Wonton Soup

Hope you enjoy this simple and delicious soup. Please check out my video on how to make wontons:
How to Make Wontons

8 fresh or frozen wontons
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup roughly chopped lettuce ( spinach or bok choy)
1 green onion, finely chopped
White pepper powder

1. Bring the stock to boil. Add lettuce and cook about 2 minutes. Turn it to simmer.
2. In a pot of boiling water, add wontons in and gently stir. Cook about 8 minutes for frozen wontons or 5 minutes for fresh ones.
3. Transfer wontons to the soup and bring it boil.
4. Add some white pepper powder to taste. Garnish with green onions. Serve.

Suggested servings: 3

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Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls

Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls, in Chinese Tang Yuan, are often eaten for Chinese New Year. The round shape symbolizes family reunion and good luck. I hope they are just in time for both Lantern Festival which concludes Lunar New Year celebrations and Valentines’ day. May your life be full of good luck and lots of love. Happy Lantern Festival! Happy Valentine’s Day! -ling

2 cups glutinous rice powder
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup cold water
3 tablespoons sweet red bean paste

1. Cut red bean paste into small pieces;
2. In a mixing bowl, add powder and hot water, and mix together. Add cold water and mix well.
3. Knead the dough till it’s all smooth.
4. On a flat surface, roll the dough into a log. Cut into about 1 inch pieces.
5. Roll one piece into a ball between your palms. Press down in the middle with your thumb and then make into a bowl shape.
6. Place a piece of filling in it and seal. Roll again into a round ball.
7. To cook, add rice balls into boiling water and cook about 5 minutes. Serve.

Suggested servings: 4

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Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope this simple and healthy soup warms you up. Enjoy! Have a happy Chinese New Year, the year of the horse! Lots of luck! Kuai Guo Nian Luo…

4 oz chicken tenders (or chicken breast)
5 dried shiitake mushrooms
4 cups of spinach
2 green onions, chopped
4 cups of water or chicken stock
White pepper powder
Corn starch
Light soy sauce
Sesame oil
Canola or vegetable oil

To prepare, soak mushrooms in warm water about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove stems and cut mushrooms into strips. Cut chicken into strips and season with salt, white pepper powder, corn starch and a drizzle of oil.

1. Sauté the white part of the green onions and mushrooms in a tablespoon of oil over medium heat for about a minute, and add some salt.
2. Add water or stock and turn the heat to high to bring to boil.
3. When it boils, turn the heat to medium low to simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Turn the heat to high, add chicken, and gently stir. Add salt and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Cook for about 3 minutes.
5. Add spinach and cook about a minute.
6. Drizzle some sesame oil and add white pepper powder. Top with remaining green onions. Serve.

Suggested servings: 3 to 4

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Chinese Sweet Potato Pancakes

Hope you enjoy this simple appetizer, which also can be breakfast or a snack. I want to thank all my subscribers and viewers for all your support and encouragement. You are the reason I make the videos. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Chinese Sweet Potato Pancakes

1 sweet potato, about 1 pound
1 cup glutinous rice flour (sticky rice flour) or All Purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

1. Peel the sweet potato and cut into half inch thick slices.
2. Steam the sweet potato slices on a plate for 15 minutes on high heat.
3. Transfer the sweet potatoes into a mixing bowl and mash.
4. Add sugar and mix.
5. Add flour and kneed till the dough is smooth.
6. To make pancakes, flour your hands, take a piece of the dough, and roll into a ball. Then press it between your palms.
7. In a flat pan, turn the heat to medium. Add 1 tablespoon oil, and place pancakes in the pan, coating both sides with oil.
8. Pan fry 2 minutes each side. Serve.

Suggested servings: 3 to 4

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