Chicken and Green Peppers Stir Fry

If you lose your appetite in the summer, I hope this dish helps. You may use pork or beef to your liking. If you can’t take the heat from the green peppers, substitute with bell peppers. Serve it with rice, and enjoy!

1 chicken breast, cut into thin strips or slices
2 green peppers, removed seeds and cut into thin strips
1 green onions, cut into pieces
2 gloves garlic, roughly chopped
5 thin slices of ginger
Salt
Sugar
White pepper powder
Corn starch
Light soy sauce
Canola or vegetable oil

1. Season the chicken in a bowl with some salt, sugar, white pepper powder, 1 teaspoon corn starch and 1 teaspoon oil. Mix well and set aside for a few minutes before cooking.
2. Heat up a pan to high heat, and add about 1 teaspoon oil. Sauté garlic and ginger a bit, and then add chicken. Stir the chicken while breaking up till meat turns all white. Set aside.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil, and sauté the peppers with a pinch of salt till they turn a bit brown.
4. Add chicken back to the pan and stir fry. Top with green onions, and finish with 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Serve.

Suggested servings: 2

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Sesame Noodles

Who doesn’t like noodles? Enjoy these tasty and delightful sesame noodles especially for the summer. You may have for lunch or as an appetizer for dinner. The sauce is the key, but very easy to make. Enjoy!

1/4 pound of fresh or dried noodles, or pasta, cooked edentate and rinsed with cold water
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/4 of a cucumber, thinly sliced ( or bean spouts)

For the sauce:
2 teaspoons of sesame paste
1 and 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons light soy sauce
4 teaspoons water

Suggested servings: 2

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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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