What Do I Want You To Know Before You Read My Recipes?

When I cook, I don’t always follow the recipes. Well, maybe the first time I will. Then after that I will adjust the cooking to how I want it to be. I always tell my friends cook however they want, after all they’re the ones eating the food. Here I am showing you the most frequently used spices/sauces for my cooking. Also the measuring cups and spoons.

1 cup =240ml

1 tbsp =15ml

1teasp =5ml

我做飯時不一定照搬食譜。好吧,也許第一次会。之後,我會按我想要的調整。我總是告訴我的朋友們做飯要按你的喜好对烹煮方式和食材食进行調整,畢竟要吃的人是你自己。我這裡顯示的是我最常使用的调味料/醬料。此外还有我用的杯子和勺子。
1 杯 = 240 毫升
1 湯匙 = 15 毫升
1茶勺 = 5 毫升
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Seaweed Salad

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Dried cooked seaweed 20g

Soy sauce 3tbsps

Shallot oil 1tbsp

Chicken Bouillon 1/2tsp

Balsamic vinegar 1tbsp

Garlic 2 cloves(minced)

Hoisin sauce 2tsp

Sugar 1/2 tbsp

Add 2 cups boiling water to the dried seaweed and soak for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.

Mix all the ingredients for sauce together and mix well.

pour the sauce over the seaweed, add some cilantro and scallion for more flavor.

Happy Mother’s Day meals/母亲节餐单

Today is mother’s day, wish all the mothers a happy holiday! I made my mother a simple breakfast and a fancier dinner. Hope you all like them.

My mother has pollen allergy like a lot of other people, so I usually don’t buy any fresh flowers for her on mother’s day. Here are some strawberry roses I made for her. I think this is pretty awesome because not only they are pretty, we can also eat them as dessert.

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Breakfast

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Dinner

Shrimp rolls

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/03/27/spring-rolls%e6%98%a5%e5%8d%b7/

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Walnut shrimp

https://caiqinchen.com/2015/02/22/walnut-shrimp%e6%a0%b8%e6%a1%83%e8%99%be/

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Braised pork belly

https://caiqinchen.com/2015/07/24/pork-belly-stew%e7%ba%a2%e7%83%a7%e8%82%89/

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Chicken corn with mixed peas and pine nuts

https://caiqinchen.com/2014/09/15/corn-with-pine-nuts%e7%8e%89%e7%b1%b3%e8%99%be%e7%82%92%e6%9d%be%e4%bb%81/

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Rice cake with crab

https://caiqinchen.com/2015/11/07/seafood-rice-cake%e6%b5%b7%e9%b2%9c%e7%82%92%e5%b9%b4%e7%b3%95/

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Crab tofu soup

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ShaXian Wonton & Noodles With Peanut Butter Sauce/沙县扁肉拌面

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These two are very famous Fujianese Snacks. We call them snack, but they look more like a meal. These two have to be eaten together. Shaxian is a small town in Fujian province that is very famous for different kind of snacks. Fuzhounese wonton is not nearly as good as this one because the way the meat is processed. The meat in Shaxian wonton is much bigger and much more elastic.

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ShaXian Wonton

Lean pork (meat from pig’s leg is preferred) 5oz.

Fuzhounese wonton skin 40- 50 pieces

Broth 4 cups

Cut pork into big thick slices, cut all the fascia off the meat, sprinkle 1/2 tsp baking soda over the meat, then use a hammer meat tenderizer to gently strike the meat for one hour. (Yes ONE hour)

Add 1/3 tsp salt, 1/3 tsp chicken bouillon, 2 pinches white pepper, 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce and 5 tbsps cold water to the meat and mix well.

Get 1 tsp of meat and wrap it with a piece of wonton skin. Since the wonton skin is super thin, all we need to do just pinch them together.

Bring a pot of water to boil, then cook the wontons in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Adjust the time according to your wonton’s meat size.

Divide the wontons to 3 different bowls, then add the broth (boil in a separated cookware. Add salt, white pepper, sesame oil and white vinegar to the broth) Then garnish with scallion.

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Noodles With Peanut Butter Sauce

Thick wonton Noodles 8 oz.
Pork fat 2tbsps

Light soy sauce 2tbsps

Shallot oil 2tsps

Chicken bouillon 1tsp

Scallion 2tbsps

Peanut butter 2tbsp

Sesame oil 1tsp

Cook the noodles in boiling water for about 7-8 minutes, then take them out of water and put them in a big bowl.

Add the rest of ingredients to the noodles and mix well. You may need to add some water that you use to cook the noodles because this kind of noodle will absorb a lot of liquid.

