Recipe: Aloo Gobi

I found this recipe from Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. It’s incredibly easy to make and incredibly tasty. Aloo means potato. Gobi means cauliflower. So Aloo Gobi is a dish of cauliflowers and potatoes.


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Recipe: Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Truffle Oil


When I phoned my mom last week, the doctor in her reminded me that I had been eating unhealthy during the holiday season. She was right, what with all the parties and dining outs, it’s hard to pick what I ate, let alone controlling portions. Continue reading “Recipe: Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Truffle Oil”

Recipe: Pan Seared Salmon with Nettle Pesto


When I lived in the east coast, salmon was never my favorite fish to fry. The salmon I had at local restaurants were mostly overcooked – the meat was stiff and flavorless. Health benefits aside, I simply couldn’t fathom why they are such a big deal.

Back then, salmon was just salmon. Continue reading “Recipe: Pan Seared Salmon with Nettle Pesto”

Recipe: Root Vegetables Farro Salad

For someone who get most of her produce from an outdoor farmers market, I have to admit, this time of the year in the Pacific Northwest isn’t all that exciting. My favorite vendor of wild mushrooms and other foraged food is on a three-month hiatus. And there aren’t many choices of green vegetables, if any at all, to choose from.


But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a delicious healthy meal. I made this salad over the weekend. I love the nutty flavor and the chewy texture of the farro and the natural sweetness from the caramelized root vegetables. I highly recommend it. Continue reading “Recipe: Root Vegetables Farro Salad”

Chinese Braised Pork Hocks

There are two dishes I miss from growing up in Beijing: one is Peking Duck – Trust me, they don’t make it the same anywhere else. You must try this dish in Beijing!

The other is Tianfu Braised Pork Hocks.


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Wild Mushroom Risotto

This wild mushroom risotto recipe is adapted from “Cooking Wild in the Northwest“, by Seattle chef John Sundstrom.


It delivers a creamy texture and is packed with rich flavors.

For the mushroom stock:
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