Steamed Eggs with Soy Milk

This is a homey and nutritious dish that I grew up with. It’s normally made of eggs and water mixture, but I use soy milk instead. You may have it for breakfast or serve with rice.

2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of soy milk
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce

1. Beat the eggs in a bowl, then add soy milk and mix well. Add salt.
2. Filter the mixture with a strainer into a bowl.
3. Place the mixer in a steamer when water boils, leaving the lid open a little bit while steaming. Steam about 20 minutes over medium low heat.
4. Garnish with green onions, and dress with sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve.

Suggested servings: 3

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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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