Dumpling Wrappers/水餃皮

I have a lot of ground beef in my freezer, so I decided to make some dumplings today. Dumpling that is made with home made dumpling wrapper is much better than store bought wrappers.

Here is the recipe for the dumpling wrapper:

All purpose flour 700g

Water 340- 350g

Salt 4g

In a big bowl mix everything together to form a dough then cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let stand for 15-20 minutes.

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it with your hand for 20-25 seconds. It will be much softer and smoother now. Cover with the plastic wrap again and let stand for another 15-20 minutes.

Take the dough out again and repeat above. This time the dough will look perfectly round and smooth.

Now cover it again and let stand for 1 hour.

After one hour, take it out of the bowl and roll it out to a long roll, cut it into 4 rolls, cover 3 of them with a damp cloth.

Roll the rolls thinner and longer, then cut them into smaller pieces. (Each 100g of flour will make about 10 small wrappers, so here we can make about 70)

Press down each piece of small dough, then use a rolling pin to roll it out to a wrapper, it should be thick in the center and thin on the edge.

Wrap your favorite meat or vegetables using the wrappers.

Beef with spinach and Chinese Celery
Beef with Chinese chives and shrimp
Beef with Chinese Cabbage

Here is how to cook dumplings:

Bring a lot of water to boil, then add dumplings to the water, use a spatula to stir the water from the bottom so the dumplings wont stick to the bottom, cover with a lid.

When the water is boiling again, add one cup of cold water to it and cover again.

When the water is boiling for the second time, add another cup of cold water and cover.

When the water is boiling for the third time, it is time to eat the dumplings.


For dumpling wrapper, the ratio of flour : water is 2:1 or a little bit less of water it could be 48% of water because if you add too much water, the dough is going to be too soft so after you cook the dumplings, the texture will be mushy.

But if you are making steam buns, you want to add a little bit more than 50% of water to the flours.

I had too much meat left today so I decided to make some steam buns, it was so juicy. LOL…

Taro Crepe Cake/芋頭千層

The day before making and assembling the cake, make the Crepe Batter (see recipes below); refrigerate.

Crepe Batter:
6 tablespoons butter
3 cups milk
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose  flour
7 tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch salt
In a small pan, melt the butter until lightly browned; remove from heat and set aside.
In a separate, small pan, warm the milk until steaming; remove from heat and set aside to allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl using your electric mixer at a low speed, mix together the eggs, flour, sugar, and salt. Slowly add in the warm milk and browned butter. Pour the batter into a tightly-sealed container to refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Taro fillings:

200g cooked Taro (steam over water until fork tender)

5Tbsp sugar

2tbsp cold water

Heavy cream 2 cups

Add first 3 ingredients together in a food processor and mix until taro is smooth.

Add the taro mixture and heavy cream in a big bowl and mix with an electronic hand mixer until soft peak. keep in refrigerator.


Remove the prepared Crepe Batter from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature:

Using a nonstick pan over medium heat. Evenly distribute approximately ¼ cup of batter; swirl to cover the surface of the pan. Cook approximately 40 seconds or just until the bottom of the crepe becomes lightly browned. Using your clean fingers, gently and carefully flip the crepe over and Cook on the other side for 20 more seconds. Remove the cooked crepe onto a prepared baking sheet or a big plate.
Repeat this process until you have at least 20 perfect crepes. NOTE: You might need to prepare a few practice crepes in the beginning.

Remove the prepared taro Filling from the refrigerator:

Assembly of 20-Layer Crepe Cake:
Place one (1) prepared crepe on a large cake plate.
With a small spatula or wide blade knife, completely cover the crepe with a thin layer of the pastry cream mixture .
Cover with another dry crepe and repeat covering with the taro fillings until you have reached 20 layers.
The 20th crepe will be the last or top layer.

Refrigerate the cake for a minimum of 2 hours. Allow to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before serving. Dust with powdered (confectioners’ sugar).


If you want to decorate the cake with more taro, you can use another 200g of cooked taro, 3tbsps condensed milk, 1tbsp water and process in a food process until smooth, then add 1/3 cup heavy cream and mix until smooth. It would be prettier if I had used strawberry to decorate the cake, but I used whatever I had on hand.

The batter is good for 20-23 7” crepes.


6 湯匙黃油
3 杯牛奶
6 個雞蛋
1 1/2 杯低筋小麦粉
7 大湯匙砂糖

在一小平底鍋,融化黃油直到淺金黃色 ;關火,待用。
在一個小的平底鍋,热牛奶直到有蒸汽 稍微晾涼。
在一個大碗里,用電動攪拌機低速攪拌雞蛋、 麵粉、 糖和鹽。慢慢加入熱牛奶和黃油。把麵糊倒入密封的容器,放冰箱冷藏幾個小時或过夜。







將芋頭混合物和重奶油加入一個大碗中,用手動攪拌機混合,直到中度發泡( 不要打的太乾)冷藏。

從冰箱取出準備的千层蛋糕糊 至室內溫度:

