Monday, April 13, 2015

Pork and Shrimp Shumai

Non - halal


Shumai is a type of Chinese dumpling, often associated with Cantonese cuisine. The half wrapped dumpling is filled with pork and shrimp and then steamed. You can find it serve at all dim sum restaurants.

I miss the Shumai from Malaysia which if full flavor and juicy when you bite into it. The shumai here is not very good. They were way too huge and don’t taste very good. I find some of it was too dry which I suspect they were being steam over and over again before serving it to the customers. That is why I hardly order it when I have dim sum. I’ve eaten a very good one though but it was in New York. So the best thing to do is make it myself. It was pretty good and the taste of this will do for me until my next trip home.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Quinoa Patties with Broccoli


I made these patties to share it with one of my Zumba buddies. She was telling me that she is not a fan of quinoa and she finds them too bland and boring. I don’t blame her as I find them tasteless and boring too. So I invited her over to try these patties out. Guess what, she loves it. She had a few and I packed some for her to take home too.


I’ve made this before but this time I added some steamed broccoli to it. You can actually add other type of veggies like carrot, grated zucchini, chopped spinach and other cheeses to it. Get creative! I pan-fried these as I prefer them this way but you can always bake them in the oven until golden brown. You can serve this with salad or have it as it is.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Banh Khot/Vietnamese Mini Savory Pancakes


I am so sorry for not updating my blog for over 2 weeks. I have been very busy and also having some problem with my car too. It was stolen from my driveway and it totally stresses me out. Thank God the police found it and it was in pretty good shape. Now I have to deal with the insurance, the DMV and whole loads of paperwork to be done before I can drive the car again. Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with all the details.
Now let’s talk about Banh Khot. Banh Khot is a mini sized rice cake that is fried and served with fresh lettuce, herbs and dipping sauce. I’ve eaten Banh Khot from a Vietnamese restaurant in PA and really like it. What I love about this snack is the crispy texture on the outside and soft and tender in the middle. To eat it you take a piece of the banh khot, place it in a bed of lettuce and herbs, a bit of the pickle carrot, wrapped it up and eat it. It is crispy, sour, sweet, salty and spicy at the same time. Really satisfying!!


I bought a Banh Khot/Ebelskiver pan from Amazon last year so I thought I try to make this at home. It turns out pretty well but not as crispy as the restaurant ones. I think it’s because I used too little oil to the pan when I was frying it. The last batch I added a bit more oil to it and it did turn out crispy. The Asian supermarket does sell the ready mix banh khot flour and you can use that. Since I am too lazy to drive out to buy it, I just goggle for the recipe. As for the dipping sauce I added some carrot to the dipping sauce as this way I don’t have to pickle the carrot separately. I serve mine with only lettuce since I don’t have any fresh herbs in my fridge but you can have it with any type of lettuce and fresh herbs.


Wine For All Ocassions

Purchasing wines online is a great way to have something in the house that makes the most amazing early morning drink in the world. There is nothing wrong with having wine anytime of the day and the family should always have a steady supply of wine in the house.

Consistent Orders

The family can set up an order that is going to send out a new bottle of wine every few weeks. The family can set up the specific amount of time that is needed between orders, and the orders will be processed with saved account information for the customer. When the customer needs to have a steady supply of wine they can count on, they can set these orders.

The Right Kind Of Wine

There are many kinds of wine on the market for the family to choose from. It is best to choose a wine that has a low alcohol content for making early morning drinks. These drinks are something that help to start off the day the right way, and that is why using something with little alcohol is the best thing for the family.

The Right Price

There are many bottles of wine that the family can purchase for a fair price. The fair prices that the family pays will help them to save money on their grocery budget every month. Most families do not have hundreds of dollars to spend on wine, but they will have enough money to buy the wine that has already been discounted online.

Keeping bottles of red or white wines in the house at all times is a great way for the family and friends to toast to one another whenever the occasion arises. It is also a way for the family to be prepared for celebrations. Red wine is the most exquisite of all the wines, and it is a bubbly drink that helps people get in the partying mood. Purchasing it online changes the way the family drinks every day.

So how about you? Which type of wine do you love to take?