 160g

Plain flour around 40g

Sugar around 30g
Salt around 3 g
Yeast around 3 g
Add in milk around 60g and 3/4 of one egg.

1. When everything mixed well, add in black sesames. And keep kneading until the dough becomes less sticky.

2. Cut in 15g butter. Just knead, knead and knead. If you are really stressed out recently, it’s a good way to release your negetive energy outwardly. You can even punch the dough. When the butter is completely absorbed by the dough, you can stop and take a rest. Kneading really takes a while.

3. Cover the bowl with a wrap or wet towel until it expands to 1.5 or twice of its size.

4. Divide the dough into several little even-sized dough. Knead them to let the inside air out and make them in round shape.

5. Put the small dough on the baking pan and put the baking pan into the oven. Place a bowl of hot water under the baking pan. If the water gets cold, replace it with another bowl of hot water.

When the small dough expands again to 1.5 or twice of their size, they can be taken out.

6. Brush the dough with the rest 1/4 egg.

7. Preheat the oven with 180 degree C. And bake them for around 18 mins.

The bun part is done.

I cut the round bun into two parts. In the middle I put carriage, tomato slice, cheese and pork chop. And make them mini-hamburgers.

You can design your own burger with this round bun, and of course you can make it bigger if you want.

This round bun can also be good if you just spread jam in it.

Quick Fried Dumplings

I love dumplings. Maybe because I come from northern part of China, I have an affection for dumplings. Every time I miss my hometown, I feel like having some dumplings.

Except commonly seen dumplings cooked in boiling water, another way is to fry them. 

It’s not complicted. And it’s also a quick and convenient dish, since I always buy some frozen dumplings in the fridge in case that I miss them or I feel tired and not like cooking.

1. Pour a little oil in the pan. ( non-stick pan) Swirl the pan a little to make the oil cover the whole pan.

2. Put the frozen dumplings ( freshly-made ones are also ok) in the pan. Better place them in order. 

In a square shape or circle.

3. Let dumplings stay in the pan and fry for a while. When their bottoms get golden brown, add in water to the height as tall as 1/3 height of the dumplings. Then cover the pan with lid.

4. After several minutes, water in the pan will become less. Before it’s almost dry, pour in some flour water. ( ratio should be flour: water=1:10) Sprinkle some black sesame and chopped spring onion as well.

Just wait till the water is dry with low heat.

Dumplings’ bottoms taste crunchy.

Braised Chicken in Brown Sauce

This dish is perfect for rice. 

1. Prepare a boneless chicken leg. 

2. Heat the pan. ( no oil is needed here, because chicken leg contains fat. )

3. Put the chicken leg into the pan with the skin side down. The fat will come out. When the down side is a little burnt, flip it over and fry the other side.

4. After both sides turn golden color. Add in dark soy sauce, some sugar and water. Cover with the lid.

5. When the sauce becomes much less, remove the lid. Spread some black sesame. 

6. Turn up the heat. Keep stirring to avoid being burnt. The sauce will become less and more condensed. Make sure the chicken coated with sauce evenly.

7. When the sauce is almost dry, turn off the heat.

8. Cut chicken into slices and put them on rice.

Brown sauce also makes rice yummy.