不粘鍋中火。在锅内均勻分佈大約 ¼ 杯麵糊 ;渦流,以覆蓋锅底。第一面40秒左右或直到底部千层蛋糕皮成為淺金黃色。使用乾淨的手指,輕輕地翻开千层蛋糕皮翻转到另一邊继续煎20 秒鐘。放到準備好的烤盤上。 重複此過程,直到你有 20 张完美的薄餅。注:刚开始时您可能需要做幾张练练手。(放涼了才可以繼續)

20 層的千层蛋糕:
大蛋糕板上放置一张 千层蛋糕皮。
用另一张千层蛋糕皮覆蓋並重複这个过程,直到達到 20 層。

冷藏至少 2 小時。放在室溫 15 至 20 分鐘。當準備食用时撒上糖粉。

如果你像我一樣喜歡吃芋泥的話還可以在蛋糕上多一點芋泥裝飾。 200克蒸熟的芋頭,3湯匙的煉奶,1湯匙的水放攪拌機攪拌到滑溜無顆粒再加入1/3 杯的重奶油伴到順滑,放入裱花袋裏擠點花在蛋糕上面再加點水果裝飾一下就很漂亮了。

這裏的麵糊可以做20-23 片7‘’ 的皮。

Chinese Sour Cabbage/酸白菜

I love Chinese sour cabbage so much, but it is not always easy to find it from supermarkets. sometimes when I am lucky to find one they don’t taste quit right to me. So I started searching online for recipes. This one is easy and the result is so good. Only 3 basic ingredients: cabbage, cold water, and salt.

Quarter the cabbage, if it is dirty outside then clean it with running water. Add 2% salt (2% the weight of the vegetable), sprinkle over the cabbage. Let it marinate for 1-2 hours, water will come out of the cabbage so the vegetable will become soft.

Use a glass container with lid ( I don’t have one, so I used a big china mixing bowl), add the cabbage to the glass container or bowl, make sure add the water from the vegetable back to the container too.

If the water is not covering the cabbage, then add more water to it. Make sure add 2% of salt again to the water(2% the weight of the water). Get a big stone to press down the vegetable and leave it on top of the vegetable to make sure the vegetable is totally under the water ( again I don’t have a stone at home either, so I use a clear plastic bag to hold enough water in it to substitute it). Seal the container with the lid and leave it for 2-3 weeks in room temperature( I seal mine with plastic wrap). Depend on the temperature, the time will vary, I did it for 2 weeks and it was sour enough for me.

When it is sour enough for you, take it out of the water and squeeze the excess sour juice then put it in a zip lock bag and freeze it.

Pork Jerky/肉脯

Chinese New Year is coming, so I made this pork Jerky today for the holiday.

Ground pork 1150 g (lean pork preferred)

Oyster sauce 2 tbsps

Light soy sauce 2 tbsps

Dark soy sauce 1 tbsp

Cooking wine 2 tbsps

Sugar 100 g

Fish sauce 2 tbsps

Five spice powder 1tsp

White pepper powder 1/2 tsp

Red yeast rice powder 1tbsp (optional for color)


Mix all the ingredients together and mix in one direction for 3,4 minutes or until meat is very sticky.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour ( I did over night).

Preheat oven to 350F.

Get a piece of parchment paper the size of cooking sheet, add 1/5 of the meat to the center of the paper and use a spatula to spread it a little bit, then add a piece of plastic wrap or another piece of parchment paper over the meat. Use a rolling pin to roll the meat thinner over the paper to the size of the baking sheet.

Remove the plastic wrap or parchment paper from the top of the meat, and move the meat to a baking sheet.

Bake it in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, take it out and brush a layer of honey on the top. Go back into the oven and continue to bake another 5 minutes. (if you see broth now make sure to empty it from the baking sheet)

After 5 minutes, take it out again and flip the pork jerky to the other side and brush with a layer of honey too, also sprinkle some sesame seeds all over it. Go back to the oven for the last 5 minutes.

Take the pork jerky out and let it cool down, cut the irregular edges off, then cut them into any shape you want.


豬肉碎 1150 g (偏瘦的豬肉)

蠔油 2 湯匙

生抽 2 湯匙

老抽 1 湯匙

料酒 2 湯匙

糖 100 克

魚露 2 湯匙

五香粉 1茶匙

白胡椒粉 1/2茶匙

紅曲米粉 1湯匙 (可不要,加顏色的)






把蓋在肉上面的薄膜或者羊皮紙拿掉, 把肉移到烤盤上。

在預熱烤箱中烘烤12分鐘,拿出來,刷上一層蜂蜜。回到烤箱繼續烤5分鐘。(如果你現在看到湯汁, 要記得倒掉)



Pork Meat Balls/貢丸

Grounded Pork 650 g

Corn starch 45 g

Salt 10 g

Fish sauce 1 tbsp

Baking powder 1tsp

white pepper 1/2 tsp

Water 180ml


Add everything to a stand mixer bowl and mix everything with speed 4 for 15 minutes.

Bring some water to warm ( not hot or boil) and turn the heat to the lowest.

Do as below then use a spoon to scope out the meat balls to the warm water.

Don’t let the water become boil, only slowly simmer for about 15 minutes. I made about 30 meat balls.

Take the meat balls out of the water and let them cool down.