 

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Cabbage Saute With Vinegar/醋呛包菜

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3 servings, $0.6 per serving

Taiwanese cabbage 750g

Shredded carrot 2tbsps

Garlic 2 cloves (minced)

Scallion 1 piece

 

Direction:

Cut cabbage。

Preheat a skillet then add 3 tbsps cooking oil to the skillet, add all the vegetables to the skillet.

Saute the vegetables for 3 minutes, add 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup broth or water to the vegetables. Cover with a lid and cook for 7 more minutes.

Add 2tsps sugar, 1.5 tbsps white rice vinegar, 1/2 tsps chicken bouillon to the vegetables and mix well.

This is one of my favorite vegetables, I like Taiwanese cabbage because it is not as hard as the regular cabbage. Also it doesn’t require as much time to cook it. Adding vinegar and sugar to it can bring out more sweetness of the vegetable. If you like it softer, cook 2 more minutes. Give it a try and you are going to love it. It is delicious and healthy!

3 份,每份$0.6

臺灣捲心菜/高丽菜750克

胡蘿蔔絲2汤匙

大蒜2粒 (切碎)

蔥1条

做法:

捲心菜切片。

預熱一個炒鍋, 然後加3湯匙烹調油, 加入所有的蔬菜。

將蔬菜炒3分鐘, 加入1/2 茶匙鹽, 1/2 杯清湯或水。蓋上蓋子, 再煮7分鐘。

加2茶匙糖, 1.5 湯匙白米醋, 1/2 茶匙雞肉精蔬菜拌勻。

這是我最喜歡的蔬菜之一, 我喜歡臺灣捲心菜, 因為它不像普通捲心菜那麼硬。而且它不需要太多的時間來烹調它。添加醋和糖, 可以帶出更多的蔬菜甜味。如果你喜歡它更軟一些, 多煮2分鐘。嘗試一下你會喜歡它的。它既美味又健康!

Baked Chicken Drumsticks/烤鸡腿

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6 servings $0.5 per serving

Ingredients
  • 1/3 Cup Oil
  • Juice of One Lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cloves shallot (roughly chopped)
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/4 Cup light Soy
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 table spoons oyster sauce
  • 2 table spoons honey
  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks
Instructions

 

1. In a bowl whisk together all the spices and sauce with the garlic and shallot.

 

2. Add the chicken drumsticks to a large zip-top bag and pour 2/3 the marinade over the chicken.  Close the bag and massage the marinade into the chicken for a few seconds.

 

3. Refrigerate the chicken in the marinade overnight for a better flavor.

 

4. Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

 

5. Arrange the chicken in an even layer on prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

6. Take the chicken out and brush the meat with some of the leftover sauce. Bake for 10 more minutes.

7. Take the chicken out again, flip the chicken and brush the sauce one more time cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the center of meat reach 170F.

一共6份,每份0.5 元
成分:

1/3 杯油
一个檸檬的汁
3粒蒜 (切碎)
2粒红蔥头 (切碎)
2茶匙鹽
1/4 杯生抽
1/4 杯紅糖
1茶匙黑胡椒粉
1茶匙辣椒粉
1汤匙蠔油
2汤匙蜂蜜
6个雞腿

做法:

1. 在碗裡加大蒜和红蔥头把所有的香料和調味汁攪拌在一起。

2. 將雞腿放入一個大的拉鍊袋里, 然後將2/3 的醃料倒入雞肉上。 把袋子拉上, 把醃料汁按摩到雞肉裡幾秒鐘。

3. 將雞肉放在醃料中冷藏过夜風味最佳。

4. 預熱烤箱至 425 F 度。 用箔纸将烤盘铺一下,再喷一点的油在锡纸上这样鸡肉就不会粘在上面了。

5. 均勻排列雞腿在铺了锡纸的烤盘上, 在預熱好了的烤箱中烘烤15分鐘。

6. 把雞肉拿出來, 用剩下的調味汁刷在肉上。再烤10分鐘。

7. 再次把雞肉拿出來翻个面,把雞肉再刷一遍调味汁, 再烤10分鐘, 或者直到肉的中心達到170F

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Curry Fried Rice/咖喱炒饭

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I love fried rice very much, so I make it quite often. It is pretty much the same each time, so I don’t post all of them. But this one is a little different, I added some curry powder at the end and the rice tasted so much better. I really like the smell of it, so fragrant!

Here is the link to fried rice, just add the curry powder at the end, and everything else is pretty much the same.

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/04/03/pineapple-fried-rice%e5%87%a4%e6%a2%a8%e7%82%92%e9%a5%ad/

Here is the curry powder I used.

