Chicken Soup Recipe

The weather is finally cooling down here in Southern California, so it’s time for some chicken soup! Chicken soup is perfect when you’re feeling sick or if you just want something warm during the fall/winter months. What I love about making this recipe is that you can add how much vegetables you want. It’s a simple dish to make but still flavorful and comforting.

Ingredients (~4-5 servings):

2 cups of chopped celery
2 cups of chopped carrots
1 medium-sized onions, chopped
2-3 gloves of garlic (depends on the size of the garlic)
1 box/can of chicken broth (32 oz)
1-1 1/2 pound of boneless chicken thigh
1 tbs of cooking oil
1 tsp of salt and pepper
baby dill

Step 1: In a medium size pot on medium heat, add in cooking oil, garlic, and onion, and sauté for about 1-2 minutes. Add in 1 tsp of salt and pepper. And lastly, add in your carrots, celery, and potato and sauté it for 1-2 minute.

Step 2: Add in your vegetable broth and bring your soup to a boil before turning it down to medium-low heat.

Step 4: Place boneless chicken thigh into the soup and place a 3-4 stems of baby dill on top. Cover with a lid and let it simmer on medium-low for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cook.

Step 5: Remove baby dill and place chicken onto a cutting board to cool. Once the chicken cools down a bit, shred the chicken into smaller bite-size pieces.

Step 6: Put the shredded chicken back into the soup and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Remember to remove any scum that comes up. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.

Enjoy this soup with some egg noodles or pasta for a more filling meal. Hope you try this out!

– Cindy

French Earl Grey Milk Tea (Recipe)

Happy Sunday! The weather is so nice today is Southern California (70°F), so it’s a perfect day to relax and make a cup of French Earl Grey milk tea. Earl Grey tea is one of my favorite teas. It’s a tea blend traditionally made from black tea with the addition of oil of bergamot. Today, I’ll be using French Earl Grey (a blend with added rose petals) for my milk tea.

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Dragon Ball Super: Boly

On Dec. 13, 2018, I had the opportunity to help out during the red carpet premiere of Dragon Ball Super: Broly (English dub) at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  The Dragon Ball (DBZ) series has always been one of my favorite animes growing up. Since then I have been a long-time fan of the franchise and Vegeta – Yes, my favorite DBZ fighter is Vegeta. Dragon Ball Super: Broly comes out in US theaters January 16, 2019.

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Random Shots with my Olympus XA2

A few months ago I bought a Olympus XA2 film camera from eBay for a decent price. This camera is light and compact, and I can easily bring it with me everywhere I go. I find that film photography is still a bit challenging for me since I only have 24-36 exposures, and I won’t see the end result until it’s developed. Overall, I’m somewhat happy with how some my photos came out.

Camera: Olympus XA2
Film: Fujifilm Genuine Superia X-TRA ISO 400 35mm Color Film

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Disneyland + theme park essentials

Last week, My sister and I went to Disneyland with our aunt and little cousins. It was their first time ever at Disneyland, so they wanted us to take them around the park. We arrived at the park around 9 a.m. and there was already a lot of people lining up to get into either Disneyland Park and Disneyland California. Summertime, is one of the busiest time of the year at Disneyland since it’s summer vacation, so arrive early because you can spend some time getting parking, going through bag-check, and riding the tram/shuttle to the park.7589867184_img_0363

Favorite theme park essentials:

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Anime Expo 2018 Photo Diary

On July 5-8, Anime Expo 2018 (AX18) welcomes anime and manga fans to the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. This is my 9th year attending Anime Expo, as well as my 3rd year volunteering with the Press Relations department. Although, I had a very busy schedule, I was still able to cosplay on day 1, and shop in the exhibit hall before noon each day. I felt like I barely slept throughout the 4-day event, so it was very tough going back to work on Monday. Here are some photos I’ve taken at AX18:

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Easy Wonton Noodle Soup (the non-traditional way)

Crafting a traditional hearty bowl of wonton noodle soup at home can take some time, so this is my version of wonton noodle soup – the non-traditional way. Today, I will be sharing a quick and easy wonton noodle soup recipe by using frozen wontons and dry Chinese noodles that you can find in your local Asian grocery store.

Note: To make a larger portion, simply double the amount of ingredients.

Ingredients (1 serving):

1 dry Chinese wheat noodles
3-4 pieces of frozen wontons (You can add more if you like)

Soup Broth Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of hot water for soup
1/2 tsp of chicken stock powder
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of sesame
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper

Note: If you prefer not to use soup stock powder, you can also use any soup broth that you have. Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup broth of your choice
1 smashed garlic
1 slice of ginger
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of sesame oil 

Optional Toppings:

Chopped green onion (scallions)
Baby bok choy
Gai Lan

In a small pot boil some water for your noodles. While the water is coming to a boil, prepare the toppings – chopped green onions, and gai lan. Once boiled, add in the noodles and cook it according to the instruction on the package. The noodles I’m using are wheat noodles (see image below on the right).

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