You can bring the water to boil and cook the meat balls in it now, but I find them taste much better after you refrigerate them for a couple of hours. They will become more elastic and more flavorful.

Roasted Duck/烤鴨

A whole duck 4 pounds

Marinate sauce:

1/2 piece preserved tofu

1/2 tsp five spice powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1/2 tsp Chinese prickly ash powder

1/2 tsp salt

1tbsp hoisin sauce

1tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp oyster sauce

2tbsps vodka

Crispy water:

2 cups water

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tbsps Maltose

2tbsps rice vinegar

Skin paste:

All purpose flour 8g

Rice flour 5g

Corn starch 5g

Baking soda 1g

1 egg white

water 10g

Mix above 3 different ingredients separately.

Pour all the marinate sauce into duck’s cave and make sure use your hand to evenly spread inside the duck. Use a bamboo stick to seal the open.

Bring 2 quarts water to boil, then use a big spoon to pour the boiling water all over the duck for 30 seconds.

Rinse the duck with cold water for 30 seconds.

Bring the crispy water to boil then use a big spoon again to pour it all over the duck for another 30 seconds.

Hang the duck and let dry for 4 hours with a fan on ( it is winter now, so I hang it outside)

Brush the skin paste all over the duck and let dry then repeat it one more time.

Brush some oil all over the duck before you put it inside the preheat 380F oven.

Roast it with breast side up for 30 minutes then turn the duck and roast for another 30 minutes. Turn the duck one more time with breast up for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the thickest part of meat’s temperature reaches 165F.

Let the duck rest for 15 minutes before you cut it.

一整隻鴨子 4 磅


1/2 塊腐乳





1湯匙 海鮮醬

1湯匙 紅糖

1 湯匙蠔油

2湯匙 伏特加


2 杯水


2 湯匙麥芽糖

2湯匙 米醋


中筋麵粉 8g

米粉 5g

玉米澱粉 5g

泡打粉 1g

1 個蛋清

水 10g

分開混合以上3種不同的材料 在碗裏。





掛起鴨子,開風扇風乾4 小時 (現在是冬天, 所以我掛在外面)


預熱 烤箱380F,在鴨子上刷一層油然後放入烤箱。



Lotus Leaf Shape Steam Buns/荷葉包

All purpose flour 200 g

Water 110 g

Instant dry yeast 2 g

Sugar 15 g

Oil 10 g

Pour everything together in a big bowl and use chopsticks to mix until you don’t see any liquid. Knead the mixture until everything comes together. Leave it inside the bowl and cover with a damp cloth.

15 minutes later, take the dough out and knead for 10 minutes until the surface is smooth, leave it in the bowl again and cover with the damp cloth for about 1.5 hours to 2 hours until twice in size (depend on the temperature).

Take the dough out and roll it to a long roll and cut it evenly to 6 pieces.

Take one piece out and knead it about 10 times, then roll it into a round ball. Then do the same for the rest of them.

Take the first ball out, use a rolling pin to roll it out to a oval shape, brush/spread some oil on it then fold it over.

Use a cake scraper to lightly cut some liners on the top then use a chopstick to fold the edges a little to make it look like leaf.

Use a damp cloth to cover them up and let rest for 30 minutes.

Bring some water to boil then steam the buns over the water in a bamboo steamer for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes turn the heat off then leave them in the steamer for 5 minutes. ( don’t take the lid off right after you turn the heat off)

中筋麵粉 200 g

水 110 g

快速發酵酵母 2 g

糖 15 g

油 10 g




拿出一塊,揉10次,然後滾成一個圓球。然後 其他的也照做。





15 分鐘后關火,然後將它們留在蒸籠中 5 分鐘。(記住不要馬上開蓋)




水 200g


汤种 约170g

高筋面粉 360g

中筋面粉 120g

牛奶 约140g

即发干酵母 8g

糖 50g

盐 8g

鸡蛋液 30g

无盐黄油 60g 室溫軟化

点缀: 全蛋液 少许










Bread flour 40g

Water 200g

Main dough:

Tangzhong about 170g

Bread flour 360g

All purpose flour 120g

Milk about 140g

Instant dry yeast 8g

Sugar 50g

Salt 8g

Egg 30g

Unsalted butter 60g room temperature softened

A little bit of whole egg as egg wash

Bake: Bake for 20-23 minutes at 180C/350F

Stir the tangzhong ingredients in a small saucepan and cook to a paste like form. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Put all the main dough ingredients except butter in a stand mixer and stir for 15 minutes with speed 3.

Add the butter and continue mixing for 15 minutes. (During the mixing, be aware that the temperature of the dough should not exceed 28C, if the temperature is high then refrigerate for 10 minutes to let it cool down before mixing again)

At this time take a little bit of dough out to see if you can pull a basic film out. This bread doesn’t need the dough to form a very thin film.

If there is no film formed yet continue to mix about another 5 minutes or so.

Roll some balls and Put in a glass or plain baking tray with a second fermentation of about 45- 60 minutes or twice the size.

Brush the egg wash over the dough and sprinkle some sesames on the top then bake for 20-23 minutes in the preheated oven.