Image result for kim tu thap 咖喱粉

我非常喜欢炒饭, 所以我经常做。每次都差不多, 所以我不会全部张贴。但是这个有点不同, 我在最后加了一些咖喱粉, 米饭尝起来好吃多了。我真的很喜欢它的味道, 那么香!

这是一个炒饭链接,只是最后加咖喱粉其他的都差不多。我用的是上面这个咖喱粉。

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/04/03/pineapple-fried-rice%e5%87%a4%e6%a2%a8%e7%82%92%e9%a5%ad/

Piggy In The Mud Chocolate Cake/粉猪戏泥巧克力蛋糕

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$20 for the whole cake

So yesterday was my mother’s birthday, I was thinking what kind of cake I was going to make for her since early April. I couldn’t decide until I saw someone posted a piggy in the mud cake. My mother’s Chinese horoscope is pig, so this is perfect for her birthday. I underestimated the difficulty of making this cake because I had make chocolate cake before. I was thinking this should be easy just a few marzipan pigs!!! So here is my cake without the kitkat around it because I was trying to be healthy ( we don’t like anything too sweet ). It looks kind ugly without the kitkat and the piggies are not very good looking either, anyhow I did my best! The thoughts count!!! My mother was really happy!!!

My mother and I each ate one piece, and the rest go to my neighbor’s kids.

Here is the link to the chocolate cake:

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/05/01/chocolate-cake%e5%b7%a7%e5%85%8b%e5%8a%9b%e8%9b%8b%e7%b3%95/

Here is the link to the piggy in the mud instruction:

http://www.finecraftguild.com/kit-kat-birthday-cake-pigs-in-mud-recipe/

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整个蛋糕大概$20.

昨天是我妈妈的生日, 从四月份开始我就琢磨着为她做什么蛋糕。直到看到有人做了一个粉猪戏泥的蛋糕后我才决定要做一个一样的。我妈妈是属猪的, 所以这应该她的完美生日蛋糕。我低估了制作这个蛋糕的难度, 因为我以前做过巧克力蛋糕。我想这应该是很简单的, 只是多做几只杏仁糖猪而已!!!所以这里是我的蛋糕没有kitkat围着的, 因为我想健康一点所以没用kitkat (我们不喜欢太甜的东西)。现在它看起来有点丑而且小猪也不是很好看,但是无论如何我已经尽力了!心意到了!!!而且我妈妈真的很开心!!!

我妈妈和我每人各吃了一块, 剩下的就给我邻居的孩子们吃了。

这是巧克力蛋糕的链接:

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/05/01/chocolate-cake%e5%b7%a7%e5%85%8b%e5%8a%9b%e8%9b%8b%e7%b3%95/

下面是在泥浆小猪的链接:

http://www.finecraftguild.com/kit-kat-birthday-cake-pigs-in-mud-recipe/

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Chinese Baby Clams With Black Bean Sauce/豆豉蛤蜊

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3 servings $2.75 per serving

Clam is one of my favorite foods. Every time when I go back to China, I will make sure I eat tons and tons of them. It is kind of expensive in the US, so we don’t buy it very often. My mother bought it today because I was working so hard to make her birthday cake last weekend. Love.

Clam 1 pound

Garlic 1 clove

Scallion 3 tbsps

Shallot 1 small clove

Chinese salty black bean 1tbsp

Soy sauce 2tsps

Oyster sauce 1 tsp

Chinese cooking wine 1tbsp

Add 1tbsp oil to a hot skillet, add black bean, minced garlic, white part of scallion and shallot to the oil and stir fry for 10-15 seconds.

Add clams to the skillet and continue to stir fry for a minutes or so.

Add all the sauces to the skillet alone with 3 tbsps water. Cover and cook until all the clams open up about 2 more minutes.

Add a few tbsps starch water to thicken the sauce. Add the green part of scallion to garnish the dish.

3份,每份$2.75

蛤蜊是我最喜欢的食物之一。每次我回到中国, 我都会确保我吃到饱。在美国蛤蜊有点小贵, 所以我们不常买。我妈妈今天买了一磅因为上周末我很努力的做她的生日蛋糕。

蛤蜊1镑

大蒜1粒

葱3汤匙

红葱头1粒

豆豉一汤匙

酱油2tsps

蚝油1茶匙

料酒1汤匙

将1汤匙 油加到热锅中, 加入豆豉、蒜茸、红葱头和葱白色到油中炒10-15 秒。

在煎锅里加入蛤蜊, 并继续炒一分钟左右。

把所有的调味料加到锅里, 外加3汤匙水。加盖煮约2分钟或直到所有蛤蜊都开了。

加入一些淀粉水勾芡, 使酱汁变稠。加葱花部分来装饰盘子。

Rib Eye Steak with Mix Vegetables/杂菜炒牛脊肉

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2 servings $3.20 per serving

I bought 3 pieces of rib eye steak the other day, I ate one just grill, then steak fajita and taco. I was thinking to make it with Chinese mix vegetable, so here is how I cook it Chinese style.

Rib eye steak 7oz.

1/4 leek

cherry tomato 4

Shredded carrot 3 tbsps

Small red onion 1/2

Medium green pepper 1/3

Garlic 1 clove

Direction:

Thin slice steak.

cut cherry tomato into halves

Smash garlic

Cut the rest of vegetables into thin shreds.

Add 1/3 cup oil into a hot skillet, add steak to the oil and cook until the color turn brown about 60- 70 seconds depends on how thin you slice the steak. Don’t over cook it. Take the steak out of the skillet.

Leave about 2 tbsps oil in the skillet, add garlic, carrot, leek and red onion and stir fry for 2 minutes.

Add the rest of the vegetables and steak to the skillet alone with 2tsps oyster sauce, 1tbsp light soy sauce continue to stir fry for 2 minutes.

Add 1.5 tbsps Chinese cooking wine and 1/3 tsp chicken bouillon and mix well.

This is a quick dish, it took me about 15 minutes including preparing and cutting. For a good piece of steak like this, the meat doesn’t need to be Marinated. I used very few sauce or spice to cook it so we will eat the most original flavors from the steak and the fresh vegetables. I really enjoy the sweet and a little sour flavor from the cherry tomato. Wonderful!!!

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2份,每份3.20 美元

我买了3块肋眼牛排, 第一天我吃了一个普通煎的牛排餐, 然后牛排法嘿塔卷和玉米卷。今天我想烧中国料理。

肋眼牛排7盎司。

1/4 颗美国大蒜苗

樱桃西红柿4粒

胡萝卜丝3汤匙

红洋葱1/2个

中号青椒1/3个

大蒜1粒

做法:

牛排切薄片

把樱桃西红柿切成一半

大蒜切末

把剩下的蔬菜切成丝

加1/3 杯油到一个热过的锅里, 加牛排到油里炒到变棕色约 60-70 秒取决于你切牛排的厚度。不要过度炒牛肉,嫩一点好吃。把牛肉从锅里盛出来。

留下约2汤匙油在锅里, 加入大蒜, 胡萝卜, 蒜苗和洋葱, 炒2分钟。

把剩下的蔬菜和牛排加到煎锅里外加2茶匙蚝油, 1汤匙生抽继续炒2分钟。

最后加入1.5 汤匙料酒和1/3 茶匙鸡肉精, 拌匀。

这是一个快菜, 它总共花了我大约15分钟时间, 包括准备和切洗。吃这么好的牛排, 肉不需要腌。我用很少的酱料来烹调它, 因为就是要吃牛排和新鲜蔬菜的原味。我真的很喜欢樱桃西红柿的微甜微酸的味道。美妙!!!

Rib Eye Steak Fajita And Taco Sunday

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$13 for total of 4 fajitas and 4 tacos

I bought some really good rib eye steak today but didn’t feel like to do just the simple steak meal, so I came up with this Mexican style meal. I don’t eat Mexican food very often, so this is nothing near authentic I guess.  Anyway it was delicious!

Grilled my steak medium with some sea salt and pepper , then let it rest for about 15 minutes. I sliced it thin.

I also grilled a really sweet corn.

Bought a box of ld El Paso with both hard and soft shells.

Made some Guacamole. Here is the link for it.

https://caiqinchen.com/2017/07/07/guagomole%e9%b3%84%e6%a2%a8%e6%b2%99%e6%8b%89%e9%85%b1/

Diced some tomatoes, cilantro, and red onion.

bought some cheeses and one box of sour cream.

This is a simple, easy to prepare meal, but still delicious!

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总共13美金每种饼各做4个

我今天买了一些非常好的肋骨眼牛排, 但我不想吃简单的牛排餐, 所以我想出了这个墨西哥风味的菜。我不常吃墨西哥食物, 所以这可能不太正宗。 反正很好吃就对了!

撒了一些海盐和黑胡椒粉后就烤我的牛排了, 烤好后让它休息15分钟。我把它切成薄片。烤多久就看你自己喜欢了。

我还烤了一个非常甜的玉米。

买了一盒有软的和硬的卷饼皮。

做了一些鳄梨酱。这里是它的链接。

https://caiqinchen.com/2017/07/07/guagomole%e9%b3%84%e6%a2%a8%e6%b2%99%e6%8b%89%e9%85%b1/

一些西红柿, 香菜和红洋葱切成丁。

买了一些奶酪和一盒酸奶油。

这是一个简单, 容易准备的饭菜, 但仍然美味无比!